Unique Wellness Destinations in New Jersey
From world-class spas to rejuvenating nature getaways, New Jersey is a haven for those looking to escape and refresh. If you need a little R&R, try out some of these restorative wellness experiences.
Spa Day by the Hudson River
Inspired by a traditional Korean bathhouse, the Sojo Spa Club in Edgewater is a serene sanctuary with a view. Lounge in the Instagrammable rooftop infinity pool, which overlooks the Hudson River, and experience an authentic Korean Body Scrub. Grab a day pass or make it a weekend getaway to fully enjoy everything from the sauna to the food hall to the yoga studio.
New Jersey Botanical Garden Tour
It’s no small feat to be named the state garden in the Garden State, but the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Ringwood State Park is one of the best. Centered around a Tudor manor house, the property includes 96 acres of gardens surrounded by 1,000 acres of woodlands. Take in the scent of the lilacs, reflect by the reflection pool, stroll down the Magnolia Walk, or bring the little ones for a kid-friendly hike. Surrounded by so much beauty, you can’t help but unwind.
Resort Getaway in Hamburg
Just an hour outside of NYC, Crystal Springs Resort sits among 4,000 acres on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Home to two award-winning spas, year-round outdoor activities from golfing to skiing, and rejuvenating experiences like mindful meditation and forest bathing, the resort is a wellness paradise.
Hiking in NJ’s State Parks
A walk through the woods is good for the soul. With hiking trails winding through most of New Jersey’s state parks, there are endless paths to explore. Witness breathtaking views from the highest point in the state (High Point State Park), spot wildlife as you wander through the marshlands (Cheesequake State Park), and loop around the lake or climb up Wawayanda Mountain on the Appalachian Trail (Wawayanda State Park).
Salt Therapy in Clifton
Experience the healing power of salt with a session in Clifton’s very own Salt Cavern. The health-centric company describes Halotherapy – a.k.a. salt therapy – as a “centuries-old, all-natural approach to respiratory health, allergies, healthier skin, and treating inflammation.” While you’re there, you can also try out the hyperbaric chamber and infrared sauna. Or, for something a little more familiar, book a facial or manicure.
Drifting Down the Delaware
Float down the river, taking in the scenic views along the banks, or choose a heart-racing rafting excursion the whole family will remember. Tour companies like Big Bear Gear River Tubing in Kingwood make it easy to rent a raft, kayak, canoe or inner tube and spend the day reconnecting with nature. Open seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends through mid-October.
Yoga on the Jersey Shore
Add a little namaste to your visit to the Jersey Shore. Look for a yoga studio that offers in-studio and beach yoga classes for year-round wellness. Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness offers in-studio, beach and virtual yoga classes, while NJ Beach Yoga in Sea Isle City offers year-round classes at your location or summer classes on the beach. If you’re feeling bold (and confident in your balancing skills), you can even try standup paddle board yoga in warmer months hosted by coastal studios like Yoga Bohemia. During the cooler months, their in-studio classes will do the trick.
Glamping Under the Stars
If you haven’t heard of glamping (glamorous + camping), this is your sign to give it a try. Like camping, but with added amenities such as running toilets and comfortable mattresses, glamping is the perfect intro for those who want to spend a weekend in the great outdoors. New Jersey is home to numerous camping/glamping locations, including KOA Campgrounds in Clarksboro, where you can opt for a deluxe cabin any time of year or a glamping tent available until October 31st.
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