Spring is here! Now that the weather is beautiful, it’s time to get outside and soak in the sun. If you’re searching for local adventures to enjoy with your family and friends, you’ve come to the right spot. From wine trails and scenic bike routes to petting zoos and yoga classes with alpacas, check out our top picks of things to do this spring in South Jersey.
1. Hike, canoe, and kayak through the New Jersey Pine Barrens with Pinelands Adventures. Opening for the season April 10th, Pinelands Adventures offers a variety guided and self-guided hiking, canoeing, and kayaking trips on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers. Reservations are required.
2. Indulge your taste buds from nine of South Jersey’s finest wineries along the Two Bridges Wine Trail. Situated between the Delaware Memorial and Commodore Barry Bridges, this self-guided wine trail takes visitors on a tour featuring world-class wines, one-of-a-kind vineyard views, and unique local attractions.
3. Welcome spring and bring the kids visit with the Easter Bunny in a safe, open area. Duffield’s Farm is offering visits with the Easter Bunny on multiple dates in late March and early April, in addition to wagon rides around the farm.
4. Shop local at the outdoor SoHa Spring Fling Market. Every Saturday from March 6th-April 24th, shop from local artists and makers and enjoy delicious gourmet treats (there are even special treats for your pups!).
5. Explore, experience, and create at WheatonArts. Reopening for the season April 2nd, this internationally acclaimed arts community features the renowned Museum of American Glass with the world’s largest hand-blown glass bottle, artist demonstrations, special events, exhibitions, educational programs, performances, and more.
6. Bring your kids to the Easter Eggstravaganza at Whitesbog Village. On April 3rd, meet the Easter Bunny, receive mystery Easter gift bags, and participate in a scavenger hunt. All CDC and local health guidelines will be followed. Open to ages 1-10.
7. Eat local during Collingswood Restaurant Week. From April 11-16, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for both dining in and taking out. Reservations are required.
8. Smell the flowers at Dalton Farms. Opening for season the second week of April, Dalton Farms is offering tulip walk-thrus and picking. Masks are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
9. Celebrate spring and all things green at Collingswood’s Annual Green Day. On April 24th, enjoy bike share, free tree seedlings and paper shredding, discounted shade trees, shrubs, herbs, and flowers, and more.
10. Shop for vintage goods at the Antique Street Fair. On April 17th, join local antique dealers along with dealers from the tri-state area and beyond in downtown Mullica Hill to shop items from the 18th, 19th, and 20th century. Mullica Hill will be hosting their annual Antique Street Fair.
11. Listen to live music at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. From April 23-25, Cape May comes alive with 40+ jazz performances taking place during the multi-venue festival. There will be outdoor stages with socially distanced seating pods in place at all venues, in addition to all venues respecting CDC and State of New Jersey health regulations.
12. Sip a cold one at a South Jersey brewery. More than ever, the area beer experience is as much local as a cosmopolitan one, with unique signature brews and amazing tasting rooms. Visiting these spaces is a must for beer lovers.
13. Enjoy all things handcrafted at the Mullica Hill Arts and Crafts Festival. On May 8th, head to Main Street to see artists demonstrations including glass blowers, painters, potter, and woodcarvers, shop one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, and more.
14. Hike through one of South Jersey’s trails. If you’re looking for some new outdoor vistas to explore, hiking can be an ideal escape from your everyday routine. Whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned veteran, we’ve got the trail for you!
15. Experience local art during Salem County Arts in Bloom. On May 15-16, artists from all over Salem County welcome guests to tour their studios, galleries, and other scenic locations. Some studios will be open for in-person interactions, while others plan to welcome participants virtually.
16. Take a yoga class with alpacas at Morning Glori Farm. Grab your yoga mat to zen out in a grassy pasture surrounded by friendly, fuzzy, and endlessly curious alpacas! This is an all levels class, so even if you’ve never done yoga before it will be an enjoyable experience.
17. Stroll through one of South Jersey’s many downtowns. Haddonfield, Collingswood, Mullica Hill, Pitman, Mount Holly, Moorestown, and the list goes on! Dine alfresco at one of the many restaurants, enjoy a latte at a local coffee house, and shop at the unique small businesses.
18. Travel back in time at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. There will be multiple stages hosting a variety of performances including sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists. The Faire also features an extensive merchant village featuring the work of talented artisans and delicious food and drink. 2021 dates include May 29, May 30, June 5, or June 6 and will be following all CDC health guidelines.
19. Bike through nature on one of these scenic bike trails. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just want to get a little fresh air, South Jersey has bike trails for all types of riders. Check out some of our favorite bike trails in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, and Atlantic Counties.
20. Drive, ride and operate real machinery at the ONLY construction theme park in America, Diggerland USA. Families have the opportunity to operate specially engineered real machines for a safe, clean, and fun time. You can also head over to the The Water Main to swim, slide, and soak at the construction themed water park.
21. Find fresh produce at a local farmers market. South Jersey farmers markets provide people with access to wonderful produce, and also offer the chance to come face-to-face with local farmers, artisans, and purveyors.
22. Tour America’s most decorated battleship. Battleship New Jersey provides an up-close look at our nation’s military history. From sitting in the chair from which the admiral commanded the ship to climbing into the 16” gun turret and stretching out in the sailors bunks, guests of all ages will enjoy a visit to this floating U.S. Navy museum.
23. Discover wildlife at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has nearly 60 native residents and has a wildlife rehab hospital that sees more than 6,000 wild animals each year. Visitors can experience hands-on exhibits, hiking trails, and more.
24. Take a guided tour of Smithville Mansion. Explore the historic mansion and learn about the history of Smithville. Guided tours are offered on Sundays and reservations are requested. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.
25. Pet and feed barnyard animals at Johnson’s Corner Farm and Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary. These are fabulous places to bring the young ones in your life! Visit with the animals for a hands-on farm experience.