The Ultimate NJ Summer Adventure Guide: Local Events, Day Trips + More

Brought to You by Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls

By Stacey Jones June 6, 2021

Trying to plan a summer filled with adventure and family fun? You’ve come to the right place! Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls has put together all of the amazing community activities, day trips near New Jersey, and summer festivities in one place for you to make your 2021 summer amazing!

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For this special edition, we've compiled local events, day trips, and all of the summer festivities you can explore with your family.  Additionally, remember to always:

*Check the Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls Event Calendar to see what's happening daily. Our Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls edition covers these Monmouth County towns: Lincroft, Holmdel, Tinton Falls, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Middletown, Colts Neck, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Farmingdale, Wall, Jackson, and Howell.

*Register for summer day camps - weekly, monthly, and full summer options featuring some amazing exclusive discounts can be found inside our 2021 Summer Camp Guide.

Here's our amazing Macaroni Kid 2021 Ultimate New Jersey Summer Adventure Guide! 

Click on the location or event name for more details. Tell them you saw it on Macaroni Kid. 


Movies at the Beach - Point Pleasant

Saint Leo the Great Annual Carnival

Monmouth Museum

Historic Village at Allaire

St. Mary's Great Fair 

Atlantic Highlands Fireman's Fair

Monmouth County Fair at the East Freehold Showgrounds

Keyport Fireman's Fair


Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay

Dinosaur Trail at Allaire

Geocaching - Join the world's largest treasure hunt


Weekly Kiddie Beach Shows and Fireworks at Jenkinson's

Xpedition Dino at Six Flags: Choose Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru Adventure

Nature Scavenger Hunts in local parks

Deep Cut Gardens

iPlay America Indoor Amusement Park

Keansburg Fishing Pier

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Pick Your Own Peaches in July & August at Eastmont Orchards in Colts Neck

Sour Cherry, Peach, and Nectarine Picking at Battleview Orchards in Freehold

Asbury Splash Park

Hiking and Touring Historic Battery Lewis in Hartshorne Woods

Poricy Park Fossil Hunt 

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids

Big Brook Preserve Fossil Dig

TSTBBQ Mini Golf

Chocolate Works Red Bank

Oak Hill Farms


A Time to Kiln

Bell Works

Board & Brush Creative Studio Red Bank

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Dorbrook Sprayground

Historic Longstreet Farm

Movies on the Turf in Middletown

AR Workshop Red Bank

Escapology Escape Room Holmdel

Jersey Freeze Holmdel

Twin Lights Historic Lighthouse

Huber Woods Park Reptile House

Inspired Minds Fine Art School

Coney Waffle Red Bank

Good Vibe Delish Red Bank

Snapology Discovery Center

Jungle Jim & Jane

Monmouth County Park System 

Nicholas Creamery

Middletown Sports Complex

Crazees Rumson

The Lighthouse - Red Bank and Belford

Coco Beans Play Cafe

Family Bowling at Bowlero & Bowlmor

River Rats Sailing

Monmouth Park Racetrack

Skimbash in Sea Bright

Six Flags Great Adventure - Theme Park, Hurricane Harbor, Drive-Through Safari

Railroad Plaza Park + Playground in Allenhurst nestled between the train station and lake off Corlies Avenue


Marine Mammal Stranding Center - private seining or mock stranding experience on the beach 

Surflight Theatre and The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour 

Treehouse World Westchester PA

Legoland Discovery Center NJ

Space Farms

Sitting Pretty Rescue Petting Farm

Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Zoo

Raceway Park

Wild West City

South Mountain Fairy Trail

Liberty State Park

Liberty Science Center

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island 

Legoland New York

Franklin Institute

Medieval Times

High Point State Park 

Battleship New Jersey 

Adventure Aquarium 

Kids Empire Woodbridge

Ocean City Boardwalk

Sugar Factory - Atlantic City or NYC

Jenkinson's Point Pleasant - Aquarium, Boardwalk, Rides, Beach

Wall Speedway Racing 

Sea Quest Land and Sea Adventures

Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Crayola Factory

Interactive Scavenger Hunt NYC

Grounds for Sculpture

Tuckerton Seaport Museum

Lakota Wolf Preserve

Freehold Raceway

Out of Sight Alpaca Farm Tour

Roller Jam

Roller Magic

Silverball Museum Asbury

Turtle Back Zoo

Morey's Piers Wildwood

Garden State Discovery Museum

Imagine That 

Lucy the Elephant

Thomas Edison National Historic Park

Storybook Land

SlooMoo Institute

The Friends Experience

Historic Smithville

Rutgers Gardens

Peddlers Village

Bronx Zoo

Jim Thorpe

Knoebel's Amusement Park

American Dream

American Girl Place

American Museum of Natural History

Atlantic City Aquarium

Rainforest Cafe

Casino Pier + Breakwater Beach Waterpark

Central Park Zoo

CoCo Key Water Park


Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum


Legoland Discovery Center 

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Zoo

Sahara Sam's Oasis Waterpark

Sesame Place

Somerset Patriots

Lakewood Blue Claws

Dutch Wonderland

Land of Make Believe

Crystal Springs Water Park 

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Children's Museum

Veteran's Splash Park Monroe

Wheeler's Splash Park Union 

Victorian Gardens Amusement Park

Macaroni Kid 2021 Summer Camp Guide

In addition to all of the great summer reading programs offered by our local libraries, there are a multitude of others available to your children. Many of these programs offer free rewards for completion of the program, which is a nice bonus in addition to watching your child indulge in reading time during the lazy summer days.  Below is our Macaroni Kid 2021 Summer Reading Club & Program Guide for you.

Amazon Summer Reading Challenge
Amazon Summer Reading Challenge: Read any 8 books this summer and keep track. Bring back your list to an Amazon store (Paramus or NYC) by September 2nd and receive a Star Reader Certificate and $1 off your next book at Amazon Books. Limit of one offer per school aged child (Grades K-8). Details at this link.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading for Kids
Read any eight books this summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal. Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why. For kids in Grades 1-6. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1 - August 31, 2021. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal found at this link.

Chuck E. Cheese Summer Reading Rewards
Read every day for two weeks, mark off the reading rewards calendar found at this link, and bring it in for 10 FREE play points!

iPlay America - Danny iPlay's Summer Book Club

Read 5 books June 1- September 12, 2021 and get a FREE iRide Plus Pass that will be valid October 4-November 7, 2021. Details at this link.

New York Times Summer Reading Contest for Teenagers (Ages 11-19)
In it's twelfth year, the New York Times invites kids ages 11-19 every Friday from June 11 through August 19 to answer same question: What got your attention in The Times this week? Why?  Anyone 11 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can post an answer and they select winners at the end of every week to have their writing published.  Full details can be found at this link.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Read & log minutes all summer from April 26 - September 3, 2021 at this link. Kids will be encouraged to track their reading streaks™ to earn rewards and unlock book donations, with the goal of donating 100,000 books by July.

Sylvan's Learning Book Adventure Program
Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn FREE prizes for their reading success. Prizes in the past have included things like temporary tattoos, magazines, chocolate, books, and more.

SYNC Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Teens ages 13 and up are eligible for free content in SYNC's twelfth year of its free summer audiobook program. Each week, your teen can receive two thematically paired audiobooks. Over the course of the ten week program, they have the opportunity to listen to twenty new book titles this summer! 

TD Bank
Kids in grades K-5 can complete the Summer Reading Log with ten books of their choice during Summer 2021 and bring it into TD Bank to receive $10 deposited into their new or existing young saver account.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor:

After the last 15 months, we’re proud of how this community has persevered and continued to stay positive and supportive of each other as well as of local businesses. Much like the summer months, this real estate market is HOT! 

Melrose Realty is happy to serve this community and help our neighbors in any of their home buying and selling needs. We hope for a healthy and joyful summer for everyone!


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