7 Spots for a Memorable South Jersey Staycation

Who says you need to hop on a plane to have a memorable vacation? Check out these South Jersey spots where you can make amazing memories.



80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
Wander the 42 acres of South Jersey’s sculpture park to step into your favorite paintings and explore larger-than-life creations. Be sure to check for exciting upcoming events – including special sessions for the park’s 25th anniversary – to get behind-the-scenes looks at exhibits, attend artist talks or enjoy special dining events at Rat’s Restaurant.




Cape May Whale Watcher

1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May
Cruise the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean on this three-hour tour for a chance to see frolicking dolphin pods and massive humpback whales. And, if you don’t see any marine life – as some don’t – the tour is generous enough to hand out free passes to ride again.




In My Grandmother’s Kitchen

111 Oak Terrace, Merchantville
Add making homemade pasta to your list of skills with classes at In My Grandmother’s Kitchen. Owner Jolynn Deloach will take you step by step through recipes for everything from egg pasta to gnocchi – in her own kitchen. Her fun, relaxed classes end with a tasting of your dish.




Michel Cluizel Chocolatrium

575 Route 73, West Berlin
Chocolate lovers will find themselves in paradise at this special museum. After you take a tour, try your hand at chocolate making, enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing, or even attend a chocolate painting class that produces pretty, delicious results.




MerMade Kids

600 Park Boulevard, Cape May
Make a day of playing pretend with the kids at this family-friendly spot. Kids can dress up like mermaids and pirates, get glitter tattoos and feather hair extensions and even make their own bath bombs and shimmer lotion during the make-and-take classes.




Funny Farm Animal Sanctuary

6908 Railroad Boulevard, Mays Landing
Get kisses from a 2,500-pound cow, nuzzles from a goat and play Frisbee with a turkey right here in South Jersey. Admission is free, but any donations help owner Laurie Zaleski care for and feed the more than 150 injured, abused and abandoned animals that call Funny Farm Animal Sanctuary home.




Jean and Ric Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University

201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro
Weekend shows take audiences to the beginning of time and beyond featuring historical stories, lasers and awesome soundtracks. Be sure to stop by for an open house. Held twice a month starting in September, visitors are invited to use the planetarium’s 16-inch telescope for some stargazing from the fourth-floor observatory.


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