The End-of-Summer Bucket List

Summer’s not over yet! Make the most of these final days of warm, sunny weather and leisure time with this last minute summer bucket list of fun things to do in New Jersey.

Pick your own fruits at a nearby U-Pick farm.

From strawberries at DeWolf’s U-Pick Farm (New Egypt) to blackberries at Terhune Orchards (Princeton) to apples at Mackey’s Orchard (Belvidere) it’s easy to see why New Jersey is called the Garden State. Make the most of summer’s bounty by stocking up at a nearby U-Pick farm.


Take in dramatic sunset views from a boat cruise.

New Jersey has seemingly endless options when it comes to boat cruise ideas, but few compare to a stunning sunset cruise. See what all the fuss is about with a Friday Night Cruise on the Navesink River.


See some sweet rides at a classic car show.

Sizzling summer nights are the perfect time to see hot rods and hot rides at one of the many car shows throughout New Jersey. Visit Cape May’s Classic Car Show in mid-August, Historic Smithville’s Car Cruise that takes place every other Friday evening or Washington’s Sizzlin Summer Nights Car Show & Drive-in Movie in mid-August.


Watch a FREE movie under the stars.

All across New Jersey, towns are featuring FREE summer night movies in local parks. For the perfect cheap date idea or a great kid-friendly evening — pack a picnic and find a free summer movie in a park near you. 


Ride your bike along one of the boardwalks or bike trails.

From beachfront boardwalks to wooded trails, there are plenty of places to ride your bike in New Jersey, and there’s no better time to get your pedal on than right now. Find a spot to ride with these bike trails in New Jersey.


Get in some shopping on the boardwalks and at the outlet malls.

The cooler evenings of late summer are the perfect time to wonder the boardwalks looking for great end of summer deals. Or head to New Jersey's famous outlet malls for some of the best deals to be found anywhere.