scubaFor many New Yorkers, leaving the city for New Jersey is an adventure. Since we don’t have a car, we often rent cars and drive to New Jersey, and even with a GPS and Google maps, we get lost. It’s a conspiracy.

But New Jersey has a special adventure in mind, even for those taking NJ Transit. The New York Metro Travel & Adventure Show, at the Meadowlands Expo Center, offers information on adventure travel, plus a chance to Scuba dive or climb a rock wall.

You can gather information on travel to Africa, the Caribbean, or upstate New York, see dance and music performances from around the world or learn about family travel from the former publisher of National Geographic Kids.


The family friendly show, October 16 and 17, is free for kids 16 and under. Kids ages 10 and up will likely want to jump into that Scuba diving pool, so bring a swimsuit. Wetsuits, air tanks and instruction are provided, and this year, you can try out an underwater scooter and MP3 Player. My curly headed girls appreciate the hair dryers, so they can fix their hair before seeing the rest of the show.

Some of the info booths have food samples or giveaways, and contests where you can win a vacation, or a special discount.

Tickets are $10 at the door; buy in advance online using the discount code PR7 and pay $7. Free parking, if you want to risk it.