Looking for some one-day trips in the Philadelphia area and nearby New Jersey and Delaware? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up a ton of trip ideas from my Philly Social Media moms, complete with their best advice for each travel spot.
I’m ending the series today with Jersey Love! Growing up in the Philly area, the shore = Jersey beaches, especially since my grandparents owned a motel in North Wildwood. I remember the sound of our tires on the back roads of New Jersey before Route 55 was built. Walks up and down the boardwalk filled with sounds of seagulls and “Watch the Tram Car, please.” When I was in college, I worked as chambermaid for my aunt at the motel one summer, plus trying to work at Lime Ricky’s on the boardwalk. Good times!
Once upon a time, before kids, before marriage, I was a Girl Scout Leader and we camped regularly. It was only natural, then, that camping with my kids would be on my bucket list. A few weekends ago after our Pirate Day at the Tuckerton Seaport, we got to mark that off our list.
My family enjoyed our first camping trip at Sea Pirate Campground in Tuckerton, New Jersey. It was the perfect place to experience camping for the first time. We stayed in a deluxe cabin which offered a bit of the comforts of home while also the setting of a campsite. ~ Jennifer
We recently visited Adventure Aquarium (another fun thing to do with your family in New Jersey) for a face-to-snout look at Mighty Mike, and learned a ton of interesting alligator facts. We even got a close up look at Melvin aka Mini Mike, an alligator hatchling, and had the opportunity to ask questions with one of the Aquarium’s biologists. We learned that alligator hatchlings grow about 1 foot a year and it took Mighty Mike about 30 years to get to his current size. You can’t tell if Melvin is a boy or a girl without ultrasound technology, which gets harder to do as the alligator grows and his skin thickens.
We also met Cassanova, a baby penguin, who becomes an adult much faster than American Alligators, like Mike and Melvin. He will make his official debut this summer. At 5 months old, he still sports grey feathers, which he will malt, or shed, at around 1 year old. By age 2, he’s considered an adult penguin, where it takes an alligator 8-10 years to reach “adult” size. ~ Jennifer
Growing up, going to pick fruit with my family was always something I looked forward to. Since I’ve moved to New Jersey and had kids, visiting Pick-Your-Own farms has become a tradition for us as well. We’ve picked a lot of different fruits, but recently took a road trip to Hammonton, New Jersey to pick blueberries from DiMeo Fruit Farms and Organic Berry Plant Nursery. I can honestly say I’m officially hooked on this place. ~ Jennifer
Family-Friendly Day Trips in Pennsylvania and Delaware
Last Week’s Philadelphia-area day trip posts:
Day One: Hawk Mountain, Historic Philadelphia, Lancaster, Ocean City, Avalon’s Golden Inn
Day Two: Sesame Place, Wildwood’s Morey’s Pier, PA Dutch Country, NJ State Museum, Philadelphia Zoo
Day Three: Tabora Farm, The National Aquarium, Longwood Gardens, Paradise Fishing Preserve, and Dutch Wonderland
Day Four: Knoebels, National Constitution Center, Strasburg Railroad, Coverdale Farm, Crayola Factory
Day Five: Wildwood NJ, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, NYC, Tuckerton Seaport, Sesame Place