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 fun all across New Jersey. From fireworks and festivals to free outdoor movies, we’ve rounded up more than 100 family-friendly events to enjoy this summer without breaking the bank.

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

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:


North Beach/Fremont Avenue

President Avenue Beach

30th Street Beach

Eastman Clock Plaza

Philadephia Avenue Beach

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark

Ventnor Cultural Art Center

Pier Village Festival Plaza

West Orange Farmers Market

Downtown Point Pleasant

Berkeley Island County Park

Downtown Westfield

Division Street Plaza

Jake Branch County Park Nature Center

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

South Main Street

Longport Bridge

Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse

Floods Hill in Meadowland Park

Laurence Harbor Beachfront

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
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Barnes & Noble of Bridgewater - 10:00 AM
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Art Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Piano Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
5th-6th Grade Virtual Art Classes
online (Zoom) - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides