We all know how high the cost of living is in New Jersey. Of course it’s worth it to be in this amazing state, right? Even still, it’s nice to save money where we can. You can have some pretty amazing adventures in New Jersey without spending a dime. Enjoy these ten awesome activities and visit dozens of different places without ever opening your wallet.
1. Answer the call of the wild and head to a zoo.
Many New Jersey zoos have free admission days but Cohanzick and Cape May County Zoos are always free. Cohanzick Zoo opened in 1934 and was the first zoo in our state!
2. Absorb some culture at a unique museum.
New Jersey is home to so many great museums; it can be hard to decide which to visit first. Narrow down the list a bit and check out a free museum. We have several, including The Heritage Glass Museum, Discovery Sea Shell Museum, Princeton University Art Museum and the Bridgeton Sports Hall of Fame.
3. Bask in the glow of the big screen.
Summer in New Jersey is full of free movie opportunities. New Jersey State Theater, select Bow-Tie Cinemas locations and Jenkinson's Boardwalk all offer free shows each week.
4. Rock on at a live show.
There are dozens of free shows to choose from, all summer long. Whatever genre you love, there is a free concert for you. Towns hosting shows include Berkeley Heights, Boonton, Bloomfield, Freehold and Hoboken.
5. Stop and smell the roses.
Our state has several free gardens and arboretums to choose from. Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Barton Arboretum and Willowwood Arboretum are popular picks.
6. Catch some waves or soak up the sun.
Though many of our beaches charge admission, it isn't too hard to find a free one. Atlantic City, Wildwood, Higbee and Strathmere are just several of your options. Higbee is one of the best bird watching spots in our area!
7. Enjoy one of our many free festivals.
When the weather gets warm, we have festivals every weekend. You'll have no trouble finding something that you will be interested in. Upcoming festivals include the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival and The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship.
8. Watch the boats go by from a unique vantage point.
Why sit on the shore enjoying the sailboats when you can snag an amazing view for free? Both Twin Lights and Sea Girt are perfect places to boat watch without spending a dime.
9. Step back in time.
As one of the oldest states in the US, New Jersey has a lot of history. Travel back to the past at Howell Living History Farm, Drumthwacket, Somers Point Mansion and The Walt Whitman House without spending a cent.
10. Connect with nature.
You could always enjoy one of our many beautiful parks but you can also take part in more hands-on opportunities. The Warren E. Fox Nature Center and Marine Mammal Stranding Center are both free and offer educational programming and unique activities.
With so much to do and see for free, where will you start? What other free activities would you add to this list?