Spring into Family Fun!

lilacs

There is plenty to love about springtime in the northeast, and just as many ways to shake off winter’s chill and make the most of the season! We’ve rounded up an array of activities in New Jersey and New York for every member of the family – from flower lovers and theater buffs to sports fans and sun worshippers.

Savor Spring in Bloom

Soak up the season’s floral splendor! Mid-May is the perfect time to smell the lilacs at the New Jersey Botanical Garden, which boasts over one hundred varieties. Orchid lovers won’t want to miss the return of famed floral designer Jeff Leatham’s dazzling creations to the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show (through May 1).

Salute the Ships During Fleet Week

After two years of going virtual during the pandemic, the 34th Annual Fleet Week will be back live in New York City. Multiple ships and more than 2,000 members of the sea services are set to visit the five boroughs from May 26 – 31, and events will include public ship visitations and  a variety of military demonstrations.

Enjoy Free Theater

New York’s Public Theater is celebrating 60 years — and more than 150 productions — of its Free Shakespeare in the Park program. This beloved tradition returns to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park with the intriguing drama “Richard III” as well as a heartwarming musical adaptation of “As You Like It.”

Soak Up Some Sun in NYC

You don’t have to brave Long Island traffic to feel the sand between your toes at a New York beach. Everything from a quiet walk to a fun-filled adventure on the boardwalk can be found just outside of Manhattan. Favorite spots like Coney Island and Rockaway Beach officially re-open in May.

Ride the Trails

From boardwalks to mountain bike paths, New Jersey boasts numerous scenic trails that are perfect for spring bike riding. Take in shoreline views from the Sandy Hook Bike Path, ride beside cranberry bogs on the Pine Barrens River Ramble, or enjoy miles of mountain biking trails that crisscross the forests and marshlands of Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Warren.

Catch a Budget-Friendly Ball Game

Take the whole family out to a ballgame without breaking the bank! New Jersey’s five Minor League Baseball teams play throughout the state and offer ample parking, affordable tickets, and an array of family-friendly activities. The Jersey Shore BlueClaws play at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood and the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater Township. Head south to catch the Trenton Thunder at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, or north to see the Sussex County Miners at Skylands Stadium in Augusta or the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

The Annual Tulip Festival at Holland Ridge Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, typically starts in mid-April (check the website for exact dates). The farm has doubled in size to over 300 acres with 8 million tulips, and you can pick as many as you like for $1 a stem. Food vendors, a bakery, a feeding zoo, and a gift shop are also onsite.

Travel Tip

Whether you’re crossing the Hudson or staying closer to home, you can dial up the relaxation by booking a ride with one of New Jersey’s reputable private limousine companies.