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From serene to bustling, New Jersey has a range of beach experiences. Island Beach State Park, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches. The 1,214-hectare park offers educational programs, trails, swimming and vantage points for watching birds, especially ospreys.

Year-round resort towns such as Seaside Heights and Cape May are famous for their boardwalks, fishing piers and activities and events like the Polar Bear Plunge, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and seafood and barbecue festivals.

Nightlife doesn’t get better than in Atlantic City, where the famous beachfront boardwalk guides visitors to casinos, shops and hotels. Spend time in Newark and Jersey City for dining, shopping and culture. Combine a love of art and history at attractions such as the Newark Museum, the Morris Museum in Morristown, the New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium in Trenton and smaller venues throughout the state.

The Garden State offers activities in all four seasons, from beach vacations to winter skiing on the slopes at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah and Mountain Creek in Vernon. Opportunities abound for golfing, riding horses, hiking, parasailing, and fishing in the ocean, bays and lakes.

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New Jersey is known as the “diner capital of the world” for its many low-key, cozy restaurants serving up nostalgia and comfort foods.
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New Jersey is known as the “diner capital of the world” for its many low-key, cozy restaurants serving up nostalgia and comfort foods.

A costumed reenactor at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey
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Nearly 300 American Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes took place in New Jersey. This history is honored throughout the 5,581-square-kilometer Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

View of Atlantic City’s beach and boardwalk in New Jersey
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Atlantic City lays claim to the world’s first boardwalk, and New Jersey’s longest. It was opened in 1870.

Must see places

View of the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey

Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is one of the state's most dramatic thanks to its spectacular view of the Manhattan, New York City, skyline. From this Jersey City locale, take a ferry to Ellis Island, where 12 million immigrants to the USA passed through between 1892 and 1954, and to the nearby Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol of freedom.

Victorian houses in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Historic District

This entire seaside resort town is a National Historic Landmark District. Discover why when you ride a trolley to admire 600 colorful buildings showcasing Victorian architecture. While there, stay in a splendid inn, eat fresh seafood and go on a winery tour.

Aerial view of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Stroll the world’s first boardwalk (opened in 1870) and New Jersey’s longest, and unwind at the Steel Pier amusement park and on the beach. Atlantic City is also one of the most popular destinations for gaming and entertainment on the USA’s East Coast. Step inside for dazzling casinos, live shows, dining and nightlife.

Philip Grausman’s Leucantha sculpture at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey
Leucantha by Philip Grausman, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier

Grounds for Sculpture

View and interact with 300 contemporary sculptures placed throughout this world-renowned, 17-hectare park, museum and arboretum in Hamilton. Be enchanted by the art and nature, snap a photo of peacocks wandering outside, and head into six galleries for more exhibits.

Exterior of the Stone Pony nightclub in Asbury Park, New Jersey

The Stone Pony

This legendary Asbury Park nightclub just off the bustling beachfront Asbury Park Boardwalk has long been a launchpad for New Jersey natives and rock stars, such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Both popular and up-and-coming bands continue to perform there and build on its legacy, so be sure to catch a show.

A monument within New Jersey’s Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Delve into the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, encompassing 5,581 square kilometers of New Jersey’s American Revolution battlefields and pivotal historic sites. Significant stops along the trail include Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth and Morristown.

James Original Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a stop on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail

Anthony Bourdain Food Trail

Discover the culinary roots of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author and globe-trotting documentarian. This experience spotlights 10 restaurants from an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” paying tribute to his childhood growing up in New Jersey.

A vineyard in South New Jersey along the Wine & Ale Trail

Wine & Ale Trail of South Jersey

New Jersey boasts dozens of wineries and breweries, and you’ll find many of them in the state’s southern region. Embark on this experience to sample and savor everything from internationally recognized wine to local, artisan-brewed beer.

Couple hiking on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey

Appalachian Trail

The famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, stretching 3,524 kilometers from Georgia to Maine. Access New Jersey’s 116-kilometer section from mountain- and river-laced Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, as well as several state parks.

“Harriet Tubman – The  Journey to Freedom” sculpture by Wesley Wofford at the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May, New Jersey
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Black History Trail

The Black experience in the USA has long been shaping New Jersey’s story. Follow along at landmarks spanning the Harriet Tubman Museum, Underground Railroad sites, art and heritage museums, historic towns, cultural and performance venues and more.

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