Overlooking the beach and Steel Pier in Atlantic City
Exploring art and nature at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township
View from the gazebo at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Colorful Victorian homes in Cape May
The mighty cascades of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
One of the best views of New York City, seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City
Strolling along the Asbury Park Boardwalk
A waterfall along the Buttermilk Falls Trail in Delaware Gap National Recreation Area
Beachgoers enjoying the sun and sand in Cape May
An autumn day at Princeton University
Appealing attractions in every direction
From serene to bustling, New Jersey has a range of beach experiences. Island Beach State Park, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches. The 1,214-hectare park offers educational programs, trails, swimming and vantage points for watching birds, especially ospreys.
Year-round resort towns such as Seaside Heights and Cape May are famous for their boardwalks, fishing piers and activities and events like the Polar Bear Plunge, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and seafood and barbecue festivals.
Nightlife doesn’t get better than in Atlantic City, where the famous beachfront boardwalk guides visitors to casinos, shops and hotels. Spend time in Newark and Jersey City for dining, shopping and culture. Combine a love of art and history at attractions such as the Newark Museum, the Morris Museum in Morristown, the New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium in Trenton and smaller venues throughout the state. In East Rutherford, you could spend days exploring the shopping and entertainment mega-complex known as American Dream. It boasts retail shops, dining and major attractions such as the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and DreamWorks water park. An added bonus for all your New Jersey shopping: There is no tax on clothing and shoes in the state.
The Garden State offers activities in all four seasons, from beach vacations to winter skiing on the slopes at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah and Mountain Creek in Vernon. Opportunities abound for golfing, riding horses, hiking, parasailing, and fishing in the ocean, bays and lakes.
New Jersey is known as the “diner capital of the world” for its many low-key, cozy restaurants serving up nostalgia and comfort foods.