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This summer is action-packed with memorable family-friendly events at Crystal Springs Resort in beautiful New Jersey. Home to the area’s best local attractions, Crystal Springs has dozens of free events weekly. From farm tours, magic shows, game shows, and painting parties, you’re weekend getaway will be nothing short of amazing! Here are the top activities to try on your trip an hour outside of New York City.


Celebrate Independence Day with complimentary S’mores and Sparklers on July 4 at Grand Cascades Lodge. Minerals Hotel is hosting an Independence Day Barbecue on Saturday, July 7. The barbecue costs $42.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 11 and under, and will have pony rides, petting zoo, live music, balloon animals, lawn games, and much more!

A guest-favorite event returns on Friday, July 13: Plant and Sip. Design and plant an exotic succulent terrarium with a glass of fine wine in hand at the clubhouse inside the Grand Cascades Lodge. We provide the wine and the necessary tools. Garden designer Susan Roessner leads the event.

Minerals Hotel is hosting a Family Game Show on Sunday, July 22. The free show is equally a social experiment and a game show. You also don’t want to miss comedian, magician, and ventriloquist John Pizzi on Sunday, July 29, at Minerals Hotel. The show is free! A shuttle is available for guests at Grand Cascades Lodge for the Family Game Show and John Pizzi.


Jaw-dropping magician Jay Mattioli takes the stage on Sunday, August 12, at the Grand Cascades Lodge. Mattioli blew minds on America's Got Talent, and his talent has doubled since his big break. The show is free, and a complimentary shuttle will be running from Minerals Hotel.

Every Sunday thru September guests can take a free Vernon Valley Farm Tour, one of the area’s top local attractions. Shuttles run from the resort to Vernon Valley where you’ll enjoy a hay wagon guided tour of the farm, harvest fresh fruit and vegetables, and pet the animals. The farm is over 270 acres in size. Modern farmers Kirk and Christina Stephens will lead the tours.

On August 21, the family is invited to join our Medicinal and Edible Plant Hike which departs from the lobby at Grand Cascades Lodge. The hike costs $10 and lasts two hours. You’ll be joining Crystal Springs Resort naturalist Heather Houskeeper for an educational walk through the forest. Learn about local foliage and the edible and medicinal values of items found on the trail.

Adults can enlist in our Mixology Educators course or Paint and Sip lessons. The mixology course is $15 at Springs Bistro every Saturday. Local artist Susan Roessner will lead Paint and Sip on the 3rd, 17th, 24th, and 31st of August.

Can't-Miss July & August Activities