FREE Places to Go in New Jersey

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by
Originally published in 2014, but just updated again for 2016. We will keep this listing of free places to go in New Jersey updated.

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Why drain your wallet to give your kids a fun time? Check out these free places to go in New Jersey.

 

Although admission is free, some may have an additional charge for shows, programs, and parking. We recommend you call ahead to these free places to go in New Jersey to confirm their hours of operation and parking arrangements. Some of these museums, because of their limited hours, do require advance reservations. There may also be a suggested donation. If you become aware that any of these attractions no longer offer free admission please let us know in the comments below.

 

Free Museums in New Jersey

  • African American Heritage Museum -, 661 Jackson Rd, Newtonville, 609-704-5495: Atlantic
  • African Art Museum, 23 Bliss Ave, Tenafly, 201-894-8611: Bergen/li>
  • American Hungarian Museum, 300 Somerset St, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777: Middlesex
  • Atlantic City Art Center  – South New Jersey Avenue, Atlantic City, (609) 347 -5837: Atlantic
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum – South New Jersey Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City  609-347-5839: Atlantic
  • Avalon History Center, 215 39th St, Avalon, 609-967-0090: Cape May
  • Barron Art Center, 582 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, 732-634-0413: Middlesex
  • Brigantine History Museum – 3607 Brigantine Blvd, Brigantine, (609) 266-0538: Atlantic
  • Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Pl, Cranbury, 609-655-2611: Middlesex
  • Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum, 1461 Bridgeton Rd, Greenwich: Cumberland
  • Discovery Seashell Museum, 2721 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, 609-398-2316: Cape May
  • Friar Mountain Railroad Museum, 240 Demarest Rd, Sparta, 973-579-9833: Sussex
  • Heritage Glass Museum – 25 E. High Street, Glassboro  (856) 881- 7458: Gloucester
  • Historical Society of Moorestown, 12 High St, Moorestown, 856-235-0353: Burlington
  • Hopewell Museum – 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell, (609) 466-0103: Mercer
  • Hungarian Folklore Museum, 80 Third St, Passaic, 973-473-0013: Passaic
  • Jacob Vanderveer House and Museum, 3055 River Rd Park, Bedminster, 908-396-6053:  Somerset
  • Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery St, Jersey City, 201-413-0303: Hudson
  • Keyport Fire Museum, 86 Broad St, Keyport: Monmouth
  • Keyport Steamboat Museum, Broad St Facing the bay, Keyport, 732-739-6390: Monmouth
  • Maywood Station Museum, 269 Maywood Ave, Maywood: Bergen
  • Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Ave, Rutherford, 201-935-1175: Bergen
  • Millville Army Air Field Museum, 104 Ledden St, Millville, 856-327-4327: Cumberland
  • Nail Mill Museum  – 1 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton City Park Bridgeton (856) 453- 1675 (closed for renovations until further notice): Cumberland
  • New Jersey Maritime Museum, 528 Dock Rd, Beach Haven, 609-492-0202:  Ocean
  • New Jersey Museum of Boating, 1800 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant, 732-606-7605: Ocean
  • New Jersey State Police Museum – 1020 River Road, Ewing Township, (609) 882- 2000: Mercer
  • Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, 609-399-1801: Cape May
  • The Old Monroe Schoolhouse, 410 Route 94, Hardyston: Sussex
  • Pasack Historical Museum, 19 Ridge Ave, Park Ridge, 201-573-0307: Bergen
  • Phillipsburg Railroad Historians, Phillipsburg, 908-859-1146: Warren
  • Princeton University Art Museum  – McCormick Hall, Princeton, (609) 258- 3788: Mercer
  • Roundhouse Museum – London Avenue, Egg Harbor City, (609) 965-4677: Atlantic
  • Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick, 732-932-7243: Middlesex
  • The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, 201-447-3242 :Bergen
  • Shippen Manor Museum, Oxford, 908-453-4381: Warren
  • Somerville Fire Department Museum, 23 N Doughty St, Somerville, 908-526-7098: Somerset
  • Southern New Jersey All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame – Burt Ave Rec Center Bridgeton, (609) 451-7300: Cumberland
  • Stone Harbor Museum, 235 93rd St, Stone Harbor, 609-368-7500: Cape May
  • Toms River Maritime Museum, Hooper Ave, Toms River, 732-349-9209: Ocean
  • West Milford Museum, 1477 Union Valley Rd, West Milford, 973-728-1823: Passaic
  • Zimmerli Art Museum – 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, (732) 932-8201: Middlesex

Click over for our listings of all museums in New Jersey.

 

Free Gardens & Arboretums in New Jersey

  • Barton Arboretum, Medford Leas, 609-654-3000: Burlington
  • Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden, Plainfield, 908-527-4900: Union
  • Colonial Park Arboretum, Somerset, 732-873-2459: Somerset
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills, 973-376-3587: Essex
  • Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville, 973-539-2016: Somerset
  • David C Shaw Arboretum  – Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Road Holmdel, (732) 946-9562: Monmouth
  • Edith Duff Gwin Gardens, Barnegat Light: Ocean
  • Egg Harbor Twp Arboretum, Egg Harbor Twp, 609-926-4093: Atlantic
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, 973-326-7603: Morris
  • Herrontown Woods Arboretum, Princeton, 609-303-0700: Mercer
  • Hunterdon County Arboretum – 1020 State Route 31 Lebanon, (908) 782-1158: Hunterdon
  • Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills NJ, 908-234-2677: Somerset
  • Medford Leas, Lewis W. Barton Arboretum – 1 Medford Leas Way Medford, (609) 654-3000: Burlington
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood, 973-962-9534: Bergen
  • Rutgers Gardens – 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, (732) 932-8451: Middlesex
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum – 165 Hobart Avenue Summit, (908) 273-8787: Union
  • Theilke Arboretum, Glen Rock, 201-447-0452: Bergen
  • Wagner Farm Arboretum, 197 Mountain Avenue, Warren: Somerset
  • Willowwood Arboretum, Chester, 973-326-7600: Morris

 

Hunterdon County Arboretum

Hunterdon County Arboretum

Click over for our listing of all Gardens and Arboretums in New Jersey.

 

Free Nature Centers in New Jersey

  • Albert J. Kolonich Jr. Nature Trail, Bridgeton: Cumberland
  • Alloway Creek Watershed, Elsinboro, 888-627-7437: Salem
  • Basking Ridge Environmental Education Center – 190 Lord Stirling Road Basking Ridge, (908) 766-2489: Somerset
  • Cape May Bird Observatory  – 701 East Lake Drive Cape May Point, (609) 884-2736: Cape May
  • Closter Nature Center, Closter, 201-750-2778: Bergen
  • Cooper Environmental Center – 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard Toms River, (732) 270-6960: Ocean
  • Demarest Nature Center, Demarest, 201-403-3183: Bergen
  • Duke Farms, Hillsborough, 908-722-3700: Somerset
  • Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood, 201-567-1265: Bergen
  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – 32 Pleasant Plains Road Basking Ridge, (973) 425 1222: Somerset
  • Hawk Rise Sanctuary – 1811 Lower Road Linden, (908) 766-5787 ext 41: Union
  • Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown, 732-872-2670: Monmouth
  • Kay Environmental Center, Chester: Morris
  • Jakes Branch Nature Center, Beachwood: Ocean
  • James McFaul Environmental Center Garden, Wyckoff, 201-891-5571: Bergen
  • Lorrimer Sanctuary – 790 Ewing Avenue, Franklin Lakes  (201) 891-2185: Bergen
  • Nature Center of Cape May – 1600 Delaware Avenue Cape May, (609) 898 -8848: Cape May
  • Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, 732-751-9453: Monmouth
  • Marine Mammal Stranding Center  – 3625 Brigantine Boulevard Brigantine, (609) 266-0538: Atlantic
  • Meadow Wood Environmental Facility, Maurice River: Cumberland
  • Palmyra Nature Cove – 1335 Route 73 South, Palmyra, (856)829-1900: Burlington
  • Pequest Trout Hatchery – 1270-1272 Route 46 Great Meadows, (908) 637-4125: Warren
  • Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury, 609-897-9400: Middlesex
  • Poricy Park, Middletown, 732-842-5966: Monmouth
  • Rancocas Nature Center, Mt Holly, 609-261-2495: Burlington
  • The Raptor Trust, Millington, 908-647-2353: Morris
  • Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville, 908-766-5787: Somerset
  • Schiff Nature Preserve, Mendham, 973-534-6004: Morris
  • Scotland Run Park Nature Center, Clayton, 856-881-0845: Gloucester
  • Somerset County Environmental Center, Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489: Somerset
  • Stony Brook Millstone Water Shed – 31 Titus Mill Road Pennington, (609) 737-3735: Mercer
  • Tenafly Nature Center – 313 Hudson Avenue Tenafly , (201) 568-6093: Bergen
  • Tillman Ravine/Stokes State Forest -1 Courson Road Branchville, (973) 948-3820: Sussex
  • Trailside Nature and Science Center  -452 New Providence Road  Mountainside, (908)-789-3670: Union
  • Warren E. Fox Nature Center – 109 Boulevard Route 50 Mays Landing, (609) 625-1897: Atlantic
  • Wells Mills Nature Center – 905 Wells Mills Road Waretown, (609) 971-3085: Ocean

Click over for our listing of all Nature Centers in New Jersey.

 

 

Free Zoos in New Jersey

  • Cape May County Park Zoo – 4 Moore Road Cape May, (609) 465-5271: Cape May
  • Cohanzick Zoo – 45 Mayor Aitken Drive Bridgeton, (856) 453-1658: Cumberland

 

A Map of the Cape May County Park & Zoo

A Map of the Cape May County Park & Zoo

Click over for a list of all zoos in New Jersey.

 

Free Historical Sites & Homes in New Jersey

  • The Bloomfield Historical Society Museum, 90 Broad St, Bloomfield: Essex
  • Boonton Historical Society and Museum, 210 Main St, Boonton, 973-402-8840: Morris
  • C.A. Nothnagle Log House  – 406 Swedesboro Road Gibbstown, (856) 423-0916: Gloucester
  • Califon Historical Society, Academy St & Railroad Rd, Califon: Hunterdon
  • Camp Olden, 2202 Kuser Rd, Hamilton: Mercer
  • Colonial House Museum, 653 1/2 Washington St, Cape May, 609-884-9100: Cape May
  • Denville Historical Society and Museum, 113 Diamond Springs Rd, Denville: Morris
  • Drake House Museum, 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, (908) 755-5831: Union
  • Dr. William Robinson Plantation – Madison Hill Road, Clark: Union
  • Fleming Castle Museum, 5 Bonnell St, Flemington, 908-782-4607: Hunterdon
  • Fort Hancock Historic District – 128 South Hartshorne Drive Highlands, (732) 872-0115: Monmouth
  • Hamilton Van Wagoner House, 971 Valley Rd, Clifton, 973-744-5707: Passaic
  • Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Rd, Upper Freehold, 609-259-6275: Monmouth
  • Kuser Farm Mansion – 390 Newkirk Avenue Hamilton, (609) 890-3630: Mercer
  • Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, Landing, 973-398-2616: Morris
  • Old Schoolhouse Museum, 681 Petersburg Rd, Dennisvillle, 609-861-1899: Cape May
  • Princeton Historical Society – 354 Quaker Rd Princeton , (609) 921-6748: Mercer
  • Sea Girt Lighthouse – 9 Ocean Avenue Sea Girt, (732) 974-0514: Monmouth
  • Somers Point Mansion – 100 Shore Road Somers Point  (609) 927-2212: Atlantic
  • State House – 125 West State Street Trenton, (609) 633-2709: Mercer
  • Tuckerton Historical Society, 35 Leitz blvd, Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547: Ocean
  • Twin Lights Historic Site – Lighthouse Road Highlands, (732) 872-1814: Monmouth
  • Washington Twp Historical Museum, 6 Fairview Ave, Long Valley: Morris

 

A bedroom at Dr. William Robinson Plantation

A bedroom at Dr. William Robinson Plantation

Click over for our listing of all New Jersey lighthouses.

 

Free Farms in New Jersey

  • Funny Farm Rescue, 6908 Railroad Blvd, Mays Landing, New Jersey (609) 742-9410: Atlantic
  • Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel, 732-946-3758: Monmouth
  • Howell Living History Farm – 70 Woodens Lane Lambertville, (609) 737-3299: Hunterdon

Click over for our listing of all New Jersey farms with children’s activities.

 

 

Free Beaches in New Jersey in New Jersey

  • Atlantic City Beaches
  • Wildwood Beaches

Click over for our listing of all New Jersey beaches.

 

kids on beach

 

Other free places to go in New Jersey

  • Batsto Village – Route 542 Washington Township, (609) 561-0024: Burlington
  • The Korean War Memorial – Atlantic City Boardwalk (Behind Claridge): Atlantic

 

splash pads

 

Click over for our extensive list of Splash Pads and Spraygrounds in New Jersey (many with free admission)

 

Parks & Playgrounds

Click over for our reviews of New Jersey Parks and Playgrounds.

 

Do you know of a great free place to go in New Jersey?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

10 thoughts on “FREE Places to Go in New Jersey

  1. This is an awesome list Jennifer!! Thanks for Linking up and sharing.

  2. LoveBeautyNglam says:

    Don’t see Smithville park. Historical site, playgrounds, long walking bridge, hiking/canoeing along the rancocoas creek, tour of smithville mansion, lots of picnic areas, etc.

  3. Bob L says:

    Forgot the Palmyra Nature Cove in Palmyra NJ

  4. Stephanie Betts says:

    Would like to know if you have a mailing list?

  5. Natlands says:

    Glades Wildlife Refuge is a great free place to take the family for a hike.

  6. Anj says:

    Stickly Museum is not free

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