NJ is home to many wonderful places for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. The only downside? Visiting all these attractions can get pricey, especially if there are multiple kids in your family. To lighten the blow to your wallet, plan a trip to one of the destinations listed below, all which offer free admission for children under certain ages. Keep this page handy and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child's next birthday!
Note: The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.
Whether you hail from the Garden State, are visiting for the weekend or need a break from the city, this welcoming, eclectic NYC neighbor has tons to offer. Looking for culture? Spend a day in an art museum. Like the great indoors, but art makes you yawn? Try this great family games complex. And if you want nature, well, NJ is crazy with camping, mountain reservations, beaches, and zoos. So whether you fish, dig for fossils or your idea of a fun day is a Free day, we've got you covered with the best of New Jersey Day Trips. And if you're feeling very adventurous and want to try a (gasp!) weekend trip or a full-on family vacation, be sure to check out Mommy Poppins NYC Family Vacations Resort and Travel Guide. Have a nice day, NJ!
Can’t wait for vacation? Kids bored with the same park every day? Take a mini-trip without even leaving the state! Hop in the car and head to one of these great New Jersey day trip destinations. Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk and aquarium all in one day. Take a look at our list of fun day trips you can go on this summer!
Thomas Fuller was quoted as saying “It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” He may have lived in the seventeenth century, but Mr. Fuller already knew my family dynamic. I, the sheep, live amongst a pack of wolves disguised as three-year old humans. So knowing these little beasts now dominated our lives (literally), we decided to add another great spot into the Mommy Poppins Day Trip Guide by visiting the Lakota Wolf Preserve.
How will you celebrate Dad this Father’s Day? There are tons of family-friendly activities happening all over the state on June 16, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten favorites. There’s something on the list to please every type of dad, so whether yours is a sports fiend, a history buff, a train fanatic or just wants to relax with a glass of wine, we’ve got you covered. Happy Father’s Day to all of New Jersey’s wonderful dads!
There is a gem nestled inside Essex County: Turtle Back Zoo. Part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex, TBZ is a lovely little zoo with a big commitment to wildlife education and conservation. With the added perk of being smack in the middle of a treetop obstacle course, an indoor skating rink and a mini golf course, the TBZ is an amazing day trip for anyone in Northern New Jersey and worth the trip for any family in the whole state. Read on for all the highlights!
Yes, it's the spookiest month of the year--and October is also chock-full of fun family activities all over our great state! Forget that door-to-door treat-trolling and try something different this year for Halloween: take your family to an NJ zoo. The zoo is always an enjoyable way to spend a family day, but add some candy, costumes and some bone-chillingly fun activities and your little NJ ghouls will be having a blast in no time!
We loved Adventure Aquarium's KidZone back in the spring, but AA is all about the sharks this summer. Big ones. Scary ones. Prehistoric ones. 17 species call the aquarium home, more than anywhere on the east coast. And there’s a little bit of shark thrill for every age, from the new Megalodon exhibit to the cheerful, cartoony Great White sculpture that welcomes tiny tots to pose for photos.Here’s the lowdown on “Shark Fest” and how NJ kids and their families can take advantage of the fun. Dive in!
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