Chol Hamoed Sukkos Trip Guide
September 19, 2021
Compiled by Dina Steinberg
Chol Hamoed is a great opportunity to get fresh air and enjoy fun activities with family. Below is a compilation of family-friendly locations that are sure to provide hours of wholesome enjoyment.
Note: Please call any location in advance to confirm hours, availability, pricing, and COVID-19 protocols.
Tip:Many places require advance reservations and have limited openings. You may want to consider reserving tickets before Yom Tov.
Tip:Some places offer discount admission from www.groupon.com.
The Voice takes no responsibility for any errors listed below or the kashrus of any establishment.
Special for Chol Hamoed Sukkos 2021
Six Flags Great Adventure with NCSY
Details: Enjoy one of the country’s best theme parks while supporting a great cause. Reservations required. Purchase admission tickets and parking passes online. Masks required.
Hours: Theme park: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.; safari: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pricing: Theme park: $39 per person; safari drive-through: $24 per person;theme park plus safari: $54 per person; parking: $22.50 plus tax. Free for children age 2 and under. Call for groups or other information.
Address: 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ
Details: Fun for all ages!
Hours: Thursday, September 23: 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday, September 24: 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 26: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Thursday, September 30: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Address: 5369 US 9, Howell, NJ
Details: America’s only construction-themed water park. Offering over 40 attractions and a sukkah on premises. Reservations required.
Hours: September 23: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; September 24: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free parking. Use special code VOICE21 for discount for $36.95 per person (usually $44.95) or present coupon (see ad).
Address: 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ
Details: Sponsored by Kollel Ner Avrohom (Dr. Roberts). Nosh and prize giveaways. Acrobatic, FMX, storyteller, and jump rope shows.
Hours: Sunday, September 26: 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Address: Lakewood Cheder, 725 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Whale- and Dolphin-Watching Cruises
Details: Guaranteed sightings
Hours: Sailing 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ
Pricing: Children 6 and under ride free with a paid adult. Call or check the website for more pricing details.
Details: Obstacle course, carousel, game room with over 40 games, toddler discovery area
Hours: Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Address: 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Pricing: Special pricing for Chol Hamoed: all-in-one pass for children—$16.99 including $10 arcade card; adults—$6.50
Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway
Details: Scenic and pleasant, this 10.5-mile-long trail is great for walking, running, and biking and works for all skill levels.
Address: N. Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Lake Riviera Park
Datails: This beautiful park offers two playgrounds, basketball courts, and a beach area.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Address: 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723
Details: Climb the 228 steps upNew Jersey’s tallest lighthouse—the third tallest in the USA—and enjoy the view.
Hours: Thursday–Monday: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Pricing: Children under age 4: free; ages 4–12: $6; adults: $10; cheaper for groups of 10 plus
Address: 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ
Sea Girt Lighthouse
Details: This lighthouse was built in 1896 and has a long, rich history. Call for tours.
Address: 9 Ocean Avenue, Sea Girt, NJ 08750
Lucy the Elephant
Details: A state and national landmark, this six-story structure makes a novel and unique visit with great views.
Hours: Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m.; Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Guided tours: children under 2—free; ages 3–12—$4; age 13 and up—$8
Address: 9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate, NJ
Allaire Community Farm
Details: A lovely 25-acre farm and petting zoo with rescued animals. Barrel-train rides are available on weekdays for an extra $2; pony rides are available on weekends for an extra $5.
Hours: Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Pricing: Children over age 1—$3, adults—$5; animal feed—$2 per bag
Address: 1923 Bailey’s Corner Road, Wall, NJ
Island Beach State Park
Details: This scenic park makes a great spot for boating in the ocean or biking on the dirt paths.
Hours: Sunday: 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Address: Route 35 S, Seaside Park, NJ 875
Turkey Swamp Park
Details: A large park with boat rentals, plenty of walking trails, and playground
Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free admission. Boat rentals begin at $14.54 per hour per boat plus life vest for $7.
Address: 200 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ
Holmdel Park and Longstreet Farm
Details: A beautiful state park with trails, playgrounds, and a historic farm with animals, old machinery, and staff dressed in period costumes.
Hours: Park: daily 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; farm: daily 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Address: 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ
Deep Cut Gardens
Details: 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses featuring 52 varieties of roses
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–dusk
Address: 152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ
Details: Swings,picnic tables, grassy area, walking trails
Address: Riverwood Drive, Toms River, NJ
Details: Swings,picnic tables, grassy area, beautiful views of the water
Address: 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick, NJ
Dorbrook Recreation Center
Details: Picnic tables, large variety of play facilities, sand-play area, grassy area
Address: 353 County Road 537, Colts Neck, NJ
Details: Voted the best aquarium in the Northeast, with over 15,000 aquatic animals, including a walk-through shark tank
Pricing: Children ages 2–12: $21.99; adults: $31.99
Hours: Week of Chol Hamoed: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Address: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
Phone: 1-844-474-3474 (FISH)
Details: The aquarium features hundreds of sea creatures and has an interactive touch pool for those who want to get up close with the animals.
Address: 3400 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Hours: Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
Pricing: Children age 2 and under: free; ages 2–8: $6.95; adults: $8.95
Popcorn Park Zoo
Details: A family-oriented zoo that was established to provide a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured and could no longer survive in their natural habitats, the zoo now also includes exotic and domestic animals. Feeding most animals in the zoo is not allowed due to the animals’ specialized diets; however, air-popped popcorn may be purchased to feed free-roaming birds and some of the farm animals.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; ticket purchases stop at 4:15 p.m.
Pricing: Adults: $7; seniors and children ages 3–11: $4; children under age 3: free
Address: 1 Humane Way (off Lacey Road), Forked River, NJ
Turtle Back Zoo
Details: This large, beautiful zoo features many animals from various regions, plus extra activities. Playground and train ride are included in admission. Mini golf, pony rides, carousel, and other activities cost extra.
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pricing: Children under age 2: free; ages 2–12 and seniors over age 62: $12; ages 13–62: $14. Free parking.
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Staten Island Zoo
Details: With beautiful exhibits and a wide variety of animals, the Staten Island Zoo is a great trip for the entire family.
Pricing: Children under age 2: free; ages 2–14: $6; adults: $10. Tuesday and Wednesday: free admission after 2:00 p.m.
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Address: 614 Broadway Street, Staten Island, NY 10310
Details: Outdoor family-entertainment centerincludes batting cages, mini golf, rides, and more.
Hours: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Pay per attraction starting at $3; special passes: $20 or $35.
Address: 136 Route 9, Bayville, NJ
Six Flags Great Adventure
Details: The amusement park and drive-through safari offer a full day of adventure.
Hours: Vary depending on the day; check the day’s hours in advance.
Pricing: $80 at the park. Check online for lower prices.
Address: 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527
American Dream Mall
Details: The sprawling indoor entertainment center and shopping mall is spread over a massive 3 million-square-foot complex. Attractions include an ice-skating rink, indoor skiing, blacklight mini golf, an amusement park, and much more.
Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pricing: Varies by attraction. Admission to the mall is free. Parking is $3 for up to four hours and $8 for five hours.
Address: 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ
Details: New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park includes go-karts, laser tag, thrilling rides, an indoor boardwalk, and more than 250 arcade games.
Hours: Hours vary; call for details.
Pricing: Prices and packages vary based on attractions. Group rates available for groups of 25-plus; must call in advance to receive discount.
Address: 110 Schank Road, Freehold, NJ
Details: An incredible virtual-reality entertainment center both kids and adults will love, including a job simulator, plank experience, and more.
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday: 10:45 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pricing: Weekdays: $24.99 per station; weekends: $25.99 per station
Address: 4012 Route 9 South, unit #2B, Howell, NJ
Tip: Thursday is family day at Ctrl V: buy one admission, get one free.
Details: Love laser tag? This is the place for you! Fireball Mountain features 15 acres of pure laser-tag fun.
Hours: Weekdays by appointment only
Pricing: $300 for 10 players
Address: 295 Meany Road, Wrightstown, NJ
Top Gun Paintball
Details: A paintball experience for age 8 and up
Hours: Wednesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Weekday play requires reservations.
Address: 567 Monmouth Road, Cream Ridge, NJ
Fun Station USA
Details: Thrilling indoor amusement with more than 100 arcade games, exciting rides, laser tag, a three-story maze, and much more
Hours: Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Pricing: Games and rides range from $3–$22.
Address: 3555 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Little Dreamers Play Café
Details: This place is for the little ones, aged 0–5.
Hours: Admission by reservation only due to COVID.
Pricing: Children age 1 and up: $15, ages 0–1: $10. Lower prices offered for siblings.
Address: 2903 Route 138, Wall, NJ
Make It Glass
Details: A hands-on glass studio specializing in glass fusion right here in Lakewood. Open to the public to design your own creations, or join a class or club. Various designs are geared to ages 5–120.
Pricing: No sitting fee or entrance fee; prices vary per item. Starting price is $10.50.
Address: 40 Chestnut Street, Lakewood, NJ
Wish Upon a Jar
Details: A pottery-painting studio located in Point Pleasant
Hours: Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; Monday–Thursday: 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Pay for the supplies you use.
Details: A ceramics and art studio offering ceramic, plaster, and canvas painting right here in Lakewood. Items available for kids, tweens, teens, adults, and families.
Pricing: Pay per project; prices starting at $10.
Address: 1700 Madison Avenue (Gourmet Glatt Plaza)
Color Me Mine
Details: Your budding artist can choose a ceramic item and paint it; the studio fires it. Pickup is at a later date. Color Me Mine is certified nontoxic and all glazes are lead free. Paint washes off with water.
Hours: Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. only adults aged 17 and up are welcome); Friday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Pricing: Children under age 12: $8 plus the cost of ceramic piece; adults: $9 plus the cost of ceramic piece. Every Tuesday: half price on project fee.
Address: 1877 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
Additional location: Freehold Raceway Mall, 3710 Route 9, Freehold, NJ 07728. Open Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; phone: 732-780-7811
Details: Glassblowing activities for the whole family. Glassblowing (9-plus years), SunTile (4-plus years), QuickCast (any age).
Hours: Glassblowing: Friday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.;gallery hours: Tuesday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; weekends: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Pay per object/dish.
Address: 550 Cookman Avenue #103, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
The Crayola Experience
Details: The huge, colorful place to explore the making of everyone’s favorite crayons. Several attractions are temporarily closed. Note: Clear bags only are allowed.
Hours: Week of Chol Hamoed:10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Pricing: Age 3 and up: $20.99—discount online, regular price: $24.99. For 3 passes, enter Family3; for 4 passes, enter Family4 at checkout for discounts. Save $4 per ticket under Plan Your Visit-Special Offers.
Address: 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042
Details: Now offering cosmic bowling and billiards, the perfect location for corporate events, birthday parties, and just an excuse for fun.
Hours: Sunday–Thursday:9:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m.; Motza’ei Shabbos: open until 2:00 a.m.
Pricing: Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.—$3.75 per person per game; 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.—$5.75 per person per game; shoe rental: $4.50
Address: 1002 Route 9, Howell, NJ
Details: Great bowling fun for the entire family.
Hours: Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Monday–Wednesday: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Thursday: 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Pay per hour, $70 for 6 players; $80 for 7 players; $90 for 8 players. Includes shoe rental.
Address: 101 Locust Street, Lakewood, NJ
Details: Bowling fun for the entire family.
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.; weekends: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m. Call for open-lanes availability.
Pricing: Weekdays before 5:00 p.m.: $3.75 per game; weekends and after 5:00 p.m.: $4.75 per game; shoes are $3 a pair.
Address: 2085 Lanes Mill Road, Lakewood, NJ
Soft play/climbing/trampoline parks
Altitude Trampoline Park
Details: Foam pits, trampolines, basketball hoops, gymnastic tracks, and other activities
Hours: Monday–Friday: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pricing: $20 per hour
Address: 465 Green Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Details: Indoor fun center with an imagination village, a toddler area, a large jungle gym, riding toys, a roller-skate room, and arcades
Pricing: Children aged 1–2: $8.99; ages 3–12: $15.99. Under age 1 and age 13 and over: free
Address: 1328 River Avenue #19A (Seagull Square), Lakewood, NJ 08701
Details: If your kids are climbing the walls, bring them to Climbzone! This nationally acclaimed climbing arena, with a branch right here in Howell, has something fun for kids of all ages. Attractions include 68 different climbing walls, a two-level ropes course, a zip line, soft play, and more.
Hours: See and select times for reservations on the website.
Pricing: Children ages 0–4: $10 for soft play only; $16.99–$31.99 for climbing
Address: 5369 Route 9 North, Howell, NJ 07731
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Details: Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park with a branch located right here in Lakewood. They pride themselves on being the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see.
Pricing: 60 minutes: $25; 90 minutes: $28; 120 minutes: $29
Promos: $10 Tuesday! Come jump for 60 minutes for only $10. Wow Wednesday: $15 per 90 minutes! First-responder discount: 10 percent off for all first responders.
Address: 1001 New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Get Air Trampoline Park
Details: A fantastic indoor trampoline park with a foam pit, basketball play, and more
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Call first for availability.
Pricing: $16 per hour, $30 per two hours; players under 46 inches: $10 per hour, $18 per two hours; jump socks for all jumpers: $3
Address: 200 Daniels Way, suite 120, Freehold, NJ
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
Details: An action-packed trampoline and adventure park with an indoor playground, climbing walls, spin zone, virtual reality, battle beam, and more
Hours: Call or check the website for hours.
Pricing: Packages start at $34.99 for all attractions or $19.99 for trampoline use only. Children aged 5 and under pay $13.99. Virtual reality is only $5.99. Socks must be purchased at the location for $3 a pair.
Address: 1256 Indian Head Road, Toms River, NJ
Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park
Details: An awesome trampoline park with a foam pit, a rock-climbing wall, and huge open jump arenas
Hours: Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Weekdays: 60 minutes—$17.99 for age 7 and up, $13.49 for age 6 and under; 90 minutes—$24.99 for age 7 and up, $18.99 for age 6 and under; 120 minutes—$29.99 for age 7 and up, $22.49 for age 6 and under
Escape the Puzzle Room
Details: Six exciting escape rooms to choose from. Sixty minutes to solve the puzzle, clues, and locks. Can accommodate 2–40 players.
Pricing: Pricing varies based on the number of players. Ten percent off full-room bookings with mention of Voice ad.
Address: 473 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ
Solve the Room
Details: These thrilling escape rooms are sure to keep you guessing until the end. Play in groups of 2–6.
Pricing: $29 per person
Address: 1555 Route 37 W #12, Toms River, NJ 08755
Hours: 1:00 p.m.–9:45 p.m.
Amazing Escape Room
Details: One room. One mission. One hour. Can you escape?
Pricing: Pricing varies based on number of players.
Address: 2 Monmouth Avenue, Freehold, NJ
Wall Sports Arena
Details: The arena offers ice-skating to the public. All admissions must be paid online prior to arriving at the rink.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Pricing: General admission: $10; skate rental: $5
Address: 1215 Wyckoff Road, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Jackson Skating Center Roller Magic
Details: Skate and rollerblade rentals and arcades
Hours: Wednesday: Family Skate—6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; additional hours available for private rentals and advanced skating. Call for details.
Pricing: $4 for Family Skate; $8 for Afternoon Skate. Additional $4 per skates/rollerblades rental.
Address: 2270 West County Line Road, Jackson, NJ
InfoAge Science Center
Details: Known as “NJ’s mini Smithsonian,” this history/tech museum is located in a 100-year-old national historic landmark. Exhibits on radio, computers, electronics, and warfare technology housed at a former military base.
Hours: Sunday and Wednesday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Pricing: Age 13 and up: $10; age 12 and under: $5
Address: 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, NJ
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Details: Ripley’s unique odditorium, full of rare artifacts from around the world. Also featuring The Vault, a challenging laser maze. Special Chol Hamoed opening with no human remains.
Hours: Sunday–Tuesday:11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Thursday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pricing: Children aged 5–12: $12.99, age 12 and up: $18.99; age 4 and under: free
Address: 1441 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
Liberty Science Center
Details: The only all-in-one museum, zoo, and aquarium in NJ. Try the new Infinity Climber hanging gym, climb 35 feet above the floor on 64 small platforms, try the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze, walk along a beam 18 feet high while blasted by hurricane-force winds and rain, check out the Curtain Wall simulator, and much more.
Hours: Call or check the website for hours.
Pricing: Adults: $24.99; kids: $19.99
Address: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
Details: This small museum offers a history of the state’s military.
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pricing: Call or check the website for pricing.
Address: Camp Drive and Sea Girt Avenue, Sea Girt, NJ 08750