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1-day new york/new jersey to washington dc cherry blossom sightseeing tour tour code : gol-nyc-325.
Departure City : Brooklyn NY, Edison NJ, Flushing NY, Manhattan NY, New York City NY
Available Days : Daily
Highlights : 【Pink Paradise】Come to DC in spring with us and enjoy the romantic cherry blossom scenery exclusively. You can travel to and from Washington on the same day as your departure from New York, so you can travel in a compact time and with the highest efficiency.
- A Minimum of 2 people are required for booking this tour.
1-Day New York/New Jersey to Camelback Mountain Resort Ski or Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-104
Departure City : Brooklyn NY, Flushing NY, Jersey city NJ, Manhattan NY, New York City NY
Available Days : Mon, Wed & Sat
Highlights : Explore the adventure and beauty of the Camelback Skiing Park! A perfect family-friendly tour with unforgettable memories. Various ski packages are available for guests to make your adventure more playful, easier, or thrilling! Experience a ski lift to the top of the mountain while enjoying the beautiful snowy, scenic views! Explore the East Coast’s largest Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark!
- A minimum of 2 people are required for booking this tour.
2-Day New York/New Jersey to Corning, Watkins Glen State Park, Niagara Falls (Scenic Hotel Stay) In-depth Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-101
Departure City : Brooklyn NY, East Brunswick NJ, Flushing NY, Jersey city NJ, New York City NY, Parsippany NJ
Available Days : Tue, Thu, Sat & Daily
Highlights : Stay Overnight in scenic hotel, few minutes walk to the one of the Seven "New World Wonders" - Niagara Falls! Get to Goat Island, visit the "Cave of the Winds", and experience roaring waterfalls a few steps away! 24 hours in the Niagara Falls area with many in-depth tour options, and watch the spectacular Niagara Falls Illumination! Experience the Watkins Glen in Finger Lake Area. Get closer to Niagara Falls by taking the Maid of Mist! Enjoy the night view of Niagara Falls. In-Depth tour of Niagara River: Whirlpool Park, Old Fort Niagara and Great Lake Ontario.
- An additional $40/room will be charged for groups departing on Friday and Saturday.
2-Day New York/New Jersey to Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chocolate Factory and Independence National Historical Park Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-353
Departure City : Edison NJ, Flushing NY, Jersey city NJ, New York City NY
Available Days : Mon,Wed,Fri (2024-03-21 To 2024-12-29)
Highlights : Visit Washington, DC (White House, Lincoln Memorial), Philadelphia (Double Decker City Bus Tours, Independence Hall, Independence National Historical Park, Liberty Bell), Hershey (Hershey Chocolate World), Hummelstown (Indian Echo Caverns), Lancaster (The Amish Farm and House).
2-Day New York/New Jersey to Niagara Falls, Maid of the Mist Boat Ride and Watkins Glen Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-453
Departure City : Brooklyn NY, Flushing NY, Jersey city NJ, New York City NY, Parsippany NJ
Available Days : Tue,Thu,Sat (2024-03-21 To 2024-12-30)
Highlights : Visit Niagara Falls (Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls Adventure Movie, Niagara Power Vista, Old Fort Niagara, Whirlpool State Park), Corning (Corning Museum of Glass), Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen State Park).
2-Day From New York/New Jersey to Corning, Whirlpool State Park and Niagara Falls Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-476
Highlights : Take a trip to Niagara Falls for an unforgettable trip! Visit the Corning Glass Center and watch the exquisite glass craftsmanship. Explore the power of nature and take an in-depth tour to Niagara Falls!
2-Day New York/New jersey to Philadelphia and Washington DC Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-151
Departure City : Brooklyn NY, Edison NJ, Flushing NY, Jersey city NJ, New York City NY
Available Days : Mon & Sat
Highlights : Visit the capitol of the United States in Washington D.C.! Visit the Independence National Historical Park! Explore the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Explore the famous memorials: Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam.
- Hotel breakfast.
2-Day New York/New Jersey to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Old Town Alexandria and DC Cherry Blossom Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-324
Highlights : Come to DC with us for a spring trip and enjoy the romantic cherry blossom scenery exclusively. Head to the Smithsonian National Zoo and have a close encounter with the adorable animals! Walk into the historic Old Town of Alexandria and experience the American cultural history and local characteristics.
3-Day New York/New Jersey to Corning Museum, Niagara Falls and Washington DC Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-202
Available Days : Mon, Wed, Fri & Daily
Highlights : Take a trip to Washington D.C. and Niagara Falls for an unforgettable trip! We prioritize your safety by traveling with thoroughly disinfected sightseeing coaches and our professional well-trained tour escort. Visit the nation’s capital at Washington, D.C., and check out its most iconic sites including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and so much more. Visit the Corning Glass Center and watch the exquisite glass craftsmanship. Explore the power of nature and take an in-depth tour to Niagara Falls!
3-Day New York/New Jersey to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Corning Glass and Niagara Falls Tour Tour code : GOL-NYC-455
Highlights : The best value tour to Niagara Falls. Visit the yearlong opened attraction -- Cave of the Winds. Visit Niagara Falls, Washington, DC, Philadelphia (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell) in a three day tour for the best value.
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20 Day Trip Ideas From New Jersey (Less Than A 1-3 Hour Drive)
While New Jersey has so much to offer, sometimes it’s nice to get out of state and visit somewhere new. New Jersey’s neighboring states offer a wide variety of day trip options, especially during the warmer months! In this article, you can learn about 20-day trip ideas from New Jersey . Some of the day trips in this post are closer to North Jersey, while some are more convenient for those in South Jersey. Depending on where you reside in New Jersey, some of these options are even less than an hour’s drive! If you are also looking for more spots in New Jersey to explore, then read my article on 50+ Instagrammable spots in NJ . Also, check out my article 15-day trip ideas in New Jersey for more suggestions on what to do locally!
IN NEW YORK
1. coney island, brooklyn, ny.
NYC and its surrounding areas can’t go unmentioned in this article. You can visit Coney Island in Brooklyn for the day and enjoy the amusements, boardwalk, beach, and more fun! Check out the calendar for the Luna Amusement Park here to see their operating hours. Visitors can easily spend an entire day at Coney Island between the amusement park and the beach. You can extend the day by grabbing dinner at a local restaurant. One of my favorite NYC restaurants is Olio e Piú in Greenwich Village! Their ricotta toast and handmade pasta dishes are out of this world! A casual favorite spot of mine is Tacombi, which has multiple locations throughout the city and serves up mouth-watering Mexican dishes!
2. Untermyer Park & Gardens, Yonkers, NY
Untermyer Park & Gardens is a historic garden with European influence located in Yonkers, NY. I visited last year and absolutely adore the beauty of this place. Visitors can spend a few hours walking around and taking photos here, and then enjoy a local eatery for dinner! I enjoyed a delicious meal at Cocina Chente in the Bronx after visiting the gardens. Untermyer Park & Gardens is also on my list of 12 Instagrammable photo spots in NYC !
3. New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a breath-of-fresh-air spot in the city to admire nature’s beauty. Tickets are required to enter the garden and can be purchased here . The Garden is open from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is only open on Mondays when there is a federal holiday. Spend a few hours here and grab a bite to eat on the premises or at a local restaurant. You can also check out the Bronx Zoo nearby and have a fun New York day!
4. Woodstock, NY
Woodstock, New York is only about an hour and a half drive from Bergen County and is a cute town to walk around. I visited about two years ago and made a whole day of it. Grab a bite to eat in the town of Woodstock and hike the nearby Overlook Mountain. Check out my vlog below to see how we spent the day here!
5. Mount Beacon Park, NY
If you are into the outdoors and hiking, then visiting Mount Beacon Park in New York is a great day trip for you! Mount Beacon Park is roughly an hour’s drive from North Jersey, 1.5-2+ hours from Central Jersey, and 2.5-3+ hours from South Jersey. Start the day trip with an incredible lunch at Hudson Taco in Newburgh, and then cross the Hudson River to Mount Beacon Park.
We hiked to the Mount Beacon Fire Tower when we visited, and found the hike to be moderate, with some moderate ascents. The views are stunning, especially during the summer and fall months! Add more to this day trip by making a pitstop in the nearby downtowns of Cold Spring and/or Beacon. Check out my vlogs below to see how I spent two different days in this area.
6. The Town of Cold Spring & Breakneck Ridge Trailhead, NY
Cold Spring is a quaint New York downtown with history, shops, local eateries, and scenic views. I recommend grabbing brunch or lunch at Hudson Hil’s Cafe, which is a casual sit-down restaurant nestled in the heart of Cold Spring. Cold Spring is roughly an hour’s drive from Bergen County and two hours from Monmouth County, and is a worthwhile day trip!
If you are into hiking and like a challenge, I recommend checking out Breakneck Ridge Trail at the Hudson Highlands State Park while here. We trekked the long loop, and found this hike to be pretty challenging with the rock scrambles, but overall enjoyable! The views are stunning throughout the majority of this trail, making this a memorable trek! Check out my vlog below to see how I spent the day here!
7. Bear Mountain, NY
Bear Mountain is a popular New York hiking spot located about a 0.5 to 2-hour drive from those who reside in the top half of New Jersey. This is another great outdoorsy day trip for those who admire a scenic hike. There may be a fee to enter – check out more info here .
8. Harriman State Park, NY
Harriman State Park is very close to Bear Mountain and offers a wide array of hiking trails and scenic woodlands for all levels! One of the best trails to hike at Harriman State Park is the Reeves Brook Loop Trail . This moderately challenging loop offers multiple scenic vistas and has plenty of streams winding throughout the trail. The Reeves Brook Loop Trail is roughly four miles and typically takes around 2+ hours to complete.
Parking and public restrooms are available at the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, which is where the hike begins. When doing this loop trail in the counterclockwise direction (starting on white trail markers), hikers must climb a moderately challenging and steep rock scramble to get to the main vista. It is advised that beginners or families with young children start this hike clockwise (on red trail markers). Visitors who begin the hike clockwise can follow the red trail markers to the blue trail markers and enjoy stunning vistas from the top of the mountain. Hikers who follow this route can then turn around to get back to the parking lot the same way they came, avoiding the steep rock scramble. As a somewhat experienced hiker, I personally loved the rock scramble here and found it to be a fun trek, but please use your own discretion to decide which route is best suited for you! Read more about the other trails at Harriman State Park here.
9. Storm King Art Center, NY
The Storm King Art Center is a unique spot to visit in the summer. Visitors can explore the property and check out uniquely crafted sculptures and large art displays. The Storm King Art Center is closed on Tuesdays and operates Wednesday through Monday from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Tickets must be purchased prior to arrival and more info can be found here.
10. Teatown Lake Reservation, NY
Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County, NY is a 1,000-acre nature preserve and education center. The Reservation is roughly a 40-minute to 2-hour drive from the top half of New Jersey depending on where you reside. Hiking trails are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk , and parking costs $5.
11. Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge & Poughkeepsie, NY
Visiting the Walkway Over The Hudson Park is a great day trip in New York State. This walking bridge is located roughly a 1+ hour drive from North Jersey and a 2+ hour drive from most of Central Jersey. While this may be a bit far from South Jersey, if you get an early enough start to the day, I think this can still be a worthwhile trip!
The scenic walkway connects from Highland, NY to Poughkeepsie, crossing over the Hudson River. Visitors can walk across the bridge and check out the town of Poughkeepsie and Marist College. Marist College has a beautiful campus, and is worth checking out while in the area! Finish off the day by grabbing a delicious dinner at Hudson Taco on the way back down to Jersey. Hudson Taco is a riverfront restaurant located in the heart of Newburgh. This charming, hip restaurant is a must-visit whenever I am up in this area of New York!
12. new haven, ct.
New Haven, Connecticut is a great day trip from Northeast Jersey as it is about a two-hour drive from Bergen County. I visited nearly two years ago and enjoyed visiting the area. While in New Haven, visitors can grab Frank Pepe’s famous pizza and walk around the local neighborhoods and parks. Visitors can also explore the beautiful and historic Yale University campus. Check out my vlog below to see how I spent a fun day in New Haven!
13. Mianus River Park, CT
Mianus River Park , on the Greenwich/Stamford border in Connecticut, is a nature reserve with trails, a 2-mile-long river, scenic forestland, and more nature-esque beauty. If you are looking for an outdoorsy escape, then this is a nice day trip option from Northern New Jersey. This park is roughly a 1-2 hour drive from North and Central Jersey, depending on where you are located.
14. philadelphia, pa.
A day trip from Jersey to Philly is a classic but goodie! Explore the city streets and check out the Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Hall, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and so much more! Enjoy a delicious cheesesteak from Cleaver’s, or one of Philly’s local spots, and have yourself a day!
15. Longwood Gardens, PA
Longwood Gardens is located directly outside of the main city of Philadelphia in Kennett Square, PA. Tickets are required for timed entry to the gardens and can be purchased here. Give yourself at least a few hours to explore the property and take in the beauty of these stunning botanical gardens! A visit to Longwood Gardens can also be combined with a trip to Philadelphia as they are so close.
16. Delaware Water Gap, PA
The Delaware Water Gap lies between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Delaware Water Gap includes 40 miles of the Delaware River, 100+ miles of hiking trails, and even a few beaches. Visitors can go rafting, canoeing, kayaking , tubing, hiking, and more here. I recommend grabbing a sweet treat at the Village and Farmer Bakery while you’re in the area.
17. Allentown, PA
Allentown is an eastern Pennsylvania town not too far from the Garden State! If you are into museums, you can check out the Allentown Art Museum, the Mack Trucks Historical Museum, the America on Wheels Museum, and more. Dorney Park is also right around the corner if you are interested in a summer waterpark and amusement adventure! There are numerous parks in the Allentown area worth checking out such as the Allentown Rose Gardens, which include walking paths, pavilions, and a scenic garden. The charming downtown of Bethlehem, PA is also about a 15-minute drive from Allentown, and it definitely worth checking out if you are into local shopping and eateries!
18. Jenkins Arboretum and Morris Arboretum, PA
There are quite a few arboretums and nature reserves in Pennsylvania not too far from New Jersey. The Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is roughly a 20-30 minute drive outside of the City of Philadelphia. This Arboretum, located in the town of Devon, is free to enter and offers 48 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands. Visitors can also enjoy 1.2 miles of walking trails here.
Roughly a 25-minute drive from The Jenkins Arboretum is the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Entry to the Morris Arboretum is $20 per non-member adult and tickets can be reserved here .
19. Valley Forge National Historic Park, PA
Less than a 10-minute drive west of the Jenkins Arboretum lies Valley Forge National Historic Park. With a history dating back to the late 1700s, Valley Forge is a great spot for those who love nature but also a historic back story. Enjoy many miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, multi-use trails, biking trails, and more! Learn more about Valley Forge here .
20. New Hope, PA
The charming town of New Hope in Bucks County, PA is a popular downtown to stroll on a warm, sunny day. (or really any time of the year)! Go back in time and take in the beauty of the scenic town alongside the Delaware River. Enjoy shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. Visitors can also walk across the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge to Lambertville, NJ for additional shopping and dining options. A popular local attraction in this area is Peddler’s Village. Peddler’s Village is about an eight-minute drive from downtown New Hope and is home to numerous restaurants and shops.
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7 Drivable Vacations from New Jersey
New Jersey is a majestic state filled with over 130 miles of Atlantic coastline, beautiful beaches, historic towns, and breathtaking natural beauty.
There’s a little something for everyone in the Garden State, whether you’ve lived there since birth or are visiting for a short time.
Searching for places to visit in or near New Jersey? We’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up seven-weekend road trips from New Jersey that anyone can enjoy for people of all ages, covering some of the most sought-after family vacation spots on the east coast .
So buckle up, grab some snacks, and head out on your next New Jersey road trip adventure !
Note : We’ve chosen Jersey City as a reference point for drive times, so don’t forget to plug in your own starting point for accuracy.
7 Day Trips From New Jersey
Asbury park, nj .
Distance from Jersey City: 53.4 miles ~ via Garden State Parkway (1 hour)
Asbury Park is one of Jersey’s most beloved beach towns, offering some of the best shorelines in the state. Plenty of events and activities year-round make it a popular destination for families. You can easily spend the day or choose to make it a weekend stay just an hour away.
In addition to its surf and sand, Asbury Park also features a Boardwalk full of mouthwatering food, unique shopping experiences, and the historic Paramount Theater and Convention Hall. Downtown Asbury Park also hosts events ranging from parades and fireworks to the annual world-famous NJ Zombie Walk.
If you’re spending the night, consider checking into The Asbury Hotel, a restored Victorian-age hotel with tons of one-of-a-kind charm. There are many other great choices as well, including the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and Mikell’s Big House. To round out your trip, grab a bite at Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant before taking in a classic broadway show by The Premier Theater Company.
Asbury Park Beach Fees : $6 per person Monday through Friday, $9 per person on Weekends and Holidays (Kids 12 and under are FREE)
Delaware Water Gap, PA
Distance from Jersey City: 71.3 miles ~ via I-80 W (1 hour/18 minutes)
If you’re interested in spending the day out in nature , the Delaware Water Gap in the Pocono Mountains is one of the best places to visit near New Jersey. A paradise for nature lovers and tourists alike, The Gap offers picturesque camping spots, miles of hiking trails, and more.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers sweeping views of the mountain ridges and endless birding and wildlife-watching opportunities for hikers. You can also bike along McDade Recreational Trail, which is particularly beautiful each autumn. During the colder months, be sure to explore the many winter activities available at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.
Did you know that you can see two separate waterfalls during your visit? The Delaware Water Gap Natural Recreation Area is home to both the tallest and second-tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania! Capture the breathtaking views of Raymondskill and Dingmans Falls, sights you’ll remember for years to come.
Pro Tip : Take the boardwalk trail that leads to the base of Dingmans Falls for a perfect photo opportunity.
Long Beach Island, NJ
Distance from Jersey City: 96.5 miles ~ via Garden State Parkway (1 hour/36 minutes)
The beautiful thing about Long Beach Island – aside from its pristine white beaches – is the easy travel distance. You can easily access the island by boat or car from Atlantic City, New York, or Philadelphia. The island itself is a treasure trove of diverse cultural events, historic landmarks, fabulous food, and more.
Families with children will enjoy visiting “Old Barney” at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park , located on the island’s northernmost point. Sunset Park also offers many family-friendly activities throughout the year, and everyone will love some fun in the sun at Fantasy Island Amusement Park.
The island’s southern end has attractions for every interest, including Thundering Surf Water Park & Adventure Golf in Beach Haven. Ship Bottom acts as the Gateway to the island and offers a famous beach, many restaurants, and seasonal recreational activities.
The Wildwoods, NJ
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Distance from Jersey City: 152 miles ~ via Garden State Parkway (2 hours/26 minutes)
If you’re looking for ideas for summer New Jersey road trips, The Wildwoods is a must. The Wildwoods offers family-friendly beaches, an action-packed Boardwalk, diverse entertainment, and countless historical and cultural opportunities.
The Wildwoods’ five miles of beaches feature powder-fine sand and endless summertime fun with plenty of activities for people of all ages. Dogs are also allowed, and there are even dog beaches for your best friend to splash around in! There are also three amazing beachfront waterparks where the whole family can cool down.
The Wildwood’s 38 blocks of Boardwalk is also a sight to behold, with countless shopping opportunities, eateries, entertainment, amusement rides, and attractions. So whether you’re visiting during daytime or evening hours, the Boardwalk is always “on.”
Pro Tip : Did you know that The Wildwoods has been named The Event Capital of the East Coast? Many events are free to the public, so be sure to check the calendar and plan accordingly!
Distance from Jersey City ~ via I-95 N (1 hour/1 minute)
Greenwich has long been named one of the best weekend getaways from New Jersey, and for a good reason. Just an hour away from Jersey City and a short train ride from NYC, it’s an ideal escape from life’s everyday hustle and bustle.
You can find the charming coastal town of Greenwich on Long Island Sound. It’s filled with many exciting things to see and do, like shopping at the many stories or visiting the art galleries in Downtown Greenwich. Science and art enthusiasts will love touring The Bruce Museum , and history lovers will love seeing the Greenwich Mansion and Putnam Cottage.
There are also many opportunities to explore the outdoors in Greenwich. Walk the peaceful trails in Greenwich Point Park, where you can also admire the gorgeous NYC skyline. Take in a game of polo at the Greenwich Polo Club during the summer, or spend a day at the fascinating Montgomery Pinetum and Pomerance Park, the birthplace of the Boy Scouts!
Pro Tip : If you love art, schedule your weekend road trip from NJ to Greenwich in May. This is when the annual Art-to-the-Avenue Festival takes place, and it’s quite a sight to behold!
Distance from Jersey City: 184 miles ~ via NJ Tpke S and I-95 S (3 hours/3 minutes)
Baltimore is also another excellent option to add to your list of New Jersey road trips. It’s full of family-friendly destinations and activities, and you can easily spend a few days or a long weekend exploring all these fascinating city offers.
Families with younger children will love visiting the Maryland Science Center in Downtown Baltimore . The center’s three floors feature many kid-friendly displays and exhibits, and it also has a planetarium, observatory, and IMAX theater! The Port Discovery Children’s Museum is also a fun-filled adventure and is ranked as one of America’s top five children’s museums.
One can only find many one-of-a-kind destinations in Baltimore, such as the National Aquarium , the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, and more. If you can stay the night, check out the 1840s Carrollton In, which is conveniently located near Little Italy and Inner Harbor.
Distance from Jersey City ~ via I-95 S (1 hour/29 minutes)
Philadelphia is one of the most richly historic cities in the United States, with countless fascinating attractions for all ages and interests. One of the best things about visiting Philadelphia is that there is no “wrong time” to do it. So whether you’re planning a weekend road trip from NJ in September or January, there are many things to see and do.
Must-see Philadelphia sights include visiting the famous Liberty Bell at the Liberty Bell Center, touring the historical Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, and running up the 72 “Rocky Steps” at the eastern entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Pro Tip : Don’t forget to take a selfie with Rocky’s statue at the base of the steps!
History buffs of all ages need to schedule a half day to explore the museums along Philadelphia’s Museum Mile before digging into an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak at one of the city’s finest eateries. Try Pat’s King of Steaks, Jim’s on South Street, or visit a local favorite like Dalessandro’s. You can easily spend weeks exploring Philadelphia, and it’s worth visiting more than once.
Final Tips on Visiting Places In and Near New Jersey
- Let the attendant fuel up if you’re traveling in New Jersey and need to gas up. It’s actually illegal to pump your own gas in The Garden State.
- As of December 11, 2022, New Jersey is moving to cashless tolls. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are two of the busiest toll roads in the United States, so expect to pay if you’re traveling those routes.
- Although many of the attractions listed in our chosen locations are free to the public, we suggest budgeting for museum and park entry fees and any other specific events you’d like to attend while visiting your destination.
- The beaches at popular tourist destinations in New Jersey and surrounding states can often get crowded during the summer. Plan on arriving early if you’re headed to a beach with a boardwalk.
- Pack the proper footwear for the weather. Bring a warm and sturdy pair of snow boots if you’re traveling during winter. Comfortable sneakers are also a must during summer, especially if you plan on hiking or walking most of the day.
- Never forget a road trip essential again with our downloadable family road trip checklist.
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- 1. Morristown National Historical Park
30 Washington Pl, Morristown , New Jersey 07960, Phone: 973-543-1949
- 2. Beyond the Plate Food Tours
Food tours offer a unique way to gain an insight into a town’s foodie scene, taste some regional specialties, and to seek out the best establishments to return to during the remainder of your visit. Phone: 551-233-9553
- 3. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, New Jersey 08006, Phone: 609-494-2016
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Charming shops and restaurants line the Washington Street Mall pedestrian mall area and city boardwalk. More Jersey Shore beaches
- 5. Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, NJ 07747, Phone: 732-566-2161
The Hunterdon Art Museum showcases contemporary art and craft works in an 1836 mill building. Nearby, the city's downtown district is lined with lovely art galleries, cafes, and boutiques.
- 7. Columbia
Visitors can also sample delicious red and white wines at Brook Hollow Winery or stay overnight at the charming Rosemary Inn bed and breakfast facility.
- 8. Edgewater
The city is also known for its Edgewater free-flying monk parakeet colony, which are native to South America and have lived in the region since at least 1980. More Weekend Getaways in New Jersey
- 9. Grounds for Sculpture
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- 10. Haddonfield
Unique stores include eclectic children's toy store Happy Hippo, and vibrant pet accessory store Velvet Paws. Visitors can dine at some of the Philadelphia region's top restaurants and cafes or explore historic attractions like the Historical Society of Haddonfield, which is housed within the 1841 Greenfield Hall.
- 11. Highlands
On land, the city's delicious seafood restaurants are known as area landmarks, including the century-old Bahrs Landing Seafood Restaurant and the Lusty Lobster Seafood Market.
- 12. Island Beach State Park
Visitors can frolic along the park's white sand beaches, which offer lifeguarded swimming areas throughout the summer months. Dune buggy and four-wheel-drive vehicle access are permitted throughout certain areas of the park.
- 13. Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, Phone: 201-915-3403
- 14. Margate City
Visitors can view famed sites such as Marven Gardens, noted for its Monopoly fame, and the unique Lucy the Elephant zoomorphic architecture structure, which is more than 130 years old and stands 65 feet tall.
- 15. Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, NJ 07727, Phone: 732-938-2371
- 16. Paterson Museum
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- 17. Point Pleasant Beach
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- 18. Princeton
Arts lovers can enjoy performances at regional Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center or watch classic and foreign films at the Princeton Garden Theatre. In town, Nassau Street is home to charming shopping destinations and delicious global cuisine options.
- 19. Rockingham State Historic Site
84 Laurel Ave, Kingston, NJ 08528, Phone: 609-683-7132
- 20. Smithville
The town's Colonial Inn offers excellent adults-only bed and breakfast amenities, including rooms with double soaking tubs and steam showers.
- 21. Toms River
Ocean County Mall is home to more than 120 specialty stores, including name brands such as Victoria's Secret, and H&M. Visitors can also take cruises aboard the paddlewheel riverboat River Lady, learn about exotic insects at Insectropolis, or catch live music performances by the Garden State Philharmonic or the Toms River Theatre Company. Each year, the town hosts one of the nation's largest Halloween events.
- 22. Tuckerton
Along the city's Main Street, visitors can peruse shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the New Jersey Surf Museum.
- 23. Wharton State Forest
Hammonton, NJ 08037, Phone: 609-561-0024
- 24. Atlantic City
Kitschy visitor attractions include the Steel Pier amusement park, home to newly-added giant Ferris wheel. Since 1921, the city has been the renowned home of the annual Miss America pageant.
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Summer days are perfect for exploring everything that the Garden State has to offer. Whether you’re looking to explore the history, take a beachfront escape, or enjoy a fun night out, there’s something here for everyone. And, the best part is, so much of New Jersey ’s best is accessible with public transit, via the NJ Transit system. Read on for a list of day trip ideas to towns accessible by New Jersey Transit.
Of course, Atlantic City’s rich history is full of things to explore, but there’s something for everyone: beaches, waterfront restaurants, casinos, concert venues, and more. There’s a direct bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as limited routes from Journal Square and Newark stations. From the Steel Pier on the legendary Atlantic City boardwalk, complete with amusement park rides with waterfront views, and New Jersey’s tallest beacon in the Absecon Lighthouse, there are outdoor activities as well as indoor activities, like the Borgata waterfront casino (with dining options) and the Atlantic City Aquarium.
This quiet beach town has plenty to do for a day spent by the water. Complete with the Bradley Brew Project and the Summertime Surf School, there are plenty of options to eat, drink and enjoy unique experiences, mixed with sunbathing, water sports, and more. For a family-friendly activity, check out Shipwreck Island Mini Golf for a little friendly competition. Dogs are not permitted on the beach, though, and there are regulations for skateboards, bikes, and other things – a list of which is all available on the township’s website.
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With many activities for people of all ages, including the Adventure Aquarium, Children’s Garden, and The Battleship (the nation’s most decorated battleship, which has been turned into a museum and memorial), Camden is full of state and country history and fun daytime activities. The BB&T Pavilion is home to many live events, and getting there early to explore the town is a great way to spend a day. Travel on the River LINE for the easiest, most direct route, without any of the traffic.
Open from June to September, Manasquan is one of the most popular summer destinations in the state. Known for Leggett’s Sand Bar, a Jersey Shore staple with legendary bartenders and loud, lively music, and Tacoholics, as well as the pristine beach and ocean views, a day spent in Manasquan can easily turn into an overnight adventure, with tons of lively bars and nightlife to choose from. Many choose to rent summer beach homes in Manasquan, so the activities are ever-changing and there’s always a lively scene, no matter when you visit over the summer.
The North Jersey Coast Line stops at Monmouth Park on race days, which includes many days in June, July 4 weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and more. The track includes multiple dining experiences (like the Blu Grotto Ristorante and Beer Garden, as well as Lady’s Secret Cafe and Paddock Bar, among others) and sports betting on race days. Family-friendly activities include mini-golf, a kids club, and Family Fun Days. There’s a direct train from Newark Penn Station, and the full calendar is available on the NJ Transit website .
Beach packages become available at the end of May and include round trip transportation and one discounted beach ticket. The town was founded in 1869 and is now known as one of the finest beach resorts in the state. Check out Ocean Grove Tent City for Victorian architecture and to understand the history of the area before heading to relax oceanside. The beach package is available until September 6, and direct buses are available from Port Authority Bus Terminal, Newark Penn Station, and Journal Square.
Accessible by the NJ Transit’s North Coast Line (with a Hoboken departure and a Newark transfer), Point Pleasant is a family-friendly destination that’s easily accessible with tons of offerings, including must-sees like the Jenkinson Boardwalk, mini-golf, an aquarium, and the South Beach Arcade. There’s a pier with rides, and car lovers will definitely enjoy the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey.
This small town is, of course, best known for the Ivy League university that shares its name, but has a lot to offer in terms of picturesque views, fine dining, and other activities. Take the NJ transit (with a stopover in Secaucus to grab the Trenton-bound train) to the university town, and try the direct dinky (a New Jersey Transit exclusive) that connects Princeton and Princeton Junction. To explore the town and its rich history, check out activities like the Morven Museum and Garden on Stockton Street, the Albert Einstein House, where the famous inventor lived with his wife Elsa from 1935 until his death in 1955, and several hiking trails and outdoor parks.
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For either an oceanside or a bayside beach, Seaside Heights has an option for sunbathing. Complete with a waterfront amusement park, there are even free and discount days available at the beach–which make a great excuse for a day trip. For a higher-energy crowd, the Breakwater Beach Waterpark at Casino Pier is a must-visit, and there are several golf courses and beaches to choose from. NJ Transit bus 137 from Port Authority Bus Terminal takes riders directly to Seaside Heights, with the connecting transfer bus providing an option to Seaside Park, just a mile away.
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With a package that includes admission to the park and round trip tickets, spending a day at the amusement park is easy and accessible from Hudson County. Packages from NJ Transit save visitors up to $45, and direct busses from Port Authority Bus Terminal or Newark Penn Station. For a day spent chasing adrenaline, checking out the New Jersey Devil Coaster, or diving down waterslides, Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor are great options for summer adventures.
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One day in Atlantic City Itinerary – Top Things to do in Atlantic City, New Jersey
A trip to the East Coast is usually intriguing like no other. It’s even more fulfilling if you’re heading there with a list of things to do. We have developed a perfect one-day itinerary in Atlantic City, consisting of the top places to go and the fun activities to try.
The American East Coast has numerous popular travel destinations. Yet, none of them compares to Atlantic City. With an exquisite casino gaming experience, beautiful beaches, and high-end hotels, Atlantic City has everything you need for a fantastic vacation. But, with all those attractions surrounding you, it’s easy to lose track of the most important sights in the city. This itinerary, therefore, will show you everything you should check out while here. Let’s get going!
What’s the best time to visit Atlantic City?
Among its other hidden gems, this city also boasts pleasant summer breezes and cool days, which makes the months of March to May and June to August the best times to visit Atlantic City. Just remember that the crowds are much bigger in summer. Early spring is a much better option if you want to avoid that, provided that you come before Memorial Day .
A few facts about Atlantic City
Atlantic City is arguably one of the most fun-filled places in the United States. However, before visiting this East Coast City, there are a few things you need to refresh your mind with. If you’re a first-time sightseer, you should always know that:
– Before the Boardwalk and all other attractions came into place, the City’s most popular attraction was a diving horse.
– Atlantic City is home to America’s first-ever Boardwalk
– Atlantic City brings around more than 30 million visitors annually, making it one of the leading destinations in the United States
– While in the City, you’ll never run short of a place to stay. There are more than 10,000 hotel rooms for tourists all year round.
One Day in Atlantic City Itinerary
This iconic travel destination on the East Coast comes with numerous exciting points that will leave you satisfied with your perfect one-day itinerary. You can also find more information about all the places to visit on our website , highlighting everything else you need to know. Here’s our in-depth look into the best places to see in Atlantic City.
Take a walk along the Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is one of the first tourist destinations you’ll notice when you step into Atlantic City. Construction of this Boardwalk dates back to the 1870s and has since become one of the leading tourist spots on the East Coast . The Boardwalk attracts millions of people annually, thanks to its convenience and a range of fun activities to do.
The most notable thing about the Boardwalk is that it shows you a great view of the Atlantic Ocean on one side. The four-mile-long Boardwalk also has some of the best Atlantic City hotels, bars, and restaurants lined on the other side. If you want an experience in one of the prominent Atlantic City casinos, the Boardwalk offers you a perfect getaway. You can play Eye of Horus Tricks on the go to get ready for the real thing, but other activities like biking are also allowed on the Boardwalk, especially if you can’t conquer the four-mile stretch on foot.
Go to the Atlantic City Beach
Love boogie boarding and wave jumping? Why not add the Atlantic City beach to your itinerary? Unlike most beaches on the East Coast, the Atlantic City beach is endowed with the waves from the Atlantic Ocean, making it a perfect spot for active beach events. And even better, the beach is accessible to the public, which means you won’t pay a dime for a beach pass.
Another thing about the Atlantic City beach is its proximity to the Boardwalk. You don’t have to take a long walk to get a taste of the beach environment. Furthermore, you can easily purchase your favorite beach gear from one of the shops along the Boardwalk. If you are an adult, you can opt for a walk along the flat terrain near the water or join the young ones in other fun beach activities. You also have little to worry about as lifeguards, showers, and changing rooms are available here, too.
Visit the Atlantic City Steel Pier
It would not be a good idea to visit Atlantic City without going to the Steel Pier. Arguably Atlantic City’s most popular attraction, the steel pier, is the cradle of fun-filled adventures on the East Coast of New Jersey. The pier is connected to the Boardwalk and comprises an amusement park with more than 25 themed rides. You’ll also find unlimited game adventures, food kiosks, and a family-friendly pub overlooking the water.
The common rides at the Steel pier amusement park include a double-decker carousel, the Ferris wheel, and the Slingshot. Besides these rides, be sure to experience the best view of the coastline and skyline on a helicopter right from the Steel Pier.ć
Go Shopping at the Playground Pier
Since various parts of the world began easing coronavirus restrictions, you can now travel around and recreate all the fun you missed during the lockdown. One such way is going shopping at the Playground Pier, previously known as The Pier Shops. You can find everything here, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, and many more high-end products.
The Playground Pier sits on a 900-foot-long dock that extends into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a perfect place for window shopping, and it’s usually open every day of the week but with varying hours of operation.
Don’t Forget the Entertainment and Nightlife Galore
There are many reasons why Atlantic City is commonly referred to as America’s favorite playground. One of the reasons is its nightlife experience and endless entertainment spots. Numerous concerts, top Atlantic City events, and conventions define what the City is all about throughout the year.
Comedy Clubs, the intimate arena at Jim Whelan Hall, and nightclubs rule the Atlantic City nightlife experience. Each of these entertainment experiences comes within your budget and in a taste that suits your preference. For instance, Boogie Nights at the Tropicana Resort serves you with the best oldies from the’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.
Where to stay in Atlantic City?
Ocean Casino Resort
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
If you’re looking for a good place to stay in Atlantic City, look no further than Ocean Casino Resort . The hotel is right on the Boardwalk and offers a spectacular ocean view, which is made all the more impressive thanks to the fact that the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. Several pools and a spa center are also at your disposal, as well as a big casino, of course.
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Homewood Suites Atlantic City Egg Harbor Township
3008 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Looking for a place to stay near Atlantic City Airport? Homewood Suites Atlantic City Egg Harbor Township is probably the best choice to make since it’s only 10 minutes away. An outdoor pool, lovely rooms (each of which has a small kitchen), and excellent staff will make sure your stay here is a pleasant one indeed. And you’re only 15 minutes away by car from the Boardwalk.
Club Wyndham Skyline Tower
100 South North Carolina Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
With great rooms, an indoor pool and a fitness center, Club Wyndham Skyline Tower is much more than your average three-star accommodation. Indeed, you will have absolutely everything you need here, and the view from the top of this 32-story building is absolutely breathtaking. Oh, and you’re just a block away from the Boardwalk. Definitely, something to consider!
FantaSea Resorts at Atlantic Palace
1507 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, United States
FantaSea Resorts at Atlantic Palace is right on the Boardwalk and will provide easy access to Atlantic City Beach. This is actually a collection of suites which provide a wonderful view, and there’s also a wonderful sun terrace for you to enjoy. It’s also great value compared to some other places in the city, and all in all, you can expect to have a great time while staying here.
Day trips from Atlantic City
Staying for a few days in Atlantic City? Well, then you will have a chance to make some great day trips. No matter if you want to explore the rest of New Jersey or travel up the East Coast, there are plenty of fine destinations. Here are some of the best suggestions:
New York City
Spending one day in New York City is definitely doable as a day trip from Atlantic City because the two places are only about two hours’ drive apart. So, if you get a slightly earlier start, you could be having breakfast in the Big Apple before you go on to explore everything that one of the greatest cities in the world has to offer. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, all the great restaurants… the list just goes on and on.
You can also spend a day in Jersey City , which is just slightly closer to Atlantic City than New York. This is a great place to relax because people here like to take things slowly and there is a sense of real community permeating the air. Plenty of things to discover, so you certainly won’t be bored while here.
On the other hand, if you’d like to explore the state of New Jersey a bit more, head to Cape May, an exceptionally charming town full of amazing Victorian mansions. It also has an excellent zoo, which is completely free of charge, so if you just want to take it easy a bit, this is one of the best day trips from Atlantic City you can make.
If your idea of relaxing is a shopping spree, head to Smithville, a village full of quaint little shops that sell all kinds of different souvenirs. For shopaholics, this is probably a perfect way to spend a day.
Extra Tips for Visiting Atlantic City
Visiting Atlantic City is not different from touring any other place in the United States. But even so, you need to fully equip yourself with some tips to enjoy any fun and adventure. The following tips cover useful info and things to know about your trip:
Access the City Easily From Northeast Corridor – The best way to access Atlantic City is by train from the Northeast Corridor. You can quickly board a train from Philadelphia or New York City and arrive at your destination within hours.
When in the City, Use Taxis to Move Around – Unlike other destinations, taxi rides in Atlantic City are affordable. This makes them a viable means of moving around.
Carry Enough Cash – To be on the safer side, carry enough cash while in Atlantic City. This will save you from incurring substantial transaction charges in bank ATMs.
If You Need Free Drinks, Gamble in the Casinos – Atlantic City Casinos are famous for offering free drinks whenever you play. However, ensure you have enough tips for the waiter or waitress in charge.
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Jeremy Ambrose began traveling several years ago and travels to explore new corners of the world every year. He has faced many of the difficulties of traveling and now wants to share his experience and knowledge with his readers. Currently, he works at Assignyourwriter as a content creator.
Excellent post, Jeremy! Atlantic City is a popular tourist attraction, with over 30 million visitors annually. Atlantic City, well renowned for its fantastic beaches, Boardwalk, and casinos, is an excellent spot to have fun. You may get some fresh air and retail therapy while wandering the Boardwalk or nearby beach and then head inside the casinos if you have plans to win big.
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