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Best July Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

Fairs and festivals and feasts, what fun! It’s nonstop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose your favorites. With everything from state and county fairs to music and food festivals—and of course, awesome July 4th celebrations—there’s something happening almost every day in July. Mark your calendar now, and have a blast all month long.

And for more warm-weather action, visit our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Day Out with Thomas, Fireworks

June transitions into July with a bang as the Independence Day celebrations begin. Big-time excitement is on tap with rides, games, and fireworks at the New Jersey State Fair and Randolph Freedom Festival. Have old-fashioned holiday fun at Cape May's Independence Day Celebration or pack in the thrills at Six Flags Great Adventure July 4th Fest. Plus, local events take place in Scotch Plains, Cedar Grove, and Tenafly.

Also this weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine chuffs into Phillipsburg for a Day Out with Thomas, where kids can take a ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day full of Thomas & Friends fun. Kids can learn all about sea creatures at Shark Fest in Atlantic Highlands, and taco lovers won't want to miss Taco Palooza in Chester.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including where to see Free Summer Outdoor Movies and our list of 100+ FREE Things To Do with Kids in NJ This Summer. And look to our event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Long Beach Island with Kids: Best Things to Eat, See, and Do

For quality family time, there are few places more magical than Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore. This 18-mile barrier island has everything you could want in a summer vacation with the kids. Whether you're after a low-key beach getaway or a high-energy, action-packed weekend trip, the Island has it all.

LBI beaches offer the best of both worlds: the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, and the calmer waters of the Barnegat Bay. My family has been coming here since I was born, so I may be biased, but this Jersey beach truly is the best place for some family fun in the sun. Often less crowded than other popular shore towns in New Jersey, it still feels like a hidden gem. Read on for top tips on visiting Long Beach Island with kids.

25 Super-Fun Summer Day Trips for New Jersey Families

We've got 25 ideas for NJ summer day trips your family can take without leaving the state—and many are low-cost. Whether it's gathering fresh fruit at a pick-your-own farm, swimming at the lake, hitting the Jersey Shore's beaches and boardwalks, or visiting an amusement park, it's time to grab the camera and hit the road!

Need more inspiration? Check out our NJ Family Day Trip and Getaway Guide for even more ideas.

If it's too hot or rainy to head outside, look to our indoor guide and rainy day suggestions to keep the good times rolling. 

Top 10 North Carolina Beaches for Families

North Carolina is home to top notch colleges, bustling cities, fun towns tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, and some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Most of these beaches are a far cry from the bustling carnival-like atmosphere of the boardwalk towns in the Jersey Shore, and others take a bit more effort to get to than you might expect, but they’re definitely worth it. Wild horses, cute seaside towns, and a dose of southern charm make North Carolina a great beach destination for you and your family.

Keep reading for our top picks for family-friendly beaches in North Carolina.

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

Summer is the season for no-cost 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 all summer long that won’t break the bank.

You can find even more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide and Event Calendar. Have a fabulous (and free) summer, New Jersey!

Island Beach State Park: A Haven for Nature-Loving Beachgoers

There's more to the Jersey Shore than rides, salt water taffy, and (let's face it) crowds. Island Beach State Park (IBSP) may well be one of NJ most beautiful and unique beaches, drawing thousands of nature enthusiasts every year.

Though you'd get to Island Beach from the same Garden State Parkway exit as Seaside Heights, the two beaches are worlds apart. Ten-mile long Island Beach is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay and is one of the last few undeveloped barrier beaches on the North Atlantic Coast. From hiking to bike riding, and, of course, swimming, here are some things outdoorsy families will love about Island Beach.

10 Great Beachfront Playgrounds in New Jersey

Put your kids in the swings and your feet in the sand at beachfront playgrounds along the Jersey Shore. The beaches of New Jersey are home to playgrounds that are like giant sandboxes, with colorful play structures and ocean views. Swing by some of these beachy-keen playgrounds on your next day trip or vacation to the shore.

Please note that some of these playgrounds may require fees for beach entrance during the summer months

Weekend Fun: Firefly Festival, NJ State Fair, Fairy Day

School is out, and summer is officially on. Let the celebrating begin this weekend! Have a blast at big-time summer festivals, like the jam-packed New Jersey State Fair, plus the food-centric North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, Tropical Fruit Festival, and Whitesbog Blueberry Festival. Whimsical fun can be found at fantasy-filled festivals, such as Fairy Day and Fantasy Faire

Spend time, not money, at free-admission activities including Firefly Festival, St. Gregory the Great Carnival, SMASH: Fossils, and Gymboree's National Day of Play

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, and go for a swim at New Jersey's Best Pools with Day Passes. And look to our event calendar and June GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Best July 4th Fireworks for NJ Families from Jersey City to the Shore

From small town celebrations to waterfront extravaganzas, we've got the scoop on NJ's best options for family-friendly fireworks shows on July 4th. You can cheer on the red, white, and blue in Atlantic City, which hosts one of the country's biggest celebrations; spread out a beach blanket and enjoy a display down the shore; take in the fireworks extravaganza at the New Jersey State Fair; or choose from more than a dozen other great shows happening throughout the state. 

In addition to fireworks, these July 4th celebrations include lots of other fun activities, such as parades, a Revolutionary War encampment, live music, and even a canoe race. Read on for more than a dozen picks. 

For even more holiday-weekend fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

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