October 2021: Fall Day Trips

The weather may be cooling off, but our appetite for outdoor adventure isn’t. This fall is the perfect time to enjoy a delightful day trip right here in New Jersey.

Want to really lose yourself? Try to conquer Stony Hill Farms’ 10-acre corn maze in Chester. In addition to meandering through the labyrinth, visitors can try to complete a maze-adventure game sheet. Fancy some true peace? Go for a kayaking trip along the Manasquan River, where you may even spot a bald eagle. Love the coast but feel like you’ve explored every town in New Jersey? Take a drive along the often-overlooked Bayshore Heritage Scenic Byway, which traverses Salem, Cumberland and Cape May counties. There are also historic sites, like Monmouth Battlefield State Park, and gorgeous places to take in nature, including Pequannock Watershed and Watchung Reservation.

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FEATURES

Steven Van Zandt on Springsteen, ‘The Sopranos’ and Shrugging off Stardom

The rock ‘n’ roll icon documents his lifetime of passion projects in his new memoir, “Unrequited Infatuations.”

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The Best Fall Day Trips in New Jersey

The weather may be cooling off, but our appetite for outdoor adventure isn’t. This fall is the perfect time to enjoy a delightful day trip right here in NJ.

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Get Lost But Find Fun in a Corn Maze this Fall

One of our favorite fall day trips is the corn maze at Stony Hill Farms in Chester.

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Visit NJ’s Often-Overlooked Bayshore Heritage Scenic Byway

New Jersey has no shortage of coastal attractions. But the sites along the Delaware Bay are often overlooked.

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Watchung Reservation is a Peaceful Fall Day Trip

Sandwiched between Routes 22 and 78 in Union County, Watchung Reservation offers a 2,000-acre respite from the bustle of nearby roadways and townships.

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park: Stroll Where Washington Stood Fast

Little has changed from the day when George Washington’s army fought the British in one of the largest battles of the American Revolution.

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Manasquan River: The Perfect Day Trip for Kayakers

At the eastern end, grand houses line the banks and fishing boats parade out to sea; to the west, bald eagles soar. In between, kayakers can meander through marshes and woodlands.

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Visit Pequannock Watershed, a ‘Pristine Forest’ in New Jersey

The 35,000-acre Pequannock Watershed Recreation Facility covers portions of Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.

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New Jersey Fall Festivals and Fairs You Won’t Want to Miss

From Oktoberfest celebrations to family-friendly events, the Garden State has a plethora of fun fall happenings.

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Eek! Haunted Attractions Sure to Scare NJ this Fall

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Why Migrating Monarch Butterflies Love NJ

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Iconic Candy Brands Born, Bred and Made in New Jersey

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HOME & GARDEN

Colorful New Jersey Kitchens that Pop

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EAT & DRINK

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At Sugar Factory Atlantic City, Extravagant Treats Abound

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EXIT RAMP

A Sticky, Giddy Grape-Stomping Session at Four Sisters Winery

Visitors flock to the Belvidere vineyards to roll up their pant legs and take part in some old-school squishing. (And, of course, a bit of sipping.)

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