3-Day Road Trip: Southern New Jersey

Cape May > Wildwood > Tuckerton Seaport

Southern New Jersey is home to dozens of attractions, quaint beach towns and activities where adventures abound. Experience the best of the area with this three-day itinerary. 

Day One

Starting in the southernmost tip of the state, Cape May is the perfect place to kick off a three-day road trip. First stop: Poverty Beach. Don’t let the name fool you, Poverty Beach is often referred to as the most beautiful beach in Cape May. Give stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or jet skiing a try, with endless rental opportunities up and down the Cape May coast. After a day of fun in the sun, drive to the renowned Peter Shields Inn and Restaurant for both quaint sleeping accommodations and a fine dining experience.

Day Two

Before heading out the next day, fuel up at George’s Place, a Greek-inspired “local gem” known for both its service and food. Day two will take you north to Tuckerton Seaport, located thirty miles north of Atlantic City, off exit 58 on the Garden State Parkway. The historic maritime village of Tuckerton Seaport is home to Baymen’s Museum, one of the largest maritime museums in the country. Filled with charming shops and restaurants, Tuckerton is home to historic buildings, festivals, exhibits and events throughout the year. When your stomach starts rumbling, check out Allen’s Clam Bar, offering some of the best clams, lobster, shrimp and scallops in town.

Day Three

Hop back in the car and head about thirty minutes northeast to Long Beach Island. Spend the morning at Barnegat Lighthouse, located at the northern tip of the island, before spending the afternoon in the sand at Long Beach Island’s best beaches, Surf City or New Haven. End your trip with a delicious meal at one of the best restaurants in town, Bisque. For sleeping accommodations check out the popular Sea Spray Motel or Lorry’s Island End Motel.