Things to do in FORKED RIVER with kids

Don’t be fooled by the nickname The Garden State. New Jersey bursts with sandy beaches, bustling cities and quiet towns. Close to New York and Philadelphia, yet far from big city life - New Jersey has so many places to visit with kids - culture, history, nature and most importantly - FUN!

New Jersey has always been know for it’s beautiful seasides and shorelines, so take advantage and introduce kids to popular attractions like Abescon Lighthouse and Casino Beach Pier. 


But there are also surprises! Did you think New Jersey was the place for whale watching? Cape May Whale Watcher even spots dolphins too!  Battleships too? Yep! Battleship New Jersey lets kids even sleep in the bunks!

Dinosaurs come to life at Field Station Dinosaurs, and you can see the state from another angle with super fun Helicopter Rides!

Of course, nature in New Jersey is stunning - and there are a host of FREE state parks to explore! From Wharton to Kittatinny Valley, activities from hiking, kayaking to wildlife spotting are all waiting for YOU!

Don’t forget the camera…you will be creating a LOT of memories!

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  • Play Day Place

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    (2 miles) Forked River

    A fun indoor place center for kids aged 1 to 14, with soft play, zip lines, climbing walls, and velcro walls...just to name a few!

  • Blackbeards Cave

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    (6 miles) Bayville

    A 20 hole par 59 Miniature Golf Course. Zip around our Formula 1 Go-Kart track with it's bridges and tunnels. Dodge around the explosions and through the caves at the Bumper Boats. If baseball is ...

  • Breakwater Beach Waterpark

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    (9 miles) Seaside Heights

    Enjoy one of the largest interactive play areas on the North Atlantic Coast with this family friendly water park in New Jersey!

  • Casino Pier

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    (9 miles) Seaside Heights

    Classic boardwalk fun with this New Jersey pier, with mini golf, bumper cars, arcade, and those classic rides that the family always loves!

  • Popcorn Park Zoo

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    (9 miles) Forked River

    Popcorn Park Zoo is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon ...

  • Insectropolis The Bugseum of New Jersey

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    (13 miles) Toms River

    Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these ...

  • Sea Pirate Campground

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    (16 miles) West Creek

    Family camping only 8 miles from Long Beach Island, with tents to full hook ups. Fun kids activities, fishing, and even hay rides!

  • Jenkinson's Boardwalk

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    (18 miles) Point Pleasant Beach

    Classic boardwalk fun in New Jersey with attractions, rides, arcades, mini golf and more!

  • Tuckerton Seaport

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    (19 miles) Tuckerton

    Many buildings and structures line the coastline of this recreated fishing village including Tucker's Island Lighthouse, Joy Dayton's Sawmill, and Jay C. Parker's Decoy Carving Shop.

  • Thundering Surf

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    (19 miles) Beach haven

    A slashingly entertaining day for the whole family! Cool off with super fun water activities at Thundering Surf Water Park.

  • Fantasy Island

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    (19 miles) Beach Haven

    Fantasy Island Amusement Park has been created with a Victorian air that is timeless in its appeal. Z-Brick walkways, oak benches, ornate lamp posts, and Tiffany glass chandeliers and panels all come ...

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium

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    (19 miles) Point Pleasant Beach

    A fun family aquarium located within Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey, where kids can get up close with sharks, seals, and even touch star fish and sting rays!

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (19 miles) Tuckerton

    Trails, wildlife, and a beautiful man-made lake perfect for swimming, boating and that summer New Jersey fun!

  • Six Flags Great Adventure

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    (25 miles) Jackson

    Thrill rides, kids rides, family rides and mayhem....it can only be Six Flags!

  • Six Flags Wild Safari

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    (25 miles) Jackson

    Visit the largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa. This 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species.

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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    (25 miles) Jackson

    Thrill rides, family rides, kids rides and heaps of water fun at this New Jersey Six Flags park! The entire family will find something for them!

  • Bradley Beach Miniature Golf Course

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    (26 miles) Bradley Beach

    Bradley Beach offers Miniature Golf right on the beach! This is a great place for families with younger children to spend a fun day in the sun. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (27 miles) Hammonton

    A beautiful New Jersey State Forest with rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, numerous lakes, and wildlife - great for family exploration!

  • iPlay America

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    (28 miles) Freehold

    A premier New Jersey theme park where kids can enjoy over 250 exciting games, attractions, and rides!

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (30 miles) Manalapan

    Visit the site of one of the largest American Revolution battled, now with hiking, horse-riding and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse! History and nature in this New Jersey state park

  • Fun Time America

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    (31 miles) Eatontown

    Over 40,000 sq. ft. of incredible entertainment, with carnival rides, laser tag, rock walls, video games and bouncing!

  • Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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    (33 miles) Brigantine

    The Center, which has the privilege of housing the only marine mammal stranding facility within New Jersey, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or otherwise stressed marine ...

  • Atlantic City Princess

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    (34 miles) Atlantic City

    Atlantic City's Premier Charter Boat the AC Princess Cruises is Atlantic City's finest public & private charter yacht. Sightseeing, daily cruises - or book our elegant boat for your own private party ...

  • Atlantic City Aquarium

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    (35 miles) Atlantic City

    There is a touch tank, as well as fish tanks with exotic fish, lots of activities to keep the kids entertained - let the kids have great fun while learning about the sea and sealife

  • Absecon Lighthouse

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    (35 miles) Atlantic City

    An amazing historic journey up 228 steps to the top of this 1857 lighthouse, overlooking Atlantic City!

  • Atlantic City Cruises

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    (35 miles) Atlantic City

    Have the chance to get up close and personal with locals. Daily Dolphin Watching Adventure. Your entire gang is welcome to join each and every day for a thrilling view of beautiful Atlantic ...

  • Gymboree Play and Music

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    (36 miles) Red Bank

    Indoor play gym with classes designed to enhance imagination and creative play for kids under 5 yrs. Also weekly open playgym and special events.

  • Steel Pier

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    (36 miles) Atlantic City

    Steel Pier offers fun filled thrills for the entire family. Make sure you take a chance at one of our many amusement games or just stroll along the pier taking in the sights and sounds.

  • Paint A Tee

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    (36 miles) Red Bank

    Paint A Tee allows kids to be creative and paint anything they like, which can then be printed onto a variety of items including shirts and onesies! Wearable art!

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not Atlantic City

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    (36 miles) Atlantic City

    Visit the home of weird family fun, with 2 floors with ALL NEW galleries, shows and nearly 300 unusual and fascinating exhibits!

  • The Blueberry Factory

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    (36 miles) Hammonton

    We give info about the farm and about blueberry farming in New Jersey and why Hammonton is the Blueberry Capital. The tour is broken up into two parts, outside and inside. One of the many fun family ...

  • Storybook Land

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    (36 miles) Egg Harbor Township

    New Jersey fun with Storybook Land - a great theme park for little people with fun rides and storybook attractions!

  • Atlantic City Miniature Golf

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    (36 miles) Atlantic City

    Play 18 holes of world-class golf at Atlantic City's premier miniature golf course. Enjoy the beauty of our lush landscapes, elevated greens and real waterfalls as you tackle the challenge of ...

  • IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

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    (37 miles) Atlantic City

    Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created. Our Academy Award winning IMAX technology brings images to life like no other. Experience an arm chair adventure ...

  • Paws Farm Nature Center

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    (37 miles) Mount Laurel

    All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more that 80 birds and animals housed here.