Family Fun In New Jersey
When you’re looking for all-ages good times, the Garden State features a whole host of places to play, awesome adventures to tackle and exciting things to see and do.
Historic Sites: Lady Liberty, Ellis Island and more
Many cities are known for their landmark attractions and unique array of cultures and community—Jersey City is one of them. This bustling urban playground features Liberty State Park, a gorgeous green oasis in the middle of the city. The park has served a vital role in the development of New Jersey's metropolitan region and the history of the nation. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, the park showcases the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), a grand setting for much of the state's transportation history. Other park features include Liberty Walk, an outdoor performance area, and the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center with fascinating exhibits for the whole family. Boasting a sweeping view of the Hudson River, Liberty State Park is the only location in New Jersey with ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Beautiful Beach Towns
The Wildwoods in southern New Jersey are renowned for their days and nights of fun and celebration for visitors of every age. In addition to an expansive beach, there are 38 blocks of exciting boardwalk attractions, restaurants and shopping, including three incredible amusement piers that have delighted families for years. And there are water parks, water sports, fishing, concerts, special events and much, much more. Other Jersey Shore towns that create equally ideal settings for memorable vacations include Seaside Heights with its bustling boardwalk and water park, charming Victorian Cape May and family-friendly Point Pleasant Beach. Another two coastal destinations—Ocean Grove and Spring Lake—bring visitors back year-after-year, thanks to their peacefully elegant settings.
Spectacular Outdoor Sites
For good times in the great outdoors, visit Mountain Creek in Vernon. This resort boasts a massive water park and Mountain Creek Bike Park, a premier destination for biking. Nearby is Crystal Springs Golf Resort, which offers fabulous accommodations and dining, plus six golf courses nestled within some of the state's most idyllic landscapes. This picturesque region of the state is dotted with farms that feature pick-your-own Jersey Fresh produce, and the area is also home to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, encompassing over 70,000 acres of breathtaking scenery along the Delaware River, which winds through the Appalachian Mountains. There are waterfalls and many outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, camping, swimming, biking, fishing and more.
For fun on the water, try tubing down the Delaware River. Or hit Jackson, host to even more major attractions—including Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari, a massive seasonal theme park with more than 200 rides, shows and attractions and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor where your family can slip and slide into fun at their thrilling water park.
For family time along New Jersey's west coast, the Camden Waterfront delivers a mix of history, culture, attractions and entertainment. The Waterfront is home to the Battleship New Jersey, a highly decorated U.S. Navy warship, which now serves as a museum. There's the not-to-be-missed Adventure Aquarium and its walk-through 40-foot shark tunnel. The BB&T Pavilion is the site of major year-round live concerts. For kids of all ages, there is the Camden Children's Garden—open Fridays through Sundays, seasonally—and featuring an interactive garden, themed and educational exhibits, and more.
The Roar of the Track
Start your engines at the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) in Millville. Situated on more than 500 acres, NJMP offers an incredible amount of dynamic attractions. This state-of-the art park features two separate world-class road courses plus a first-class karting circuit, where kids of all ages can experience the thrill and excitement of real kart racing. For teen and adult fun off the track, groups can hit the target with an axe throwing experience.
No matter what your interests or passions, New Jersey has a destination that will thrill, enlighten, entertain and enrich all visitors. For even more ideas, check out our things to do page, download a free travel guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.