5 Family-Friendly Activities You Can Do in New Jersey

Father and son on a kiddie ride
Contrary to what you may have gathered from TV shows such as Jersey Shore, New Jersey is a child-friendly place, and you and your kids have plenty to enjoy in the Garden State.

Whether you are visiting New Jersey on vacation, or you have just moved in, or even if you’re a long-time local just looking for something new to have fun with your kids, there is no shortage of ideas if you want to try out fun, new activities with the family.

Visit a theme park.

There’s a wide array of theme parks in New Jersey for kids. You can take your pick from interactive water parks with slides and hot springs for the older kids to indoor amusement parks for the smaller ones.

Get up close and personal with animals.

Let your kids commune with wildlife at the Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation center with eagles, hawks, and falcons. Just a few minutes away are the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge Center and the Basking Ridge Environmental Education Center.

Hit the beach.

You have plenty of options if you want to visit a kid-friendly beach. Seven Presidents and Cape May at Jersey Shore are obvious choices, but there is also Sandy Hook Beach, where you can check out the Twin Lights Lighthouse, and Spruce Run for a weekend of camping.

Learn new things at a museum.

Who says museums are just for adults? New Jersey offers a plethora of museums that are targeted specifically for the kids. The Liberty Science Center, for instance, has cool science exhibits that your children will love.

Go hiking.

For older kids who like to hang out with Mother Nature, they have so many choices of hiking trails and walking paths. The Rutgers Gardens is one example, and so is the Willowwood Arboretum, the Big Brook Park Fossil State, and the Appalachian Trail.

If you’re flying out to the state anytime soon, or if you’re bored with the same old New Jersey neighborhood you’ve been living in, gather the kids and go out for something new. With so many activities to choose from, you’re guaranteed to have fun with your kids.