Summer is a time for fun in the sun, outdoor adventures, and rest and relaxation. Luckily, you can achieve all of that in the great state of New Jersey. This state has many attractions to satisfy the cravings of the whole family. From the coastline on the east, to the Delaware River on the west, New Jersey won’t disappoint if you choose to book a vacation there.
With its prime location along the Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey has several sandy beaches to offer visitors. One of the most idyllic spots for relaxing by the water are the Cape May City Beaches, which run along the southern tip of the state. Here, you can lay in the sand to work on your tan, pack a picnic lunch for snacking, or swim in the refreshing seawater. If you’d like more action, try Ocean City Beach, which features a number of shops and restaurants to peruse.
Other well-known and picturesque beaches in the state include North Wildwood Beach, Wildwood Beach, and Long Beach Island.
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If sitting idly on a beach all day isn’t quite your style, then New Jersey has plenty of other activities to keep you busy. When you’re making a trip to the Cape May area, check out the Cape May Country Park and Zoo, which offers free admission all year round. Of course, no trip to New Jersey would be complete without seeing the Jersey Shore Alpacas. This small farm lets you observe 17 alpacas and purchase country-themed gifts.
Other fun zoos in the state include the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, where you can play at the South Mountain Recreation Complex, and the Bergen County Zoo, which holds live animal shows in its outdoor amphitheater.
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Fans of history would be remiss if they didn’t see the Battleship New Jersey, which was once commanded by Admiral Halsey during World War II. Here, you can go on a self-guided tour and walk in the footsteps of the sailors who once roamed the deck. Another place to check out is the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, which delves into the state’s illustrious Revolutionary War history.
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Along with beaches comes the spectacular glory of lighthouses. The Cape May Lighthouse is a common attraction, as it offers gentle bike paths for visitors to ride. Just climb 199 steps to make it to the top to experience panoramic sights of the sea and landscape. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is another area to check out, especially if you’re into fishing and the history of New Jersey.
Once you’ve mapped out the sights you want to see, book your accommodation as early as possible to get the best deals. Hotels in New Jersey are typically quite affordable as long as you plan ahead of time. With your lodging booked and your itinerary set, nothing can hold you back from having a great summer in the Garden State.