New Jersey November 05, 2016
10 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In New Jersey Without Spending A Dime
Some of the best things in life are free, as the saying goes. I couldn’t agree more. While the cost of living may be high here, you don’t need to spend a fortune to have fun in New Jersey. Here are 10 things you can do without spending a dime.
1. Heritage Glass Museum, 25 E. High Street, Glassboro
Located in the historic Hollybush Mansion, this free museum celebrates South Jersey's glass producing past. It is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon until 3 (September-May). It is also open on the fourth Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.. Group tours are even offered free with advance notice.
2. Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 N. Route 9, Cape May Court House
Sitting on 85 acres, this wildly popular attraction is home to 250 different animal species. This zoo was recently rated among the best zoos in America, but it isn't the only free zoo in New Jersey - check out the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton for more budget-friendly fun.
3. Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville
Part of the Mercer County Park System, this open air museum's hours vary by season. It recreates New Jersey farm life circa 1890-1910 and there are a variety of animals to enjoy. Visit on Saturdays for various events and demonstrations like cider making and firewood cutting.
4. The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Road, Millington
One of the nation's premier wild bird rehabilitation centers, The Raptor Trust is free and open to the public seven days a week. Visitors enjoy the opportunity to get up close with hawks, eagles, falcons and owls while learning about birds. This non-profit organization does truly wonderful work, so feel free to donate if you can.
5. Princeton University Art Museum, Elm Drive, Princeton
Open Tuesday-Sunday, this museum contains nearly 100,000 works of art with pieces ranging from ancient to modern. Self-guided tours are always free and free guided Highlights Tours are offered on select dates.
6. Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon
Enjoy gorgeous gardens, hiking and nature trails and a two-story gazebo built in 1893. It is believed to be one of the oldest gazebos in New Jersey. Take children on the Wizard Walk, one of the park's shorter trails, offering special features like a discovery box.
7. Navesink Twin Lights, 2 Light House Road, Highlands
This unique lighthouse was one of the first in America to have electric power. You'll find a free museum and fantastic views from the north tower. The site is open from 10 - 4, Wednesday through Sunday (closing between noon- 1 p.m. each day). The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited here, on April 25th, 1893.
8. Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick
Hours vary by season, but this museum is free to all who have an interest in science. Learn about the fossils and minerals of New Jersey on self-guided tours.
9. Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford
Located in a historic farmhouse from the early 1800s, this museum features rotating exhibits on local history. Hours are Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. The volunteers here are knowledgeable and always available to guide you and answer questions.
10. Funny Farm Animal Rescue, 6908 Railroad Blvd., Mays Landing
This non-profit organization is a sanctuary for over 150 farm animals. Visitors are welcome at no charge, but donations are always appreciated. Hours are Tuesdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Watch feedings at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..
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