Who says you get nothing for free? If you're looking for fun things to spend the day doing around the Jersey Shore that are FREE, read on!
Atlantic City Historical Museum
Open daily and free to the public, the Atlantic City Historical Museum is located on the Garden Pier at South New Jersey Avenue & Boardwalk. The museum is a great place to learn about Atlantic City's sometimes nefarious history and the real-life "Nucky" Thompson from HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
Sea Girt Lighthouse
The famed Sea Girt Lighthouse was host to the first radio beacon used in a shore installation in America. First opened in 1896. Today visitors can explore what was the last East Coast shore lighthouse built with an integral keeper's residence.
Cattus Island County Park in Toms River
A gorgeous 530-acre passive park, Cattus Island is a great place for hiking and exploring. With several miles of trails you can view all kinds of birds, cross-country ski in the winter, fish and enjoy the amazing views of Barnegat Bay.
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Located down south in Cape May, the zoo is a non-profit facility that has more than 550 well-cared-for animals. It's a great place to spend a day with the kids as they can enjoy train and carousel rides, along with a huge playground.
Fort Hancock Historic District in Sandy Hook
Once a coastal artillery base, Fort Hancock defended the entrance to New York Harbor and the Atlantic Coast and was also an US Army fort. Interestingly, back in 1893, the installation had the first disappearing gun battery at Battery Potter. The fort also implemented anti-aircraft missiles in the late 1950s.
Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville
Check out the Noyes Museum's outstanding collection of American folk and fine art, as well as its large number of vintage bird decoys and special exhibits from some of the top regional and national artists.
Somers Mansion at Somers Point
A designated New Jersey Historic Site, Somers Mansion on Shore Road was originally built between1720-1726 by Richard Somers, who was the son of John Somers. John Somers was the first area settler. The home provides a fantastic view of Somers Point Harbor.
Atlantic City Art Center
In the same building as the Atlantic City Historical Museum, the art center is nicely located on a pier extending into the ocean. The center displays the fine works of regional and national artists.
Discovery Seashell Museum in Ocean City
Learn about the many different types of seashells at this neat museum in Ocean City. It's all you ever wanted to know about shells including all kinds of cool seashell art. One highlight of the museum is a 200-lb shell from a man-eating clam in the Philippines.
Howell Living History Farm in Titusville
Learn how the early New Jersey settlers lived at Howell Farm. A working farm since 1730, Howell today is a fantastic example of how farming was practiced from 1890-1910. Yet you will still discover aspects of how it was back in the 18th Century. Kids going there will love the farm animals running around.