Best Family Campgrounds in New Jersey

The Great Divide prides itself on its beautifully maintained facilities.
The Great Divide prides itself on its beautifully maintained facilities.

There are lots of ways for New Jersey families to experience the great outdoors. From scenic parks, shade-drenched playgrounds, and easy hiking trails to inviting beaches and family-friendly lakes, the state has plenty of fresh-air opportunities. But if you really want to get the kids off-line and immersed in nature, it might be time to plan a camping trip. Camping with little ones isn't always easy, but luckily, these New Jersey campgrounds make the experience comfortable and fun for even the youngest family members.

Read on for a dozen family-friendly campgrounds that offer everything from tent camping to fully appointed cabins, along with a host of family-style entertainment and amenities.

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 an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Be sure to click through to our listings for all the info, including prices, addresses, and times.

Private Campgrounds and RV Resorts in New Jersey

1. Pleasant Acres Farm Campground – Sussex

Located on a real working farm, Pleasant Acres Farm Campground offers horse-drawn hayrides, a baby animal petting zoo, cow milking, sheep shearing, and pig chases. Amenities include a swimming pool, miniature golf course, sports fields, and a fishing lake. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy free meals scheduled on many weeknights, along with a wide range of entertainment, including live bands, DJs, line dancing, and painting parties. Keep an eye on the fun-themed weekend events, too! Families can stay in the campground's full-size, air-conditioned cabins featuring bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, large outdoor decks, and flat-screen TVs. There are also pet-friendly cottages with similar amenities as well as tent and RV campsites. The 2021 season opens in mid-April.

the pool at the Delaware River Family Campground
The heated pool and kiddie pool at the Delaware River Family Campground will keep the whole family cool.

2. Delaware River Family Campground – Columbia

Nestled alongside the Delaware River, the Delaware River Family Campground is a relaxing family retreat. Open from Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, October 31, the campground offers a variety of campsites and rustic and modern cabin rentals. Amenities include a heated swimming pool and kiddie pool, game room, boat and tubing rentals (and river excursions), mini-golf, and basketball courts. There are scheduled activities, including arts & crafts, music, clowns, and family movie nights.

3. The Great Divide – Sussex

The Great Divide prides itself on its beautifully maintained facilities, accommodating service, and fun, family-friendly activities. In addition to campsites (some with water, electric, sewer, and cable TV hookups), there are cabin trailer rentals featuring full kitchens, home theater systems, flat-screen TVs, electronic fireplaces, and central air conditioning. Amenities include an Olympic-sized pool, a private lake for fishing and boating, a basketball court, a game room, a playground, music concerts, dancing, and more. Campers can look forward to creative, themed weekend activities, too. The season runs from Friday, April 30, until Monday, October 11.

cabins and the lake at Harmony Ridge Campground
Enjoy paddleboats, fishing, and swimming at Harmony Ridge Campground.

4. Harmony Ridge Campground – Branchville

2021 update: The playground and pool are open, but the game room remains closed at this time.
Located in the heart of the Kittatinny Mountains, Harmony Ridge is a 160-acre campground that is open year-round. Family-owned since 1963, this great retreat offers both cabin rentals and scenic campsites. There are also plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool, playground, basketball court, paddleboats, and a recently added hockey rink and gaga ball pit. There is also a snack bar that serves breakfast daily. Visit the website for more information, including current rates.

5. Sea Pirate Campground – West Creek

Just minutes from Long Beach Island, this Jersey Shore campground provides plenty of water-related recreational activities, including crabbing, fresh and saltwater fishing, and canoe and kayak rentals. There's also a swimming pool, playgrounds, sports fields, and a full schedule of family activities. The campground offers sites for tent camping and a variety of cabins and cottages that come with all the comforts of home. Open from Friday, April 30 through mid-October.

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a luxury tent at Kymer's Camping Resort.
Spend a weekend or a week in nature at Kymer's Camping Resort.

6. Kymer's Camping Resort – Branchville

There's no excuse for boredom at this North Jersey camping resort, which features a full slate of daily and weekly entertainment. Families can get into friendly competition with basketball, foosball, miniature golf, pingpong, tennis, volleyball, and more. Prefer to relax? Take a dip in the swimming pool, paddle a kayak, or make a craft. Nighttime brings outdoor movies, DJ dance parties, campfires with marshmallow roasting, paint-and-sip parties for parents, and other fun. If that isn't enough, Kymer's is close to the New Jersey State Fair, High Point State Park, Wild West City, the Land of Make Believe, golf courses, flea markets, and more. Tent, trailer, and cabin sites are available for rental Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, October 31.

a girl having fun at Butterfly Camping Resort
Butterfly Camping Resort hosts lots of fun activities.

7. Butterfly Camping Resort – Jackson

2021 update: Butterfly Camping Resort is now open to self-contained campers; no tents. With the exception of the game room, all amenities are open. All scheduled activities are canceled until further notice.
For more than 20 years, the owners of Jackson's Butterfly Camping Resort have been dedicated to providing great hospitality and clean facilities to campers. Seasonal fun includes pony and wagon rides, outdoor movie nights, bingo, and arts and crafts. The grounds include a large swimming pool, miniature golf course, sports fields, playgrounds, and an arcade. Additionally, the resort is located right on the cranberry bogs and has a great pond where kids can go fishing. The camp offers both regular campsites as well as a variety of comfortable cabins and cottages. Bonus: Butterfly Camping Resort is located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari.

 people on the beach at Four Seasons Family Campground.
Set up at the lake for the day at the Four Seasons Family Campground. Photo courtesy of the campground

8. Four Seasons Family Campground – Pilesgrove

Open all year, Four Seasons Family Campground is located in the Delaware River Region of Southern New Jersey. This popular destination recently opened a new swimming pool with a 10-inch-deep children's area. Other recreational facilities include swimming on a sandy beach, a fully equipped game room, playgrounds, fishing, and sports fields and equipment. Visitors can enjoy themed weekends during the summer months. This pet-friendly destination also has an off-leash dog park. Both rustic and deluxe cabins are available, as well as tent and RV sites.

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Ocean View Resort Campground offers a splash pad, swimming pool
Ocean View Resort Campground offers a splash pad, swimming pool, mini-golf, and lots more.

9. Ocean View Resort Campground – Ocean View

2021 update: The lake, arcade, paddleboats, clubhouse, playgrounds (with the exception of the lake playground) are closed for the season. At this time, Ocean View Resort is not accepting reservations for tents and pop-ups without bathrooms.
Just 3 miles from Sea Isle City, Ocean View Resort is New Jersey's largest privately owned campground. Kids can keep busy with a splash pad, swimming pool, stocked fishing pond, fresh-water lake for swimming and boating, three playgrounds, two arcades, a miniature golf course, and ball fields. A campground store sells food, along with fishing and camping supplies. In addition, a cafe and lake pavilion sell sandwiches, pizza, treats, and more. Rent a campsite for tent camping or a fully appointed cabin or trailer. Open from mid-April through mid-October.

 a cabin at Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines.
Enjoy the comforts of home in the great outdoors at Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines.

10. Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines – Elmer

Situated in southwestern New Jersey on 113 wooded acres, Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines is a family-oriented camping resort that offers the adventure of the outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. The campground, open from April through October, has a pool, splash pad, event-themed weekends, and kid-friendly activities. Visitors can reserve sites for tent camping, as well as a variety of cabins and RVs. The campground is pet-friendly.

Family-Friendly Campgrounds in New Jersey State and County Parks

Note for all New Jersey State Parks: As of Monday, March 22, primitive campsites, family tents, and tent/trailer campsites will be made available for reservations for the period starting April 1 through December 15. Cabins, shelters, and lean-tos remain closed at this time.

11. Turkey Swamp Park – Freehold

The Monmouth County Park System developed this beautiful wooded park with campers in mind. The park is home to a 17-acre lake used for fishing, boating, and ice-skating. The park also features an archery range, playgrounds, and miles of trails. The family campground features wooded campsites for tent camping and travel trailers, with fire rings and picnic tables. Three basic cabins come with both heating and air conditioning.

12. Allaire State Park – Howell

2021 update: The cabins remain closed at this time.
Best known for its historic 19th-century iron-making village and the Pine Creek Railroad with its working antique steam train, Allaire State Park is the perfect site for a family camping trip. The park is home to plenty of easy trails for hiking (perfect for little legs) as well as access to the Manasquan Reservoir, which provides fishing and boating opportunities. Allaire's camping facilities include 45 tent campsites and 10 cabin-like shelters that include beds and a wood stove for heat. Each site also includes a fire ring and picnic table. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within easy walking distance. Reservations can be made online.

13. High Point State Park – Sussex

2021 update: The cabins remain closed at this time.
The park's camping facilities include 50 tent sites along Sawmill lake, six-person furnished cabins that include fully functioning kitchens and bathrooms (complete with hot and cold running water and electricity), and a large-group cabin that can accommodate up to 28 people. Families can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, lake swimming during the summer, and cross-country skiing in winter. The park is home to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, where skis and other winter sports equipment are available for rent. Camping is open Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, October 31, and reservations can be made online.

14. Belleplain State Forest – Woodbine

2021 update: The cabins remain closed at this time.
Located in the Cape May area, this state park is home to Lake Nummy; swim on the north side when lifeguards are present. You'll also find a playground nearby, showers, and a concession stand in the warmer months. There are a bunch of trails for exploring as well. Belleplain State Forest has 169 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. A handful of cabins are available, too.

15. Swartswood State Park – Swartswood

2021 update: The cabins remain closed at this time.
This North Jersey state park was New Jersey’s first state park and has a beautiful lake for fishing and swimming. There's a beach near the campground, playgrounds, bathrooms with showers, and a snack bar. Boat and canoe rentals are available in the park on a seasonal basis. The park has 73 tent and trailer sites and some cabins.

16. Cheesequake State Park – Matawan

2021 update: The cabins remain closed at this time.
Located in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, this lovely park is home to well-marked nature trails and a lake. Cheesequake allows swimming in Hooks Creek Lake while lifeguards are on duty. The beach complex has a changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station, and a concession stand offering refreshments, novelties, and beach supplies. Fishing is permitted, and boating and canoeing are allowed in the offseason.

Photos courtesy of the campgrounds

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