Avalon Beach Movies - Every Tuesday evening at dusk bring your family and your beach chairs back to the beach to enjoy a popular movie shown on a large inflatable movie screen. All movies are free to the public with no beach tag needed; in the event of inclement weather, the movies are shown inside Avalon Community Hall.
Avalon History Center - Avalon History Center is a local history museum that displays a collection of objects from Avalon’s past. Visitors can learn more about their favorite beach town by viewing fun and fascinating displays, including a 1925 Avalon Lifeboat that they can climb into. The History Center’s collection includes thousands of photographs, objects, and ephemera that tell the story of Avalon’s residents, places, and events.
215 39th Street, Avalon, NJ 08202
8th Street and Ocean Drive
30th Street and Avalon Ave Beach
39th Street and Dune Drive
74th Street and Ocean Drive
Cape May County Zoo - The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, provides free year-round admission to a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres. The zoo is open every day except for Christmas, weather permitting. The hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 3:45pm in the winter and 10:00am until 4:45pm in the summer. Time changes occur with Daylight Savings. The zoo also has a train ride and carousel. The train is trackless and can take visitors all around the zoo. The carousel has zoo animals for riding seats unlike the traditional horses on most carousels.
Cape May Ghost Tours - Cape May is one of the most haunted town's you'll ever visit. Is it any wonder? It's such a marvelous place, even the spirits don't want to leave Cape May! Dozens of Victorian gems have been investigated and documented to have "spirit" residents, all of whom are quite friendly, we assure you. Take a giant step back in Cape May's past and see if a ghostly encounter is in the cards for you!
Cape May Trolley Tours -The perfect way to see Cape May!Hop on one of MAC's cheery red trolleys and take a guided tour the easy and comfortable way. Knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you want to know about America's first seaside resort, from our Victorian heritage to our seashore and maritime history and more, with plenty of fun facts sprinkled in.
Cape May Whale Watch - Come join the experienced captains and naturalists of the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center’s vessel American Star as we scour the seas and skies for spouts, fins, birds, and other incredible marine life! This 3-hour adventure will venture out on the “search” for Humpback Whales, other species of baleen whales including Fin, Minke, or Right Whales. This cruise will also search for pods of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins along the coast as well as spectacular offshore super pods or herds. Other possible sightings include Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Oceanic Sunfish, Sharks, pelagic bird species, and much more. Your on-board naturalist will guide all aspects of the tour, identifying and educating you on marine mammal and bird species, any other wildlife sited along the way, as well as historical structures and landmarks.
Dark Star Pirate Cruises – The Dark Star, an authentic Pirate themed cruise, is looking fer Buccaneers young and ol’ to sign on with the crew, and ye’ll find a fortune of tales, tunes, and treasures that would turn ol’ Blackbeard green with envy. Let our cutthroat but always friendly Pirate Crew entertain ye with Pirate stories, face painting, treasure hunt, water cannon battle, booty, music and loads of guaranteed family fun fer all ages! Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! To ye stations, sprogs! Lively now and keep an eye open fer the latest plots and plans of the Dark Star Crew.
Family Fun Nights - Magic shows, story-telling, animal adventures and more!This event is open to public and free for all every Monday from June 24th to August 26th at the Stone Harbor Firehouse.
Harbor Square Theatre - South Jersey's premier movie going experience is an independent movie theatre, designed to reflect the original late period, Art Deco architecture of its origin in 1949. Each of the four theaters are equipped with Dolby 7.1 sound. The "big house" theatre screen is 50’ wide, making it the largest screen in southern New Jersey. We offer stadium seating with a curve, and the seats are high-back rockers and can be described as "extra comfortable." Enjoy our extensive concession menu, including wine and beer and, of course, popcorn! You can also bring food and drink items from the adjoining Harbor Burger Bar. They also offer monthly special events - a Live Music Series and a Comedy Night.
Historic Cold Spring Village - Historic Cold Spring Village (HCSV) is anopen-air living history museum that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of southern New Jersey’s past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open during the spring-summer season. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural Southern New Jersey town of the “home spun era” set on more than 30 acres.
Island Bowl - Island Bowl offers 32 lanes of fun, an arcade, snack bar and lounge. They are open noon to midnight and open at 11:00 am on rainy days.
Island Studio Paint Your Own Pottery – The studio is in the quaint shopping district of Stone Harbor. They offer a huge selection of ceramics and mosaics. In the summer months, guests are invited to walk in anytime during studio hours to begin painted pottery or make a mosaic. You can make a reservation for glass fusion too. Island studio offers classes like paint nights for children and adults on select evenings by reservation. Island Studio is a great place to foster art education and meditative wellness for any age while rejuvenating the soul.Bring the family and make memories.
Jersey Shore Alpacas - Here at Jersey Shore Alpacas, we offer a variety of fun opportunities to meet and mingle with the critters and learn about their fiber as well. On "visitors are welcome to meet and feed the alpacas at the fence line (we provide carrots). There is no charge, but we do have a donation box on the fence (we really appreciate donations, which help support the alpacas). If you are unable to visit on an "Open Farm" day or would like an even more personal experience, we also offer a $25/$30 (depending on time of year) group private appointment (up to 4 people in a group, with additional people $5 each) where you are able to feed the alpacas and also go into the paddock with the girls for some "up close and personal" mingling, with a personal tour guide!
Morey’s Piers and Water Parks – Founded in 1969 by the Morey Family, their piers have continued to grow, reaching even greater heights. Each of their three amusement piers has activities and rides for all ages! Their two water parks, Ocean Oasis and Raging Waters, will take your visit to new levels. Whether it’s lounging in private cabanas, screaming down New Jersey’s most exciting slides, or floating peacefully down the River, there’s something for everyone.
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum - NASW is a non-profit museum located at the Cape May Airport inside historic Hanger #1. Commissioned in April 1943, NASW served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, Hanger #1 has been restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum that houses several aircraft, engines, special exhibits, and educational interactive displays. The museum invites visitors to explore aviation and military history through “hands-on”, fun and educational activities for the entire family! Bring the kids and travel back in time to this 92,000 square foot sampling of the 1940’s. Friendly leashed pets are welcome.
Ocean City Boardwalk - Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors travel near and far just to visit Ocean City’s Boardwalk. For many visiting this entertaining boardwalk is a family tradition filled with anticipation. The 2.5 mile boardwalk is family friendly and dotted with amusement rides, arcades, miniature golf, pizza parlors, seaside stores and Johnson’s Popcorn (make sure you ask for an open bag because they don’t put the lid on the tub, instead they overfill the tub which sends the overflow into the bag – more for your money!).
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Pontoon Boat Rentals –Spend a day n the water crabbing, fishing, cruising or anything your seafaring heart desires aboard one of the pontoon boats in our fleet. For family fun, we have various sized pontoon boat rentals available. 9, 10 or 12 passengers can go out for a half day or a full day. We supply the boat, fuel, and all the safety equipment needed. We also have all the crabbing and fishing supplies that you would need available for purchase in our tackle shop.
Seaport Aquarium - A great stop on the Wildwood boardwalk for families with kids; though it’s enjoyable for all ages. Step out of the crowds for a while and enjoy the slow pace of the fish! Feed the turtles and fish; pet a shark and a stingray on your visit! It’s very clean and the animals are well cared for. They have a knowledgeable and friendly staff to show you around and inform you about the fish you are seeing and touching.
Stone Harbor Playgrounds:
82nd Street Complex and Playground
96th Street Facilities and Playground
Chelsea Place Park – 105th& 106th Street between 2nd& 3rd Ave
Stone Harbor Recreation Youth Arts & Crafts – Fun Arts & Crafts with weekly themes. Register online. 4-6 years are Mon – Fri 9:00am-10:30am, 7-11 years are Mon – Fri 10:45am-12:15pm. $10 daily drop in / $80 for 10 class punch card****If you purchase a 10-class punch card, the physical card will be kept at the 82nd St Rec and validated per your request when your child attends a class.
Surfside Park - Avalon’s brand-new Surfside Park will present fun activities for families and young children throughout the summer. Throughout July and August, special events for children will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm called “Surfside Live”, and Friday evenings through the summer there will be a special “Surfside Jam”, also from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Surfside Live has a scheduled line up of entertainment. “Surfside Jam” features a live DJ Dance Party for kids, games for all ages of kids, and face paintings.
Thursdays on Dune - Enjoy family-fun activities, crafts, giveaways, character appearances and more from 5:30 to 7pm, and live band performances from 7 to 8:30pm.
Veteran’s Plaza, 21st St & Dune Dr, Avalon, NJ 08202
Tree to Tree Adventure Park - South Jersey’s premiere aerial adventure course featuring zip lines, nets, Tarzan swings and other fun obstacles for every age and ability. Tree To Tree’s color-coded courses become progressively more difficult and are designed to challenge both the mind and body. Prepare yourself for the ultimate family adventure and explore Cape May like never before!
Wetlands Institute - Fun is a major part of every visit to The Wetlands Institute, as everything here combines both education and entertainment!Every visit begins with Marion’s Gardens, award-winning gardens which surround the parking lot and line the walkway to the main building. You will pass hundreds of native plants, each chosen to attract pollinators. Most of the plants are labeled for your information.
In the Spring and Summer, we offer naturalist-led programs including back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, family entertainment and guided beach & dune walks. We are open weekends throughout the Fall and Winter for self-guided tours of all the Institute’s facilities. Visit our events section for more information on schedules.