Free Admission for Kids at Nearly 50 of NJ's Biggest Family Attractions
New Jersey is home to many wonderful attractions for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms, and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. Many of these destinations offer FREE admission for kids under certain ages, and we've rounded up nearly 50 of them here.
Keep this post handy, and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child ages out, or it'll cost you! Find more budget-friendly destinations in our guide to Free Fun Things To Do With NJ Kids.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. The photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for FREE entry.
Free Admission for Kids Under 1
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson offers free admission for kids under 2. Photo by Kaylynn Ebner
Free Admission for Kids Under 2
Adventure Aquarium – Camden
Camden Children’s Garden – Camden
CoCo Key Water Resort – Mount Laurel (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19.)
Field Station Dinosaurs – Leonia (Reopens June 19, 2021)
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm – Morristown (Reopens Thursday, May 6, 2021)
Liberty Science Center – Jersey City
Monmouth Museum – Lincroft (Reopens Saturday, June 5, 2021)
Northlandz – Flemington
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari – Jackson
Storybook Land – Egg Harbor Township
Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange
Wild West City – Stanhope
The Morris Museum's popular Mega Model Trains exhibit is on display during the holiday season and in the summer.
Free Admission for Kids Under 3
Bergen County Zoo – Paramus
Cape May Lighthouse – Cape May
Cowtown Rodeo – Pilesgrove
Diggerland USA – West Berlin (Note: Diggerland USA offers free admission to kids under 36 inches.)
Dreamworks Water Park – East Rutherford
Franklin Mineral Museum – Franklin
Greenwood Gardens – Short Hills
Historic Cold Spring Village – Cape May (Village buildings reopen in June 2021.)
Insectropolis – Toms River (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19.)
Jenkinson’s Aquarium – Point Pleasant Beach
Land of Make Believe – Hope
Legoland Discovery Center – East Rutherford (Opening date is TBD during summer 2021.)
Liberty Hall Museum – Union
Lucy the Elephant – Margate
Medieval Times – Lyndhurst (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19. Kids who don't pay admission must sit on your lap and share your plate.)
Morris Museum – Morristown
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Rio Grande
New Jersey Museum of Transportation – Farmingdale
Newark Museum – Newark (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19.)
Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park – East Rutherford
Popcorn Park Zoo – Forked River
Sahara Sam's Oasis — West Berlin
SeaLife New Jersey – East Rutherford (Opening date is TBD during summer 2021.)
Space Farms Zoo & Museum – Sussex
Free Admission for Kids Under 4
Absecon Lighthouse – Atlantic City
Atlantic City Aquarium – Atlantic City (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19.)
Delsea Drive-In Theatre – Vineland
Historic Village at Allaire – Farmingdale
Statue of Liberty – Liberty Island, N.Y.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum – Ogdensburg (Note: As of publication time, the mine tour, outside collecting, and gift shop are closed temporarily due to COVID-19.)
Free Admission for Kids Under 5
Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton offers free admission for kids under 6. Photo by DMH Photography
Free Admission for Kids Under 6
Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum – Morristown
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts – Madison
Old Barracks Museum – Trenton
The Hermitage Museum – Ho-Ho-Kus (Note: As of publication time, the venue is still closed due to COVID-19.)
Kids under 12 get in free at Montclair Art Museum, where they can view art and make some of their own.
Free Admission for Kids Under 12
Acorn Hall – Morristown
Barnegat Lighthouse – Barnegat Light (Note: As of publication time, this venue is still shuttered due to COVID-19.)
Montclair Art Museum – Montclair
Jersey Shore Beaches – Various locations
*Children 11 and younger are FREE at most Jersey Shore beaches; check individual beaches to confirm.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues
This post, first published 2014, is updated annually.