25 {Must Know} Kid-Friendly Landmarks in New Jersey

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New Jersey natives know all about the hundreds of diverse landmarks to love in our state. From historical locations such as Battleship New Jersey and The Historic Village at Allaire to the naturally beautiful environments like Paterson Great Falls and High Point State Park, New Jersey is home to some truly awe-inspiring sights. Sports spectaculars such as MetLife Stadium and unique finds such as Lucy the Elephant also make up some of the most fascinating New Jersey landmarks in the Garden State. With so many destinations to experience, you and your little ones will have a blast crossing each one off your New Jersey Landmarks bucket list.

Here are 25 Must Know Kid-Friendly Landmarks around New Jersey:

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Best of the Beach:

Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City. via

1. Absecon Lighthouse

Located in Atlantic City, this sky-high landmark is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse. Kids will love taking the adventurous climb to the top to be rewarded by the spectacular coastal views when they arrive. There are also different kid-friendly activities offered throughout the year at the lighthouse so children can have fun while learning about the history of this iconic structure.
31 S. Rhode Island Road Atlantic City, NJ 08401 | 609-449-1360

2. Asbury Park Boardwalk

As all Jersey natives know, the shore is one of the things makes our state so special. Specifically, the boardwalk located in Asbury Park is one of the more eclectic spots to check out. Family-friendly events, such as free movies in the sand and crafty bazaars with kids activities, are offered year-round, and the view of the beach paired with restaurants and entertainment can’t be matched anywhere else. It’s a one-stop shop for summer fun.
1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

3. Cape May Lighthouse

If your kids need a break from the sand in the summer, the Light House in Cape May is the perfect place to take them. They’ll love the adventure of climbing to the top and looking out onto the vast ocean. They can also learn all about the water, sailors, and other maritime information at the Oil House located on the same grounds. The Oil House is also a great landing zone if your child doesn’t feel up to limbing the lighthouse. Be sure to check out all of the fun events and activities happening on the lighthouse’s website before visiting.
215 Lighthouse Ave, Cape May, NJ 08212 | 609-884-5404

Lucy the Elephant in Margate. via

4. Lucy the Elephant

A visit to Lucy the Elephant might even be better than seeing a real elephant at the zoo. Standing at an impressive six stories tall in Margate, New Jersey, Lucy is a staple tourist attraction. Kids can climb inside Lucy all the way to the top to see awesome views of the beach. Make sure to pack a snack or lunch because after exploring Lucy, kids can play in the comfort of the fenced in park and enjoy their meal picnic-style.
9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate, NJ 080402 | 609-823-6473

5. Morey’s Piers

With three different piers and two unique water parks, Morey’s Piers in Wildwood are filled with entertaining and thrilling attractions. This iconic location offers rides and rollercoasters for every age, in addition to water rides and carnival games. A plethora of classic boardwalk food and finer dining options are also available, ensuring that Morey’s has every ingredient for the perfect recipe of beach fun.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

6. Ocean City

Known as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Ocean City definitely lives up to its nickname. The coastal island is full of kid-friendly activities including hitting the beach and boardwalk, biking, fishing, golfing and kayaking; as well as surfing and other water sports. Ocean City is also home to awesome bakeries and ice cream shops for when your little ones need a quick, tasty snack. Ocean City is always thriving with activity and is an treasured destination for New Jersey natives and tourists alike.
Ocean City, NJ 08226 | 1-800-232-2465

Outdoor Landmarks around New Jersey {your little babes will love}:

Alma’s Farm in Wyckoff. via

7. Abma’s Farm

At Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff you get a market, green house, and petting zoo all in one. Marked as “Bergen County’s Poultry and Produce Farm,” Abma’s is as fun for kids as it is for adults. At the Barnyard, kids can pet and feed animals, watch a chick hatch, take a hayride or a pony ride, and attend programs and summer camp. After enjoying the fun of the barnyard, the perfect place to grab a snack is in the market with locally grown food.
700 Lawlins Road Wyckoff, NJ 07481 | 201-891-0278

8. Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area 

Hike a trail, go fishing, or admire the awesome waterfalls at the Delaware Water Gap. This outdoor area is on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and countless outdoor areas to explore. From kid-friendly hiking trails that are easy enough for the littlest adventurer, to more challenging routes with steep vertical and breathtaking mountain views, Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area continues to be a nature-lover’s paradise in New Jersey.
1978 River Road, Bushkill, PA 18324  | 570-426-2452

9. Duke Farms

Set in Hillsborough, Duke Farms prides itself on providing “a fresh experience.” Your kids can take fun workshops such as Peeps and Croaks and learn all about the toads and frogs in New Jersey while playing games. Free bike rentals make it easy to cruise the farm’s easy-to-ride bike paths, and a café with local ingredients is also a highlight of this family-friendly wildlife sanctuary.
1112 Dukes Parkway West Hillsborough, NJ 08844 | 908-722-3700

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. via

10. Grounds for Sculpture

This one-of-a-kind outdoor museum in Hamilton, New Jersey exposes children to fine art in an untraditional way. Featuring unique sculptures, roaming colorful peacocks, and a peaceful garden space, Grounds for Sculpture is a unique, kid-friendly sanctuary that emits creativity. This place is perfect for the artists in the family or kids that love interacting with rare and interesting attractions.
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619 | 609-586-0616

11. High Point State Park

Come to Sussex to have fun in the fresh outdoors. At High Point State Park, families can hike, swim, camp, picnic, and bike together. You can also take a break from the action and admire the spectacular views from the High Point Monument. This beautiful landmark encourages families to be active together.
1480 Route 23, Sussex, NJ 07461 | 973-875-4800

12. Paterson Great Falls

Centered around the Passaic River’s monstrous waterfalls, this landmark is unlike any other in it’s naturally breathtaking views. Kids love to explore the falls while enjoying the rest of the outdoor park on a beautiful, sunny day, and enjoying a picnic with the whole family with the sound of refreshing, falling water in the background.
72 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501 | 973-523-0370

13. Rutgers Gardens

Kids can dive into the gardening world on the educational campus of Rutgers University to learn all about the environment in this comfortable atmosphere. Children’s programs are offered at Rutgers Gardens for any child interested in the outdoor world of plants, animals, insects, or gardening.
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | 732-932-8451

Historical Sights We Give 👍🏻👍🏻:

The Historic Village at Allaire in Farmingdale. via

14. The Historic Village at Allaire

Go back in time by visiting The Historic Village at Allaire in Farmingdale. Experience how people lived every aspect of their life in the 19th century, from the carpentry shop and the school house to the blacksmith shop and home life; kids can experience our state’s history in fun and interactive ways. Tours, exhibits, and programs make experiencing our past unique and exciting.
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727 | 732-919-3500

15. Battleship New Jersey

This is the spot for your little adventurers. Battleship New Jersey, located just across the river from Philadelphia, is home to America’s most decorated battleship, and now you and your kids can go inside and explore it. Battleship also offers overnight stays for your little ones where they get the chance to live, sleep, and eat like real sailors.
62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103 | 856-966-1652

16. Empty Sky Memorial

Take part in honoring the New Jersey residents lost during 9/11 by visiting this beautiful memorial. The impressive monument and stunning views of New York City makes this location extremely special. It’s a spot to reflect, remember, and teach our children about our country’s past.
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

17. New Jersey State House

No New Jersey landmark list would be complete without the New Jersey State House in Trenton. This location is full of rich history, art, and architecture and one of the best places to learn about our state. Tours are available on weekdays and there is also a State House Café where families can grab snacks and lunch.
125 W State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 | 609-292-2121

Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange. via

18. Thomas Edison National Historic Park

This is not just a museum about Thomas Edison, but rather, his actual house and laboratory. Located in West Orange, the Thomas Edison National Historic Park allows children to tour the mansion, greenhouse, farm, and of course, the lab where electricity was first discovered. Kids can also see where much of their daily life in music or movies started. This will be a unique experience for visitors of all ages.
211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ 07052  | 973-736-0550

19. World War II Lookout Tower

Learn about an important part of our country’s past during a visit to Cape May. The World War II Lookout Tower is the last remaining and restored tower from WWII in New Jersey. Kids can climb to the top and learn some history while also remembering those who gave their lives for our country. There are also interactive exhibits at each level of the tower, so little ones can take a break from walking and learn more about what life was like during the war.
Sunset Blvd, Cape May, NJ 08204 | 609-884-5404

Iconic Museums & Aquariums 🌋🐳🗺🗿💦 :

Adventure Aquarium in Camden. via

20. Adventure Aquarium

Home to the east coast’s largest collection of sharks, Adventure Aquarium in Camden is the place to be for all things aquatic. It has over 8,500 species including a hippo exhibit, making it the only aquarium in the world featuring these giant creatures. Kids can also participate in daily feedings and meet the diving team. This aquarium goes above and beyond normal expectations.
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103  | 844-474-3474

21. Liberty Science Center

From a Myth Busters exhibit and a Nikola Tesla Lightning Show to Pixel Palooza and a Kid’s Lab, Liberty Science Center has it all. Located in Jersey City, this location offers all things science. A Wildlife Challenge, Touch Tunnel, and Communication exhibit are just a few of the cool and mind-blowing interactive options for your kids to try. Eat and Be Eaten as well as an Optical Illusion exhibit are two more of the fun and crazy things to see at Liberty Science Center. Your kids will love the weird and cool things they find here.
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305 | 201-200-1000

22. Space Farms Zoo and Museum

A landmark nearing 100 years old, Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, allows kids to experience the fun of both a zoo and museum. They can see over 500 animals and also check out over 10 cool exhibits. Space Farms Zoo and Museum has everything from antique cars and local artifacts to the largest collection of North American wildlife in the world.
218 County Road 519 Sussex NJ, 07461 | 973-875-5800

 

Sport Spectacles Your Little Adventurer Will Love:

Mountain Creed Resort in Vernon. via

23. Mountain Creek Resort

Whether you’re looking for a cool winter activity or fresh summer fun Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon has it all. In the winter Mountain Creek is home to all the skiing, snowboarding, and snow-tubing your kids can imagine, while the summer is filled with zip lines, mountain biking, and a spectacular water park. Mountain Creek is a thrilling New Jersey landmark for its adventures that no kid should miss.
200 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462  | 973-827-2000

24. MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is an iconic sports landmark that is set in New Jersey, but known nationally. The stadium is home to classic sports teams such as the Giants and Jets, as well as the host of international soccer games. Concerts and the New Jersey State Fair; no matter which event you attend, it’s bound to give your family an exciting and unforgettable experience.
One MetLife Stadium Dr. East Rutherford, NJ 07073 | 201-559-1500

25. Prudential Center

As another sports landmark in New Jersey is the Prudential Center, located in Newark. Home to the New Jersey Devils, this venue also hosts a plethora of concerts performed by the biggest names in the world. Your kids will love experiencing their first big sporting event or concert at such an impressive arena.
25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102 | 973-757-6000

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About Author

Abby Jurgens is a student at Villanova University majoring in Communications and minoring in Creative Writing and Spanish. She lives in Bergen County, NJ with her parents and older sister. Although she is in love with her hometown of Wyckoff and enjoys dining at Café Amici there, Abby also loves going to Cape May every summer with her family and eating at Panico’s. While at home in Wyckoff, you can find Abby playing sports with friends, listening to country music, and helping her mom in the kitchen. Family is very important to her and she loves any minute she gets to spend with all of her relatives. She also loves to read and write because everyone’s words are so different and unique; she loves hearing the way people use their voices.