This is a great article on free things to do at the Jersey Shore, from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Some of the highlights were Atlantic City and Wildwood beaches not requiring beach tags, the free concert series in Atlantic City, and watching the sun set at Sunset Beach in Cape May which is one of the rare spots in the East Coast where you can watch the sun set over the ocean.
Here is a list of Free events from the Article
Night in Venice: July 25, 7:30 p.m. Parade proceeds from Longport Bridge to Tennessee Ave. along Great Egg Harbor Bay in Ocean City. 609-399-6111, www.ocnj.us
Cape May County Zoo: Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 4 Moore Rd., Cape May Court House. 609-465-5271, www.co.cape-may.nj.us.
Atlantic City History Museum: Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 204 S. Vermont Ave., Atlantic City. 609-347-5839, www.acmuseum.org.
Atlantic City Art Center: Open daily 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. New Jersey Ave. and the Boardwalk. 609-347-5837.
Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Series: Thursdays in June and first two Thursdays in July. Start times vary from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza (between Mississippi and Georgia Aves. on the Boardwalk) in Atlantic City. www.
Live Music at Crest Pier: Mondays, June 22 through Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. 5800 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest. 609-523-0202, www.wildwoodcrest.org.
Live Music at the Gazebo-by-the-Sea: Wednesdays, June 24 through Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Rambler Rd. and Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest. 609-523-0202, www.wildwoodcrest.org.
Duffy String Band: Wednesdays, July 1 through Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. on the Wildwoods Boardwalk from 16th St. in North Wildwood to the Wildwoods Convention Center. 609-523-1602, www.dowildwood.com.
Wildwood Fireworks: Fridays, June 26 through Sept. 4 (no show July 3), at 10:30 p.m. Fireworks are fired on the Wildwood beach at Pine Ave. 609-523-1602, www.dowildwood.com.