BACKGROUND: Take the family for a fun day at the races. A little over an hour's drive will get you to Monmouth Park, a racetrack with a history dating back to 1870.

BACKGROUND: Looking for a different kind of day trip? How about a monster truck show or motorcross racing? Raceway Park in the Englishtown section of Old Bridge Township offers families the chance to see Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars drag race down the track at speeds in excess of 330 mph.

BACKGROUND: Summer just isn't summer without a family trip to Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari in nearby Jackson. Ride some of the best roller coasters on the East Coast, get a taste of wildlife with a tour of the safari or enjoy one of the four kid-friendly areas in the park.