100+ Free Things To Do in New Jersey this Summer with Kids

Get ready for beach treasure hunts this summer in Lavallette. Photo courtesy of Enjoy Lavallette
Get ready for beach treasure hunts this summer in Lavallette. Photo courtesy of Enjoy Lavallette

Summer is the season for FREE events all across New Jersey. We’ve rounded up more than 100 family-friendly events to enjoy this summer that don't involve breaking the bank, including fireworks displays galore, festivals that offer something for everyone, and outdoor movie screenings throughout the Garden State.

You can find even more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide and our Activity Calendar. Have a fabulous summer full of FREE fun!

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Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description and click through for addresses, times, and any reservation requirements. In addition to our FREE event picks, we've included a collection of fun anytime activities and destinations at the end.

Places featured in this article:


President Avenue Beach

Barnegat Public Dock

30th Street Beach

Philadephia Avenue Beach

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Downtown Point Pleasant

Municipal Parking Lot

Ventnor Cultural Art Center

Jake Branch County Park Nature Center

Verona Community Center

Downtown Westfield

Berkeley Island County Park

Wildwood Crest Beach Pier

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

John C. Bartlett Jr. County Park

Longport Bridge

Floods Hill in Meadowland Park

Dorbrook Recreation Area Sprayground

Veterans Park Sprayground and Playground

Michael J. Tighe Park

Pirate's Cove at Turkey Brook Park

John Rusell Wheeler Park

Berkeley Island County Park

Leonardo and Ideal Beaches

Jennifer Lane Beach in Manahawkin

Union Beach

William Morrow Beach

Old Bridge Waterfront Park

Montville Community Playground

Dorbrook Recreation Area

Tony's Place Playground

Frank Fullerton Memorial Park

Red Bank Battlefield Park

Willie McBride's Irish Pub & Restaurant

South Mountain Reservation

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

High Point State Park

Palisades Interstate Park
State Fair Meadowlands
State Fair Meadowlands - various times Pick
Jenkinson's Fireworks at Dark
Jenkinson's Beach - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Spanish, Italian, or French Language Day Camps
GainVille Learning Center - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides