Visit New Jersey: A Travel Guide to the Garden State

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New Jersey, the Garden State, offers travelers a wide variety of experiences.

Whether you're enjoying the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of the cities, or exploring historic sites and beautiful parks, there's a wide range of activities for everyone.

Must-See Attractions in New Jersey

This guide will help you navigate the state’s diverse offerings, so you can discover the very best activities and experiences New Jersey has to offer. And don’t forget festivals like the New Jersey Balloon Festival or the Atlantic City Airshow.

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Put these spots on your itinerary for an unforgettable trip to New Jersey:

Freedom State Park

Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Spanning 1,212 acres, the park is perfect for picnics, strolls, and learning about American history. With attractions like Liberty Walk, a two-mile-long boardwalk, and the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, visitors will have plenty to keep them entertained.

Liberty State Park offers one of the best views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. (Gary Hershorn)

Jersey Shore

A visit to the Jersey Shore is an ideal outdoor activity for families and friends looking for both relaxation and excitement.

Known for its beautiful beaches, bustling boardwalks, thrilling rides and classic arcade games, the coast offers the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment. Wine and beer lovers can enjoy local flavors along the Jersey Cape Winery & Brewery Trail in Cape May County.

Besides Cape May, other cities on the Jersey Shore that you should definitely visit include Atlantic City, Wildwood, and Ocean City. These cities all have wide sandy beaches that are great for sunbathing, swimming, and beach sports.

Adventure Aquarium

Named one of USA Today's 10 Best Aquariums, Adventure Aquarium offers visitors the chance to experience 15,000 aquatic creatures in 2 million gallons of water.

Some of the most notable creatures include hippos, the smallest species of penguins, and great hammerhead sharks. The aquarium is one of three locations in the country where visitors can see a great hammerhead shark, according to the aquarium's website.

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The current admission price for adults ranges from $27.99 to $47.99 and $17.99 to $37.99 for children, according to the admission page on the aquarium's website. Admission is based on a time slot, so visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Six Flags Big Adventure & Safari

Families and friends looking for an exciting outdoor activity can visit Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari theme park in New Jersey.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy the theme park. It offers thrilling rides and a drive-thru safari adventure. The safari features “1,200 animals from six continents, including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions,” according to the park's website.

Giraffes at Six Flags New Jersey

At Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, visitors ride in open-air, all-terrain vehicles through the safari on a guided tour. (John Greim/LightRocket)

Promenade Hall

Boardwalk Hall is a must-see venue on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Legendary guests have graced its stage, including the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, the Police and the Rolling Stones, according to the venue's website.

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Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall was originally built as a convention center in 1929 and was restored in 2001 as a special events arena. Depending on when you visit, a trip to New Jersey could include a sporting event, a concert, or comedy shows at Boardwalk Hall.

Beachgoers on a beach at the Jersey shore

Located at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, the city of Cape May is one of the oldest seaside resorts in the United States. (Gary Hershorn)

Grounds for sculpture

A unique activity for families and art lovers of all kinds is the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.

According to Trip Advisor, this is the ideal setting for a day trip. Guests can enjoy the 42-hectare sculpture park and museum, which features 270 contemporary sculptures on permanent display, as well as seasonal exhibitions.

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In addition to the educational opportunities the site offers, visitors are also encouraged to check the program for special events and performing arts.

Essential Tips for Navigating the Garden State

While New Jersey may be small compared to other states, it offers a wide variety of activities for families, groups, and individuals.

By strategically planning your itinerary based on personal interests and mapping out nearby attractions, you can ensure you get the most out of your trip to the state.

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When visiting the state, enjoying New Jersey’s culinary scene is a must. Unofficially known as the dining capital of the world, these ubiquitous spots symbolize the state’s culture and charm. Other local specialties not to miss on your trip include the state’s signature Jersey-style pizza, Taylor ham, and succulent coastal seafood.

Greetings from New Jersey

New Jersey is known as the “dining capital” of the world, with over 500 restaurants. (Found images Holdings/Corbis)

When to visit New Jersey

Peak visitor season is from mid-May to mid-September, when beachgoers heading to Atlantic City can enjoy warm, tropical conditions. Meanwhile, Jersey City shines as a top destination in the spring and fall.

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Spring and fall are the best times to visit Jersey City. However, expect heavier traffic, especially on holiday weekends, and leave early to avoid peak traffic times.

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