Free Admission for Kids at 50 of NJ's Biggest Family Attractions
NJ is home to many wonderful places 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 50 of them here.
The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.
Free Admission for Kids Under 1
Free Admission for Kids Under 2
Adventure Aquarium – Camden
Camden Children’s Garden – Camden
CoCo Key Water Resort – Mount Laurel
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm – Morristown
Liberty Science Center – Jersey City
Monmouth Museum – Lincroft
Northlandz – Flemington
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari – Jackson
Storybook Land – Egg Harbor Township
Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange
Wild West City – Stanhope
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
Franklin Mineral Museum – Franklin
Historic Cold Spring Village – Cape May
Insectropolis – Toms River
Jenkinson’s Aquarium – Point Pleasant Beach
Land of Make Believe – Hope
Liberty Hall Museum – Union
Lucy the Elephant – Margate
Morris Museum – Morristown
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Rio Grande
Newark Museum – Newark
New Jersey Museum of Transportation – Farmingdale
Popcorn Park Zoo – Forked River
Sahara Sam's Oasis — West Berlin
Space Farms Zoo & Museum – Sussex
Free Admission for Kids Under 4
Absecon Lighthouse – Atlantic City
Atlantic City Aquarium – Atlantic City
Delsea Drive-In Theatre – Vineland
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Atlantic City
Statue of Liberty – Liberty Island, NY
Sterling Hill Mining Museum – Ogdensburg
Free Admission for Kids Under 5
Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton offers free admission for kids under 6.
Free Admission for Kids Under 6
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
Greenwood Gardens – Short Hills
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.
All photos courtesy of the venues
This post was published 2014 and has been updated since.