- Jonathan Chum
New Jersey may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of exciting destinations, but it has a lot to offer for a great time. From sandy beaches to boardwalks and amusement parks, New Jersey is a fun state for both kids and adults alike. And if you need some suggestions of where to go and what to do while in New Jersey, read on!
Visit the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. It's located on the east coast of New Jersey, and it's comprised of more than 70 miles of coastline.
The most popular places to visit on the Jersey Shore include:
Ocean City, NJ: This is where you can go for fun family activities and attractions like arcades and amusement parks.
Wildwood Crest, NJ: This town has everything you need for an amazing vacation with your friends and family. You can also get great seafood here!
Long Branch and Asbury Park (Monmouth County), NJ: These two cities are known for their nightlife scene---there are lots of bars on Cookman Avenue that offer live music or other events every night!
Explore Cape May
If you're looking for a beach vacation that's not too intense, then Cape May is a great spot. The beaches are great for surfing and swimming, but they aren't crowded like those on the Jersey Shore. The Victorian architecture of Cape May will appeal to history buffs, and there are plenty of historic sites to visit around town including Fort Hancock along the coast.
Cape May is known as "the Queen of the Shore" because it has been popular with tourists since its founding in 1620 by Dutch settlers. When visiting Cape May you'll want to check out its many Victorian-era homes with gingerbread trim and turrets that look like something out of a fairy tale!
Eat some taffy
Taffy is a type of candy that's made from sugar and corn syrup. Taffy comes in many different flavors, including chocolate and peanut butter. It can come in a variety of colors as well! There are plenty of places to try taffy while in New Jersey, but here are some favorites:
The Olde Country Store - This store offers over 300 different kinds of taffy including the traditional twist and bagged varieties. They also have many unique flavors like root beer float, apple pie, and even eggnog!
Willard's Chocolate World - This store sells its brand of gourmet chocolate-covered taffies which come in many exciting flavors such as white chocolate with orange peel & pistachio nut crunch; dark chocolate with raspberry filling; milk chocolate with peanut butter cups & graham cracker crumble topping; dark chocolate with raspberry filling topped with real blueberries; white hazelnut cream filled center dipped into dark chocolate then rolled into chopped nuts & sprinkles
Molly Pitcher's Candy Kitchen - This place specializes in making homemade taffies using natural ingredients like vanilla bean paste instead artificial flavoring agents like vanillin or ethyl vanillin (which is made by reacting wood pulp waste products from paper manufacturing plants).
Go crabbing at Sandy Hook Beach
Go crabbing at Sandy Hook Beach.
Get there by taking the New Jersey Transit train to the North Beach Station in Highlands, NJ. Then, it's a short walk to the beach!
Bring your bait or you can buy some at the bait stand on-site. You will also need a license if you plan on keeping your catch that day. There is no additional fee for using the bait stand but it does close earlier than when fishing officially ends each day so be sure to check those hours before going!
Prepare for the day by bringing sunscreen and bug spray (even if summer has passed), water shoes or flip flops, towels/blankets/poncho/etc., snacks (I recommend peanut butter crackers), binoculars if you have them (to see sharks!), maybe even some coolers if you're staying overnight...it's up to you! If someone else is driving they should bring an ice chest filled with drinks and food too so everyone gets fed throughout their time there...or make sure everyone eats beforehand :)
Spend a day in Ocean City
Spend a day in Ocean City. If you're looking for a beach town that's easy to get to by train, head to Ocean City. The boardwalk is full of fun activities and restaurants ranging from basic seafood joints to more upscale dining options. Don't miss the amusement park, which has been around since 1879! And if you like shopping, don't miss out on the shopping centers along Asbury Avenue---they have everything from souvenirs and t-shirts to art galleries and antique shops.
Fly down a water slide at Sahara Sam's Indoor Water Park
Sahara Sam's Indoor Water Park is the place to go for any age. Whether you're looking for something wet and wild or something a bit tamer, Sahara Sam's has it all. The waterpark includes over 50 attractions, including slides and pools. You can enjoy the park with your family or take some time to relax in one of their jacuzzis after walking around all day.
It's not just about water either! There are also food options available along with exercise classes like yoga and Pilates if you want some low-impact activity after your day at the waterpark!
Lace up your skates at an ice skating rink
Many ice skating rinks in New Jersey have Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments hanging around the rink. If you're looking for an activity that will get you out of the house and into a festive setting, ice skating is a great choice.
If you've never been ice skating before, it's definitely worth giving it a try! Whether you're with friends or family members who already know how to skate, everyone will enjoy themselves at an ice skating rink in New Jersey. You might also want to consider renting skates for your kids if they aren't old enough yet (or don't want) to learn how to do it themselves---it'll make things easier for everyone involved.
Get historical in Princeton
If you're looking for the perfect blend of history and beauty, New Jersey has got you covered. Whether you're a student or not, there's plenty to do during any time of year.
If you have time on your hands and want to learn more about the local area, Princeton University is an excellent place to start. The school offers guided tours through its campus and museums, as well as self-guided ones that allow visitors to explore at their own pace. There are also guided tours in other parts of town that provide details on everything from historic buildings (like Princeton Battlefield State Park) to cemeteries (like St Mary's Church).
Head to Atlantic City for the casinos and shows
Atlantic City is one of the best places to go in New Jersey. The casinos are great and you can also see some of the best shows around. If you are into gaming and gambling, Atlantic City is a must-see city for you. You will be able to find all kinds of casinos here including ones that specialize in sports betting, poker games, roulette tables and slot machines, blackjack tables, and more. The boardwalk has over 1,200 feet of shops for souvenirs or gifts for your family members back home. If you like seafood then Atlantic City is a great place for eating since there are many restaurants here that serve delicious seafood dishes at reasonable prices!
You should visit Atlantic City when coming here because not only do they have some amazing hotels but also many attractions such as beaches which make it perfect for families too!
We hope that this list has given you some great ideas for things to do in New Jersey. We know that there are so many other ways to spend your time, but these are our favorites. If you're looking for more ideas, be sure to check out our website!