3 Great Ways to Spend a Summer Day in Hudson County NJ

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by

NJ Summer Day Trip Ideas


This summer, while the kids are off from school, make sure you get out there and have fun with one of these 3 great ways to spend a summer day in Hudson County, all of them would make a great day trip for New Jersey families. What will you enjoy within you own back yard? What will you find?


3 Great Ways to Spend a Summer Day in Hudson County New Jersey


Walk Among the Dinosaurs

Follow the trail through the gates of Field Station Dinosaurs and you forget you’re in Secaucus. Instead you’ve been transported to Jurassic Park, where you can go on safari and seek out dinosaurs large and small. Our explorations of Field Station Dinosaurs have come with encounters of over 30 animated robotic dinosaurs. We’ve even petted a few. There were performances by dinosaurs and paleontologists. At times we sang with the dinosaur troubadour. And if that wasn’t enough we even dig up dinosaur fossils. For the paleontologist wanna bees in your family a summer is not complete without an expedition to Field Station Dinosaurs.


In what other state can you pet a baby dinosaur? |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

In what other state can you pet a baby dinosaur? |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun


Paddle Down the Saw Mill Creek

Across the Hackensack River from Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of the largest and most ecologically diverse marshes in the Meadowlands District. It encompasses roughly 750 acres of wetlands, mudflats and open water between the eastern and western spurs of the New Jersey Turnpike. The canoe and kayak trail, is about 2.5 miles and is marked at key points with numbered, bright-blue signs. Take your time or speed paddle at a quicker pace, it’s up to you. The Saw Mill Creek takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on wind, currents, and your paddling pace.


Climb a Piece of History

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the French in 1886. It is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, but was not designated as a National Monument till 1924. Visiting Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty is something every child should experience, especially when you are visiting northern New Jersey or New York City. Families who want to enter the museum, pedestal or crown need advanced reservations and tickets. Advanced reservations allow visitors to climb to the level they want as well as avoid waiting in lines during their visit. Crown, pedestal, and ground only tickets are available. A walk from the ground floor to the Statue of Liberty’s crown is roughly equal to walking up a 22 story building and 154 steps! Wow! Make a full day of it and visit the Liberty Island Museum and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. While taking all this in be sure to have your children earn their Junior Ranger badge through the Junior Ranger program. Just an extra way to make the day extra special.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these great ways to spend a summer day in Hudson County.


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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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