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Atlantic City: Dolphin Watching Ocean Cruise Adventure

1. Atlantic City: Dolphin Watching Ocean Cruise Adventure

This trip is perfect for people of all ages and promises to be a special experience. On your two-hour ocean cruise, keep your eyes peeled for leaping, frolicking dolphins as you head into the open ocean. Highly-informative commentary provided by an onboard marine naturalist ensures your trip will indeed be one to remember. This Atlantic City dolphin watching ocean cruise has been featured by mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlantic City Press, and New Jersey Outdoors. The cruise has grown to be their most celebrated adventure, experienced by oceanographers and mammal lovers from coast to coast. You'll never know how many there are, or how many you'll see — that's part of the adventure. All that can be said is to fill your tank with energy and bring your camera.

Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

2. Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Discover the scenic area around Cape May and spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour guided tour. Cruise along the waterfront as you watch local marine life and see historic Victorian buildings along the shorefront. Whether you’re a marine biologist or a whale-loving family, this trip is ideal for everyone.  Your expert guide will point out sites of historical interest and as you keep watch for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Admire the stunning views as you sail out into the Delaware Bay, and onwards to the Atlantic Ocean. Feel free to enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack from the ship’s snack bar during the tour.

Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

3. Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set sail around the island of Cape May, NJ on the first trip of the day. Discover Victorian homes and the Cape May Lighthouse. Relax on the state's largest and fastest whale watching boat as you enjoy a continental breakfast. Choose to sit outside on the deck under the covering, or inside in the climate-controlled salon. On this 2-hour sightseeing cruise, you will learn about the history of the island and the surrounding area. Look for dolphins in their natural environment and learn about their habits while enjoying the large, comfortable super cruiser.

Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

4. Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of the city from onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia during a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise on the Delaware River. Enjoy an attended buffet dining experience as you sail through the city and delight in panoramic views of the skyline. Board your vessel at Penn's Landing and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet which includes an array of dishes and delicacies. Choose from organic mixed field greens salad, organic spinach and kale salad, green bean salad, bean and chickpea salad, red beetroot salad, and more. At the veggie station, opt for roasted broccoli florets, creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole, baked ziti pasta, and tasty mashed potatoes. For your entree, dine on oven-baked Atlantic flounder fillet, honey and sesame chicken, or Italian beef meatballs. If you’ve still got room for dessert, tuck into some seasonal fruit, fluffy raspberry mousse, lemon pound cake, coconut vanilla cake, and carrot cake. After your meal, sip your cocktail on the spacious outdoor deck as you glide along the river for optimal views of the city. Enjoy music with a live Dj set and take in the sights, including Naval Shipyard and Ben Franklin Bridge.

Atlantic City: Absecon Lighthouse Admission Ticket

5. Atlantic City: Absecon Lighthouse Admission Ticket

Climb the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey for stunning views of Atlantic city with this admission ticket to the Absecon Lighthouse. Explore a replica of the lightkeeper's dwelling and enjoy the educational exhibits at the onsite museum.  Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day at the Absecon Lighthouse. Walk up the steps to an elevation of 171 feet to admire the craftsmanship of the light which is an original Fresnel Lens that was first lit to safely guide ships in 1857. Capture pictures of the Atlantic City skyline from the country’s third-tallest lighthouse. The lighthouse's recent multi-million dollar restoration also includes a detailed replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling and a family-friendly educational museum with gift shop for souvenirs. 

Wildwood Crest: Pirate Adventure Cruise with Face Painting

6. Wildwood Crest: Pirate Adventure Cruise with Face Painting

Board a pirate ship for some guaranteed family fun with a voyage of tales, tunes, and treasures. Get in the mood with free face painting. Then its time to slap on your eyepatch and set sail under the skull and crossbones flag. Let your crew entertain you with pirate stories, a treasure hunt and a water cannon battle. Weigh the anchor and get ready to enjoy booty, music and song. Sip on the ship's special Dark Grog and enjoy an unforgettable family voyage of pirate mayhem.

American Dream: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

7. American Dream: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

See if you have what it takes to escape the room at The Escape Room New Jersey. Choose between 6 immersive escape rooms and work as a team to complete a mission. Once you arrive, learn the rules of your adventure with the help of a game guide. With 6 thrilling adventures to choose from, you may find yourself as a spy sent to recover a stolen painting or an agent on a Special Ops mission to save the world. Start by picking your theme – from a 1950’s prison to deep space, or even a classic art heist – then team up to follow clues, solve puzzles, and complete your mission in under 60 minutes. These games provide a unique, hands-on experience, designed for families, friends, couples, corporate groups, and anyone else looking for an elevated unplugged adventure. Work together with your team to find clues and solve puzzles within a series of elaborately-designed rooms. After emerging victorious, celebrate with a bite to eat at the American Dream entertainment center, at your own expense. The following themes are available for selection: • Special Ops: Mysterious Market • The Heist • Playground • The Depths • Gold Rush • Prison Break

New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

8. New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. The tour starts at 6:30 PM. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York! The tour is suitable for all ages and ends at 10 PM near Times Square. The tour runs every Wednesday and Sunday.This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York. Your tour concludes near Times Square.

American Dream: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Entry Ticket

9. American Dream: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Entry Ticket

Experience the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground with your kids, all part of New Jersey’s American Dream complex. Embark on a 3-hour play experience for your child. Go on a LEGO®-themed train ride, or experience a 4D cinema to see their favorite LEGO® characters come to life on the big screen. Visit MINILAND™, a LEGO® recreation of New York and New Jersey’s most popular landmarks. Encourage your kids to get creative, and design their own LEGO® car, or even their own model worlds. Kids can also get tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder in the Creative Workshop, or refine their NINJA skills in the NINJAGO Training Camp.

American Dream: Mirror Maze Admission Ticket

10. American Dream: Mirror Maze Admission Ticket

Navigate your way through the area's one and only Mirror Maze experience. Enjoy a world of infinite reflections set against glowing lights and unexpected effects. This Mirror Maze is located inside American Dream, New Jersey's newest indoor entertainment and shopping center, just 4 miles outside of New York City. The Mirror Maze is 18,000 square feet and has a range of corridors filled with reflections, lighting effects, and twists and turns which will orbit your senses into a new dimension. Work your way into the middle of the maze, where you can take a rest before heading out through a different exit to find your way out of this immersive, optical adventure, This is one maze you won’t soon forget. You can upgrade your experience and save with a combo ticket that also includes the adjacent Blacklight Mini Golf. Then take time to experience even more thrills at American Dream, the ultimate collection of premier indoor attractions, shopping, and dining comprising more than 3 million square feet in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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What people are saying about New Jersey

Our family went there for my daughter’s 6th bday. Its her wish to go to the aquarium. Its not as big but its big enough for them to enjoy and burn their energy. The price is fair. We enjoyed the big aquarium and tunnels. Theres space to sit and enjoyed watching the sharks and rays swim pass by and above us. We loved it!!

This is not only a place for kids but adults too!! Got to go on same rides a few times. Not a lot of people. A few of rides were closed, but definitely fun and plenty to do!

Great, safe family fun. Best for kids 42inchs and taller. I like that they have plenty of family changing rooms.

Nice place for the kids. Rides are fun. Make sure to eat before going inside though.

Beautiful! Interesting! Great for kids & adults, alike.