National Parks / Natural World in New Jersey with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Garden State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in New Jersey offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of New Jersey itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Cape May County Park

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    Cape May

    The County Park area has picnic tables, kids playgrounds, biking paths and fishing areas. The Zoo has about 550 different types of birds, reptiles and mammals.

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    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 ...

  • Wharton State Forest

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    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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    Tuckerton

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

  • Corsons Inlet State Park

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    Ocean City

    Extremely popular with families for for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing, this New Jersey state park offers outdoor adventure and lots of family fun!

  • Hacklebarney State Park

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    Long Valley

    Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, with hiking, fishing, and great New Jersey nature fun!

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park

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    Andover

    Lots of outdoor adventure in New Jersey for the family at this state park! Hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular activities, with winter sports too!

  • Parvin State Park

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    Pittsgrove

    A New Jersey state park with outdoor adventure, swimming, fishing, and a fascinating history!

  • Ringwood State Park

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    Ringwood

    Stunning gardens with multi use trails in New Jersey, plus swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing! Outdoor fun for the whole family

  • Round Valley Recreation Area

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    Lebanon

    Outdoor adventure in New Jersey for swimmers, boaters, campers and picnickers! One of the few parks for wilderness camping too!

  • Swartswood State Park

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    Stillwater Township

    Explore New Jersey's FIRST state park filled with history, outdoor adventure and family fun! Camping available too!

  • Voorhees State Park

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    Glen Gardner

    Outdoor fun in New Jersey with multi use trails, adventure playground and even an observatory!

  • Wawayanda State Park

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    Hewitt

    A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round in this New Jersey state park!

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    Basking Ridge

    Nearly 8,000 acres of varied habitats where you can explore the beautiful scenery, and amazing wildlife.

  • Branch Brook Park

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    Newark

    Explore the nation's FIRST county park, with historic guided tours, a roller rink, bike races, family days and festivals! It's so much more than a park in New Jersey!

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  • Franklin Mineral Museum

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    Franklin

    The museum has over 4,000 mineral specimens on display in the local room including those that are on display in the 33 foot long fluorescent display in the fluorescent room. The museum\'s ...

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    Cherry Hill

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

  • Liberty Science Center

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    Jersey City

    The interactive museums three exhibit floors, each having a different theme, are dedicated to exploration through hands-on experimentation. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Morris Museum

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    Morristown

    The museum offers a full calendar of special events, festivals, classes, and activities for the entire family - with an ever changing hands on exhibitions varying from arts and science to historical ...

  • NJ Childrens Museum

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    Paramus

    Explore over 30 different play and learning areas, each designed to attract and engage the imagination! Your child is your guide.

  • Newark Museum

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    Newark

    Whatever your child is passionate about, let the Junior Museum be your partner as your child explores their creative self, expands their mind, and above all, has fun while learning something new!

  • Insectropolis The Bugseum of New Jersey

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    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 ...

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not Atlantic City

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    Atlantic City

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

  • MWV Children's Museum

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    North Conway

    Active and curious kids up to 7 years can learn through play in this fun children's museum, dedicated to their development in New Jersey!

  • The Lambert Castle Museum

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    Paterson

    Fascinating museum set inside and about Lambert Castle. The Garret Mountain Reservation observation tower is right by you, as is the Rifle Camp Park with it's own natural history museum and ...

  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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    Ogdensburg

    Deep family fun with more than 700 objects on display, as well as cool mines accessible by guided tour.

  • Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

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    Cape May

    All manner of engines, aircraft and interactive displays, plus climb a control tower, sit in a cockpit, try the pilot seat in the flight simulator and have a close look at over 20 real planes and ...

  • Hunterdon Museum of Art

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    Clinton

    Fascinating and captivating art exhibits at this New Jersey Museum of Art, with classes and workshops for kids too!

  • Montclair Art Museum

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    Montclair

    Experience a day of American and Native American art, programs and exhibitions where kids can get lost in that magical art world in New Jersey

  • Turtle Back Zoo

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    West Orange

    Over 100 different species call this popular New Jersey zoo home, with a petting zoo and miniature train rides too!

  • 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 ...