Low Budget Family Fun on the Jersey Shore – NBC10 Philadelphia
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The Jersey Shore is a popular vacation destination for families in our area during the summer months, but you don’t have to break the bank for a visit to remember.
From musical performances and fireworks to movies on the beach and a giant elephant, there are plenty of options for the whole family to have a great time without mortgaging the house.
Check out our list below, and if you’re ready to splurge in summer at the Shore, check out this list.
Free or Inexpensive Jersey Shore Activities
Check out our list of fun things to do for free or cheap on the beaches:
Cape May: Cape May County Park and Zoo
The Cape May County Park and Zoo is free for families and remains open all year round.
The zoo offers visitors of all ages the chance to get a glimpse into the lives of various animals like lions, bald eagles, and cheetahs. There are also exciting free events including yoga and a series of concerts throughout the summer.
For more information on free fun, visit the zoo website.
Lavallette, Seaside Heights: The Music Man
If you’re spending time in Lavallette, Seaside Heights, or Point Pleasant this summer, be sure to take a trip to The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe.
This unique experience allows families to reserve a table for the show, where they can enjoy both a fun, interactive show and delicious ice cream. The boutique has been entertaining the public since it opened in Lavallette in 2003.
You can grab a show-only ticket and enjoy the entertainment for $12 or reserve a table and order an ice cream dessert inside (ice cream prices vary by order).
Point Pleasant: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Events
Jenkinson’s Walk in Point Pleasant offers several free events for children throughout the summer.
Enjoy Children’s beach shows Monday evening, movies on the beach Tuesdays and Princess story time on Fridays – all free to keep the kids entertained. The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show takes place on Sunday evenings through September and you can enter your up-and-coming talent for free here.
To see a complete list of all Jenkinson events, both free and low cost, click here.
Atlantic City: Climb Absecon Lighthouse
There’s not much that will tire the kids out faster – and get you going, too – than a trip to the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City.
You can go up to the lighthouse and visit the information museum for free. The 228-step journey takes you to the top, where you can admire magnificent views of the city skyline and the beach.
Click on here for more information.
Margate: Lucy the Elephant
Family fun in Margate with Lucy the Elephant, a 141-year-old monument.
Step inside the six-story wooden and sheet-steel elephant and learn about its history through a guided tour. General admission tickets for the tour are $8.50 for ages 14 and up. Tickets for children ages 3-12 are $4 and children under 3 enter free.
Note that it is free to visit the gift shop and visit the park, but the park surrounding the attraction is currently closed due to an ongoing restoration project. For more information and to book tickets for the tour, visit the website.
Ocean City: Longport Dog Beach
Just a seven-minute drive from Ocean City is Longport Dog Beachan off-leash dog park where pups can spend a day at the beach.
The beach is free and unsupervised – meaning there are no lifeguards – so be sure to keep your puppies and children close to shore for added safety.
Wildwood: Concert Series and Fireworks
Wildwood offers many free events throughout the summer, including a series of free concerts and fireworks.
Start your weekends in Wildwood with Friday night fireworks on the boardwalk. Fireworks will light up the skies of Jersey Shore beginning at 9 p.m. Fridays through September 2.
From 7 p.m. on select Sunday evenings Throughout the summer, families can listen to free music at Fox Park. Bands during the rest of August include Sensational Soul Crushers, Purple Reign, Chicago 9 and Big Bleu Band.
See Wildwood’s full calendar of events here.