Your Road Trip: Close to Home adventure guide for Aug. 31

The News 12 wolf pack heads to a wolf sanctuary to learn more about an endangered species this week. Then, we head to the beach to test our limits. And to top it all off, we check out a castle ... in Connecticut! All this on a Road Trip: Close to Home.

  • 600 Darlington Ave. | Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
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At Jones Beach, there's an incredible adventure before you even get to the sand.
  • Jones Boardwalk | Wantagh, New York 11793
  • Open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 4 to October. Open until Nov. 5.
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South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center aims to educate, advocate, research and recover the endangered species.
  • 7 Buck Run St. | South Salem, New York 10590
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  • 50 Norman Ave. | Brooklyn, New York 11222
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Natures Shapes in Oakdale manufactures custom surfboards and paddleboards.
  • 99 Hiddink St. | Sayville, New York 11782
  • Open 12-5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, 12-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
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Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam is home to the famed mansion built by actor, director and playwright William Gillette.
  • 67 River Road | East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
  • Park grounds open from 8 a.m. to sunset.
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Interested in more adventures? Check out last week's destinations close to home.