Summer Things to do

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Written by Kristen Haas

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

We are always looking for new and interesting (not to mention fun) things to do with our kids. If you don’t want to take a long vacation this year, consider a day trip. Luckily, there are many places for families within driving distance from Jersey City — there’s something for everyone. Have a fun-filled family day at an interactive museum, explore NJ’s largest aquarium, get creative with Crayola, go on a fun animal adventure, experience culture and art or play at a family-friendly theme park — we’ve got you covered. Take a look at this list of 21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City and some fantastic places to take the family this summer (or any time)!

Please make sure to call before you visit in case of any changes. 

Adventure Aquarium(Open)

1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

First on our list of 21 Fun Things to do with Kids Near Jersey City is Adventure Aquarium.  This aquarium touts itself as “America’s Most Touchable Aquarium.” The large aquarium is an underwater wonderland for the kids. Exhibits include Kids Zone, which is an interactive area designed for kids 6 and under. Shark Realm gets you up-close with more than 20 sharks and 850 animals in the 550,000-gallon tank. Daily activities in August include Shark Week, Hippo Feed and Talk, Meet the Divers and more! The aquarium is open 365 days a year from 10am – 5pm. General admission is $29.99 for ages 13 and up and $21.99 for kids 2 – 12 (kids under 2 are free). You can also buy combo tickets for admission and the 4D theatre, as well. The aquarium is about a 1.5 hour drive from Jersey City. There is a parking lot located adjacent to the aquarium. It is $10 per day for general admission and $5 for Aquarium Members.

Please Touch Museum(Open)

Memorial Hall 4231Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

The Please Touch Museum is all about kids and there are fun things for all ages! The museum offers two floors of exhibits including opportunities to be a doctor, pilot, architect, bus driver and much more! There is even a theatre, art room and carousel. Plus, enjoy special events like Giant Slinky Races on August 5 or a weekend of Lego building fun on August 10 and 11. Kids will love the Please Taste Cafe with healthy menu options and old favorites like hand-crafted pizzas, build your own pasta, snacks, desserts and more. The museum’s general hours are Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm. Admission is $19/person for adults and kids (kids under 1 are free). Membership entitles you to free admission. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Jersey City.

Crayola Factory(Open)

30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Crayola Factory is a creative and interactive experience for the whole family. The park features 18 one-of-a-kind attractions including the Crayon Factory, Toddler Town, Water Works and much more! Don’t miss your opportunity to melt and mold your very own crayon creation or get creative with arts and crafts projects. The Crayola Store carries the world’s largest selection of Crayola products. When you need to recharge, check out the Crayola Cafe where you can enjoy Crayola inspired foods, colorful cupcakes and design-your-own pizza. Crayola Factory’s hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar here, but for August the hours are 10am – 6pm daily. Admission is $20.99 ($18.99 online) for people 16 – 64 years old and kids 2 – 15 years. You can also purchase annual passes for $34.99/person ($29.99 online), which include unlimited visits for one year. The Crayola Factory is located about an hour away from Jersey City.

Turtle Back Zoo(Open)

 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

If you haven’t visited the Turtle Back Zoo,  you should do so immediately! Walk on the wild side with this awesome addition to our 21 Fun Things to do with Kids list. It’s the perfect size for little ones and very close to Jersey City. Check out cool exhibits like the American Alligator, Black Bear, Wild New Jersey and many more!  While you are there, enjoy a ride like the Endangered Species Carousel ($2), the train (free with admission) or pony rides ($2). The zoo offers face painting and glitter tattoos every weekend through October. Try out one of their special events like Night Moves where you can experience the zoo at night and take a guided tour by flashlight. The Zoo Cafe offers a full lunch menu and quick snacks. You can eat in the climate controlled pavilion or outdoors in the covered picnic area. The next Night Moves will happen on August 20. The zoo is open daily from 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors (kids under 2 are free). The Zoo is only a 30 minute drive from Jersey City.

Newark Museum(Open)

49 Washington Street in Newark, NJ

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Newark Museum is a museum that offers so many different experiences. The Planetarium was New Jersey’s first! Interactive museum galleries include Dynamic Earth and a Fire Museum. The museum offers fun family programs like Hands On Art and Science and Generation Fit. Wednesday – Friday stop in for a drop-in activity from 1pm – 4pm. Don’t miss Jazz in the Garden concert series. With 80 galleries, there really is something for everyone at Newark Museum. Click here for their featured exhibitions. The Museum Cafe offers hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks. There is a bigger menu offered during Jazz in the Garden performances. The also cafe offers free WiFi. Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday noon – 5pm. Suggested museum admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors. Members and Newark residents get in for free. Planetarium admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12, seniors and students. There is a pay parking lot on-site for convenience. The museum will take less than 20 minutes to drive to from Jersey City.

The Land Of Make Believe(Open)

354 Great Meadows Road in Hope, NJ.

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove is a family water park and amusement park. The park offers many rides like the Jump Around Frog, the Rockin Tug, Action River Ride and many more. The little ones will love the turn of the century Grand Carousel and Old McDonald’s farm with live farm animals! Get the whole family involved with boardwalk games and prizes. There are 9 food areas on-site that serve everything from burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, homemade fudge, caramel corn, ice cream and more! The park offers free parking and a free picnic area. Admission to the water park is free with amusement park admission. Park hours are 10am – 6pm daily through the season. Admission is $28 for adults, $30 for kids 2 – 18 years old and $26 for seniors 62 and up (children under 2 are free). The price of admission includes all rides, shows, attractions and water park. It will take you about an hour to drive from Jersey City.

Six Flags Great Adventure(Open)

1 Six Flags Boulevard in Jackson, NJ

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City


Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the most recognized amusement parks in New Jersey and the largest Six Flags in the country. This amusement parks brings the thrills which is why it fits perfectly in our list of 21 Fun Things to do with Kids Near Jersey City. With various options for the whole family, the park offers thrill coasters for old kids and adults like Batman: The Ride and gentler options for the little kids like Jumpin’ Joey. Check out a listing of rides for kids here. The Safari was revamped last year and, although it’s not the independent and fun adventure you may remember, the new version will still give you an up-close animal experience. You will be driven through on one of the safari vehicles. The Safari Off Road Adventure opens at 10:30am and is included with your park admission. There are a plethora of eateries located throughout the park. You can grab a quick hot dog at Load It Up, a sit-down meal at Granny’s Country Kitchen or ice cream at Cold Stone. Park hours vary, but for August they are generally 10:30am – 10pm, but click here for the calendar. Tickets for this park are not cheap, so be on the lookout for discounts. Admission is $79.99 and $49.99 for kids under 54 inches tall (kids 2 and under are free). Buying advance tickets online will save you $25 ($54.99 instead of $79.99). Basic parking will cost you $23.45 per day and preferred parking is $45 per day. The park is about an hour’s drive from Jersey City, but be prepared for major delays on the NJ Turnpike at the Six Flags exit all summer long.

Hersey Park(Open)

100 W. Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, PA

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Hershey Park is an amusement park dedicated to chocolate so why wouldn’t we put it on the list of 21 Fun Things to do with Kids near Jersey City. The park offers 11 thrill rides and more than 20 kiddie rides, so there is something for different age groups. The Boardwalk area offers multiple water rides and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. For a tailored look at what to do at different ages, click here and pick which candy brand applies to you and your kids. Each category will give you a list of rides appropriate for the particular child. Hershey Park offers various dining options to fulfill any craving. You may also try Character Dining with the kids, click here for more information. Hours vary throughout the season, but summer hours are generally 10am – 10pm. Click here to check the calendar for specific dates. Admission is $69.95 for ages 9 – 54, $46.95 for kids ages 3 – 8 and seniors 55 – 69 and $28.95 for seniors over the age of 70 (kids under 2 are free). Click here for information about discount tickets. If you stay overnight at Hershey Resorts, discounts and exclusive park benefits will be available to you. It is about a 2.5 hour – 3 hour drive from Jersey City.

Dutch Wonderland(Closed)

2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

We had to add a little bit of history to our list of 21 Things Fun Things to do with Kids Near Jersey City. Deemed as a place where “kids rule,” Dutch Wonderland was made with children in mind! The park contains over 35 fun-filled rides and attractions including Duke’s Lagoon water play area and live entertainment. Dutch Wonderland made its debut on May 20, 1963 and had consistently been recognized as a premier family theme park in Pennsylvania. It was even voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid’s Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine. The park hours are Satyrdays 3pm-9pm, Sunday’s 3pm-8pm and select weekdays. Make sure to double check the website for hours of operation! Royalty Admission includes unlimited access to rides and entertainment. Prices start at $43.99 for ages 3-59, $38.99 for ages 60-69 and $30.99 for 70 and up (kids 2 and under are free). Want more out of your experience? You can get a Hersey Park Combo starting at $93.50! The park is about a 2 and a 1/2 hour drive from Jersey City.

Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park(Not Open)

830 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink is a hidden gem in the heart of Central Park. Your little ones can enjoy traditional rides and carnival games like the Happy Swing and Whac-A-Mole while enjoying popular treats such as cotton candy and so much more! Live entertainment can also be seen on the weekends. Weekday Park Admission fees come in two options Pay As You Go and Unlimited Rides. Pay As You Go costs $8.50 for park admission and $1/ticket for rides and games. Unlimited Rides cost $8.50 for Park Admission and $16 for rides ONLY. Games are not included with the wristband. Save more with their Groupon! This park is about a 51 minute drive or train ride from Jersey City.

Sesame Place(Open)

100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047

The show we love comes to life with this colorful and fun theme and water park! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest of the lovable Sesame Street gang and explore all the excitement at Sesame Place. Single day tickets start at $70 but you can always catch deals on their site. 2-day tickets start at $85. Planning to stay for more than a day? You can book a hotel package and kids stay for free!


275 Beachway AveKeansburg, NJ 07734-1099

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

It’s only right to be near the water during the summer. That’s why Keansburg has a spot on our list of 21 Fun Things to do with Kids Near Jersey City! This amusement park has embarked on its own rollercoaster ride. Due to it’s location, Keansburg was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy which upended the park taking its historical attractions with it. In 2013 the park re-opened thanks to the great deal of teamwork! There’s a bunch of fun things to choose from including rides, go-carts and the waterpark. Check the website for price breakdowns. They also provide printable coupons for extra savings! The park is a 50 minute drive from Jersey City.

Luna Park(Open)

1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

From the same people who brought you Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink, Luna Park was created in an effort to revitalize historic Coney Island. Tickets for attendees 48 inches tall and over are $69 while it’s $42 for those under 48 inches tall. You can upgrade your visit by adding a special meal package! Thrills and chills are only a 40 min drive from Jersey City or a 1 and a 1/2 hour train ride!

Jenkinson’s Family Amusement Boardwalk(Open)

500 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Sink your teeth into some salt water taffy, marvel at sharks and fish at the aquarium and take part in classic boardwalk games with a visit Jenkinson’s! If you plan on taking a dive into the ocean, there is a beach fee. Children under 5 are free, $3 for kids 5-11, Weekdays $9 and Weekends/Holidays $10. Summer Beach Hours Weekdays 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Weekends 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Remember swim when lifeguards are present! It takes about an hour and 10 minutes to get to the boardwalk.

Storybook Land(Open

6415 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

Storybook Land has been entertaining and educating children for over 6o years! Take a walk through all your child’s favorite bedtime stories and nursery rhymes. The park operates Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advanced, they will not be sold on site. General admission is $24 and includes all attractions and unlimited rides. Children under 2 are free. The park is a 2 hour drive from Jersey City.

Wild West City(Open)

50 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Grab your 10-gallon hats and your cowboy boots and get ready for a trip to the past with Wild West City. Take a ride in a stagecoach and watch cowboys stand off in a duel. Don’t worry, with over 20 live-action shows you get to be part of the action. Adult tickets are $18, $16 ages 2-11 and $13.50 for senior citizens. Stagecoach, train, pony rides and miniature gold is $4 a piece. It’ll take an hour to get there from Jersey City. Don’t worry you won’t have to travel by horse to get there!

Fair at Meadowlands(Open)

1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

When the Giants and Jets are off season, the Meadowlands turns into a fairground during June and July. Experience everything the fair has to offer with the Mega Pass which is range from $22-$36 depending on the day. The pass includes gate admission to the fair, unlimited ride hand stamp, free shows and free concerts. The fair is a short 30 minute drive from Jersey City!

Hudson Lanes(Open)

1 Garfield Avenue Jersey City, NJ

Get your strike celebration dance ready! With over 60 Lanes, full service grill and arcade games, you and your family can escape the cold weather and enjoy some friendly competition at Hudson Lanes! There are awesome daily specials. Planning a birthday party? Party package start from $13 per child! Hours vary so please call before you go.

Diggerland Construction Theme Park(Open)

100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ 08091


At Diggerland, it’s okay to get your hands dirty! Kids can get behind the wheel of a dumper truck and move dirt and gravel like a real construction worker! This park is also adult friendly. Diggerland XL allows adults to feel the thrill of operating heavy machinery. Host your next team building event or bachelor and bachelorette at Diggerland! The park is an hour and a 1/2 drive from Jersey City. So happy that we could include this  park in 21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City because kids love it.

Dinosaur Field Station(Opening June 19th)

40 Fort Lee Rd, Leonia, NJ 07605

Did you know New Jersey had it’s own Jurassic Park? Walk amongst the dinosaurs that ruled over 90 million year ago. Dinosaur Field Station is a world-class family attraction that combines science with the creative minds of artists giving it a well deserved spot on our list of 21 Fun Things to do with Kids Near Jersey City! Experience over 30 life-sized dinosaurs that move thanks to brilliant engineering and robotics. Guests 2 and older will pay either $16.75 at the box office or $15.50 online (including a transaction fee). Guests under 2 are free. Check out the awesome things you can add-on. The park is about 30 minutes from Jersey City.

Montclair Art Museum(Open)

3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

21 Fun Things To Do with Kids Near Jersey City

The Montclair Art Museum has so much to offer! The museum is constantly rotating exhibits allowing fresh, new content to be displayed. Kids can sign up for a class in the Creative Center where they can do hands on projects! Montclair Art Museum offers numerous family programs for you and your kids! Bring the museum to you! A converted ice cream truck travels to festivals and private birthday parties. The museum is 40 minutes from Jersey City.

You’ll never run out of fun things to do in and around Jersey City! For more ideas, make sure you check out the Best Beaches Near Jersey City! Looking to stay local? There are plenty of ways to continue the summer fun right in your backyard!

Updated June 15th,2021

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Kristen Haas