Parks and Recreation

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.

Freebies

Facing a rainy day when outside activity is just not an option? Finding free recreation opportunities might be easier than your think. Freebies are available for young bowlers, skaters, movie goers and lovers of many other activities. Learn about free events and deep discounts in your area. (This site is not yet updated for 2017, but it should be shortly.) 

Local Parks and Recreation Resources

In addition to the camping programs listed on the previous page of this section 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 information about these resources that has been organized by county.

Atlantic
The Atlantic County Park System offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure pursuits. Park programs include large group events, crafts, environmental education, and children's programs.

Other parks in Atlantic County
Current Events and Happenings

Bergen
Bergen County's extensive park system offers something for everyone. The home page for Bergen County Parks provides separate links for these parks with full descriptions and directions to each. Most parks open at 10 a.m. and close a half hour after sunset. In addition to these parks, the county offers a six mile bike path that runs without interruption through Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Saddle Brook and Rochelle Park and under Route 4. The path features a scenic waterfall at Dunkerhook Park and there are many ponds throughout the path. This path follows the Saddle River, passes by the Historic Easton Towers, and tree-shaded picnic areas. The county parks system includes six dog runs as well.

Burlington

Find a complete list of parks and recreation opportunities.
Current Events and Happenings

Camden
Learn about the twenty-one parks running from Camden City to Winslow Township. 

Cape May
Cape May County provides those looking for outdoor fun to learn about all of their many parks, paths, wineries, boating venues and other areas of interest by using their county map. The Cape May County Park and Zoo is also a main attraction.

Cumberland
Learn about the various parks and recreation events happening in Cumberland County by visiting this website.  

Essex
Founded in 1895, the Essex County Park Commission created the first county park system in the United States. The Essex County Park System is a diverse system serving a population of over 780,000, and including parkland in all of the County’s 22 municipalities. Within its 6,000+ acres of open space, there are large reservations for picnics and hiking; urban parks that provide inner-city recreation; beautiful waterways for fishing and boating; three public golf courses; a wealth of playgrounds and every variety of ballfield and play court. Some of the major facilities include Turtle Back Zoo with its many new exhibits; indoor ice skating on two rinks in the recently modernized Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain; the Roller Rink in Branch Brook Park; and in West Essex Park a Family Golf & Recreation Center and the newly opened Environmental Center.

Throughout the parks there are programmed activities for seniors and for children, and everyone enjoys the springtime Cherry Blossom Festival, the outdoor Summer Concert Series, and many other special events. View a current listing of activities and events.

Gloucester
Gloucester County Parks and Recreation is responsible for the organization and development of the recreational environment within the county. One of the objectives of the Parks Department is to acquire and develop parkland which will enable the residents of our County to freely exercise their needs and desires for recreation in an atmosphere of open spaces. The other main objective is to schedule recreational programs and activities in order to meet the great need for leisure participation.

Learn about upcoming events.

Hudson
The Hudson County park system 616 total acres of active and passive recreation space. For information about specific county parks including location, directions and low-to-no cost events visit their website.

Hunterdon
The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Land Use and Facilities Management is focused on providing for meaningful use of leisure time, encouraging appreciation of the county's natural resources, and preserving and protecting open space and greenways for the enjoyment of future generations.

Over 8,100 acres of land has been purchased for purposes of environmental preservation, and for the public's recreational enjoyment. Over 300,000 citizens annually, enjoy the parks and the hundreds of recreational activities, environmental education programs, and special events offered.

Events Calendar

Mercer 
Mercer County offers a wide array of recreational opportunities through local municipalities, county and regional attractions.Learn more about it.

Middlesex
Offerings of concerts, plays in the park, hiking trails, roller skating rink, and more summer-time fun awaits.

Monmouth
Tthe Monmouth County Park System offers over 30 park areas to explore. All parks are open from 7am - dusk and change seasonally or depending upon special activities in a park.

Map of the Monmouth County Park System
Calendar of Events

Morris 
The Morris County Park Commission includes 38 facilities: historic sites, golf courses, outdoor educational and recreational facilities, arboreta, conservation areas, 150 miles of trails, and ice skating arena. The Park System offers award-winning programs, special events, and activities for all ages.

View a list of Morris County Parks
Calendar of County Events
Calendar of Park Events

Ocean
The Department of Parks & Recreation now safeguards more than four thousand acres of land which is dedicated to the enjoyment of citizens and the conservation of open space.Included in this acerage is sixteen parks, four conservation areas, and two golf courses.

County Map of Park Locations and Facilities

Passaic County
Passaic County has thousands of acres of parkland offering visitors a wide range of athletic and recreational venues to enjoy.

Salem
Salem County is filled with beautiful Parks & Recreation areas, including Alloway Creek Watershed, Camp Crockett County Park, Deer Pen Park, Dunn’s Park, Fenwick Grove Park, Fort Mott State Park, Green Branch Park, Salem County Recreation Park, Marlton Recreation Area, Parvin State Park, Riverview Beack Park, Supawna Meadows National Park, Unity Park, and rivers and creeks.

Somerset
Somerset County Parks
Park Maps
Upcoming Programs and Events

Sussex County
Sussex County is located in the northwestern corner of our state and is known for its wilderness and natural environment. The parks in this county are primarily a part of the state park system and offer opportunities for boating, hiking, biking and beach bathing.

Union
Union County maintains 36 parks that are available for the enjoyment of all. The Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, is a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails.

Activities and events abound throughout the year. To find an activity of interest to you, visit the Union County Parks & Recreationsite and click on the park you want to visit.

Warren
Warren County is considered part of the Lehigh Valley. It has many state parks and recreation areas offering visitors free access to enjoy the beautiful scenery, mountains, rivers, lakes and meadows while hiking, biking, skiing and climbing.

You can also search our database by using the search barat the top of this page. For specific local recreational resources search using any of the following terms: Youth Enrichment Programs; Youth Community Service Programs; Boys/Girls Clubs; Y Facilities; Youth Centers; Neighborhood Multipurpose Centers.



Page last modified/reviewed on March 07, 2017

If you know of additional resources that would be appropriate to include in this section, please let us know by contacting us via e-mail at info@nj211.org

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