Summer vacations have included: visting with Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, hiking trails and chasing sand crabs at the Cape May Bird Observatory, and wondering just where in the heck they kept their potties at Mount Vernon and Monticello!?!?
Now that our kids are getting older and all school-ed out at this time of year (me, too!) convicing them to do something educational during the summer can be a little difficult.
Also, with my oldest daughter working and gas prices being what they are (UGH!) we're sticking close to home, this year.
- New Jersey’s very own bug museum, Insectropolis (Toms River)
- Dazzling displays of fluorescent minerals and opportunities to collect fossils at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum (Ogdensburg)
- Astronaut-in-training opportunities at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center (Paramus)
- Packs of tundra, timber, and arctic wolves at the Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia)
- 10,000 species of seashells at the Discovery Seashell Museum (Ocean City)
- Thomas Edison’s laboratory complex and 29-room mansion at the Edison National Historic Site (West Orange)
- Aircraft displays and interactive exhibits at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (Wildwood)
- Far-reaching environmental education opportunities provided by the New Jersey Audubon Society (multiple locations)
- Animals from around the globe at America’s most touchable aquarium, the Adventure Aquarium (Camden)
- Knowledgeable naturalists like the staff at Warren E. Fox Center (Mays Landing)
- Eight galleries with hundreds of exhibits, live science, and the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater at Liberty Science Center (Jersey CIty)
- Hundreds of other opportunities at museums, libraries, nature centers, summer camps, lighthouses, parks, and more!
The site is free of charge: Liberty Science Center hopes Science Near You will help connect more NJ families with all of the great science-rich experiences offered throughout the state.
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