Spending the day out with the kids doesn't always mean you have to break the bank. Many New Jersey towns have beautiful parks, movies, fireworks, and community events that welcome local residents free of charge. While these are great resources, did you know that there are also some pretty unique and educational New Jersey attractions where admission is completely free? If you're looking for FREE local fun for the little ones, check out this list of the top 5 free attractions for kids!


Howell Living History Farm

70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, New Jersey 08560 | Directions Take the kids on a trip back to the days of horses and buggies where they'll learn about adventures in historical farming. Based in Lambertville, Mercer County, the Howell Living History Farm provides opportunities such as bread baking, learning about the farm animals, corn picking and building a barn as it was done in the early 1900s.  


Cape May County PARK & Zoo

707 Route 9 North  Cape May Court House, NJ | Directions If you have animal lovers at home, then the Cape May County Zoo's extensive collection of all different species of animals in a beautiful natural environment is sure to impress. New in 2012 are the zoo's adorable snow leopards, just one of over 250 species of various wildlife. Visitors enjoy the Cape May County Zoo's clean grounds and relaxing atmosphere as well as its close proximity to the Jersey Shore - and did we mention, it's free!

209 County Route 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 | Map

Get the kids moving in this local park with its very own summer "sprayground" where the little ones can enjoy a day at the playground complete with sprinklers, water umbrellas and more! Located in Colts Neck, the Sprayground at Doorbrook is a perfect cool-down for a hot summer day. Plus, the park has additional swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, in-line skating rinks, and trails for hiking and biking.

3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ 08203 | Directions

Dedicated to the response and rehabilitation of marine mammals and sea turtles, the Museum at Brigantine's Marine Mammal Stranding Center offers educational displays of whales, sea turtles, and other various sea creatures and plant life. Visitors can learn about the research and rehabilitation of their favorite marine mammals at this great museum located at this Atlantic County shore community.

2721 Asbury Ave Ocean City, NJ 08226

With over 5,000 species of shells from all over the world, the Discovery Seashell Museum of Ocean City, New Jersey is a one-of-a-kind educational adventure for people of all ages. There, visitors take in the sights of incredible seashells ranging from a man-eating clam shell to unique conch shells, starfish and more. While half of the museum serves as a shop where visitors can purchase their very own unique seashells, admission to the Discovery Seashell Museum is completely free.

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