Want to find the best places to visit in New Jersey? Here’s an updated guide for 2020 with interesting and beautiful destinations to include on your Itinerary.
One of the smallest yet one of the most densely populated states in the US, New Jersey is sometimes associated with an industrialized and crowded urban destination. However, except for being an expansive metropolitan area, it also offers stretches of beautiful beaches along the Atlantic ocean, hundreds of historic places, diverse culture, and picturesque mountains, waterfalls, forests in the Northern part of the state.
Often called the Garden State, New Jersey is also one of the wealthiest states per median household income. The state is separated from New York City by the Hudson River and is a popular getaway destination for New York, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia residents.
Whether you want to take in hustling metropolises, enjoy the gold coasts of Atlantic, get indulged in Atlantic city gambling, have fun in the largest theme park and many more, New Jersey is a great destination to put into your travel radar.
Also called New Jersey Gold Coast, Hudson Waterfront is an urban area on the shore of the Hudson River, which offers one of the most stunning views of New York City.
The Waterfront walkway is nearly 19 miles long and lays between the Bayonne and the George Washington Bridges. The Hudson River Park is the longest riverfront park in the country. It’s a great urban recreational area representing the birth of the new age in the history of urban parks.
Hoboken is considered to be one of the best places to live in New Jersey for those enjoying the dense urban city feel. It’s packed with buildings of Beaux-Arts architecture style from the early 20th century, including the beautiful Hoboken Terminal and City Hall.
These stunning buildings are often served as a shooting location for films as well as music videos, from which one of the famous is Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.” The city’s most recognized person is Frank Sinatra and you can learn more about him with the “Frank Sinatra Walking Tour.”
On the East Coast of America, pronouncing the name of Atlantic city makes poker, blackjack and roulette spring in everyone’s mind. It’s the seaside gaming capital of the coast and attracts nearly 27 million visitors a year.
Atlantic city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and is famous not only for glamorous casinos and resorts but also beautiful sandy beaches and the iconic Boardwalk, which was constructed at the end of the 19th century and is an American icon since then.
This is the largest remaining ecosystem of pine barrens, which name comes from the area’s sandy and nutrient-poor soil. The land stretches across New Jersey’s seven counties and with the 1.1 million acres-large wilderness it covers 22 percent of New Jersey’s area.
A trip to Pine Barrens is a great way to escape the urban rush and enjoy the nature full of clear waters, rich flora and fauna. Americans also named Pine Barrens a “place of the dragon” because of the supposed mythical creature called Jersey Devil, a beast with a goat’s head, bat wings, cloven hooves, and a forked tail.
It haunted the area for more than two hundred years and believed to be seen by 2000 witnesses. Many years ago it even caused schools and factories to close down for a while!
Named for the lake in the center of the town, Spring Lake is a small borough with a nice, friendly atmosphere, pristine beaches, beautiful Victorian-style houses, tree-lined streets, and great parks.
It’s a popular escape destination for overworked people of the surrounding urban areas, which come here to calm the nerves and enjoy a peaceful, laid-back vacation. Spring Lake is also called Irish Riviera as nearly half of its residents are of Irish ancestry.
Here you can also take part in various cultural events, festivals or attend the historic Community Theater to get the most out of your Spring Lake experience.
Paterson Great Falls
Yes, New Jersey is not all about urban hustle and bustle, but still, even some of the greatest natural places here have a connection with the industrialization of the state.
New Jersey’s Great Falls is located next to Niagara Falls and is one of the country’s highest waterfalls. Paterson city, which is home to Great Fall National Historical Park, is deeply connected with the historic growth of America, as it was the first planned industrial city in the country – centered around the Great Falls.
It was the source of inspiration for Alexander Hamilton – the first Secretary of the Treasury, who chose the site of the Great Falls to propel the national manufactory.
Home to the largest beaches in New Jersey, Wildwood is a city where you can find plenty of attractions. Besides enjoying 5 miles of white sand and clean beaches, it also offers a long boardwalk full of waterparks, great dining, and shopping spots as well as world-class roller coasters and an overload of beautiful ocean scenery.
Wildwood is also popular for a variety of festivals and events, most of which are free to attend. It’s also worth highlighting Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District as a must-see place in the city, which had nearly 300 motels from the 1950s and 1960s.
Neon signs of the remaining motels, plastic palm trees, fantasy themes of the motel buildings represent the widest concentration of Doo-Wop architecture in America.
Delaware Water Gap
Located on the state’s border with Pennsylvania, Delaware Water Gap is a 70,000 acres large National Recreational area that encompasses forested mountains, 40 miles of Delaware River flowing through mountain ridges, beautiful valleys, fertile nature, and rich wildlife.
Besides being a great recreational area, Delaware Water Gap includes also significant archeological sites referring to Native American colonial past, as well as an early Dutch settlement in the area.
The park has nearly 100 miles of hiking trails and 100 miles of scenic roadways that get you through the scenery of beautiful streams, mountains, and ridges.
Six Flags Great Adventure
If you want to experience a great dose of adrenalin and fantastic energy, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure is an excellent choice. It’s the second-largest theme park in the world after the Disney Animal Kingdom.
The park covers a 475-acre large area and includes an adventure park with world-class roller coasters, Safari animal park, a large water park with huge wave pools and slides, and few other sections. More than 3 million visitors come to the park annually.
Ocean City is a very famous coastal resort city amongst Americans. With its eight miles of pristine oceanfront beaches, it attracts over one million vacationers during the peak season.
Ocean City has a lovely family-friendly and kind of a cozy old-fashioned vibe. There are many attractions tailored for various types of vacationers – beautiful beachfront with a bunch of activities, a historic amusement park, great fun-filled shows, festivals and plenty of peaceful spots for relaxing.
Howell Living History Farm
Farming in this site began in the 1730s and over the years it evolved from a grain-producing to animal breeding and raising farm operating for nearly 250 years.
Also known as Joseph Phillips Farm, Howell Farm is like a living open-air museum and time machine taking you back in time. It shows the farming environment in New Jersey at the end of the 19th century and the 20th-century when farms had snake fences and were bordered by beautiful Osage orange trees.
Red Mill Museum Village
Nestled at the banks of the Raritan River, Red Mill Museum Village occupies 10 acres-large property with 12 preserved historic buildings and the non-profit museum.
The oldest section of the Red Mill was built at the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays it preserves a big collection of industrial, agricultural and domestic artifacts. Very often the beautiful scenery of Red Mill Museum Village appears on postcards and serves as a shooting spot for weddings.
America’s first seaside resort Cape May is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the country. Aside from being a pristine seashore town, Cape May also includes the largest collection of Victorian-style architecture in the country.
In fact, the whole town is designated as a National Historic Landmark with its 600 19th-century framed buildings. Some of the great views of the city’s coastline can be viewed from Cape May Point Lighthouse.
Here is where one of the most furious fights of the American Revolution took place. The site is located a mile away from the famous Princeton University and maintains the story of George Washington’s victory in the battle against British Regulars.
The battle took place on January 3, 1777. Here also stands the famous Mercer Oak, where General Hugh Mercer fell during this battle. In the Thomas Clarke House, you can explore the exhibits of the Revolutionary War.
Liberty State Park
Located in Jersey City, Liberty State Park is like an island in the middle of a sophisticated urban atmosphere. The park is 1,212 acres-large and offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
It draws over 4 million visitors annually to admire the dramatic views and have simple activities like hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, and so on.
Within the park, you can also find the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, which played a profound role in New Jersey’s transportation history.
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