6 Budget Friendly Spring Break Day Trips for NJ Teachers

Spring break is right around the corner, so we’ve done our homework to find some fun and easy on the wallet options for resting and relaxing with your family. And what better way to do that than looking for awesome (free or cheap) outings you can take with your kids. New Jersey is packed with culture, history, and so much outdoor beauty that there is really no need to leave the state, right?

If Florida beaches or other far off destinations are not in the equation this April, or if you’ve had to abruptly cancel travel plans, here are a few close-to-home ideas that will make the teacher and parent in you very happy! Here’s to a great staycation!

Monmouth County Historical Association

The months of March and April are all about Bruce Springsteen at the Monmouth County Historical Association. Come out and tour the museum Wednesdays, 11-5, Thursdays 11-8, Fridays 11-5, Saturdays 11-5, and Sundays 11-5.

Upcoming Events:

March 19th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Springsteen’s American Vision

  • Hear a lecture on The Boss and his musical and cultural impact over the last 5 decades.
  • Tickets are $20 each

March 28th 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Open Hearth Cooking

  • Tour the Covenhoven house and learn how the colonists cooked over an open hearth. Participants will also be able to taste 18th century recipes.
  • No RSVP or ticket needed

April 2nd 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Springsteen: His Hometown Curator’s Tour.

  • Learn all about The Boss from childhood through his musical career, his family, and ancestors. It’s a tour you do not want to miss.
  • Tickets are $20 each

April 16th – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Bruce Springsteen: Industrial Flight and the Fate of Freehold

  • Tickets are $20 each

Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum has many wonderful things to offer in March and April. In fact, there are fun, free events for the whole family. Be sure to add this to your list of spring break family fun this year.

Upcoming Events:

March 21st, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Art for Families

  • Bring your child and swing by the museum on Saturday morning for a hands-on art project you can do together. This Saturday’s feature is Ancient Chinese Tomb Guardians.
  • No ticket or RSVP needed

March 21st & March 22nd, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Highlights Tour

  • View the museums premier art collections and enjoy a free tour
  • No ticket or RSVP needed

March 28th, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Art for Families

  • Make your own Andy Warhol masterpiece, while learning about the artist with your child.
  • No ticket or RSVP needed

April 4th, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Art for Families

  • Learn to Look is an event that teaches kids how to observe and appreciate artwork. Follow that up by creating your own piece of amazing art together.

April 5th, 3:00 pm

  • Life Magazine and the Power of Photography tour
  • No ticket needed

April 15th, 7:30 pm

  • Art on Screen – Salt of the Earth, The Killing Fields, and Cameraperson
  • Theater member admission price

Turtle Back Zoo

Visit the zoo and aquarium as a fun day trip with your family over spring break.

Upcoming Events:

March 21st & March 29th, 2:00 – 3:00 Giraffe Tour

  • Behind the scenes tour of the giraffes. View where they live and meet their zoo keepers.
  • $50 admission fee

Open daily 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • $14/adult and $12/child

Rockingham State Historic Site

April 18th, 1:30 pm – Weston Mill and Dam – A History

  • Watch a presentation of the history of the mill and the infamous John Simcoe raid.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

This beautiful 32 acre state park was created in 1957. Tour one of NJ’s 18 lighthouses.

  • April 1 – October 31 it is open from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Wednesday – Sunday.

Cohanzick Zoo

This is a wonderful zoo with fun and unusual animals. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and plan to make a full day of your visit. There are no concessions inside the zoo, so bringing a lunch or snack is a must.

  • Free admission
  • Open daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enjoy your time away from the classroom to spend with your family during spring break 2020. As you begin planning for your time off in April, remember to check out our Deals and Discounts page for ways to save when dining or visiting local businesses. And Spring Break is a great time review your car insurance rates with Teachers’ Insurance Plan of NJ to see how much you could save. Give them a call to learn about auto insurance created for especially for educators at 800-521-4084.


-Jenna Garvin


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