Things to do in MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP 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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  • Popcorn Park Zoo

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    (5 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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    (11 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 ...

  • Blackbeards Cave

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    (12 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 ...

  • Six Flags Wild Safari

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    (12 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 Great Adventure

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    (13 miles) Jackson

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

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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    (13 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!

  • Play Day Place

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    (13 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!

  • Breakwater Beach Waterpark

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    (17 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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    (17 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!

  • Jenkinson's Boardwalk

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    (20 miles) Point Pleasant Beach

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

  • iPlay America

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    (20 miles) Freehold

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

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium

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    (21 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!

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (21 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

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (22 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!

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (23 miles) Tuckerton

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

  • Sea Pirate Campground

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    (23 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!

  • Tuckerton Seaport

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    (25 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.

  • Paws Farm Nature Center

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    (25 miles) Mount Laurel

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

  • 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 ...

  • Bouncing Off The Walls

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    (27 miles) Levittown

    Open play and parties for active kids under 8 years, with moon bounces, sensory toys, gym mats, climbing, and lots of ways to use the imagination!

  • Thundering Surf

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    (28 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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    (28 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 ...

  • Fun Time America

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    (29 miles) Eatontown

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

  • Sesame Place

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    (30 miles) Langhorne

    Experience Sesame Street coming to life, with water fun, rides, and amazing shows just for kids! Kids fun in Pennsylvania all day long!

  • Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor Water Park

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    (30 miles) West Berlin

    A fun and splash-tastic all year round water park - Sahara Sam’s is full of family fun with a ton of indoor water activities and seasonal outdoor water activities! Surf's Up!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort

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    (30 miles) Mount Laurel

    Gather your family and friends to experience New Jersey’s Largest indoor water park. Join us for the day at CoCo Key Water Resort where we have over 55,000 sq.ft. of indoor water park fun.

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    (31 miles) Cherry Hill

    Touch, explore and create in the museums many interactive exhibit areas - loads of things to do all under one roof

  • JerZJump

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    (31 miles) Monmouth Junction

    17,500 sq ft of family entertainment center with open play, inflatables, play structure, and arcade! Great for those active kids in New Jersey!

  • The Blueberry Factory

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    (31 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 ...

  • Gymboree Play and Music

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    (32 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.

  • Paint A Tee

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    (32 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!

  • Clementon Amusement Park

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    (33 miles) Clementon

    Lush landscaping, park-wide themeing, new operational and guest service standards, updated restaurant menus and in-park entertainment will complement a collection of kids, family and high-thrill ...

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    (34 miles) Pennington

    Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of ...

  • Jumping Jungle

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    (34 miles) East Brunswick

    is a 10,000 square foot safe, clean and climate-controlled indoor inflatable recreation center. We offer 8 unique inflatables for open jumps and birthday parties, as well as kid-friendly arcade ...

  • Runway Rapids Water Park

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    (37 miles) Keansburg

    Featuring kiddie lagoon, lazy river and toddler unit, plus 18 wild slides of varying height, length and speed. Supervised water play with lifeguards also available.