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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 entertainment.

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. Find some fun free activities here and here.

Kids Bowl Free

You read that right! At 10 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. 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.

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