Show Mom she’s the light of your life with a weekend of lighthouses, blooms, glitz and memorable views at locations in and around New Jersey.
Treat mom to a weekend in Cape May, when the flowers are in bloom, the temperatures are moderate, and there are plenty of activities to fill your day. Enjoy a whale watching trip, some relaxing time on Cape May’s beautiful beaches, or take the family to the Cape May Zoo.
Cape May’s many famous restaurants will feature special Mother’s Day brunches and dinners, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Make it a weekend with a stay at one of Cape May’s historic lodges, or bring your RV and stay in one of many top-rated RV parks in the area. Visit capemay.com to plan mom’s special getaway.
Test mom’s luck with a trip to glitzy Atlantic City. With perfect weather and smaller crowds than summer, enjoy a weekend soaking up the sun, boardwalk, casinos, and entertainment in Atlantic City.
Make reservations at one of Atlantic City’s world renown restaurants and celebrate Mom with a special breakfast, brunch or dinner. Walk off the big meal with a family stroll down the six miles of famed Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Treat mom with tickets to the Tenth Annual Boardwalk Music Festival at Boardwalk Hall on Mother’s Day weekend. The show features performances by classic R&B legends Gladys Knight, and Maxwell among others. For more information, visit Boardwalkhall.com.
For active moms, Atlantic City’s Absecon Lighthouse will feature a Moms Climb Free Day on May 13. Light up mom’s weekend with stunning views of Atlantic City’s skyline from the top of New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, then survey the results of a multi-million-dollar restoration project, including a replica of the Lightkeeper’s house, museum and Fresnel Lens exhibit.
Enjoy the glitz and non-stop action of Atlantic City, then retreat to nature at one of the full-featured RV campgrounds of the Greater Atlantic City region to rest and recharge before enjoying another day of Mother’s Day weekend celebrations.
Hamilton Azalea Festival
Whether it’s a day trip, or a stop on the way to somewhere else, celebrate Mother’s Day with a stroll through the Azalea Festival in Hamilton. The Mother’s Day tradition takes place 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 13 in Sayen’s Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, N.J. Walk along the beautifully landscaped garden paths and admire more than 250,000 flowering bulbs, dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendron set against a backdrop of lakes, fountains and bridges.
Craft and food vendors, activities for children, and musical entertainment combine to make it a day the whole family can enjoy. For more information visit, Hamiltonnj.com/AzaleaFestival
New Jersey Wine Country
Toast mom this year with a tour of New Jersey’s wine country.
The temperate weather of New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain makes it an ideal location for producing top-notch wines. The region is home to 50 wineries producing more than 40 wines, including some international award winning varieties.
Fire up your RV and hit the trail; the wine country tail, that is, for the Garden State Wine Growers Association Mother’s Day Wine Trail. Visit wineries from Sussex County to Cape May and expect special wines, complimentary tastings, live music, delicious brunches, food pairings, and more.
Plot your Mother’s Day wine adventure at newjerseywines.com. Wine Country is dotted with many outstanding RV Parks and campgrounds. Tour area wineries by day, then settle in around the campfire at night with a bottle of award winning wine.
Go a little farther afield and fete mom with a taste of history in Philadelphia. Mother’s Day is a great time to soak up history, enjoy one of the city’s many Mother’s Day brunches or participate in one of the special Mother’s Day events in one of the city’s many public spaces. Consider the Mother’s Day Brunch in Franklin Square, complete with crafts, putt-putt golf, and a carousel. For advance tickets, visit historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/upcoming-events/
Make it a weekend by parking right in the heart of Philadelphia at the Campus Park and Ride. There’s no mountains, lakes or grass, but the location in the heart of the city is safe and secure, with showers, security, full-hook ups, and 24-hour shuttles to Philadelphia’s public transit system buses and trains.
On the Hudson River
Make mom’s day memorable with a Mother’s Day cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers complete with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Depart on a Spirit Cruise from Liberty Harbor in Weehawken, for a two to three-hour cruise featuring live music, interactive games, and a brunch or dinner buffet. For additional information visit spiritcruises.com/new-york-metro/cruises/holiday/mothers-day.
Make it a Manhattan weekend for Mom without the expense of a big city hotel, by claiming an RV spot at nearby Liberty Harbor RV Park. Missing are the spacious sites, trees, grass, lakes and pools of traditional campgrounds, but the urban RV park includes full hook ups, and views of the city and Statue of Liberty right from your parking space. Ferry and transit connections to the city are all within an easy walk.
Whatever your Mother’s Day destination, start with a visit to the service department of Crossroads RV sales to ensure your RV is safe and trouble free for the journey. Or, give mom a lifetime of adventure with a new RV. Crossroads RV, New Jersey’s number one fifth wheel dealer, can help you make mom’s dreams come true this Mother’s Day.