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The Best Family Attractions in NJ

New Jersey offers an expansive selection of family attractions and activities. Out of all those options, here is our list narrowing down the best family attractions in NJ!


Northern NJ
Liberty Science Center 
222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305
201-200-1000

Liberty Science Center best family attractions in New Jersey Educational museum for the whole family
What’s new at Liberty Science Center? Amazing experiences! Try the Infinity Climber hanging gym where you can climb up to 35 feet high on 64 small platforms…if you dare! Challenge your navigational skills in the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze, and then walk across a steel beam 18 feet above the floor in the Skyscraper exhibit. Check LSC.org for show times to catch the stunning two-million-volt Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. The traveling exhibits change several times a year and include options for scientists ages 2-8 to adults. Isolate plant DNA; enjoy mini experiments with roaming science presenters; see live action science shows; and in the summer months, go wild on the outdoor Wildlife Challenge obstacle course. Children ages 2-5 will love I Explore, the gallery just for them – no big kids allowed! And LSC has the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater with constantly changing family-friendly films. See LSC.org or Facebook.

Interactive exhibits encourage hands-on learning!

Southwest NJ
Sahara Sam's Oasis 
535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
856-767-7580

Sahara Sams Oasis best new jersey family attractions NJ family attraction with something for everyone!
Sahara Sam's Oasis is located in West Berlin, New Jersey. It is a family owned and family focused indoor and outdoor water park, arcade, and all around entertainment destination. Their innovative design provides year-round water park attractions inside and out. Out of the nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor fun, 80% is contained under a retractable roof system providing a weather proof experience. Most recently the water park opened a 2-acre outdoor expansion replicating the thrills of ocean side entertainment – The Beach Club in addition to a new dining court facility and private birthday party rooms. Attractions aside, Sahara Sam’s is recognized for exceptional service in a clean, safe, and fun atmosphere. Additionally, Sahara Sam’s is the principal financial backer for SAMBULANCE Safety Squad a 501(c)3 nonprofit education program. It’s Always 84 and Sunny at Sahara Sam’s!

Indoor water park open year round!

Central Shore Region NJ
Blackbeard's Cave 
136 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville, NJ 08721
732-286-4414

Blackbeards Cave the best family attractions in NJ The best amusement park in NJ for families!
Blackbeard's Cave has something for everyone. Enjoy our featured attraction Battle Tank Tags. Tanks move across the battlefield where players can ride as gunners or drivers, or test their aim from one of the cannons mounted on the outer wall. There's something for everyone from kiddie rides to bumper boats, go-carts, miniature golf with caves and waterfalls, a golf driving range, a 70' inflatable obstacle course, a 30 ft. rock wall, batting cages and much more. A fun filled day with great savings, free parking and free admission. Blackbeard's Cave also offers a variety of birthday party packages at unbeatable prices!

Exciting NJ attraction for everyone in your family!

Southern NJ
International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre 
600 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
856-428-8588

International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre fun family attractions in Southern NJ Roller Skating, Arcade, Inflatables and more!
International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre is THE PLACE for your next birthday party, group trip, fundraiser or just a day of FUN with the kids!

International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre of Cherry Hill offers 2 Indoor Turf Fields, Roller Skating, Fun Zone: a 5-level indoor jungle gym, an 18 ft. Inflatable Slide, a full service snack bar, arcade and ticket redemption area. Their energetic and exciting DJs play all the hit, age-appropriate music of today, while playing games and interacting with the kids! Parents are always admitted FREE to public skating sessions on Saturday and Sunday when accompanied by a child!

International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre also offers programs and leagues for tots, youth and adults that include: Tots & Youth Roller Skating, Tots, Youth & Adult Soccer, Youth Lacrosse, Youth & Adult Roller Hockey, Youth Field Hockey and Adult Volleyball.

International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre is affordable family FUN for everyone! For more information, admission prices and hours of operation please call 856-428-8588 or visit them online. Visit one of their other two other locations in Deptford and Mount Laurel!

Rain or Shine come in for a GREAT time!

Southern NJ
Elite Climbing, LLC 
67 E. Kings Hwy., Maple Shade Township, NJ 08052
856-273-1370

Elite Climbing family-friendly attractions in Southern NJ Make your next climb an Elite Climb!
Elite Climbing is the premier indoor rock gym in South Jersey featuring dedicated bouldering and top roping walls equipped for beginners and experts alike. The friendly staff are always there to help, answer questions and get your climbing legs situated.

Come in daily for open climbing, don't forget to ask about their daily specials! Elite Climbing also offers packages and camps for children and adults. Their family rock climbing package includes a lesson, harnesses for the entire family and unlimited rock climbing all day. Children 7 - 14 years old can enroll in the climbing club or classes.

Adults, ages 16 and older, interested in rock climbing can enroll in the beginner climbing package then work their way up to the silver and gold packages. Memberships are available for avid rock climbers. Visit the website for information on all of their climbing packages.

Daily Specials!

Central Shore Region NJ
Jenkinson's Boardwalk 
300 Ocean Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
732-892-0600

Jenkinson's Boardwalk best family attractions in Central New Jersey The best Boardwalk in Ocean County NJ!
Located in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has attractions for people of all ages. It features white sandy beaches, fun games, mini golf courses, aquarium, arcades, thrilling rides and exciting attractions. From cotton candy and ice cream to pizza and healthier options, you can find exactly what you are craving along the boards! The Aquarium is home to a wide range of amazing animals from sharks and penguins to parrots and monkeys and many more interesting creatures that will make for a fun and exciting marine life experience.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk is everything you expect from a world-famous Jersey Shore boardwalk - and more! Whether you are just visiting for the day or making it your summer getaway, every member of your family will find excitement, fun, and adventure. They also feature both free weekly events and year-round festivals, so it's never an ordinary day at Jenkinson's!

A Jersey Shore staple with something for the whole family!

Central Shore Region NJ
Sky Zone of Ocean Township 
2355 New Jersey 66, Ocean Township, NJ 07712
732-200-4344

Sky Zone of Ocean Township family attractions in central nj Unique family-friendly attraction in Central NJ
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Sky Zone Ocean’s 35,000 sq. foot facility is filled with wall-to-wall trampoline courts that are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar, Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition and Sky Slam, taking your jump shot to the next level. In addition, fitness fiends in Monmouth County can burn up to 1000 calories at Sky Zone’s original SkyFit fitness class, which combines advanced calisthenics with a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program. Come check out GLOW nights and find out how “We’re Different After Dark.”

This clean indoor park is the ideal venue for groups seeking unforgettable events such as birthday parties, corporate team building, field trips and much more. Open Jump is available during regular business hours and gives you unlimited access to the Main Court, Foam Zone and Sky Slam. All jumpers must fill out a waiver. Jumpers under 18 years old must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Book your jump time online to guarantee your time at www.skyzone.com/ocean.

Awesome Healthy Fun in Central NJ

Central Shore Region NJ
Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark 
800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
732-793-6488

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark Best New Jersey Family Attractions 2 Amusement Parks in one Jersey Shore location!
Seaside Heights, NJ is waiting for you this summer! Don’t miss a visit to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark in the heart of the Jersey Shore. It’s two great parks in one convenient location in the center of town. Casino Pier offers some of the best attractions at the Jersey Shore, including the brand new Hydrus Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel. Test your putting skills on the 36-hole multi-level Smuggler's Quay Adventure Golf Course. Want a thrilling experience? Try the SkyCoaster, Super Storm or Shore Shot! The Wacky Roof-Top Mini Golf, the Classic Arcade, the Sky Ride, Games of Skill and Chance and more will entertain your family all summer! Be sure to try the numerous mouthwatering delights from the Pier Grill and Food Stands. Just across the street, is Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Let the little ones splash away in the safe, soft clean toddler area while the bigger kids take on the thrill slides. Test your senses with the ALL NEW Aqua drop free fall! A 50 foot speed slide where the floor drops out from under you at the starting platform!!! Or take the twists and turns of a serpentine body slide as you wind your way above the lazy river! Tired of slides? – check out the Wave Pool where you can experience the Jersey Shore without the sand! A day of fun in one place!

Bring your Family to Reconnect and Reminisce!

Central NJ
Snyder's Farm 
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
732-496-0441

Snyder's Farm best family attractions to visit in NJ Seasonal Farm - Please call before your visit!
Snyder's Farm is 80 acres of preserved farmland centrally located in beautiful Somerset NJ. It is one of the few "Pick Your Own" farms in the area. Snyder’s Farm’s U Pick consists of GMO free strawberries in May/June, blueberries and veggies in June/July. When the picking season is over they open a Roadside stand to the community for fresh picked produce. The last hoorah for the season is Snyder’s Farm’s Annual Fall Festival, it’s fun for the whole family! Always call 732-496-0441 before you visit and check their phone message on picking availability.

When the U-Pick season starts the hours and days are as follows:
Strawberry Season: Weekends Only - 9am - 6pm - Late May/Early June
Blueberry Season: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm; Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm - Late June/July
Vegetable Season: Picking available only during U-Pick berry days

Fall Festival: Weekends Only 11am to 6pm – www.snyders-farm.com for dates.
You will want to come back in October for the Annual Snyder's Farm Fall Festival, it is fun for the whole family. Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin picking, corn and pumpkin cannons, pedal carts, potato sack slide and so many more fun activities. Snyder's always has some great local food at the festival along with hot apple cider and cider donuts. Go to their snack & beverage cart to try a complementary taste of blueberry and strawberry ice cream made for the farm by a local ice cream shop with their own Snyder's Farm berries.

On fall festival weekends, complementary tastings are available in the farm store. Apple cider, their signature jar goods, hot sauce and local honey are all available to purchase.

Ask about Fall Birthday Parties

New York
Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary 
Pine Bush, NY 12566
845-268-0403

Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary educational family attractions in nj Educational family attraction
Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary serves as a fun and exciting way for children and adults to get an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of the various animals we share the world with. The sanctuary boasts a population of 60 cool and unique animals; everything from hamsters to porcupines, foxes, pigs, horses and many more call Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary their home. Almost all of these animals are used in their educational outreach program, which focuses on Conservation, Preservation and Education. The goal of the sanctuary is to bring to light the cruel and inhumane things that happen to these animals in the wild and the importance of protecting and preserving their habitats.

Bring the family to Happy Tales Animal Sanctuary for a fun and unique day trip idea just outside of New Jersey. Meet the various critters in a safe environment. Learn each animal’s unique rescue story and get a better understanding of how the animals are rescued and rehabilitated. After a day at the sanctuary, both children and adults will understand the importance of preserving animals and their natural habitats.

Fascinating animals!

Southwest NJ
Delsea Drive-In Theatre 
2203 S Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360
856-696-0011

Delsea Drive-In Theatre unique family attractions in Southern NJ New Jersey's only drive in theatre!
The Delsea Drive-In Theater has a unique and rich history that stems back to 1949 when it was first built. Located in Vineland, NJ, it is the only drive-in movie theatre in the state and one of the only ones in the Tri-State area. Their efforts to combine the nostalgia of the drive-in movie theatre with modern technologies makes Delsea Drive-In Theatre the perfect place for affordable family fun for all ages. The drive-in theatre provides a truly unique experience where families and friends come together for affordable entertainment and fun. Unlike sit-in movie theatres, drive-in tickets are sold by screen, not individual movies. Enjoy a double feature and sometimes a triple feature - all for the price of one! Delsea Drive-In plays the most popular movies on each of their screens.

Come for the nostalgia of a drive-in theatre, return time and time again for the food. The Delsea Drive-In boasts an extensive full-service menu from shakes and cheese fries to pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, pierogis, teriyaki chicken and much more. View their full menu here.

Open seasonally Mid-March through December

Central NJ
Lakewood BlueClaws 
FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
732-901-7000

Lakewood BlueClaws best family attractions in Central NJ “Simply Clawsome”
America’s favorite pastime is more fun, and affordable, at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. Conveniently located just minutes from the Garden State Parkway, Route 70 and I-95, making your way to a Minor League baseball game has never been easier! FirstEnergy Park and the Lakewood BlueClaws offer much more than your ordinary baseball game experience, the stadium is filled with delicious food and drink options, a Craft Brew House and activities for the kids. While mom and dad sit back with a cold beer and watch the game, the kids can head over to the Kids Zone where they can bounce on one of the inflatables, slide down the giant inflatable slide, run through the obstacle course or bungee run. Speed pitch and wiffle ball games are also available behind 1st base. Special events are happening on select weekends at the stadium, as well as discount nights like $1 beer Thursdays or Kids Eat Free Mondays. Check out the website for more information and Like them on Facebook for up-to-date info!

Group rates available!

Southwest NJ
Adventure Aquarium 
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
856-365-3300

Adventure Aquarium best family attractions in NJ Always more new things to see and do!
Open 365 days a year, Adventure Aquarium continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you can count on new hands-on activities, new animals and exhibits and new moments of magic. Check out KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos on exhibit, and the only aquarium in the country to feature a great hammerhead – among the largest and rarest of sharks! Add two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, a 4D Theater, free live shows and up-close animal experiences daily, and it’s clear to see why a trip to Adventure Aquarium promises to deliver family memories that will last a lifetime.

Located minutes from Philadelphia, on the Camden Waterfront

Southwest NJ
Cumberland Players 
66 East Sherman Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
856-692-5626

Cumberand Players family-friendly activities in nj Best theatre for families in Southern NJ!
The Cumberland Players formed in February of 1946 with a dedicated membership of fourteen theatre lovers. Throughout the years the group has grown and continues to produce three major productions per season, while sponsoring children's plays and teen workshops. Their annual summer musicals won popular acclaim in the 1980s and 1990s and continues to draw in a wide audience. To this day, the Cumberland Players stay true to their roots and are made up entirely of volunteers. They produce shows strictly for their love of theatre and the desire to share their talents with the community.

The 2015 season features a wide variety of shows for children and adults. Families can enjoy original productions of Finian's Rainbow, Jr. and Goldilocks and the Three Pigs. Adults will love the Cumberland Players' renditions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Company, Blithe Spirit and Mourning Has Broken. Dedicated theatre-goers can purchase season subscriptions, which give you access to all productions throughout the year! Purchase individual tickets online.

Family-friendly productions throughout the year

Central NJ
iPlay America
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-577-8200

iPLay America NJ's best family attractions All-in-one family fun center
Get Inside the Fun! iPlay America is the only indoor boardwalk for family fun in New Jersey. With rides, games, and attractions for all ages, your family will have a memorable experience. Our most popular rides include Kite Flyer and Skyscraper. And who could forget the Go Karts on the iPA Speedway? The Cosmic Battle: the Extreme Laser Experience, our two-level laser tag arena, offers an exciting opportunity for family competition. Our Boardwalk Arcade features over 200 of today’s and yesterday’s most popular arcade, video and casino-style games. Make your way to the Game Time Bar and Grill when you get hungry, or choose from other tasty options like Sonny’s Boardwalk Grill, Boardwalk Bites, Mixx Frozen Yogurt, or Broadway Sweets. There is always something happening at iPlay America!

Laser tag, arcade games, rides and more

Central NJ
Brock Farms Home & Garden World 
4189 US 9 North, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-462-2700

Brock Farms fun family activities in Monmouth County NJ Family run since 1958!
Brock Farms began when the owner, Ed Brock Sr., was only eight years old. He began his career in horticulture by picking his own blueberries by hand and selling them at a roadside farm stand. His parents encouraged him to cultivate his love for the land by building his own farm and growing fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Several years later the Colts Neck location opened on Route 34, which gained much popularity very quickly. In 1958 the Freehold location opened on Route 9 and has continued to supply Monmouth County residents with premium quality garden supplies, equipment and flowers.

What started as a small blueberry stand has grown into a 700-acre farm spanning across Freehold, Smithburg, Deerfield, Bridgeton and Colts Neck where the finest nursery products are grown. The plants are nurtured with tender care and are guaranteed to be bountiful. The Brock family invites you to either location to browse for unique additions to your home and garden in the spring and summer. In the fall enjoy many wonderful activities including corn mazes and hayrides. In the winter, come out for the largest Christmas tree display in all of New Jersey! No matter the season, Brock Farms has something to enjoy.

Second location in Colts Neck

Northwest NJ
Have Balloon Will Travel 
57 Old Belvidere Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
1-800-608-6359

Have Balloon Will Travel adventurous family attractions in Northwest NJ Most adventurous family activity in NJ!
HAVE BALLOON WILL TRAVEL INC. is one of N.J.'s oldest and most experienced hot air balloon companies. If you want to experience the extreme adventure of flying a hot air balloon in NJ then Have Balloon Will Travel should be your first choice. With Have Balloon Will Travel, you will enjoy magnificent views and the feeling of escape and freedom that only a hot air balloon ride can give. They are the choice if you are seeking a personalized adventure delivered by one of the most experienced professionals in New Jersey balloon flight - bar none.

For a truly unique and adventurous family day trip idea in Northwest NJ experience hot air ballooning. Gracefully fly over the beautiful farmlands of Warren and Hunterdon County in the picturesque Delaware River Valley! Book in advance to experience this once in a lifetime adventure. Flights last about an hour with a picnic afterwards. For group rates of 4 and more call 1-800-608-6359 for details and cost. For a romantic experience for just mom & dad, ask about their sunrise and sunset flights!

Amazing family experience!

Central Shore Region NJ
Jenkinson's Beach Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
732-892-0600

Jenkinson’s Beach Boardwalk best family attractions in NJ Amusements for the whole family!
Out of all the boardwalks in New Jersey, Jenkinson’s at Point Pleasant Beach is arguably one of the absolute best ones for families. There are plenty of attractions that will appeals to family members of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you have younger kids who will enjoy kiddie rides like the Crazy Bus or Dragon Coaster, older kids drawn to the Fun House and arcade games or both- you are sure to find attractions to entertain everyone in the family at Jenkinson’s! The boardwalk also includes delicious treat vendors and eateries the whole family will love.

Rides, an aquarium, a fun house and more

Southern NJ
The Funplex
3320-24 Route 38, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
856-273-9666

The Funplex best family attractions in New Jersey Indoor and outdoor amusement center
The Funplex is the perfect place for families with kids of all different ages. There are attractions that young kids and older kids will enjoy. Even adults can get in on the fun at The Funplex! There is laser tag, miniature golf, electric go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, Grand Prix karts, a 4-D theater dark ride, a motion simulator, a bowling alley, arcade games and more! Outside you’ll find the Splashin’ Speedway water park playground, perfect for little ones who want to cool off. There is something for everyone at The Funplex!

There is something for everyone!

Northern NJ
Action Park Waterpark
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
973-827-2000

Action Park Waterpark NJ best family attractions Waterpark among mountains!
Enjoy a day of splashing and fun at this beautiful NJ water park built right among the mountains. The thrilling rides at Action Park Water Parkseem as if they are carved from the rushing mountain waters. Its picturesque location, adrenaline pumping water ride attractions and family-friendly atmosphere make this water park one of the best family attractions in NJ. There is also a zip-lining adventure, the Alpine Mountain Coaster and more fun attractions at the top-quality theme park. Bring the family for a day of splish-splashing fun at Action Park Waterpark in Vernon, New Jersey.

Lots of thrilling water rides

Northern NJ
Medieval Times
149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
1-866-543-9637

Medieval Times NJ best family attractions Dinner and a show!
Experience an epic battle and feast on a meal fit for a king at Medieval Times! The entire family will have the time of their lives watching knights battle for honor in a live jousting tournament. While you’re cheering for your favorite knight, enjoy a feast fit for a royalty- you are, after all, honorable guests of the king and queen! Fair maidens will serve you delicious soup, chicken, spare ribs, herb potatoes and the special castle pastry. This is definitely one of the best family attractions in NJ. Enjoy dinner and a show tonight!

Cheer for your favorite knight!

Central NJ
Hurricane Harbor
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
732-928-1821

Hurricane Harbor best family attractions NJ Great water park
Splash around at Hurricane Harbor! This family-friendly attraction has everything you’d want at water park- fun slides, thrilling water attractions, lazy rivers, pools, play areas and more. Your family will have hours of fun here. Enjoy Discovery Bay, the one-acre large wave pool, half-mile long lazy river, and plenty of water slides. The highlight of the park is the King Cobra, an exciting water ride that reaches speeds of 30 mph. There are plenty of lounge areas, lockers and changing facilities throughout the park for your convenience.

Ride the King Cobra!

Southern NJ
The Chicken or the Egg
207 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, NJ 08008
609-492-3695

The Chicken or the Egg best family attractions New Jersey Delicious breakfast served all day!
Visit this quirky and fun Jersey Shore restaurant with your family for a meal that is sure to please. Feast on delicious breakfast dishes, egg platters, signature pancakes, griddle favorites, chicken wings and more. The Chicken or the Egg is known for their amazing breakfasts and delectable sauces. The menu is huge, so everyone can find something they will love. Visit this local New Jersey favorite with your family today!

The menu has all sorts of delicious options


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