Eat, Stay and Play – Plan Your Family Staycation to Crystal Springs Resort NJ

Posted on: December 19th, 2017 by

In full disclosure, we were provided with meals, accommodations, and activities at the Crystal Springs Resort NJ in Hamburg, New Jersey to aid us in creating family travel stories to help you plan your family vacation to the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort, a family-friendly New Jersey area resort in Sussex County, New Jersey.

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Eat, Stay and Play in the Crystal Springs Resort NJ in Hamburg, Sussex County


Have you ever considered a family vacation to the Crystal Springs Resort NJ?

I can’t remember how long ago it was that I first saw images online of the Crystal Springs Resort NJ. I do remember seeing photos of the Biosphere and immediately knowing I wanted to get there. I had to know if it was as amazing as it looks and if it was a resort where families are welcomed. I am so thrilled to be able to say that the Biosphere at Grand Cascades Lodge is even better in person. Wait till you see our pictures or watch our video! The Crystal Springs Resort, whether you visit in the middle of a season or between seasons, offers plenty of family fun indoors and out.

Our first visit to the Crystal Springs Resort was this past November between the fall and winter seasons, we found plenty to do as a family. We made some wonderful family memories and are delighted to be able to share the following stories with you. Enjoy!


Grand Cascades Wide View Crystal Springs Resort

Photo credit: Crystal Springs Resort


Eat: Crystal Springs Resort Restaurants

We spent most of our days at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort NJ. We ate a breakfast and a dinner at the Crystal Tavern, a late dinner at the Biosphere Cafe, and in our suite, we ordered room service and made a few meals.


Crystal Springs Resort Restaurants & Dining Options


Stay: Crystal Springs Resort Hotels & Lodging Options

For our first family vacation to the Crystal Springs Resort NJ, we were guests of the Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The Grand Cascades Lodge is located among the mountains at 3 Wild Turkey Way in Hamburg, New Jersey. The Grand Cascades Lodge has accommodation options for couples, small families, and larger families. Read about our stay at the Grand Cascades Lodge and Crystal Springs accommodations complete with a video tour of two luxurious room options.


Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg New Jersey


The Crystal Springs Resort also offers a second hotel called the Minerals Hotel. Learn more about Minerals here.


Play: Things to do with Kids at the Crystal Springs Resort NJ

While my husband wasn’t able to join us, my sons and I enjoyed many of the Crystal Springs Resort family activities. Archery, Footgolf, swimming are just a few of the activities available for families at Crystal Springs Resort. For my tweens and teenager these were all activities they approved of.


13 Things to do with Kids At Crystal Springs Resort


  • Learn more about the Crystal Springs Resort activities for families on their website here.


Need ideas for family activities in Sussex County near Crystal Springs Resort NJ here’s a few ideas.

Sussex County New Jersey Museums

Hours vary, so please call before visiting.

  • Waterloo Village, Byram Twp, 973-347-185
  • Franklin Mineral Museum, 32 Evans St, Franklin, 973-827-3481
  • The Old Monroe Schoolhouse at 410 Route 94 in Hardyston offers FREE admission. It is open 1-4 pm the first Sunday of the month June through September
  • The Snowmobile Barn Museum, 928 Cedar Ridge Rd, Newton, 973-383-1708
  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, 973-209-7212
  • Friar Mountain Railroad Museum, 240 Demarest Rd, Sparta, 973-579-9833 offers FREE admission as well.
  • Space Farms Zoo and Museum, 218 County Rd 519, Sussex, 973-875-5800

For more information on family activities in Sussex County, where the Crystal Springs Resort is located, visit the county tourism website at


We had such a wonderful relaxing time at Crystal Springs Resort. It was hard to return back to the school routine come the following Monday morning. We’re looking forward to a time when we can return again to this North Jersey family resort. Whether you are in New Jersey looking for a great staycation option or need an incredible place to stay while visiting New Jersey, consider the Crystal Springs Resort.


Plan a visit to the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey your next family vacation.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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