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This is a drwaing of the exterior view of the new American Dream complex in the Meadowlands, New Jersey.

A Group Travel Itinerary to American Dream

With hundreds of shops, restaurants, and attractions, American Dream is so much more than just a mall—it’s a world-class entertainment destination. Activities galore also make it the perfect destination for groups, both large and small. To help you navigate the grand and long-awaited American Dream on your next group getaway, here’s a one-day itinerary with the latest and greatest activities to enjoy.


This is a drwaing of the exterior view of the new American Dream complex in the Meadowlands, New Jersey.


Stop 1: Shop ‘Til You Drop

With over 450 shops, American Dream has something for fashionistas with all sorts of tastes, including flagship locations for H&M, Uniqlo, and Primark, and popular retailers like Lululemon, Zara, Sephora, and more. Discerning shoppers can also visit The Avenue, a newly opened wing designed by New Jersey native and interior designer Jonathan Adler. It’s designed to evoke the elegant outdoor shopping promenades of Europe. The Avenue features many luxury retailers, including Hermes, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, and more.

Once you and your fellow travelers have browsed these gorgeous goods, get ready for the next best part of the American Dream experience—the attractions.



Stop 2: Admire Sea Life

The unique SEA LIFE Aquarium features a stunning underwater tunnel and exhibits with over 3,000 sea creatures living in whimsical displays featuring NYC landmarks. There’s even a touch pool for adventurous visitors! Expect to spend about one hour visiting the aquarium; groups can also enjoy special all-inclusive rates, with special offerings like self-guide resources and interactive experiences.


Stop 3: Lunch Time

American Dream doesn’t mess around when it comes to dining experiences. Grab a bite at one of the destination’s many one-of-a-kind restaurants, including German Doner Kebab, the first U.S. location for this Berlin staple, or House of ‘Que, a beloved New Jersey establishment known for delicious barbecue bites. For dessert, don’t miss the sweet-tooth haven Oreo Café.


Stop 4: Ride Rollercoasters

Next up is the action-packed Nickelodeon Universe. Visit this indoor theme park for a host of thrills across the park’s 21 rides, from Aang’s Air Gliders to Sandy’s Blasting Bronco. The park also offers group-package options upon request. While you could spend virtually the entire day here, it’s worth setting aside at least around three hours to make the most of your visit.

Stop 5: Go Golfing

American Dream has two mini golf options for visitors looking to hit the green. Blacklight Mini Golf features an intergalactic journey as you embark on a glowing blacklight adventure through alien worlds, spaceships, and planets. And, Angry Birds Mini Golf offers an 18-hole mini-golf course that takes visitors through the Angry Birds world, featuring 3D elements from Angry Bird locations like the Pig Castle and life-size Angry Birds characters. Group visit options, including private reservations, are available upon request at both Blacklight Mini Golf and Angry Birds Mini Golf.

Stop 6: Visit a Mind-Boggling Museum

Step into a world of surreal illusions and mind-bending art at the TiLT Museum. With an ever-changing rotation of exhibits, visitors can “climb” the Statue of Liberty, surf above New York on a hot dog, and more. These photo-worthy sets are sure to amaze and entertain. (Note, groups are currently limited to four people.)



Stop 7: End you Day with a Delicious High-End Meal

After a long day of fun and thrills, unwind over one of the newest additions to the American Dream roster: Carpaccio, a classic yet modern Italian restaurant with the elevated fare Bal Harbour is known for. This restaurant features a host of bites from high-end experienced chefs, with fashionable digs and plenty of space (114 seats in the dining room, 24 in the bar, and 67 in the dining patio) to unwind and reflect on the day.

For more Hudson County itinerary inspiration, head to visithudson.org for Tiny TripsGroup Tour ideas, and more.

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