Things to do in New Jersey 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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  • Bowcraft Playland

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    Scotch Plains

    Thrills and excitement with roller coasters, pirates ships, and a submarine - just to name a few! Family fun with adventures to be had in New Jersey!

  • Storybook Land

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    Egg Harbor Township

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

  • Six Flags Great Adventure

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    Jackson

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

  • Tomahawk Lake

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    Sparta

    200 acres of great family fun in New Jersey with mini golf, sports, and that famous water park with a 400 foot body slide!

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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    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!

  • Land of Make Believe

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    Hope

    Over 30 acres of family attractions in New Jersey! With river rides, roller coasters, trains and even pirate cannonballs....entertainment and excitement for all ages!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort

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    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.

  • OC Waterpark

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    Ocean City

    Formerly Gilligan's Island Waterpark, this fun New Jersey water experience is on the iconic boardwalk, and is filled with water fun for kids, and a climbing wall too!

  • Splash Zone Water Park

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    Wildwood

    Mixing adrenaline-pumping action with family-style fun is our specialty! Thrill to the white water rapids on The Beast of The East, roar through total darkness on The Midnight Run, or test your ...

  • Action Park Mountain Creek

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    Vernon

    The world's TALLEST (and only!) thrill slide with double loops at this adrenaline pumping New Jersey water park for the whole family!

  • Thundering Surf

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    Beach haven

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

  • Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor Water Park

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    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!

  • Breakwater Beach Waterpark

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    Seaside Heights

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

  • Runway Rapids Water Park

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    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.

  • Turtleback Zoo

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    West Orange

    500 animals of 200 different species plus loads of extra fun like pony ride and train rides. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in New Jersey

  • Adventure Aquarium

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    Camden

    Explore under the ocean in New Jersey with this family fun aquarium, with a shark tank, walk through tube and interactive exhibits!

  • Atlantic City Aquarium

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    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

  • Paws Farm Nature Center

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    Mount Laurel

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

  • Six Flags Wild Safari

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    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.

  • Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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    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 ...

  • Bergen County Zoo

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    Paramus

    The Bergen County Zoo offers education programs for everyone: children and adults; individuals and groups; at the zoo, or at your facility. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. ...

  • The Cohanzick Zoo

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    Bridgeton

    The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jerseys First Zoo. Located in the beautiful Bridgeton City Park, this little zoo is set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals. Admission ...

  • Popcorn Park Zoo

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    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 ...

  • Space Farms

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    Sussex

    Come alive with nature and history. Explore the wild side of Space Farms Zoo and Museum. Space Farms offers educational fun for all ages. Where else can you step back in time and head for the ...

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium

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    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!

  • Atlantic City Cruises

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    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 ...

  • Atlantic City Princess

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    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 ...

  • Cape May Whale Watcher

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    Cape May

    Whale and dolphin watching for all ages in New Jersey. Amazing wildlife experiences and kids under 6 ride FREE! Amazing on all counts!

  • Keansburg Amusement Park

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    Keansburg

    Celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, and is a small park which is home to many classic rides from a bygone era.

  • Funplex

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    East Hanover

    Incredible kids fun in New Jersey, from go karts, bumper cars, arcade, waterpark, and much, much more! Perfect for the whole family.

  • Steel Pier

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    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.

  • Wild At Play

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    Jersey City

    Wild at Play is the first children's indoor playground on the Jersey City waterfront. Our goal is to share the joys of learning between you and your child. Not only will you have fun playing with ...

  • Kidnetic

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    Montville

    Lots of areas for your child to explore: the ball room, punching bag room, alligator pit, island hopping room, helicopter and lots of tunnels and bridges. They can also slide down one of their two ...

  • Kidz Village

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    Kenilworth

    An exciting 18,000 sq ft indoor children's play facility in New Jersey, created for kids ages 10 and under!

  • Kids Towne

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    Hamilton

    Kids Towne USA offers all kids: from toddlers to teens a world of good times all under one roof. The 10,000 square foot facility offers birthday parties, laser tag, laser maze, climbing tower and 6 ...