Bergen County – Top 10 Activities
Located in the northeast corner of New Jersey, Bergen County is the state's most populous county. Bergen County has a park system with nearly 9,000 acres and there is plenty of activities for families to explore. Here's a list of the top 10 best activities for families in Bergen County.
Garden State Plaza Mall
The Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus is the state’s largest premier shopping center. Enjoy shopping at the 285 stores, dining in one of the many restaurants, or catch a movie in the full AMC movie theater. For more information visit online, or to speak to a customer service specialist call (201) 843-2121.
Saddle River County Park
The Saddle River County Park is a 577-acre linear park consisting of five separate park areas. It is perfect for walking and biking the paths, playing in the park areas, or enjoying a lunch in the many picnic areas. For directions and more information visit online or call (201) 796-0324.
New Jersey Naval Museum
The New Jersey Naval Museum, located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack, is a fascinating naval experience. The main exhibit contains a 312-foot long WWII submarine, as well as a large collection of unique wartime history items. Due to destruction from Hurricane Sandy, remodeling is currently being done to the museum, however guided tours are still available. Please call (201) 342-3268 to schedule a tour.
The Space Odyssey in Englewood is one of the hottest entertainment spots in the area. With more than 26,000-square feet of pure excitement, the Space Odyssey is a perfect venue for hosting all types of events from birthday parties to corporate gatherings. Attractions include glow-in-the-dark bowling, laser tag and a paint-less paintball facility. For more information, or to book a party call (201) 567-3810 or click here.
Bergen County Zoo
Learn to appreciate and understand wildlife at the accredited Bergen County Zoo in Paramus. Enjoy live animal shows at the Amphitheater during the summer months as well as train, carousel and pony rides around the location. Admission ranges from $1 to $8 depending on age and residency. For more information call (201) 262-3771 or click here.
Blue Water Divers
Blue Water Divers in Rochelle Park is a full-service PADI scuba diving shop. Learn diving and swimming in the heated training pool on the premise, then take what you’ve learned at exotic dive destinations all over the world. Scuba Day Camp is available for kids as well as scuba birthday parties and events. For more information and pricing call (201) 843-3340 or visit online.
The Winemakers Cellar
Experience the art of making your own wine at The Winemakers Cellar in Hawthorne. Come together with family and friends to indulge in the art of making your own wine – from grape selection to crushing, pressing and bottling, all in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. For pricing options call (973) 238-1400 or click here.
Pontoon Boat Tours
Pontoon boats are a leisurely way to experience the Hackensack River. Warm weather and long days make the spring and summer a perfect time to experience a narrated evening cruise. Learn about shore birds, salt marshes, Indians, pirates and history along the banks of the river. Suggested minimum donation is $15 per person. For more information or to register for a pontoon boat cruise or canoe tour, call (201) 460-4640 or click here.
Spend the day with the family on the slopes snowboarding, skiing and snow tubing. Lessons are available for beginners and there is a terrain park for experts. All day passes are $15, with full equipment rental available for an additional $15. For more information click here or call (201) 327-7800.
Ice House of New Jersey
The Ice House of New Jersey is a public ice-skating arena located in Hackensack. Public skate sessions are Friday night, 9:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Skate Jam is every Friday night, with a live DJ, laser lights, fog machines and dancing. To learn more about admission and rental prices call (201) 487-8444 or visit online.