New Jersey Overview
A holiday to New Jersey can be many things – days spent on sandy beaches, hours exploring fascinating museums, close encounters with wildlife or even a spot of gambling at the famous casinos of Atlantic City.
New Jersey’s crown jewel remains its 130 miles of coastline, spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The white-sand beaches boast beautiful barrier islands and bays dotted with majestic lighthouses, fishing villages and scenic views. Its also the place where visitors and families come each year to enjoy the surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore.
The Shore is home to the hustle and bustle of Atlantic City where you can indulge with ice cream or casinos, fairground rides or walks along the boardwalk. But it doesn’t just stop there, Jersey Shore is also home to gorgeous city seaside resorts like Ocean City where you can rent boats, go snorkeling, fishing, golfing or just relax on the 8 miles of sand and surf. There’s also Long Beach Island, an 18-mile-long island of golden sands, the family-friendly Fantasy Island Amusement Park and even a couple of fantastic waterparks. Cape May beaches are just the beginning of the attractions on the southern end of the Jersey Shore. See the historic Cape May Lighthouse and World War II Lookout Tower. Select from several excellent golf courses or try parasailing or skydiving.
Away from the shore, you’ve got the famous city of Princeton, home to the world-class university of the same name. Here you’ve got a free world-class art museum with its mix of art exhibitions from ancient to contemporary age, expansive parks and plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to indulge in.
Must See Places in New Jersey
Atlantic City and The Broadwalk
Atlantic City is known for being the entertainment hub of New Jersey, where visitors go to enjoy a wide array of gaming opportunities. This active and lively city offers a little something for everyone all year round. Located on the Jersey Shore, guests can walk along the iconic Boardwalk featuring rides, games, world-class restaurants, and bars.
Old Victorian Cape May
Historic Cape May is a sleepy little beach town that offers a wide range of activities throughout the year and is one of the best places to go in NJ. When the sun is out, visitors can enjoy beach activities such as boating, sailing, and visiting the Cape May Lighthouse. Tasting the wines at the Willow Creek Winery, hitting a round at the Cape May National Golf Club, or visiting the Cape May County Zoo are also ideal.
Sandy Hook National Seashore
Sandy Hook is a seven-mile stretch of beach and a national park all in one. Spend the day fishing, swimming, bird-watching, or simply lying out in the sun—all while in view of the Manhattan skyline!
Long Branch is one of the largest towns on the Jersey Shore. It boasts expansive beaches, and the waterfront has undergone a big facelift in the past few years. Enjoy the boardwalk, great restaurants, shopping, and much more.
Just south of Atlantic City lies the picturesque Ocean City with its eight miles of wide, soft, sandy beaches with ocean and bay shorefronts, a 2½-mile boardwalk that’s bicycle-friendly, and plenty of amusement park rides and more family fun. There’s a reason it’s known as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”
Princeton is a city rich in culture and known for remarkable monuments, stunning parks, and quaint old-time shopping villages. A wide variety of museums and internationally acclaimed music and theatre performances provide entertainment for all visitors. Princeton also has a variety of scenic locales, from biking and hiking along lush waterfront trails to canoeing and kayaking along tranquil rivers.
Best Time to Visit New Jersey
Late-spring – May, June – or late-summer and early-Autumn – September, October – are excellent months for visiting New Jersey, unless you want to enjoy the beach life of the New Jersey Shore, in which case the summer months would be best.
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