Summer Parks and Recreation
Free and Low Cost Options for Fun
Here are some alternatives we have found to high-cost summer vacations. Take some time to explore these low cost/no cost options that offer opportunities for healthy physical activities, outdoor fun and general entertainment. Scroll down to find links to every county park in our beautiful state.
Camping in New Jersey
New Jersey offers some of the best camping on the East Coast. Whether you prefer camping in a motorhome, fifth-wheel, traditional camper, tent or just want to try the camping experience by renting a cabin, there are many sites to choose from. You can find a full listing of campgrounds and RV parks that the NJ Campground Owners Association has organized by region along with an online guidebook that provides details and locations on these sites as well as helpful camping tips at the New Jersey Campgrounds website.
Facing a rainy day when outside activity is just not an option? Finding free recreation opportunities might be easier than you think. Freebies are available for young bowlers, skaters, moviegoers, and lovers of many other activities. Learn about free events and deep discounts in your area.
Kids Bowl Free
You read that right! At twenty-five bowling alleys in New Jersey kids can bowl two games a day for free on select days all summer long. All you have to do to join in the fun is register at Kids Bowl Free. Once you do, they will send you weekly coupons that you then redeem at participating bowling alleys.
Public Libraries offer Free Books and More
Every year public libraries organize summer reading programs that engage thousands of youngsters in activities that center around reading - a free pastime that is both enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Inquire at your library to learn about their summer reading program. While you're there, find out if they also loan out museum passes; hot spots; DVDs, and more. Many do! Find your local library.
Local Parks and Recreation Resources
In addition to the camping programs listed on other pages of our website, county departments of parks and recreation offer some wonderful low-to-no cost options for children of ALL ages. Below you will find links that will take you to each county's official parks and recreation web page where you can learn more about these local resources in your own backyard.