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The Ultimate Guide to FREE Beaches in NJ! 2017 Edition

Free Beaches In New Jersey
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I LOVE New Jersey. There are so many fantastic things to say about this state that I founded the Things To Do In New Jersey website. However, the one (and maybe only) downside to all of these fantastic things in one state is that everyone wants to live here and – as a result – it’s no secret that New Jersey is one the most expensive states in the nation to live in and the beaches in New Jersey are no exception. A day trip to the Jersey shore can cost a family of 5 as much as $60 just for beach badges! Add the cost of parking, food (many of the more expensive beaches do not allow food on the beaches), gas, and tolls and you’ve got yourself a budget-busting family adventure. However, there are also some very nice free beaches in New Jersey, that are perfect for beach-goers on a budget. Read on for your complete guide to free beaches in NJ…



The Ultimate Guide to Free Beaches in NJ

Free Beaches in Atlantic County NJ

Free Beaches in Atlantic City NJ

Beaches in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are free. Restrooms, showers and changing rooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. For more information on the free beaches in Atlantic City, New Jersey, click here.

Free Bay Beach In Somers Point NJ

William Morrow Beach in Somers Point, New Jersey is a free bay beach. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. To learn more about this free New Jersey bay beach, click here.


Free Beaches in Cape May County NJ

Free Bay Beach at Beesley’s Point NJ

Beesley’s Point is a free bay beach in Upper Township, New Jersey. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. To learn more about this free New Jersey beach, click here.

Free Beaches at Cape May Point State Park

Admission to the beach at Cape May Point State Park is free. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. Free interpretive programs are also available at Cape May Point State Park beach. (Note: This beach is not patrolled by lifeguards. Swimming is at your own risk and is not recommended by Things To Do In New Jersey.) For more information on free things to do at the beach at Cape May Point State Park in New Jersey, click here.

Free Beach Days in Sea Isle City NJ

Wednesdays are free beach days in Sea Isle City (kids under 12 are always free). Restrooms and showers are available at this beach. Food is permitted on the beach. For more information on free beach days in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, click here.

Free Beaches in Strathmere NJ

The beaches of Strathmere are free. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. For more information on the free beaches in Upper Township, New Jersey, click here.

Free Beaches in The Wildwoods NJ

Year after year, The Wildwoods (which includes the City of Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and North Wildwood) are ranked at the top of the list of the best beaches in New Jersey with many fun things to do and beaches that – unlike most beaches in New Jersey – grow in size every year. Best of all, beaches in the Wildwoods are free. Read on for details on the free beaches of the Wildwoods…

Free Beaches in the City of Wildwood NJ

The beaches in the City of Wildwood NJ are free. Food is permitted on the beach. Beach boxes can be rented to store beach items. There is a dog-friendly beach at Poplar Avenue.  Click here to learn more about the free beach in Wildwood.

Free Beaches in Wildwood Crest NJ

Beaches in Wildwood Crest NJ are free. Food is permitted on the beach. Click here to learn more about Wildwood Crest’s free beach.

Free Beaches in North Wildwood NJ

Beaches in North Wildwood, New Jersey are free. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. To learn more about the free beach in North Wildwood NJ, click here.


Free Beaches in Monmouth County NJ

Free Beaches in Sandy Hook – Gateway NRA – Highlands NJ

Admission to Gateway National Recreation Area is always free; however, between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day there is a $15 beach parking fee at Sandy Hook beach. This is still cheap “admission” to a New Jersey beach though. Restrooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. Free interpretive activities and admission to historic sites are also available. Read more about things to do at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook here.

Free Bay Beaches in Keansburg NJ

Bay beaches in Keansburg NJ are free. Visitors enjoy two miles of secluded, well-maintained beaches complemented by an astounding skyline view of New York City. A Bay Walk is constructed along the beaches for leisurely strolls. Swimming is permitted from daybreak until dusk. (Note: This beach is not patrolled by lifeguards. Swimming is at your own risk and is not recommended by Things To Do In New Jersey.) Visitors are permitted on the beach until 7 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier, every day. The beach is accessible by two wooden Bay Walks. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and showers are at the intersection of Beachway and Belleview Avenue. To learn more about the free beaches in Keansburg NJ, click here.

Free Bay Beaches in Middletown Township NJ

Ideal Beach and Leonardo Beach in Middletown Township are bay beaches and are a bit quieter than the ocean beaches of New Jersey. Admission to the beach is free. Restrooms and showers are available. Food is permitted on the beach. Both of these New Jersey beaches are pet-friendly. To learn more about the free beaches in Middletown NJ, click here.


Free Beaches In Ocean County NJ

Free Beaches at Island Beach State Park – So. Seaside Park

Admission to the beach at Island Beach State Park is free. There is a modest vehicle entry/parking fee during the summer season – for New Jersey residents, this fee is just $6 per carload during the week, $10 per carload on weekends and holidays. Admission is always free for bicyclists and pedestrians. Restrooms, showers, and changing rooms are available. Food is permitted on the beach. Free tours and interpretive programs are also available at the beaches of Island Beach State Park. For more information on free and cheap activities at Island Beach State Park in South Seaside Park, New Jersey, click here.

Free Bay Beach In Manahawkin NJ

Jennifer Lane Bay Beach in Manahawkin (Beach Haven West) is a free beach. Food is permitted on the beach. To learn more about this free bay beach in New Jersey, click here.

Note: The hours and dates during which beaches are staffed by lifeguards vary by township. Click the links in this post to get specific details regarding lifeguard hours and any swimming advisories that may be in place. Swimming is at your own risk when lifeguards are off-duty and is not recommended by Things To Do In New Jersey.

Do you know of other free beaches in NJ that should be listed here? Contact us and let us know about them!

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