New Jersey National Park Service Free Admission Days for 2018

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by

New Jersey National Park Service Free Admission Days


Did you know there are 6 National Parks in New Jersey?

We are always advocates for getting your family outside and off the screens, and our protected national parks are a great place to explore. These national parks offer history, hiking, swimming and more. We have your ways for visiting these parks and take advantage of National Park Service free admission!


National Park Service Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park


The National Park Service Free Admission Days for 2018


Every Kid in a Park

Did you know fourth graders and their families can get a full year of National Park Service free admission? Apply now and travel through the end of August 2018. Read our recap here!


National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey

National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey


New Jersey National Parks

Below is our list of National Parks in New Jersey, or read our article for more details on these national treasures close to home!

  • Ellis Island – take ferry from Jersey City, Hudson County. No entrance fee but various ferry fees apply as well as fees for advanced tours. Visit the hall where 12 million immigrants entered on their way to an American life.
  • Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook, Monmouth County. Parking fees in summer only, no entrance fees. Beach, bird watching, nature trails, Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook lighthouse await!
  • Delaware Water Gap – Warren County. No entrance fee but amenity fees may apply from April – October. Mountains, streams, and the 1000 foot deep water gap are available for outdoor fun.
  • Thomas Edison Historical Park – West Orange, Essex County. Explore Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory. Entrance fee $10, 16 and under free.
  • Paterson Great Falls – Paterson, Passaic County. No entrance fee. View the majestic falls and explore the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center.
  • Morristown National Historical Park – Morristown, Morris County. $7 to enter, 15 and under free. Encompasses the sites of George Washington’s winter encampment from 1779-1780. Explore trails, museums, and the Ford Mansion.


National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Center Sandy Hook

Wading at Gateway National Recreation Center (Sandy Hook)


National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger program offers a way for kids to get engaged while at the National Parks. Did you know that at most national parks, children can earn a badge learning more about the parks, their environment, and animals by becoming a Junior Ranger? We’ve had great experiences at the National Mall and in Fredericksburg VA. Read more about the Junior Ranger program, and you’ll wish you could earn one of those badges too!


Earning our Junior Ranger Badges at Fredericksburg Battlefield


In New Jersey, Junior Ranger programs are offered at:


Junior Park Ranger badge at the Morristown National Historical Park

My 8 year old working on earning his Junior Park Ranger badge at the Morristown National Historical Park.


Events in NJ National Parks

Our Jersey Family Fun calendar of New Jersey events lists low cost and free events across the state including those in our National Parks. You can find nature walks, history demonstrations and beach events and more!


Want to have more National Park fun? Want a way to keep kids busy in the car on the way? Want to learn more about where you are going to visit? Check out some of our favorite National Geographic Kids books we were sent, as National Geographic Kids Insiders, about the National Parks. You can purchase your own with our Amazon affiliate links.


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New Jersey National Park Service Free Admission Days


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In full disclosure, we were provided with these books at National Geographic Kids Insiders. Jersey Family Fun is a participant in the Amazon Affiliates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

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