25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey

New Jersey has developed a misleading reputation lately thanks to television programs such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Jersey Shore.

But despite “McMansions” and the party destinations, the state has many beautiful natural and historic parks as well as world-class history and art museums.

The state may be in the shadow of New York in terms of tourism but it should not be written off and has many sites to rival those of the Big Apple.

It is even possible (and recommended) to visit two of New York’s most popular attractions from New Jersey: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Explore the cities and experience life on the Shore but also take the exit off the freeway and sample New Jersey farm life and natural beauty.

Here is our list of the best things to do in New Jersey and, as always, it combines a mix of action, adventure and relaxation to provide the ultimate companion to tourism in the State of New Jersey:

1. Cape May

Cape May, New Jersey

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Cape May

Cape May earned its reputation as a trendy and attractive resort town in the 18th century as it was increasingly visited by the wealthy.

Situated on Delaware Bay, the town’s beaches, historic lighthouse, and charming homes in Victorian style attract many tourists every year.

Six different US presidents have also chosen the town for the location of their holiday homes in the past.

One of the best examples of the homes of Cape May is the Emlen Physick Estate, which is currently used as a museum, allowing guests to explore the buildings 18 extravagant rooms.

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25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey:

Atlantic City Boardwalk

  • Cape May: Paul Hakimata Photography / shutterstock
  • Atlantic City Boardwalk: Creative Family / shutterstock
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park: Joseph Sohm / shutterstock
  • Princeton: Jay Yuan / shutterstock
  • Battlefield State Park: Andrew F. Kazmierski / shutterstock
  • Grounds For Sculpture: Kelleher Photography / shutterstock
  • Delaware Water Gap: Andrew F. Kazmierski / shutterstock
  • Liberty State Park: Marco Bicci / shutterstock
  • Great Paterson Falls: wendy blanchard / shutterstock
  • USS New Jersey: Tupungato / shutterstock
  • Adventure Aquarium, Camden: Alan Budman / shutterstock
  • High Point State Park: Rabbitti / shutterstock
  • Liberty Science Center: Bokic Bojan / shutterstock
  • Six Flags Great Adventure: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / shutterstock
  • Lucy The Elephant: EQRoy / shutterstock
  • Ellis Island: Roman Babakin / shutterstock
  • Newark Museum: Jim.henderson / Wikimedia
  • Montclair Art Museum: Blondhairblueeyed at English Wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by DavidRavenMoon at English Wikipedia. / Wikimedia
  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park: Andrew F. Kazmierski / shutterstock
  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum: sterlinghillminingmuseum.org
  • Trump Taj Mahal: Sean Pavone / shutterstock
  • Space Farms Zoo And Museum: www.spacefarms.com
  • Howell Living History Farm: William_Doyle / Flickr
  • Garden State Discovery Museum: discoverymuseum.com
  • Turtle Back Zoo: turtlebackzoo.com