What’s great about visiting the Van Saun County Park in Bergen County, New Jersey is that you don’t even have to enter the zoo to have fun. You can pay a small fee to take a ride on the train or on the carousel. And you can picnic on the grounds just outside the zoo for the cost of whatever food you bring. Nearby, there is also a playground that is free to those who enter. It is worth mentioning that you can take in the historic Washington Spring Garden or even go fishing. The most exciting bonus for the kids are the pony rides, which also cost little. In fact, even if you go to the zoo (See photo album of zoo), you can still have a very affordable day out with the family. Sounds like fun, fun, fun to me! For more suggestions on where to visit, consult Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012).