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Summer Activities In The Suburbs

Summer is in full swing, and while many people are heading out of town to satisfy their wanderlust, there are so many local activities that are fun, affordable, and easy to access -- right in the suburbs that we know and love.

We wanted to provide you with some activity suggestions for suburban summer fun -- and give you our favorite locations around New Jersey to discover (or rediscover) with your family. If you find yourself at one of the recommended spots, let us know on your preferred social media platform with the hashtag #SEARCHtheBurbs!

Drive-In Movie Theater

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There are few events that scream summer fun louder than a drive-in movie theatre -- though we would suggest keeping the volume down to hear the movie from your car.

The Cranford Drive-In has become a pandemic staple, in lieu of their regular in-person space. They have concessions and a consistently fun line up of classic movies for the foreseeable future. For schedules and tickets, you can visit their website here.

If you’re looking for a more long-standing establishment, the Warwick Drive-in has been providing the summer drive-in vibe since 1950 with three screens and a line-up of new releases. For showtimes you can visit their website here.

If you’d rather be out in the open air instead of your car, La Grande Park has a free weekly outdoor movie series that is family friendly and runs on Tuesdays through August 16th. To find the full lineup of flicks, you can check out their website here.

Your Local Pool

Local pools have always been a go-to spot for the days when the heat is unbearable at any other location. Whether you want to float around or take a chance off the high dive, there is a place for you to find your bliss at the public pool.

The Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool is newly renovated, notably in the wading area featuring three new spray features and in-pool seating areas for parents, and the new playground with rubber flooring. For more information on their hours and admission, visit their website here.

The Maplewood Community Pool has several pools to choose from: the main pool, training pool, the baby pool, and the dive tank -- one of the only New Jersey public pools to have one. They also have water slides in the main pool, showering mushrooms in the baby pool, and a snack bar/picnic area for when you need a break from the water. They also provide swimming and diving lessons. For more information, you can visit their website here.

Mini Golf

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The satisfaction of getting a hole in one is essentially unrivaled -- and luckily there are many above par places in New Jersey to get that under par feeling.

The Woodbridge Community Center has Skyline Mini Golf, an 18-hole, water-themed course with views of the New York City skyline. It is a fun and challenging course, with uphill putting greens and water-based obstacles. You can find out more information on their website here.

Monster Mini Golf is an established chain that gives your family the fun of the game -- without the sweltering heat. They have glow-in-the-dark indoor locations in Cherry Hill, Edison, Eatontown, Fairfield, and Paramus. For more information, you can visit their official website here.

We hope you have the best time discovering these new sites with your family!

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