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Best Summer Camps in New Jersey

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With summer right around the corner, now is the time to start enrolling your kids in camps for the warm weather break! Whether you and your kids are looking for a summer camp that runs throughout the entire duration of the school break, or just a few days of fun, there are dozens of camps throughout New Jersey for kids of all ages. Check out some of our top picks for the best summer camps in New Jersey--

Special Needs Summer Camps

For parents of children with special needs, finding the right summer camp can be very stressful. Luckily, there are a handful of great summer camps for children with special needs in New Jersey, including Harbor Haven, a camp for children with mild special needs; Camp Star, a camp for children with developmental disabilities; and Camp Nova, an overnight, week-long sleepaway camp for young people with developmental disabilities and epilepsy.

Animal & Nature Summer Camps

If you have an animal or nature-loving child on your hands, they will be thrilled when you suggest an animal or nature summer camp to them. Some of our top picks include:

  • Watershed Nature Camp - At Watershed Nature Camp, campers will spend their days wandering around in nature, exploring the 930-acre reserve, building shelters, catching butterflies, hiking, and more.


  • Dapple Hill Farm - This summer camp provides children and young teens with a unique opportunity to not only ride horses, but also to work directly with foals!


  • Sacajawea Day Camp - If your camper isn’t ready for overnights quite yet, the Sacajawea Day Camp is the perfect alternative. Here, kids can take up archery, try cooking, get an adrenaline thrill via zip line, or even go horseback riding.


Art and Theatre Summer Camps

Does your kid love theatre? Has a great voice? Is a talented painter? Whether visual or performing arts, there are camps galore for talented kids and teens in New Jersey. For performing arts, some of the best camps are Broadway Bootcamp, Elefante Music and School for the Performing Arts, and the McCarter Summer Theatre. 

If your child is into visual arts rather than performing, there are countless options for this, too. Try the Visual Arts Center of Somerset County’s day camps for children up to 15 years of age; day camps and classes at the Zimmerli Art Museum; week-long camps in ceramics and other arts at The Center for Contemporary Arts; or day camps at Around the Corner Art Center.

Other Summer Camps in New Jersey

Keep in mind that these are only a handful of the summer camps offered for kids and teens in New Jersey. There are also space camps, science camps, sports camps, dance camps, and just about anything else that you can think of. Girls Who Code even offers a free coding and technology camp for girls in New Jersey! Is there something that your kid loves that’s not listed above? A quick Google search should help you to find the perfect camp solution for this summer!

Published May 17, 2017 in FAQ