Whether you’re traveling solo or you’re planning the ultimate girlfriends’ getaway, the Garden State is the ideal destination. From the city to the beach, here’s your guide to visiting New Jersey.
From art museums to performing arts centers to historical sites, New Jersey has it all. Step back in time at West Orange’s Thomas Edison National Historical Park, where you can tour the inventor’s studio and see inventions that have shaped the world. For the Garden State’s best art collections, check out the exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton or the American and Native American collections at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair. Catch an incredible dance or orchestra performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Hit the Beach
Want to listen to the crash of the waves and feel the sunshine on your skin? It’s time to hit the beach. Head to Wildwood for an action-packed stretch of sand, or party it up in Belmar. Try Cape May for fabulous food with your sunshine, or go to Ocean City for the best boardwalk along a relatively serene beach. While you’re beachside, check out fabulous Ocean City hotels and spend the whole weekend soaking up the sunshine.
Enjoy Some You Time
When your everyday life moves at breakneck speed, be sure to plan some downtime during your vacation. The Garden State is home to dozens of malls, so if it’s retail therapy you’re after, you’ll find it here. Shop till you drop at Westfield Garden State Plaza or Short Hills Mall, two of the state’s best shopping centers and the ideal spots for boutique browsing. If a massage or spa treatment is more your speed, go for a luxurious spa experience at DePasquale, the Spa in Morris Plains or The Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston.
Stretch Your Legs
If your ideal getaway includes more action and less relaxation, you’ll find plenty of places to stretch your legs and explore the great outdoors in New Jersey. Start by taking your pick from the best state parks, which offer the perfect setting for hiking, biking, and being one with nature. Get some elevation at Sussex’s High Point State Park, which is the highest point in the entire state, or get a new perspective on the famous spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware River at Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township.
Party the Night Away
Looking for a party? Put on your dancing shoes and hit the clubs in Atlantic City or try your luck at one of the many casinos sprinkled throughout the city. Head to Seaside Heights for plenty of “Jersey Shore” flavor and bars that keep the party going until the early morning hours. On the southern end of the state, The Wildwoods offer miles of beaches, boardwalks, and seaside bars perched right on the Atlantic Coast.
No matter what kind of vacation you’re dreaming of, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in New Jersey. Grab the girls and start planning your Garden State getaway today.