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Family Fun!

There's plenty for the family to do in and around NJ's Pine Barrens. Here are just a few suggestions:

Rent a Canoe or Kayak at Mick's Canoe and kayak Rental in Chatsworth, deep in the Pine Barrens!

Rent a canoe - Mick's Canoe and Kayak Rental is located in Chatsworth, the "capital of the Pine Barrens" deep in cranberry country and close proximity to two great Pinelands Rivers - the Wading and the Oswego (see river trail guide) . They'll supply you and your kids with safety gear, for a wonderful time in the Pine Barrens, whether you want to spend 2, 3, 4 or more hours enjoying its rivers!

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Baker's Acres, for the BEST in Jersey Shore Camping! Located  amongst 60 wooded acres on the eastern edge of the Pine Barrens, yet close enough to visit the beautiful white-sand beaches of Ocean  County!
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08087
(609) 296-2664

Bakers Acres is a beautiful family campground set amidst 60 wooded acres on the edge of the NJ Pine Barrens. We offer a laid back family atmosphere with modern amenities, activities and LOTS OF FUN!


Located in the Pine Barrens, Popcorn Park Zoo is an animal rescue and sanctuary, home to a diverse number of domestic and wild animals, including Bengal tigers, capuchin monkeys, black bear, sheep, horses, birds, and of course dogs and cats. Kids love it!
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week; Holidays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admssion: Adults - $4.25, tax included Seniors and Children under 12 - $3.00, tax included

1 Humane Way (off Lacey Road), Forked River, NJ (609) 693-1900

ALBERT MUSIC HALL provides wonderful music on Saturday nights, featuring live stage presentations of bluegrass, country, and pinelands music. Admission: $5 adults & $1 children 11 and under. A 600 sq. ft. Pickin' Shed is on the grounds for musicians to informally meet and play. The Pickin' Shed, as well as impromptu pickin' space on the Hall's porch and parking lot, is always available when Albert Music Hall is open.

131 Wells Mills Road (Route 532), Waretown, NJ (609)971-1593


Tuckerton Seaport, which opened in May 2000, a dream-to-reality project undertaken by The Barnegat Bay Decoy & Baymen's Museum, Inc., includes several historical structures, both existing and replicas, of old buildings from up and down the Barnegat Bay.  A feature is the 5,800 s.f. replica of Tucker's Island Lighthouse, at the entrance on Route 9 in Tuckerton. The museum on site has an extensive display of decoy collections, Baymen's tools and artifacts, and an antique photo collection among its offerings. Sundays usually feature a live demonstation of wood carving or other art of the Baymen. Tours, clinics, hands-on demonstrations and much more will educate and entertain everyone! See photos.


Historic Batsto Village , located within the Wharton State forest in Burlington County is a restored 19th century bog iron and glass-making village.  It features the original mansion and numerous other buildings such as grist mill, dairy barn, post office, lumber mill, blacksmith, and many others. Open daily. A museum and gift shop are on site; call for hours.


Be careful...you never know when the Jersey Devil will show up! This fellow is a friendly creature though - he won't hurt anyone!  Several parks and organizations offer "Jersey Devil Hunts" periodically, and those experienced naturalists seem to know how to track him down!


Long Beach Island is full of fun for kids of all ages, from the gorgeous white-sand ocean beaches to Fantasy Island with all its rides and games. Play miniature golf, shop in the many beautiful stores in Viking Village or Bay Village, or sail the day away on the Barnegat Bay!


Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402


Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ is s a wonderful place to learn about the creatures of the Pine Barrens. The Nature Center has special exhibits and activities for kids, and the Refuge is filled with rescued animals. More information.


Marine Mammal Stranding Center Brigantine.
A non-profit organization where whales, dolphins, seals and turtles are rescued, rehabilitated and released.
3625 Brigantine Blvd.,
Brigantine, NJ 08203
(609) 266-0538

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424
Phone: (609) 368-1211

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