75+ Free Places to Visit During Spring Break

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by

 

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The kids might be off from school but that doesn’t mean the next few days have to be boring or full of costly activities. Check out these local museums with free admission and free events happening throughout New Jersey. All of these free places to visit during spring break would make great activities while your kids are off from school.

 

Considering spring break includes Easter Weekend, if you plan to visit on either Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or Easter Monday please confirm with the location their schedule for the day.

 

Free places to visit during spring break: New Jersey Museums & Attractions with Free Admission

37 New Jersey Museums & Attractions with free or suggested donation admission every day of Spring Break

 

Stereotypes on Exhibit at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey Atlantic City location photo credit Jersey Family Fun

Stereotypes on Exhibt at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey Atlantic City location

 

 

Noyes Museum of Art in Claridge Hotel Artwork of Ventnor Library

My boys taking notes on their favorite piece of art.

 

  • Funny Farm Rescue, 6908 Railroad Blvd, Mays Landing, 609-742-9410. Southern New Jersey’s largest animal rescue. For more information visit their website.

 

with goat at Funny Farm Animal Rescue in Mays Landing NJ

Funny Farm animal rescue

 

  • Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, 732-946-3758. Nine acre farm recreating life in the 1890s. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Jakes Branch Nature Center, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, 732-281-2750. Highlighting the beauty of the Pine Barrens and featuring live animal programming. For more information visit their website.

 

 

  • Cape May County Park and Zoo, 707 North Route 9, Cape May Court House, 609-465-5271. More than 25 animals to observe at this popular free zoo. For more information visit their website.

 

Cape May Zoo

Even the tigers are ready to play – Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

 

  • Cohanzick Zoo, 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton, 856-453-1658. New Jersey’s first zoo, located on 15 acres featuring over 100 animals. For more information visit their website.

 

Cohanzick Zoo Selfie

Take a Cohanzick Zoo selfie with this primate.

 

  • Cape May Point State Park nature trails & buildings, Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, 609-884-2159. The environmental center houses a museum and classrooms for programming. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve, 317 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township. The Environmental Learning Center features a nature trail to enhance the study of trees, gardens, and meadows. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Howell Living History farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville 609-737-3299. Discover rural living circa 1900 at this county owned farm. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Barnegat Lighthouse, 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, 609-494-2016. Originally lit in 1859 this lighthouse offers a panoramic view of LBI and Island Beach at the top of its 217 steps. For more information visit their website.
  • Heritage Glass Museum, 25 High Street E, Glassboro, 856-881-7468. Featuring exhibits of historic glass, bottles and animal glass art figurines. For more information visit their website.

 

  • National Guard Militia Museum, 66 Camp Drive, Sea Girt, 732-974-5966. colonization through the War for Independence to the Civil War, World Wars I and II and up to the present day. For more information visit their website.

 

  • New Jersey State Police Museum, 1040 River Road, Ewing Township, 609-882-2000. Museum and learning center open daily. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Campus, 609-258-3788. More than 110,000 works of art of universal scope. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Hopewell Museum, 28 E Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-0103. The museum’s mission is to preserve and display artifacts that serve as an expression of village life in New Jersey and tell the story of Hopewell-area history from its pre-colonial beginnings to the present. For more information visit their website

 

  • Princeton Historical Society, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, 609-921-6748. Serves as a museum and research center and offers programming dedicated to the history of Princeton. For more information visit their website

 

  • New Jersey State House, 145 West State Street, Trenton, 609-847-3150. The State House offers tours and programs to highlight the history of New Jersey and the legislative process. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Twin Lights Historic Site, 2 Light House Road, Highlands, 732-872 1814. Climb 250 feet above sea level and view the Shrewsbury from the Twin Lights, built in 1828. For more information visit their Facebook page.

 

  • Somers Point Mansion, 1000 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-2212. Atlantic County’s oldest building is open to the public for heritage tourism. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Sea Girt Lighthouse, 9 Ocean Avenue, Sea Girt. Open since 1896, climb to the top for some amazing Atlantic Ocean views. For more information visit their website.
  • Fort Hancock Historic District, Sandy Hook, 732-872-5970. Military fort active until 1974 with historic buildings and lighthouse open for visitors. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton Township, 609-890-3630. Queen Anne country home built in 1892 open for programming and tours. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton, 609-561-0024. Historic site in the South Central Pinelands of New Jersey. Focusing on 18th and 19th century life, with tours and demonstrations available for visitors. For more information visit their website.

 

  • The Korean War Memorial, 124 Park Place, Atlantic City, 609-345-2500. Memorial on the Atlantic City Boardwalk honoring Korean War soldiers. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, 848-932-7237. A teaching museum with over 60,000 works of art on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. For more information visit their website

 

  • Hawk Rise Sanctuary, 1811 Lower Road, Linden, 908-396-6386. Hawk Rise was opened in 2012 and is maintained by the NJ Audubon. The flat trails inside are about 1.5 miles long, and the sanctuary spans 95 acres. For more information visit their website

 

  • Paterson Great Falls, 72 McBride Avenue, Paterson, 973-523-2210. The park offers tours of the Falls and the history of the surrounding area. For more information visit their website.

 

National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey

National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey

 

  • Palmyra Nature Cove, 1335 NJ-73, Palmyra, 856-829-1900 ext. 1264. The park is a 250-acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats include wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and a freshwater Tidal Cove after which the park is named. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Somerset County Environmental Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, 908-722-1200 ext. 5002.  The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park has 450+ acres with 8 miles of hiking trails. They offer year round Naturalist-led programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and exhibits. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Trailside Nature Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, 908-789-3670. Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, 609-427-3045. The Nature Center of Cape May offers marine science, natural history and environmental programs. For more information visit their website.

 

  • New Jersey Botanical Garden (parking is free until Memorial Day), 2 Morris Road, Ringwood, 973-962-9534. Located on a former college campus and operated by the state to preserve and restore the gardens and Manor House on the property. For more information visit their website.

 

  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave, Summit, 908-273-8787. This historic estate and gardens offer public programming and trails. For more information visit their website.

 

2 NJ Museums with free admission on Thursdays

  • Montclair Art Museum has free admission the first Thursday of every month from 5PM – 9 PM

 

  • Morris Museum has pay what you wish admission on the second and third Thursday of every month, 4PM – 8 PM

 

Several free events and free places to visit during spring break are listed on our Calendar of Events, take a look.

 

Or travel across the bridge into New York or Philadelphia to enjoy these free attractions. Bonus, New York and Philly schools may be in session so you may enjoy small crowds.

 

Free places to visit in New York during spring break: New York Museums with Free Admission

9 New York Museums & Attractions with free admission (or pay what you wish) every day of Spring Break

  • American Folk Art Museum

 

  • American Museum of Natural History

 

  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

  • El Museo Del Barrio

 

  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

 

  • The Museum of the City of New York

 

  • Socrates Sculpture Park

 

  • Staten Island Museum

 

  • Yeshiva University Museum

 

5 NYC Museums with free admission (or pay what you wish) on Thursdays

 

  • Museum of Arts and Design, 6 PM – 9 PM pay what you wish
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 PM – 9 PM pay what you wish
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Queens Botanical Garden, all day November – March
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, 4 PM -6 PM

 

8 NYC Museums & Attractions with free admission on Fridays

  • Morgan Library & Museum, 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Museum of Modern Art, 5:30 PM – 9 PM
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 10 PM – 12 PM March – November
  • New York Historical Society , 6 PM – 8 PM pay what you wish
  • New York Hall of Science, 2 PM – 5 PM
  • Rubin Museum of Art, 6 PM – 10 PM
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, 7 PM – 9:30 PM pay what you wish
  • Museum of the Moving Image, 4 PM – 8 PM

 

The Liberty Bell offers free admission year round.

The Liberty Bell offers free admission year round.

Free places to visit in Philadelphia during spring break:

15 Philadelphia Museums & Attractions with Free or Suggested Admission Every day of Spring Break

  • Independence Hall

 

  • Congress Hall

 

  • Old City Hall

 

  • Liberty Bell

 

  • Carpenter’s Hall

 

  • Fireman’s Hall Museum

 

  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

 

  • Institute of Contemporary Art

 

  • US Mint

 

  • Christ Church

 

  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum

 

  • Rodin Museum

 

  • Science History Institute

 

  • Ryerss Museum

 

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

 

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One thought on “75+ Free Places to Visit During Spring Break

  1. Sharon Auger-Daily says:

    Ty for starting this it has been very helpful.

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