Best of August: Top Things To Do in New Jersey with Kids

All aboard for a day of family fun at A Day Out With Thomas. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Railroad Excursions
All aboard for a day of family fun at A Day Out With Thomas. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Summer is not over yet! August in New Jersey is a great time to enjoy outdoor movies and concerts, summer festivals, and the best beach days.

Soak in the sun with a roster of exciting August events, including more than a dozen fairs and festivals. Scan the horizon for colorful balloons at the 84th Annual Warren County Farmers' Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival, and don't miss the massive kites at Jenkinson's Kite Festival. Bring your appetite to food-centric summer festivals, like the Just Peachy Festival and the 27th Annual Clam Festival. And mark those calendars for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, in Summit and several other New Jersey towns. 

Squeeze in some refreshing swimming adventures before the lifeguards head home after Labor Day. Visit local swimming lakes, our favorite under-the-radar beaches in Jersey, or those FREE Jersey Shore beaches for a final swim.

For more things to do in New Jersey this August, check out our Summer Fun Guide and bookmark our carefully curated list of 100+ FREE things to do in New Jersey this summer with kids.

We're adding more events to our Family Activity Calendar every day, so don't forget to check it frequently.

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Be sure to click through to our listings for full details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages and keep in mind, advance tickets may be required.

Places featured in this article:


Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark

Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Atlantic County 4-H Fairgrounds

Laurence Harbor Beachfront
Free Horse & Carriage Rides
Downtown Ocean City - 12:00 PM Pick
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari - 1:00 PM Pick
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights
Turtle Back Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
South Jersey Holiday Light Show
Bridgeport Speedway - 5:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides