Although one of the smallest states in the United States, New Jersey is home to many premier tourist attractions. From national parks with areas of outstanding natural beauty to excellent museums and historical places, New Jersey is well-deserving of its nickname “The Garden State” for being a place worth taking time to explore and have to have an adventure.
Here’s a list of the top-rated places to visit in New Jersey:
Often called the Las Vegas of the East Coast, Atlantic City is one of the most well-known coastal resort cities in the United States, full of rich history, nightlife, a popular Boardwalk and even the inspiration for one of the most famous board games in the world. Originally built in 1870, its famous Boardwalk is four miles long and the home of most of the city’s main attractions, from casinos to hotel resorts.
Although walking on the Boardwalk is still a must, you can now also rent bikes, take the electric tram, rickshaw, scooters and more. Visit also the Steel Pier, an amusement park for guests both young and old, with a huge observation wheel. No worries about being uncomfortable while you ride it, since its gondolas are climate-controlled and very stable, offering tranquil and amazing views of the city and ocean.
One of the busiest Hoboken, NJ sites to see, the boardwalk still stands as one of America’s historic symbols of great times and culture. This time, however, you can tell that Atlantic City’s future is no longer dependent on a roll of the die. While you’re there, check out the Entrance to the Stars, with handprints of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra. This city is also home to several historical and cultural attractions.
There is so much to see and do in this lovely town that you probably won’t have enough time do enjoy it all at once. From winery tours to a Gourmet Marketplace, you can enjoy fine restaurants and food festivals, as well as the Cape May County Park and Zoo, or spotting some whales at the Cape May Whale Watcher. The nearby Washington Street Mall is also a perfect place to visit because of its many shops and restaurants. And, if you’re in time, you should definitely visit Cape May’s Food & Wine Festival where great food, fine wine, and many other culinary delights meet.
In the 18th century, Cape May earned its reputation as an attractive resort town as it was increasingly visited by the wealthy. It’s located in Delaware Bay, and it has charming homes in a Victorian style that draw many tourists every year. It was so successful as a resort town that six US presidents had summer homes here, attracted to the beautiful beaches, Cape May Point Lighthouse, and its many elegant Victorian-style holiday homes, with one of the best examples being Emlen Physick Estate.
Created from reclaimed land to give way for a park that stretches 1,212 waterside acres in the Upper New York Bay, Liberty State Park has one of the best views of Manhattan, Ellis Island, and Liberty Island, but that’s just half of what brings millions of people each year to the site. The two-mile promenade, Liberty Walk, is connected to the picnic area, interpretive center and the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, but it also offers visitors more dramatic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan.
It’s also home to the Communipaw Cove, a salt marsh designated a nature preserve, as well as home to memorials and monuments. Among these is the Holocaust memorial “Liberation,” as well as “Empty Sky,” in remembrance of those New Jersey residents who died during the September 11 attacks, as well as in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Last but not least, the park has recreational facilities, from fishing to picnic areas, kayaking, and cycling.
This Historic National Park is the site of the former laboratory and home of Thomas Edison. Within these two buildings, Thomas Edison experimented and invented objects such as the first-ever batteries and first movie cameras and sound recording devices. Of all the Hoboken historical sites on the list, this is the one that offers the most opportunities to learn.
When you visit the park, it allows you to get a closer look at the labs as well as original objects used by Edison himself. His home is a 29-room mansion and has been maintained excellently. Tickets for tours of the estate are limited and should be booked in advance.
This University is widely recognized, and the name of Princeton has many achievements that made a reputation for its university and research programs. It was founded in 1756 which consists of an impressive 1,600 acres worth of grounds. The tours of the grounds, which last around an hour, are run by students of the university and are very informative and entertaining.
After hours of exploring New Jersey, you’d think you’re still fit to paint your home. Take a moment and relax after a tiring day of adventure with your family or friends when you take places to visit in New Jersey in summer.