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. Starting with the famous Jersey Shore, you’ve got 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.
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. Over in Cape May there’s New Jersey’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor – the Cape May County Park & Zoo. While not a huge zoo, it is well-kept and full of fascinating animals, along with plenty of great places to sit and enjoy a picnic. Another animal-lovers’ must see is the Jersey Shore Alpaca farm in Cape May where you can feed and pet a number of friendly alpacas.
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If you’re looking for outdoor activities, definitely don’t miss ‘Grounds for Sculpture’ in Hamilton. These gorgeous outdoor gardens are filled with an array of sculptures by emerging, local and international artists and the workshops are great for learning more about sculpture. You’re not short on beautiful parks in New Jersey and our favourites are the Hoboken Waterfront Walkway which gives spectacular views over Manhattan, and the gigantic Liberty State Park in Jersey City. There’s also the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange if you’re up for a spot of history.
If the kids (or even you!) are after some more excitement, Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township is a wonderful little amusement park, or Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks in Wildwood is a little more extreme for the bigger kids amongst you. Whatever adventures you’re after, New Jersey has got plenty of them. With activities as diverse as the cities of New Jersey, a holiday here will seem like several!
Top 5 things to do in New Jersey
Relax at the famous Jersey Shore
Despite the television series of the same name, Jersey Shore is a family friendly haven of beaches, rides, incredible ocean views and lush parks. There are of course the casinos of Atlantic City if you’re after a more adult experience, but most people come here for the gorgeous beaches and sea breeze.
Take the kids to Liberty Science Center
One of North Jersey’s favourite attractions is the gigantic Liberty Science Centre in Jersey City. Home to numerous fascinating science exhibitions and interactive games like a “touch tunnel” and even an IMAX theatre, this is one for the adults as well as the kids.
Spend an evening at the theatre
New Jersey is home to some beautiful theatres so put on your glad rags and take in a show. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre has beautiful ornate architecture deemed worthy enough of a Strokes video, or The Wellmont Theater in Montclair hosts theatrical events and musical performances.
Explore the culture of Princeton
Home to the famous Princeton University, this city is New Jersey’s cultural hotspot. Aside from the university, you’ve got the world-class Princeton University Art Museum, the fascinating Princeton Public Library and Terhune Orchards & Winery for some outdoor activities to top it all off.
Take a daytrip to New York
Half of New York City is located in New Jersey and you won’t want to miss an opportunity to explore this famous city. Visit landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and beautiful Central Park, or hit the shops of Macy’s and Fifth Avenue.
10 facts about New Jersey
New Jersey’s coastline stretches an incredible 127 miles. Inland, the state covers over 790,000 acres of farmland.
The Princeton University Art Museum was founded in 1882 and now houses more than 92,000 works of art.
It’s said that Frank Sinatra was inspired to sing by watching a Bing Crosby performance at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre back in the 30s.
New Jersey is home to 700 arts organizations, from music to art, dance to culture – there’s something for every kind of creativity.
With the longest boardwalk in the world, Atlantic City is a top holiday destination for many Americans.
The Thomas Edison National Historical Park gave birth to the motion picture camera, sound recordings and both silent and sound movies.
Famous New Jersey residents include Jack Nicholson, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, and Frank Sinatra.
North Jersey boats the most shopping malls in any area of the world. It has seven huge shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.
The world-famous Miss America pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, every year.
New Jersey is home to a spoon museum which has over 5,400 spoons on display – not quite our “cup of tea”, but a quirky fact nonetheless!