Things to do in PATERSON 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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  • The Lambert Castle Museum

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • Velocity 17 Kart Racing

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    (4 miles) Maywood

    Our karts are equipped with a full wrap around bumper and seatbelt, and our track marshals are always on hand to help out, making sure that every child is tightly belted in to their kart, and wearing ...

  • NJ Childrens Museum

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    (4 miles) Paramus

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

  • Bergen County Zoo

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    (5 miles) 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. ...

  • Dey Mansion

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    (5 miles) Wayne

    The historical revolutionary war headquarters of George Washington himself, giving kids an amazing day out in history!

  • Kindermusik

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    (7 miles) Teaneck

    Music and Movement Programs from birth-age 7 Innovative curricua includes Sign language for pre-verbal speakers ABC Music and Me-A Language and Literacy program set to music toddler ...

  • ABMAs family farm

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    (7 miles) Wyckoff

    Kids (and moms and dads, too) love to visit our petting zoo, pet the sheep or cow, feed carrot greens to the rabbits, see our baby chicks, fancy birds, goats, ponies, donkey, calf and pigs.

  • Bee N Crafty

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    (7 miles) Nutley

    Art fun in New Jersey with kids parties, adult and kid classes, family classes and open sessions to get crafty!

  • JumpNasium

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    (8 miles) Fairfield

    NJ's Friendliest, Cleanest & Best Indoor Jumping Inflatable Kids Birthday Party Center. Jump, Bounce, Climb, Slide and just have FUN in our 100% PRIVATE 13,000 sq/ft indoor climate controlled ...

  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

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    (8 miles) Lyndhurst

    In the Lyndhurst Castle's grand ceremonial arena, weapons are brandished and an authentic medieval jousting tournament ensues. Our Knights' dazzling displays of skill and athleticism demand the same ...

  • Montclair Art Museum

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    (8 miles) 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

  • Secaucus Recreation Center

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    (10 miles) Secaucus

    A place for active kids. The Recreation Center offers swimming pools, exercise room and basketball courts. It has a beautiful view on the meadows and the Manhattan skyline. One of the many fun ...

  • Branch Brook Park

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    (11 miles) 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!

  • Field Station Dinosaurs

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    (11 miles) Secaucus

    Over 30 realistic, come to life dinosaurs, including the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made! Kids will be thrilled to explore the mysterious trails and mountain paths, waiting for that next roar ...

  • Kidnetic

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    (12 miles) 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 ...

  • Riverside Park

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    (12 miles) Manhattan

    Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community ...

  • Newark Museum

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    (13 miles) 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!

  • New York Kids Club

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    (13 miles) New York

    The New York Kids Club is a children enrichment center renowned for creative and innovative kids classes, birthday celebrations, and special events! One of the many fun family places to visit if you ...

  • Turtleback Zoo

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    (13 miles) 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

  • American Museum of Natural History

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    (13 miles) Manhattan

    An amazing New York museum with 45 permanent exhibition halls including Dinosaur Halls, Hall of Ocean Life, and the Hall of Human Origins, as wel as hands-on fun for kids

  • Wollman Rink on Central Park

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    (13 miles) New York City

    When you think of New York in the winter time, you can't go past the iconic outdoor ice skating experience in Central Park. A great experience for the whole family.

  • Hayden Planetarium

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    (13 miles) Manhattan

    Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.

  • AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

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    (13 miles) Manhattan

    The theatre was at one point the United States' largest theatrical screen measuring 100' by 80'.

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    (13 miles) West Side

    It's all about sea, air & space at this New York museum, dedicated to history, science and service - all related to the aircraft carrier "Intrepid"!

  • Museum of the City of New York

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    (13 miles) Manhattan

    The exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some.

  • The Jewish Museum

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    (13 miles) New York City

    Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of ...

  • Guggenheim Museum

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    (13 miles) Manhatten

    The iconic site of many celebrated special exhibitions, with smaller galleries devoted permanently to the Guggenheim's renowned collection, which ranges from Impressionism through contemporary art.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    (14 miles) Manhattan

    With a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art, you know this New York City museum is a great journey into the wonderful world of art!

  • NBC Experience Store and Studio Tour

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    (14 miles) Manhattan

    Offers walking tours behind the scenes of NBC's New York studios and of New York's most recognizable landmark, Rockefeller Center.

  • Gazillion Bubble Show

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    (14 miles) New York City

    Will amaze your whole family with Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

  • Craft Studio

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    (14 miles) New York

    Is a beautifully decorated and spacious studio where imagination and creativity run wild. Your kids would enjoy spending an afternoon painting a work of art in their walk-in craft section, or they ...

  • Central Park Zoo

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    (14 miles) Manhattan

    From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe plus Tisch Children's Zoo lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close.

  • Madame Tussauds New York

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    (14 miles) New York City

    Fun for the whole family as you come face to face with your favorite stars of music, film, sport, and history! Be a celebrity in New York City!

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not

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    (14 miles) New York

    Kids of all ages can experience the mysterious, the weird and the wonderful at this New York City museum of oddities from all over the world!

  • Chelsea Piers

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    (14 miles) New York City

    With more sporting options than hours in a day, Chelsea Piers is a great idea for the energetic family!