10 Best Places to Visit in New Jersey

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Jersey City

New Jersey's most populous city and our county's largest, Jersey City is a cultural hub. Home to a State Theatre, a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and an open-sky river walk, it draws residents and tourists alike with its lively nightlife and shopping.

Museums and culture aside, you can also take a break with one of the city’s many relaxing parks. Snug Harbor Historic Site, the last home of author Washington Irving, is a charming refuge for children.

The walk from the ferry landing at the Liberty State Park to the city’s grand City Hall, is also a popular outing during weekends.

If you?re a foodie, you’ll love Chef?s Table at the New Museum, and The World of Coca-Cola in the historic Exchange Place is a museum piece to behold.

For a day out, check out Hudson River Tours for a scenic ride on the China Clipper on the Haverstraw Bay or Morris County Bike Path for a leisurely ride.

Fly into Newark Airport and transfer to the light rail, which takes you to the Jersey City Ferry Terminal in five minutes. It will take 20 minutes to get to the city on the ferry.

Spring Lake

Spring Lake was chartered as a borough in 1867 and was named after its natural spring-fed lake. The town has many of its own historical resources including numerous buildings and landmarks registered with the State of New Jersey and local groups.

Spring Lake is situated in the here and now as a charming resort town with numerous opportunities for shopping, dining, and a quiet place to stay unless you want to make it more. This is your place to relax, play, and stay with numerous ways to do all that.

Popular activities in the town include water recreation, shopping, cultural attractions, and the work of architecture. In the summer, there are numerous festivals and concerts at the Lakefront Arena, which is located within easy walking distance of the downtown area.

Shopping options are numerous, and fit whatever your interests may be. There are antiques, art, and locally made gifts to find.

The town is known for its local shops that are open year round. The bandstands are popular on the Fourth of July when days are hot and nights cool. There is live music and vendors for a more traditional look.

Local residents enjoy taking their carousel rides. Enjoying food in the town is easy as there are a number of restaurants and other food related businesses open year round.

Hoboken

Six Flags Great Adventure

Any true fan of the Great American theme park will agree that Six flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, is the perfect amusement park for kids and adults alike.

When you walk into the park, the first thing you see is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the entire country. The Kingda Ka is rated as one of the world’s steepest coasters, and it doesn’t disappoint at all.

For thrill seekers, the Superman Tower of Power Freefall Drop ride is sure to get your adrenaline going. The Superman Tower of Power is the world’s tallest drop tower, and people begin to line up for hours to get in.

For a more mild ride, the Woodstock Express Train rollercoaster is welcoming just about anybody. It is named after the 1960s concert that was immortalized in the movie.

This train ride takes you through the woods and over hills, while you enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds the park. There are also several water rides in the park such as the Grand Prix Falls which is the world’s tallest multi-drop water ride.

For families with smaller children, the park offers several kiddie rides and shows, as well as a fantastic children’s area with constant entertainment, the Children’s Factory.

Cape May

The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of nearly 20,000 acres of salt marshes, mud flats, beaches, tidal creeks, and pine forests. Its 7 miles of seashore provide nesting areas for waterfowl and other migratory birds.

The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Center was established in 1974. The Center houses a museum and a nature center with wildlife exhibits.

The Cape May City Pier offers a beautiful view of Cape May Harbor, an excellent place to view waterfowls.

The Cape May Plaza is a three-block commercial district in downtown Cape May. This charming sea-side town is home to the famous “Jelly Roll” and “Barnacle Bill” Cafe’s. Jelly-rolls is a contemporary art museum.

White Horse Inn in Cape May, NJ
See the horse statue at the front of the Inn? That is said to be the ghost of PEG, a horse that would pose for people. (Picture on right)

A white horse is seen in the moonlight, standing in the pasture and he turns his head and looks at the moon.

The horse died in 1953, and the current owners of the inn claim that they see him in their barnyard.

Wildwood

Located right on the Atlantic coast, Wildwood is a great place to visit, especially if you love the beach. Wildwood has everything you could possibly want on a long weekend getaway, from amusement parks and world-class shopping to family fun at the famous Wildwood Boardwalk. You’ll find everything from classy beachfront and nightclubs to family-friendly parades and carnivals full of live music. There are also a variety of places to eat and shop, like Trolley’s Grill & Sports Pub, Viva Zapata!, and Wildwood Creamery…what’s not to like? We’ve even got something for golf lovers, with each course open every day for golfers of all skill levels. Come find out why we say Wildwood is the best place to have a great time in New Jersey!

Wildwood features six golf courses that are open to the public all year round. For course aficionados, there is The Green at Wildwood Crest as well as Grand Yacht Golf Club. For avid golfers, there is no better place to call your new home than Wildwood.

Princeton

Princeton University is consistently ranked as one of the best schools in the world. The school was founded in 1748 and is located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Students come from all around the world to attend this school, which has a foundation based on the teachings of the great philosophers of the past.

On September 12, 2002 the school was damaged by fire. A fire allegedly started in a dorm and moved to other buildings as some students left the scene and others did not know how to properly extinguish a fire. During the time of the fire, two students and a firefighter were killed and many others were injured.

Princeton offers a liberal arts education, meaning that you can try out many different concentrations. In one year you can study almost anything from many different fields.

If you are interested in studying Engineering, you can take a class to learn engineering principles in advance. The school has a large library, many museums, many other cultural events, and many other things to enjoy.

Princeton’s location is beautiful. It sits in the middle of the dense forest of central New Jersey. The graduate school is very pastoral and beautiful, providing a restful atmosphere for those who need a break from everyday living.

Delaware Water Gap

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is the largest National Park Service unit in New Jersey.

In the park is the Delaware Water Gap, the only portion of the Appalachian Trail that travels north of the Delaware River.

When National Geographic surveyed their readers, the park received top marks for being among the world’s best places for hiking, fishing, biking, paddling, and camping, as well as its water quality and wildlife.

The park was named after the gap in the Appalachian Mountains where the Delaware River flowed between the Delaware Water Gap and the Kittatinny Mountains. These mountains are considered to be the oldest mountain range in the world.

The park encompasses about 1,500 square miles of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

There are two sections of the park with each section having its own visitor center, Ithaca Falls, and Rock Run Summer Use Area.

Ithaca Falls is an easy, six-mile hike that takes hikers to Delaware Water Gap’s most famous waterfall. It is a four-story drop and one of the ten highest waterfalls in the state.

There are three entrances to the park: Corbin Pass, Jim Thorpe Access, and Gooseberry Access.

There are several campgrounds available in the park, and a number of cabins that are also available for overnight vacation rentals.

Ocean City

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Atlantic City

The most well known attraction in Atlantic City is its fabulous boardwalk, and the casinos are certainly not to be overlooked! For an out of this world view of the Atlantic Ocean head to the top of the World-Wide-Wear Observation Tower, which only costs a small fee.

Once you’re up there you will be able to see one of the nation’s largest natural beaches, climate change waves, an underground laboratory and the renowned New Jersey Aquarium.

The worst part about if you like to gamble, you may lose all your money to the Blackjack tables.