If warmer temperatures have you looking for ways to keep the kids unplugged and immersed in nature, it might be time to plan a campout. Camping with kids isn’t always easy, but these 20 campsites in New Jersey make it comfortable and fun for even the smallest members of the family. The many camping options in the state range from rustic spots where you can pitch a tent to fully equipped cabins.
For more ideas on how New Jersey families can enjoy the outdoors, check out our guide to the state’s many scenic parks or our roundup of New Jersey’s shady playgrounds. We also have information on easier hiking trails in New Jersey and where to snorkel in family-friendly lakes.
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1. Harmony Ridge Campground – Branchville
Located in the heart of the Kittatinny Mountains, Harmony Ridge is a 160-acre campground that is open year-round. Family-run since 1963, this large campsite offers rental cabins and panoramic pitches. There are also many amenities including a pool, playground, basketball court, paddle boats, a new hockey rink, and gaga ball court. There is also a snack bar that serves breakfast every day.
2. Sun Retreats Pleasant Acres Farm
Located on an actual working farm, Sun Retreats Pleasant Acres Farm Campground offers a pet-friendly area, game rooms, game room, pool, miniature golf course, sports fields, and a fishing lake. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities. Families can stay in the camp’s large, air-conditioned cabins, equipped with bathrooms, full kitchens, large outdoor decks, and flat-screen TVs. There are also pet-friendly cabins with similar amenities, as well as campgrounds for tents and RVs. The season began in mid-April.
3. Delaware River Family Campground – Columbia
Located along the Delaware River, the Delaware River Family Camp is a relaxing family retreat. Open since early April, this New Jersey campground offers a variety of rustic and modern campsites and cabin rentals. Amenities include heated pool and children’s pool, game room, boat and tube rentals, miniature golf, and basketball courts. Planned activities are also offered including crafts, music, clowns, and family movie nights.
4. Sea Pirate Campground – West Creek
Minutes from Long Beach Island, this Jersey shore campground offers plenty of water-related recreation, including crabbing, freshwater and saltwater fishing, and canoe and kayak rentals. There is also a swimming pool, playgrounds, sports fields and a complete program of family activities. The campground offers campsites and a variety of cabins and cabins with all the comforts of home. The season starting at the end of April.
5. The Great Divide – Sussex
The Great Divide prides itself on its well-maintained facilities, friendly service, and fun activities for the whole family. In addition to campgrounds (some with water, electric, sewer, and cable TV hookups), there are RV rentals with full kitchens, home theaters, flat-screen TVs, electronic fireplaces, and central air conditioning. Amenities include lap pool, private lake for fishing and boating, basketball court, game room, playground, musical performances, dancing and much more. Campers can also look forward to creative and themed weekend activities. The season starts in April.
6. Four Seasons Family Campground – Pilesgrove
Open year-round, the Four Seasons Family Campground is located in the Delaware River region of southern New Jersey. The popular destination recently opened a new pool with a 10-inch-deep wading area. Other recreational areas include a sandy beach, a fully equipped game room, playgrounds and sports fields. Campers can enjoy themed weekends during the summer. Rustic and luxury cabins are available, as well as RVs and tent camping.
7. Kymer’s Camping Resort – Branchville
There’s no excuse for boredom at this North Jersey camping resort, offering a full lineup of daily and weekly entertainment. Families can enjoy some friendly competition by taking advantage of the dedicated facilities for basketball, foosball, miniature golf, table tennis, tennis or volleyball. Do you prefer to relax? Take a dip in the pool, paddle a kayak, or ride a jet ski. Evenings bring outdoor movie nights, DJ dance parties, bonfire marshmallow roasting, paint and drink parties for the parents, and more fun. Kymer’s is also close to the New Jersey State Fair, High Point State Park, Wild West City, Land of Make Believe, golf courses, and flea markets. The season starting at the end of April.
8. Butterfly Camping Resort – Jackson
For over 20 years, the owners of Jackson’s Butterfly Camping Resort have been dedicated to providing excellent hospitality and clean facilities for campers. Seasonal entertainment includes pony and cart rides, outdoor movie nights, bingo, and arts and crafts. The land has a large swimming pool, mini golf course, sports courts, playgrounds and games room. Also, the resort is located in cranberry bogs and has a great lake where the kids can fish. The camp offers regular campsites and a variety of comfortable cabins and cabins. Bonus: Butterfly Camp Resort is located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari.
9. Ocean View Resort Campground – Ocean View
Just 3 miles from Sea Isle City, Ocean View Resort is the largest private campground in New Jersey. The kids can keep busy with a wading pool, swimming pool, stocked fishing pond, swimming and boating pond, three playgrounds, two game rooms, miniature golf course and soccer fields. A camping store sells food along with fishing and camping supplies. Plus, a lakeside cafe and pavilion sell sandwiches, pizza, candy, and more. Rent a campsite or a fully equipped cabin or trailer. Open from mid-April to mid-October.
10. Cheesequake State Park – Matawan
Located in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, this beautiful park is home to well-marked nature trails and a lake. Cheesequake allows you to swim in Hooks Creek Lake when lifeguards are on duty. The spa complex is equipped with changing rooms, toilets, a first-aid kit and a beach bar with snacks, novelties and beach items. Fishing is permitted and boating and canoeing are permitted out of season.
11. Turkey Swamp Park – Freehold
The Monmouth County Park System developed this beautiful wooded park with campers in mind. The park features a 17-acre lake that is used for fishing, boating, and ice skating. The park also has an archery range, playgrounds, and miles of trails. The family campground offers wooded areas for RVs and travel trailers, with fire pits and picnic tables. Three basic cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning.
12. Allaire State Park – Howell
Between its historic 19th-century steel town and the Pine Creek Railroad, which has an old working steam train, Allaire State Park is the perfect place for a family camping trip in New Jersey. The park is home to several easy hiking trails and access to the Manasquan Reservoir, which offers fishing and boating opportunities. Allaire’s camping facilities include 45 campsites and 10 cabin-style shelters that include beds and a wood stove for warmth. Each site also includes a fire ring and picnic table. Flush toilets and showers are just a few steps away. The course is open seasonally from April to December. Make reservations on the website.
13. High Point State Park – Sussex
The park’s camping facilities include 50 tent sites along Sawmill Lake, six-person cabins that include fully functional kitchens and bathrooms, and a large group cabin that sleeps 28. Families can hike, fish, boat, swim in the lake in the summer, and cross-country ski in the winter. The park is home to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, where you can rent skis and other winter sports equipment. The camping season begins in mid-May.
14. Belleplain State Forest – Woodbine
Located in the Cape May area, this state park is home to Nummy Lake, which has swimming areas with lifeguards. You will also find a children’s playground, showers and a snack bar open in the warmer months. There are also several trails for families who want to explore the area on foot. Belleplain State Forest has 169 tent and RV sites with fire pits and picnic tables. Showers,Toilets, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. A handful of cabins are also available for rent.
15. Swartswood State Park – Swartswood
Swartswood holds the distinction of being New Jersey’s first state park and is known today for its beautiful lake. Near the campsite there is a beach, as well as playgrounds, toilets with showers and a beach bar. Boat and canoe rentals are available at the park depending on the season. The park has 73 pitches for tents and motorhomes and some cabins.
16. Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines – Elmer
Located in southwestern New Jersey on 113 wooded acres, Adventure Bound Campgrounds at Tall Pines is a family-friendly campground that offers outdoor adventure without sacrificing the comforts of home. The camp, open from April to October, has a swimming pool, a wading pool, a themed weekend event and children’s activities. Visitors can reserve campsites, as well as a variety of cabins and trailers. The camp is pet friendly.
17. Brendan T. Byrne State Forest – New Lisbon
If you’re looking for a manageable hiking trail before settling into camp, try the state forest in Nova Lisboa. You will find large pine trees, swamps, sandy roads and remains of an ancient city. You will need to reserve the pitch in advance of your visit.
Other Things To Do: Picnic, Hunt, Ski, Bike
Nearby Restaurants: Alba Pizza, Red Lion Diner & Bakery, Hot Diggidy Dog
Address: Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064, USA
18. Triplebrook Campground – Blairstown
Overlooking the Delaware Water Gap and the Kittatinny Mountains, Triplebrook is one of the best New Jersey camping spots that will take the stress out of everyday life.
Other things to do: themed weekend activities, fishing, swimming pool, sandcastle building
Nearby Restaurants: Jargerstein Biergarten, Ellias, Humpty Juniors
Address: 58 Honey Run Rd., Blairstown, New Jersey
19. Whippoorwill Camp Grounds – Marmora
Located near Ocean City, it has a beautiful scenic beach that is perfect for a weekend getaway or even longer.
Other things to do: Swim in the lap pool and kiddie pool, play tennis, basketball, and volleyball, arts and crafts, playground
Nearby Restaurants: Upper Sandwiches, Island Shore Chinese
Restaurant, Village Kitchen
Address: 810 South Shore Road, Marmora, NJ 08223
20. Seashore Campsites & RV Resort – Cape May
Another campground to add to your list of the best camping spots in New Jersey is Seashore Campsite and RV Resort. Seashore is a resort-style campground with all the top-notch amenities. One of its features that children will love is the private lake with a sandy beach.
Other Activities: Swimming in the heated pool and children’s pool, working out in the gym, watching a movie, fishing, tennis, volleyball, basketball, miniature golf
Nearby Restaurants: Cold Spring Grange, Flight Deck Diner, El Pueblo Taqueria
Address: 720 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204