Most Affordable Summer Camps in New Jersey for Kids

Walk in the woods, dig in the dirt, and wade in the water during the week-long, nature-themed summer camps at Cedar Run’s Go Wild Summer Camp. Photo courtesy of the camp
Walk in the woods, dig in the dirt, and wade in the water during the week-long, nature-themed summer camps at Cedar Run’s Go Wild Summer Camp. Photo courtesy of the camp

After a busy school year, kids deserve a stress-free summer of adventure, and now's the time to explore summer camp options. We've rounded up 16 summer day camps in New Jersey that are easy on the wallet but heavy on summer fun. Many of these affordable summer camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day summer camps help to keep costs down. Before- and after-care is available at some of these inexpensive summer camps in New Jersey as well.

The following are some of the most affordable summer camps in New Jersey, and as a bonus, booking soon might help you score cost-saving early bird specials. For more summer camps in New Jersey, such as the best dance summer camps and STEM summer day camps, bookmark our in our Guide to Summer Camp in New Jersey and our New Jersey Summer Camp Directory, where you can search for summer camps by age, interest, and town. 

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YMCA of Greater Bergen County Summer Camps

The Gateway Family YMCA - Elizabeth Branch

The Gateway Family YMCA - Five Points Branch

The Gateway Family YMCA - Rahway Branch

The Gateway Family YMCA - Wellness Center Branch

The Gateway Family YMCA - Youth Development Branch

Camp College at Mercer County Community College

Nature Center of Cape May

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights
Turtle Back Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
South Jersey Holiday Light Show
Bridgeport Speedway - 5:00 PM Pick
Bergen County Winter Wonderland
Van Saun County Park - various times Pick
Parent and Me Playtime
Plainsboro Recreation and Community Services - 9:00 AM
Antique Toy Train Show
South Jersey Museum of American History - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides