Book Now to Explore New Jersey This Summer
Summer in New Jersey brings lots of opportunities to experience wonderful destinations, attractions and activities. From the Delaware River to the Jersey Shore, consider us your go-to source for creating the best Garden State getaway.
But don’t wait! Take a look at these something-for-everyone ideas—and book now to enjoy your New Jersey day trip, long weekend or vacation this summer.
The World-Famous Jersey Shore Awaits
Nothing quite says summer vibes like those days and nights at the incredible Jersey Shore. Spanning 130 miles of Atlantic coastline and over 60 designated beaches, New Jersey boasts beloved oceanside delights.
From Sandy Hook with its beckoning lighthouse and fascinating fort over 250 years old, to eclectic music and art haven Asbury Park, down to Cape May's gingerbread Victorian appeal on our southern tip—and so many points in between—discover a bevy of destinations, each with its own personality.
Beaches, Boardwalks & (Sand) Buckets of Fun
Dig up treasured, white-sand beaches, beautiful barrier islands, bays and charming towns, providing an ideal setting for an array of pursuits. Families return year after year to Long Beach Island, or LBI as the locals know it. Surfers and boogie boarders rip in waves at Long Branch, Brigantine and Manasquan. (Newbies welcome in Belmar, at Summertime Surf’s surfing camps and surfing and paddling lessons...other locations too.) Catch some fishing in Island Beach State Park. Or simply relax in laid-back Avalon and Ocean Grove.
In the years since 1870, when Atlantic City rolled out what’s now the oldest and longest in New Jersey, strolling and playing on the boardwalk has become a state pastime. You can join in—and enjoy the rides, water parks, mini golf, games and iconic boardwalk treats—at places such as Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean City and the Wildwoods.
Of course, there’s lots more to explore “Down the Shore.” Dive in to New Jersey’s three Shore Regions (Shore, Greater Atlantic City and Southern Shore) to learn all about our amazing beach destinations and find out which ones are perfect for you!
Local Hotspots and Highlights
Head into the great outdoors. Pick from peaceful gardens and arboretums to truly wild escapades. At Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson), ride family-friendly and thrill attractions, including the Jersey Devil Coaster, the world's tallest, fastest, longest single rail coaster, reaching screaming speeds up to 58 mph.
Embark on the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure, an exhilarating, interactive expedition right in your own vehicle. Traversing the 350-acre preserve, spot as many interesting and exotic animals as you can. They total 1,200 creatures from six continents, including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions! And don’t forget Hurricane Harbor water park next door.
The NJ Division of Parks & Forestry runs dozens of state parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites. They’re amazing backdrops for immersing yourself firsthand into our natural and historic world. And did you know the National Park Service manages a number of its units here in New Jersey? Hit our 72-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail from High Point State Park (Sussex), Stokes State Forest (Branchville), Wawayanda State Park (Hewitt) and Worthington State Forest (Columbia).
Worked up an appetite? Sample our state’s distinctive and diverse food and beverage culture. New Jersey restaurants span local and global cuisines and serve up favorite summertime fare. On the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, trace Bourdain’s culinary roots, with ten stops covering Fort Lee to Camden. Complement your meals with beer, wine, cocktails and spirits, like those from our ever-expanding range of breweries, wineries/vineyards and distilleries.
Festivals, Fairs and Happenings
Savor the state’s flavors, vibrant colors and much more, at summer festivals including the Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival in Augusta (June 24-26) and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington (July 29-31). New Jersey is the place to be this summer. Keep checking our event calendar for all the possibilities.
Sleep Over—and Experience Everything You Can
The longer you stay, the more you’ll get to see of our extraordinary state. Choose from an array of unique accommodations, including dreamy Victorian bed and breakfasts, chic casino resorts and hotels, vibrantly vintage Doo-Wop motels, beach house rentals and tranquil campsites, cabins and cottages.
Summer will be here before you know it, so start planning and book now! You’ll find plenty of additional New Jersey trip ideas at visitnj.org. Be sure to download or request your free NJ travel guide and sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel and Tourism, too.
Wherever you’re visiting, we encourage checking ahead for the latest updates, availability and hours. And of course, keep aware of current official guidelines, meant to help keep you and others healthy and ready to travel.