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:

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

Downtown Westfield

Berkeley Island County Park

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
Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival & Parade
Bradley Beach Boardwalk - 9:00 AM Pick
New Jersey Renaissance Faire
Liberty Lake - 10:00 AM Pick
Wildwoods International Kite Festival
Beach Across from Wildwood Convention Center - various times Pick
Scotch Plains Farmers' Market
Municipal Parking Lot - 8:00 AM
Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market
Byrne Plaza and Beyond - 8:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides