New Jersey, also known as the Garden State is filled with beaches, exciting boardwalks, rich history and acres upon acres of fresh fruit and vegetable gardens. Most of the towns and cities of New Jersey are only a bus or train ride away from New York City.
Looking for ways to combine a trip to New York City or Pennsylvania with a stay in New Jersey?
Look no further. Here are 5 fun things to do in New Jersey where you can discover Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, sand and beaches of the Jersey shore, and more:
1. Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is a 130-mile scenic Atlantic coastline with seaside towns, legendary boardwalks, and big waves for surfing. Some of the best surfing beaches are located from Sandy Hook to Cape May, NJ. The Jersey Shore provides plenty of surfing opportunities for beginner to advanced surfers year-round, but the best time to surf is in the Fall.
No trip to Jersey Shore is complete without a walk along one of its legendary boardwalks. Check out Jenkinson Boardwalk, Casino Pier, and Morey’s Piers. Get the boardwalk treats like ice-cream, pretzels, and fried Oreos.
We’ve also located 16 free beaches to visit with the help of VisitNJ.org.:
Atlantic City beaches, Barnegat Beach, Cheesecake State Park (Matawan), Corson’s Inlet State Park (Strathmere), Highlands, Ideal Beach (Middletown Township), Island Beach State Park (Seaside Park), Keansburg, Leonardo Beach (Middletown Township), Lower Township Beach (Villas), Manahawkin, Ocean County Park (Lakewood), Somers Point, Strathmere (Upper Township), Union Beach and The Wildwoods Beaches.
2. Jersey Fresh
New Jersey is America’s top agritourism destination. The state has many pick-your-own farms, farmsteads, and fresh markets. Summer (June to August) fruits and vegetables include blueberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums, beets, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, sweet corn, peppers, and peas. Apples, cranberries, broccoli, carrots, spinach, turnips, pumpkins, and peppers are available during Fall (September to November).
Wine enthusiasts can visit one of the many wine trails in the state – Jersey Shore Wine Trail, Cape May Wine Trail, Vintage North Wine Trail, Two Bridges Wine Trail and Pinelands Reserve Wine Trail.
3. Historic Sites
History enthusiasts can visit the many historic sites in New Jersey. The Liberty State Park in Jersey City is only six miles from New York City. Enjoy the New York City skyline from Jersey City or take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Another option is to cycle along the scenic Hudson River paths or join a kayak tour.
In Edison, visit the Thomas Edison Center and Menlo Park Museum at Menlo Park, the world’s first research and development facility. See Edison’s inventions and works in the museum.
Information: Edison Center
Other notable historic sites include Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, The Historic Village of Allaire and the Revolutionary War Historic Sites.
4. Gardens of New Jersey
The Garden State has plenty of gardens and parks for tourists and locals to relax in and enjoy year round. Most offer free guided tours from May to October. Here is a list of gardens and parks in New Jersey: Sayen House and Garden, Greenwood Gardens, Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve, New Jersey Botanical Garden, Deep Cut Gardens, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Rutgers Gardens and Leaming’s Run Gardens.
5. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
The New Jersey Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is the world’s largest theme park. This 510-acre theme park has the tallest, wildest and fastest rides for those seeking the ultimate fun in New Jersey. There are many rides for families and the littlest riders too.
Information: Six Flags
Have you been to New Jersey for vacation? What were your favorite things to do in New Jersey?