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13 Day & Weekend Getaway Trip Ideas from Central New Jersey

Judith Weiniger

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

Jan 24 9 minutes read

Hoping to get out of town for a long weekend, but don’t quite have enough time to jet off to some far-away paradise? Luckily, if you live in Central New Jersey, there are a few excellent day-trip and weekend getaway options at your fingertips! 

Below, we've included 13 destinations with travel times from Warren, NJ for your convenience: 

We start off our list with 3 nearby city destinations. Each location is brimming with excitement and fun things to do, whether you're on a romantic weekend getaway or need something family-friendly to do: 

New York City

  • Warren to NYC by Train = 1 hour
  • Warren to NYC by Car = 45 minutes 

Less than an hour’s drive away, this go-to destination is a treat for the whole family. Take the train to avoid traffic or dealing with parking when you get there, and enjoy a weekend of museums, Broadway shows, New York eats and exploration! 

Jersey Shore

  • Warren to Jersey Shore by Car = 1 hour

Of course, the Jersey Shore has a ton of options depending on what you’re looking for, but you can get there by car in as short as 1 hour! Indulge in a weekend of boardwalk exploration, check out a water park, amusement park, or arcade, and of course, take in the scenic beach views! 


  • Warren to Jersey Shore by Car = 1 hour 40 minutes

People come from all over the northeast to vacation and take advantage of all that the Poconos has to offer, and it’s so convenient that it’s practically in our backyard! Huge resorts offer easy living while you kick back and relax, and there are also tons of opportunities for skiing, doing all kinds of outdoor recreational activities, camping, and more. 

Below, we’ve included a list of more specific resorts and locations to check out: 

Photo courtesy of Sahara Sam's Oasis Facebook page

Sahara Sam’s Oasis 

  • Located at 535 North Route 73 West Berlin, NJ 08091
  • Warren to Sahara Sam’s Oasis by Car = 1 hour 28 minutes 

If you’re looking to escape the winter blahs, Sahara Sam’s Oasis has you covered. This combination indoor/outdoor waterpark has a wide selection of attractions that can be enjoyed all year long, from tube slides and a family-friendly obstacle course to a state-of-the-art arcade and on-site cafe serving up goodies that both parents and children will love. With a drive time of less than an hour and a half, you can stay close to home while feeling transported to a tropical paradise at Sahara Sam’s. 

Photo courtesy of the Hersheypark Facebook page


  • Located at 100 Hersheypark Dr. Hershey, PA 17033 
  • Warren to Hersheypark by Car = 2 hours 9 minutes 

It’s every chocolate lover’s dream, and it’s only a couple hours away! Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark is jam-packed with rides, shops, and attractions that are sure to make the trip truly unforgettable. Make a weekend of it in one of their on-site resorts and enjoy all that Hersheypark has to offer!

Photo courtesy of the Hershey's Chocolate World Facebook page

Hershey’s Chocolate World

  • Located at 101 Chocolate World Way Hershey, PA 17033
  • Warren to Hershey’s Chocolate World by Car = 2 hours 12 minutes

If you’re a true chocoholic looking for a fully immersive experience, Hershey’s Chocolate World is the destination for you. With a factory tour, chocolate making and tasting experiences, and much more, this spot brings all of your deepest sugary fantasies to life. Satisfy your sweet tooth like never before with a road trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World. 

Photo courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort Facebook page

Crystal Springs Resort

  • Located at 1 Wild Turkey Way Hamburg, NJ 07419 
  • Warren to Crystal Springs Resort by Car = 1 hour 6 minutes

Are you and your loved one looking to getaway and reconnect? Then you will want to check out Crystal Springs Resort. Located only an hour and six minutes away, this locale has all the amenities you could need, from a spa, to premier dining venues, to numerous weekend shows and attractions, and much, much more. Warm up with one of their winter packages and come home feeling refreshed and closer than ever, thanks to Crystal Springs Resort.

Photo courtesy of the Great Wolf Lodge Facebook page

Great Wolf Lodge

  • Located at 1 Great Wolf Dr. Scotrun, PA 18355
  • Warren to Great Wolf Lodge by Car = 1 hour 20 minutes

Offering the best in “weatherproof” vacations, Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect trip for escaping it all this winter. Indoor thrill slides, activity pools, exclusive slideboarding, and more make this an ideal destination for people of all ages and on-site suites, dining, and shopping ensure that the fun can last all weekend long. If you want an adventure fit for the whole family, reserve a room today at Great Wolf Lodge.

Photo courtesy of the CoCo Key Water Resort

CoCo Key Water Resort

  • Located at 915 NJ-73 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
  • Warren to CoCo Key Water Resort by Car = 1 hour 12 minutes

If you want a water park experience that is a little closer to home, check out CoCo Key Water Resort. With 55,000 square feet of water slides and activities, plus an arcade and on-site dining options, there is plenty to keep you and your family busy. The resort is only a little over an hour away and they do offer reasonably-priced day passes, so there’s no reason why you and the gang cannot have “gallons” of fun at CoCo Key Water Resort. 

Photo courtesy of the Camelback Mountain Resort Facebook page

Camelback Mountain Resort

  • Located at 107 Resort Dr. Tannersville, PA 18372 
  • Warren to Camelback Snowtubing by Car = 1 hour 18 minutes

If you and your family prefer to take advantage of the outdoor activities that winter can offer, consider taking a look at Camelback Mountain Resort. The biggest snowtubing park in the USA, Camelback has 42 lanes of both double and single tubing opportunities, as well as two Magic Carpet Lifts for easy transport back up the mountain. Take advantage of their Value Sessions, offered at 9:00a, and make Camelback Snowtubing your all-day cold-weather fun destination. Camelback Mountain Resort is also home to a wide variety other activities, like zip-lining and an indoor waterpark! 

Photo courtesy of the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Facebook page

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

  • Located at 600 US-44 Highland, NY 12528
  • Warren to Rocking Horse Ranch by Car = 1 hour 40 minutes

With a wide selection of activities fit for any mini-vacation style, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is your go-to for pure family fun. Their Winter Fun Park includes skating, skiing, snowtubing, sleigh rides, and more, and they also offer indoor activities, horseback riding, and children’s programs, so there really is something for everyone. It is only located an hour and forty minutes away and has on-site accommodations, so make Rocking Horse Ranch your road trip destination this weekend. 

Photo courtesy of the Mohonk Mountain House Facebook page

Mohonk Mountain House

  • Located at 1000 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561
  • Warren to Mohonk Mountain House by Car = 1 hour 51 minutes

If you’re looking to de-stress in a winter wonderland, you’ve come to the right place. Mohonk Mountain House is a luxurious Victorian castle resort featuring extensive hiking trails, delicious dining options, an award-winning spa, and more. Enjoy a day trip filled with fun wintery activities, from ice skating to snowshoeing, or stay overnight and take part in one of their many entertaining themed programs. No matter what you choose to do, you are sure to unplug and unwind with help from Mohonk Mountain House.

Photo courtesy of the Skytop Lodge Facebook page

Skytop Lodge

  • Located at 1 Skytop Lodge Rd. Skytop, PA 18357
  • Warren to Skytop Lodge by Car = 1 hour 36 minutes

Noted as the “Hidden Jewel of the Poconos,” Skytop Lodge is an absolute must for those looking for and elegant, adventurous getaway. Hiking, golfing, horseback riding, and other indoor/outdoor activities, plus a variety of accommodation, dining, and spa options guarantee that you can have a trip tailored to your dreams and desires. Make a reservation at Skytop Lodge today and indulge in a weekend escape from the ordinary.

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