Our state is so diverse in its landscape and culture, packed into such a small area, that you can find things to do just about everywhere.

Whether or not they make for a good day trip is yet another matter. We all tend to stay in a fairly tight circle for our entertainment, except for a trip to the shore if you don't already live there or close to it.

We asked our listeners last week to tell us about some unique day trips that everyone might not know about. So, in no particular order of importance or degree of thrills, here goes.

  • 1

    The Cape May County Zoo

  • 2

    Round Valley Reservoir

  • 3

    Grounds for Sculpture

    Anyone who's been raves about it. Usually for adults but some kids might like it too.

  • 4

    Storybook Land

  • 5

    Info Age Science & History Museum

  • 6

    Lakota Wolf Preserve

  • 7

    Adventure Aquarium

  • 8

    Northlandz

    Billed as the world's largest miniature wonderland. It is certainly more than just model trains. A must-do for every childhood.

  • 9

    Mainland Adventure Park

    Not quite at the shore and in the middle of Jersey. It's fairly new and has go-karts, zip-lining, rock climbing and then some. Great hangout for the adults too.

  • 10

    Wild West City

    It's in Stanhope, Sussex County so it may be a bit of a ride for some, but well worth the trip. Nothing like it around anymore.

  • 11

    Cape May Diamonds at Sunset Beach

    Taking your kids to find "diamonds" on the bay beach of Cape May is a memory you won't forget. Simple, sweet, and inexpensive.

  • 12

    Historic Smithville