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Things to Do with Your Teen Over Spring Break in North Jersey

by Lisa Batitto
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Spring break is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your teen. From parks to museums, there are plenty of fun (and educational – but shh, we won’t tell) places to explore together. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day trip in the North Jersey area or something a bit more adventurous, this list of fun + creative destinations has something to offer everyone. Read on for our list of things to do with your teen over spring break in North Jersey.

Hawk Rise Sanctuary | 1811 Lower Road, Linden


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The sanctuary is part of the New Jersey Audubon Society. In addition to events for families, such as a class on binocular basics, there is a teaching station and benches to view nature throughout the park.

Read More: A List of Fun Outdoor Activities in New Jersey

Liberty State Park | 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City

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You’ll find dramatic views of the Manhattan Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island at this green oasis. You can plan a picnic, explore the open fields, and visit the NJ Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial.

Lakota Wolf Preserve | 89 Mt Pleasant Road, Columbia

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The preserve is home to wolves, bobcats, and foxes. You can attend an informal talk about the social structure of wolf packs, their eating habits, and their interaction with humans. In the observation area, you can watch the wolves play.

Montclair Art Museum | 3 S Mountain Avenue, Montclair

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The theme of the First Thursday on April 6th is Spring Break. Participate in indoor beach volleyball, enjoy a DJ dance party, and make some vacation-inspired art. Docents will lead tours of works related to relaxation and celebration.

Newark Museum of Art | 49 Washington Street, Newark

If you have a budding astrologer in your family, they will be wowed by the Museum’s Planetarium. Make sure to take a tour of Animal Kingdom, an immersive combination of art, animal specimen, and hands-on activities.

Richard W. DeKorte Park | 1 DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst


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The William D. McDowell Observatory is located within DeKorte Park and is open to the public every Wednesday evening for free stargazing. Experts will help you see the moon, planets, and constellations.

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Yestercades | Multiple Locations


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You’ll step back in time when you visit this arcade, which has retro games from the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Challenge your teens to a game of Pac-Man or Donkey Kong. You can play as many as you’d like, as you are charged per hour, not per game.

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