The countdown to summer has begun and like many parents, you might be wondering just what to do with the children this year. Sure, a week-long trip to Disney World or the Bahamas sounds amazing, but let's be honest - summer season is coming soon and not everyone has the opportunity to get to either place. Plus, why not show the kids how great their home state is by taking advantage of all the kid-friendly local places just a few miles away? So before making plans to travel out-of-state to entertain the little ones, check out this list of the Top 8 Fun-Filled Day Trips right here in South Jersey!

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    Melissa Wentarmini, Flickr

    Camden Children's Garden

    Located at the Camden Waterfront, the Children's Garden is a great place for the whole family to explore nature and horticulture at its best. The four-acre garden offers imaginative play for children as they learn through themed gardens from dinosaurs to storybooks. The garden is packed with activities and fun for the whole family.

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    Storybook Land

    Take the kids on a unique journey through their favorite stories and nursery rhymes! Storybook Land is located on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township - it's hard to miss it's castle entrance! Just behind the doors is a park with amusement rides, great food and games surrounded by storybook themes that come to life!

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    Flickr user Ravi_Shah

    The FunPlex

    The FunPlex Amusement Center is one of the most unique places for kids' fun in the area! This action-packed game center/ bowling alley/ water park all-in-one is guaranteed to keep the kids smiling and entertained. Located on Route 38 in Mount Laurel, The FunPlex has everything from go-karts to laser and outdoor bumper boats to a huge arcade with games for everyone!

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    Flickr user "G" JewelsG

    Cowtown Rodeo

    Featuring all seven professional rodeo events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Cowtown Rodeo of Pilesgrove will have your kids yelling "yee-haw" as they witness true cowboy and cowgirl rodeo! Cowtown Rodeo maintains Old Fashioned tradition as the cowboys and cowgirls compete in the traditional sport of the Old West.

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    Flickr user navygreen

    CoCo Key Water Resort

    CoCo Key Water Resort of Mount Laurel is your tropical escape from home without having to go far. Packed with "gallons of fun" for kids of all ages, the indoor water park is made up of large pools with exciting courses, adventures and slides. There's even as indoor/outdoor spa with Adult-only whirlpools for you to soak away the stress as the kids go wild with water fun!

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    Flickr user Jim the Photographer

    Adventure Aquarium

    Situated next to the Camden Children's Garden, the Adventure Aquarium is a water-filled world of fun for the whole family. Kids can discover the underwater world through the Aquarium's many realms from a safe-to-touch tank to zones ranging from sharks to turtles to frogs, hippos and many more! Plus, opening this season is the brand new KidZone!

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    Doug Orleans, Flickr

    Clementon Park/ Splash World

    Clementon Park, located on Berlin Rd. in Clementon is home to fun-filled amusement rides and attractions for the whole family. Thrill-seekers can ride coasters and tackle adventurous slides at Splash World while the little ones can enjoy rides and activities such as pedal boats, the carousel, a safari train and many more!

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    Flickr user Lisaclarke

    Gillian's Wonderland Pier

    Take advantage this summer of one of New Jersey's greatest Piers where kids can let loose and enjoy fun and games located at America's Greatest Family Resort, Ocean City! Gillian's Wonderland Pier has exciting rides and indoor fun to entertain kids of all ages. There's even a mini golf course to get the whole family involved. You can't go wrong bringing the kids to Ocean City - After's the beach!

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