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September Things To Do: Our Top 10 Picks For Your Day Out in New Jersey

Things to Do in New Jersey in September

Discover New Jersey's Best Month of September Things to Do: Uncover The Top seasonal attractions, popular events, and hidden gems

With the official end of summer not far off and the weather still very pleasant to enjoy outdoor activities, September is a great month to catch up on visiting attractions and participating in outdoor activities before it turns cold. With the crowds at the Jersey shore having dwindled, and the ocean water still warm in southern NJ, popular destinations like Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City are excellent choices for a weekend getaway or late season vacation.

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

iPlay America, Freehold, NJ

Haven’t been to iPlay America lately? It’s time to come back to experience new rides, new games, and more fun! Plus, all the fun you have always loved with our two level laser tag, rides, 4-D Theater, arcade, Topgolf Swing Suite, and more!

1- Plan a weekend getaway or an early fall vacation to Cape May

Cape May

Cape May Visitors Guide
Cape May is not the type of resort that you visit just once. There is a charm and special warmth about the town that pulls you back again an again. Cape May is not just a summer resort. September is very popular with plenty of things to do and the water is still warm enough to visit the beach.

2- Plan a weekend Getaway to Lambertville

Lambertville, NJ Canal

Lambertville Visitors Guide
Lambertville, NJ is an historic town on the Delaware River with numerous attractions to see and experience.

The curious visitor will find antique shops, art galleries, specialty stores, bed and breakfasts, a brewery and plenty of good restaurants. The more active visitor will try the D & R canal tow path where bicyclists can enjoy a ride for people of all skill levels.

3- Get out an enjoy the outdoors with a trip to the Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens, NJ

The Pine Barrens  is popular as a destination for a weekend getaway and day trippers who enjoy getting outdoors to experience a pristine environment. The Pine Barrens covers more land mass than either Yosemite or Grand Canyon national parks.
For the adventuresome, there are a wide variety of canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling, hunting. horseback riding, and camping activities.

4 - Try crabbing - Its the peak time of the season for a popular NJ activity


Crabbing is a very popular summer and fall activity along the bays and creeks on the Jersey Shore. Crabs can be caught from a rental row boat using a drop line or a scoop net along the bay dock pilings, or with a net and bait along the side of a creek. In NJ, in terms of numbers caught, recreational crabbing exceeds recreational fishing catches of bluefish, flounder, black sea bass and striped bass.

5 - A Great Time of the Year for a Canoe or Kayak trip 


Best Kayaking destinations
Kayaking and canoeing offers a wide variety of scenic and wildlife experiences, with a range water from easy flat water to the more intermediate, challenging rivers and beach areas.

6 - Go Apple Picking to a Pick Your Own Farm

Apple Picking

Best "Pick Your Own" apple orchards
This is a great family activity with the apple picking season in New Jersey running from early August to October 31st, with peak picking times from September 1 to October 15th.

7- Take in a Jersey Shore Family Friendly Seafood Festival

Downbeach  Seafood Festival
Downbeach Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2020; 12pm - 9pm
Ski Beach
Dorset Ave & Burk Ave
Ventnor. NJ
Admission: $10 per person. Kids under 12 are FREE
This family event features a seafood lover's dream with approximately 30 different local and regional seafood restaurants and purveyors who will be serving up their favorite seafaring dishes! This is a great opportunity for foodies and food seekers to meet some of Atlantic County's most unique chefs and restaurateurs all while eating their tasty creations, from clams to calamari, oysters to ahi, and even alligator. Attendees will get to try the vast selection of local restaurants, sipping Jersey made craft beers, cooking with local chefs, shopping unique exhibitors, or even playing in the sand.

8- Take in the Asian-American Heritage Festival

Asian-American Heritage Festival
Asian-American Heritage Festival
September 20, 2020; 11am - 8pm
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave
Edison, NJ
732 371 9625
This is a Lifestyle Family Festival that brings together the three things that appeal most to Asian-Amerucans:Entertainment, food, and shopping. There will be Dance Performances, Diverse Food Options, Ethnic Shopping, Bollywood Celebrities, Cricket Fun Game, Kids Games, and more.
Every one is invited to attend. People form all backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities are welcomed to join in to celebrate and enjoy the rich sights, sounds, and tastes of Asian-American culture.

9 - Take in Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Adventure - Drive-Through Experience

Six Flags Great Adventure  Safari adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure Safari adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527.
This drive-through format enables guests to enjoy the Safari's 1,200 exotic animals from the privacy and safety of their own vehicles, while allowing for proper social distancing. To prevent overcrowding, the Safari experience will require advance registration using Six Flags' new online reservation system. Once the opening date is confirmed, the reservation system will be activated to allow Members, Season Pass Holders, and single-day ticket holders to make reservations at All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Sales will not be available at the gate, and guests without advance reservations will not be allowed to enter.
Per state, local, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19, the theme park and waterpark will remain closed until further notice.

10 - Take in the Annual Labor Day Weekend  Fireworks on the Beach
          in Wildwood

Wildwood Fireworks on the beach
Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on the Beach in Wildwood
September 4th, 2020: at 10pm (Rain date is Sunday at 9 p.m)
On the Rio Grande Avenue beach
Wildwood, NJ
 (609) 523-1602
This event is Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast.