Summer is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy your last few weeks before schools starts. Here are some outdoor activities that you and the whole family can enjoy in August and September.
Take a hike
While New Jersey isn’t particularly known for hiking, South Jersey actually offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and walk. You can enjoy local spots, like Crows Woods in Haddonfield, or Rancocas Nature Center in Westhampton.
Looking for something a little more challenging? The Pine Barrens is host to hundreds of miles of trails throughout New Jersey. Popular South Jersey trails include the Batona trail, which stretches over 52 miles and features popular pit-stop Apple Pie Hill. There are plenty of trail maps online to plan the perfect Pine Barrens hike for you and your family and any furry friends!
Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area is a 34-acre park that has trails, bird watching, boardwalks, and open water. Visit for a quiet walk or run and enjoy the natural surroundings and wildlife.
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Get on the water
Explore your own backyard with a trip to the pinelands for canoeing and kayaking adventures. Pinelands Adventures offer both guided and unguided tours for beginners or experts. Tours are anywhere from 2 hours to overnight trips, so there is something for every group. Don’t feel like getting wet? Pinelands Adventures also offers guided hikes through the pinelands.
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Stroll with sculpture
At Grounds for Sculpture, enjoy over 40 acres of landscaped gardens and over 270 sculptures to spot. WIth four places to dine, including Rat’s Restaurant, as well as workshops for kids and adults, there’s no limit to what you can do here.
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Take in the rodeo
You don’t have to travel far to find the oldest running professional rodeo; it’s right in South Jersey! Cowtown Rodeois located in Pilesgrove, NJ. Featuring shows every Saturday night through September 30th, take the whole family to witness bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, and much more.
Looking for something to do before the rodeo? Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery is right around the corner; offering tastings and tours, including wood-fired pizza, acoustic nights, and yoga, there’s plenty to do at this local winery.