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10 Fun Things To Do In NJ For Free!

New Jersey is full of many activities and fun things to do. Many of them will cost you a pretty penny, however, there is a handful of fun things to do in New Jersey that are free! Check out our top ten picks below! Number 7 will melt your heart!

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1. Go On a Hike

This one might be hitting the nail on the head just a little too hard, but it's one of the easiest fun things to find to do in New Jersey for free! There are over 50 official State parks and over hundreds of trails in our amazing state! No matter where you're located theres most likely a trail nearby! Check out AllTrails.Com to find the closest trail to you! Or check out our favorite hike Here

2. Visit a Garden

If hiking isn't for you and leisurely strolls are more your speed you should diffidently check out one of our state's amazing gardens! New Jersey houses more than 30 public gardens up and down the coast! Isn't that fun! Check out our list of the top free gardens in New Jersey Here.

3. Tour The Governors Mansion

Drumthwacket is the official mansion of the New Jersey Governor and is open for public tours! The mansion is open most Wednesday for public and private group tours. This is for sure one historical fun free thing to do in NJ! Advanced registration is required and can be made Here.

4. Explore at The Cape May County Zoo

Put your safari hat on and get wild at the Cape May County Park & Zoo! There are over 85 Acres of lush parkland and gardens along with a zoo that cares for over 550 animals made up of 250 different species! Admission to the park and the zoo are free hower donations are appreciated! You can plan your visit Here.

5. Princeton University's Art Museum

92,000 pieces of artwork are displayed showcasing an array of styles from ancient to contemporary! The Princeton Art Museum is always free and always open to the public! It's the perfect cold weather and rainy day activity! For hours and directions, you can click here.

6. Go back In Time at Batsto Village

Know for both its beauty and its historical significance, Batsto Village has roots dating back to 1766 when Charles Read built the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River. Batsto is home to over 11 historical sites to explore. The old village is located in the Wharton Forest in the Pinebarrens of New Jersey. Click Here for location and directions.

7. Get Petting at Funny Farms Rescue

This 15-acre privately owned farm in Mays Landing, New Jersey, shelters and cares for unwanted, sick, elderly, injured and abused animals. Funny Farms has been rescuing animals since 2000 and has helped over 550! You can purchase food to feed the animals from the store at any time! This is a must-do cute and fun thing to do in New Jersey for free! Who doesn't want to spend a day petting some rescues! A visiting waiver must be completed before you go. It can be filled out Here.

8. Spend a Day At Washingtons Headquarters

Get your history on at the location where the 1st President of the United States stayed during the revolutionary war. There are 7 historical areas to visit around the Washington Head Quarters Area. Who said learning can't be fun or free! Click Here for hours and locations.

9. Get Your Game On at Bridgeton Hall of Fame Sports Museum

If you're a sports lover you'll find plenty of interesting things at the Bridgeton Hall of Fame Sports Museum! This museum is dedicated to the teams and individuals of all sports in New Jersey. Memorabilia of many famous professional and amateur athletes are permanent exhibits. Click Here for more info.

10. Stargaze Through an Observatories Telescope

Weekends from April - October the United Astronomy Clubs of N.J. provides free public programs at their observatory in Jenny Jump State Forest. The night begins at 8 with a guest speaker in the lecture hall and is followed by stargazing through the telescope till 10:30 weather permitting. Click Here to view the schedule.

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