FREE Places to Visit in New Jersey

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by and

Originally published in 2014, but currently being updated for 2018. We continually work to keep this listing of free places to visit in New Jersey updated as well as to add stories about each of these places.

 

Free Places to Visit in NJ

 

Why drain your wallet to give your kids a fun time? Check out these free places to visit 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 Places to Visit in New Jersey – Free New Jersey Museums

Explore a culture other than your own, a specific time in the past or all kinds of art – for free! There are so many New Jersey museums that offer free admission.

  • African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey – 661 Jackson Rd, Newtonville, 609-704-5495 and 6500 Fairmont Avenue in Atlantic City. Atlantic County. For more information please visit their website. Read our African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey museum review in this article, Eye Opening Exhibits at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.
  • African Art Museum, 23 Bliss Ave, Tenafly, 201-894-8611: Bergen County. For more information please visit their website.
  • American Hungarian Museum, 300 Somerset St, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777: Middlesex County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Noyes Museum of Art – 4 locations in Southern New Jersey  609-347-5839: Atlantic County~ See their list of locations here. Read our Noyes Museum of Art museum review in Noyes Museum of Art – Explore Art with Your Kids.
  • Avalon History Center, 215 39th St, Avalon, 609-967-0090: Cape May County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Brigantine History Museum – 3607 Brigantine Blvd, Brigantine, (609) 266-0538: Atlantic County.
  • Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Pl, Cranbury, 609-655-2611: Middlesex County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum, 1461 Bridgeton Rd, Greenwich: Cumberland County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Friar Mountain Railroad Museum, 240 Demarest Rd, Sparta, 973-579-9833: Sussex. For more information please visit their website. For more information please visit their website.
  • Heritage Glass Museum – 25 E. High Street, Glassboro  (856) 881- 7458: Gloucester County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Historical Society of Moorestown, 12 High St, Moorestown, 856-235-0353: Burlington County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Hopewell Museum – 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell, (609) 466-0103: Mercer County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Hungarian Folklore Museum, 80 Third St, Passaic, 973-473-0013: Passaic County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Keyport Fire Museum, 86 Broad St, Keyport: Monmouth County. For more information please visit their Facebook page.
  • Keyport Steamboat Museum, Broad St Facing the bay, Keyport, 732-739-6390: Monmouth County. For more information please visit their Facebook page.
  • Maywood Station Museum, 269 Maywood Ave, Maywood: Bergen County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Ave, Rutherford, 201-935-1175: Bergen County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Millville Army Air Field Museum, 104 Ledden St, Millville, 856-327-4327: Cumberland County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Nail Mill Museum  – 1 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton City Park Bridgeton (856) 453- 1675 (closed for renovations until further notice): Cumberland County
  • National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt Avenue & Camp Drive, Sea Girt: Monmouth County. For more information please visit their website.
  • New Jersey Maritime Museum, 528 Dock Rd, Beach Haven, 609-492-0202:  Ocean County – Click over to read more about our visit to the New Jersey Maritime Museum.
  • New Jersey Museum of Boating, 1800 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant, 732-606-7605: Ocean County. For more information please visit their website.
  • New Jersey State Police Museum – 1020 River Road, Ewing Township, (609) 882- 2000: Mercer County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, 609-399-1801: Cape May County. For more information please visit their website.
  • The Old Monroe Schoolhouse, 410 Route 94, Hardyston: Sussex County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Pascack Historical Museum, 19 Ridge Ave, Park Ridge, 201-573-0307: Bergen County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Princeton University Art Museum  – McCormick Hall, Princeton, (609) 258- 3788: Mercer County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick, 732-932-7243: Middlesex County. For more information please visit their website.
  • The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, 201-447-3242 :Bergen County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Shippen Manor Museum, Oxford, 908-453-4381: Warren County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Somerville Fire Department Museum, 23 N Doughty St, Somerville, 908-526-7098: Somerset County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Southern New Jersey All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame – Burt Ave Rec Center Bridgeton, (609) 451-7300: Cumberland County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Stone Harbor Museum, 9410 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, 609-368-7500: Cape May County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum, Hooper Ave, Toms River, 732-349-9209: Ocean County. For more information please visit their website.
  • West Milford Museum, 1477 Union Valley Rd, West Milford, 973-728-1823: Passaic County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Zimmerli Art Museum – 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, (732) 932-8201: Middlesex County. For more information please visit their website.

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

 

Free New Jersey Gardens & Arboretums

Any season is a good time to see what’s in bloom. Get outside and enjoy a garden or arboretum, for some of the more beautiful free places to visit in New Jersey.

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

 

Hunterdon County Arboretum

Hunterdon County Arboretum

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

 

New Jersey Nature Centers with free admission

The Garden State is of course filled with nature! Whether it’s beach, country or woods, a visit to these nature centers is a great free thing to do in New Jersey.

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

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

 

FREE Places to Visit in New Jersey – Free Zoos in New Jersey

Seeing animals can brighten anyone’s day. Seeing them for free is even better! There are two to choose from on our list of free places to visit in New Jersey.

  • Cape May County Park Zoo – 4 Moore Road Cape May, (609) 465-5271: Cape May County. For more information please visit their website.
  • Cohanzick Zoo – 45 Mayor Aitken Drive Bridgeton, (856) 453-1658: Cumberland County. For more information please visit their website.

 

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.

 

New Jersey Historical Landmarks with free admission

We have so much history throughout our great state. Imagine you’re George Washington, or a 19th century landowner, or even a lighthouse keeper at one of these free places to visit in New Jersey.

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

 

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 Places to Visit in New Jersey – Free Farms in New Jersey

Looking for more animals in a natural habitat? There are many farms in New Jersey and these are a few that will let you visit – for free of course! Farms on our list of free places to visit in New Jersey:

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

 

Free New Jersey Beaches

New Jersey is known for its extensive shoreline but a day at the beach in the summer can be a pain in the pocketbook. Not if you head to one of these free places to visit in New Jersey that offer some ocean fun!

  • Atlantic City Beaches, Atlantic County
  • Wildwood Beaches, Cape May County

Click over for our listing of all New Jersey beaches.

 

kids on beach

 

FREE Places to Visit in New Jersey – Other free places to go in New Jersey

  • Batsto Village – Route 542 Washington Township, (609) 561-0024: Burlington. Read about our visits to the ### in this story. For more information please visit their website.
  • The Korean War Memorial – Atlantic City Boardwalk (Behind Claridge): Atlantic. For more information please visit their website.

 

New Jersey Splash Pads & Spraygrounds(2)

 

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!

 

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Free Places to Visit in New Jersey

 

14 thoughts on “FREE Places to Visit in New Jersey

  1. Jim says:

    Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park, Gloucester County is free as well.

  2. Peggy says:

    Strathmere beach is free also!

  3. Anj says:

    Stickly Museum is not free

  4. Natlands says:

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

  5. Stephanie Betts says:

    Would like to know if you have a mailing list?

  6. Bob L says:

    Forgot the Palmyra Nature Cove in Palmyra NJ

  7. 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.

  8. Trish from 4soils says:

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

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