Among the most beautiful places to propose are those tucked into the uppermost corner of New Jersey. And there is no place more uppermost than High Point State Park in Sussex. At 1,803 feet above sea level, this summit stands proudly as the tallest elevation in the state, so – when you get down on one knee – your (hopefully) future spouse will be swept away by the beauty of the surroundings…and your heartfelt words.
Planning a springtime proposal? Pop the question at Branch Brook Park in Newark while the cherry blossoms are in bloom. With its 96 acres of gardens and impressive stone manor house, the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood is a stunning proposal spot any time of year. Want to prove the pure power of your love? Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park serves as a mighty witness for the moment your love says yes.
This region boasts some of the best places to get engaged. Does the love of your life love art? Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton is an outdoor art park showcasing over 400 larger-than-life masterpieces. A few of our picks for most romantic works include A Turn of the Century by Seward Johnson, Couple by Rhea Zinman, First Love by Itzik Benshalom and The Couple by John Martini. You could also pop the question at Rats Restaurant, the intimate upscale eatery nestled into the grounds.
Set the mood with lavender-scented breezes or beside cute and cuddly creatures at Hidden Spring Lavender & Alpacas in Skillman. Pull off a brilliant proposal at Princeton University. This Ivy League campus is filled with architectural wonders – our favorites include the arches at Rockefeller College, the expansive courtyard of East Pyne Hall and the classic columns of Whig and Clio Halls. Or whisk your sweetheart off to Duke Farms in Hillsborough. After all, who could turn down a proposal in its Orchid Range, Meditation Garden or atop one of the beautiful bridges tucked into the property? For an interactive map to help plan your picture-perfect spot, download the Duke Farms app.
As America’s original seaside resort, charming Cape May is a coveted engagement destination. Whether you pop the question during your stay in a Victorian B&B, over fine dining at an oceanfront restaurant or at the end of a twilight stroll along Sunset Beach scouring famous Cape May Diamonds (just imagine tucking an engagement ring into a handful of them!), your proposal will be something to remember and retell for generations to come.
For another pop-the-question location within earshot of the Atlantic Ocean’s siren song, climb 228 stairs to the top of Absecon Lighthouse for unobstructed panoramas of Atlantic City’s glittering skyline. Of course, our coast boasts several lighthouses – find the one that best sparks your imagination here. Or toast your future life together at Auburn Road Vineyards in Pilesgrove after a proposal amongst the vines. For a “will you marry me” spot that’s a bit quirkier – and far sharkier – you could propose to your marine biology-minded beloved at Adventure Aquarium in Camden.
Before tucking that ring box out of sight and hopping in your car, be sure to visit the official website or social media channels of your preferred proposal place for the latest visitation details. For future vacation inspiration (did somebody say honeymoon?), feel free to download our free travel guide and sign up for our e-newsletter.