Let the hunts begin! From train rides to photo shoots and brunches, the Easter Bunny is hopping through the Garden State—and he's hiding thousands of eggs from Cape May to Ridgewood. Grab your baskets and head to one of NJ's fabulous Easter egg hunts this spring. We've rounded up 20 eggs-traordinary events happening throughout the state.
Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford
March 31 – April 15
Hop aboard an egg hunt hayride at Johnson’s Corner Farm, which drops passengers off at a field to play hopping games and search for five colorful eggs each in this non-competitive hunt. Exchange the eggs for a goodie bag filled with treats and surprises, then take pictures with Peter Rabbit. Several rides are scheduled daily, and they run every 15 minutes on weekends.
Hanson Park – Cranford
The 7th Annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Hanson Park. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Colin and are used for research projects and awareness of Ewing's Sarcoma through the Georgetown University Hospital. Register or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linderwood Park – Morristown
Kids of all ages can search for eggs and take home candy, courtesy of the Morristown Recreation Department. Eggs will be hidden outside, but the event will be moved to Morristown High School in the event of bad weather. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. FREE
Alan Augustine Village Green – Scotch Plains
This well-organized event has hunts separated into three age groups, where kids can find candy-filled eggs in the grass. Some eggs are hiding prize tickets inside, which in years past could be redeemed for toys, small gift cards, or ice cream cones. Expect lots of entertainment like music, face painting, guessing games, Easter Bunny pics, and more. FREE
Cape May Zoo—Cape May
Head to Cape May County Park and Zoo for an EggstravaganZoo, where you'll find environmentally friendly Eco Easter Eggs packed with candy. Note that parents are not allowed to enter the hunt's perimeter with their child. Four hunts (0 to 10+) will be held; afterward, stick around for educational events, live animal encounters, Easter Bunny pics, and more. FREE
The Great Egg Hunt – Ocean City
This egg hunt may well be the biggest in all of NJ, with more than 100,000 candy-filled eggs to find. There is some serious loot at stake, with 5,000 prize eggs hidden among the mix. Grand prizes in past years included bikes and more. Children will be divided into five age groups. FREE
Fanwood Easter Egg Hunt – Fanwood
Intended for kids under 10, Fanwood's annual Easter egg hunt takes place in Forest Road Park. Throughout the park, find eggs filled with candy; if you're lucky, one of your finds will contain a prize ticket. The fun continues after the hunt with guessing contests, drawing contents, Easter Bunny pics, and more. FREE
Hoboken Grace Community Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Hoboken
There will be 30,000 (!) candy-filled eggs hiding at Mama Johnson Field. Additional activities will include face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, carnival games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Two hunts are planned. FREE but registration is required.
Triangle Road Athletic Fields – Hillsborough
At this hunt, sponsored by the Hillsborough Rotary Club, children 8 and under can search for candy-filled eggs in the fields and meet the Easter Bunny. FREE
Woolwich Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Woolwich Township
With more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy, stickers, and trinkets to find, kids will have a blast at this annual event hosted by the Swedesboro Woolwich Parks and Recreation Committee and the Crossbridge Community Church. Scrambles will take place outside every 20 minutes at the Charles G. Harker School. FREE
Easter Egg Hunt at Oasis Family Farm – Robbinsville
April 8-9, 14-15
Bring your favorite basket, win prizes, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Five hunts are offered each Saturday/Sunday from April 8–15 on the farm. Also, try out this year's Hoppin' Bunnyville Game and take home some special treats.
Jenkinson's Boardwalk – Point Pleasant
April 9 (rain or shine)
Hunt for candy-filled eggs Jersey Shore–style: on the beach! Kids ages 10 and under will be divided into four age groups and let loose to find up to three eggs on the sand. FREE
Seaside Heights Boardwalk – Seaside Heights
Expect the lovely beaches of Seaside Heights to be glistening with 15,000 eggs holding prizes from boardwalk merchants. Kids ages 9 and younger will be divided into five groups, plus one for special needs. FREE
Tenafly Nature Center – Tenafly
The Tenafly Nature Center has something unique planned: naturally dyed Easter eggs in camouflage colors. Eggs are hidden in the forest, and anyone who spots a golden egg will win a special prize. Free for children under 2. Space is limited, so make reservations in advance.
Easter Egg Hunt at Allaire Village – Farmingdale
The Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt offers separate hunts for five age groups and special needs kids, with start times every 15 minutes. Hunt times are assigned upon arrival, so while you wait, enjoy the historic buildings, make a craft, participate in the jelly bean counting contest, and watch the handmade Easter Bonnet Parade with prizes at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. Kids under 3 are FREE.
Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest at Heaven Hill Farm – Vernon
Head to the picturesque Heaven Hill Farm for a rural egg hunt on Easter. The fun includes an Easter bonnet contest, hayrides, and a visit and photo-op with the Easter Bunny himself. Multiple hunts are held throughout the day. FREE
Easter in the Park – Ridgewood
Enjoy DJ music as the kids hunt for candy-filled eggs at Ridgewood's Easter in the Park celebration, intended for ages 4–7. The event will include painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and various activities in the business district at participating stores. The event will be held at Memorial Park. FREE
Liberty Hall Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Union
Liberty Hall Museum, located on Kean University’s campus, will host its annual Easter egg hunt with a “surprise” visit from the Easter Bunny. Search the grounds for eggs filled with holiday treats. Space is limited. If your teens are game, the evening before is an egg hunt for adults. Bring a flashlight!
Swing Into Spring Easter Egg Hunt – Chesterfield
Little kids can enjoy a Great Lawn egg hunt, while older kids search the forest for hidden treasures. FREE
Diggerland USA – West Berlin
Included with admission on April 16 is a massive hunt with 2,000 eggs. One hundred lucky hunters will find golden eggs with prizes worth $10–$60. The hunt (divided into two age groups) is intended for ages 12 and under.
Originally published 2012; updated for 2017.