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Things to do in New Jersey

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The top 44 attractions in New Jersey

Streets in Weehawken
Boulevard East
You certainly need to go to New Jersey to see the best views of New York. They are stunning.
Of Touristic Interest in Bayonne
Bionic Bar
Robots bartenders? Yes, really! On the Quantum of the Seas boat, two robot arms will mix and serve your favorite drinks. For $12, these robots will make your drink, a technological spectacle where you can enjoy not just your cocktail, but also a really innovative show!
Of Touristic Interest in Newark
Of Touristic Interest in Hoboken
Stadiums in East Rutherford
Metlife Stadium
The MetLife Stadium is the football stadium where two local teams, the Giants and Jets play. In fact the stadium is just outside New York, in the state of New Jersey.
Bars in Jersey City
Aria Wine Bar
Great little gem with a rustic feel, I really enjoyed Aria and will be back. The atmosphere, the drinks and food are exceptional and authentic. From the burratta to the prosciutto and fresh tomatoes, seafood salad to the pasta dishes like the lobster tortellini which I got...all delicious! The wait staff all speaking Italian makes you feel you're somewhere in Italy more than NYC, adds to the charm of the whole experience. Definitely worth a visit.
Beaches in Ocean City
Ocean City Beach
Ocean City's boardwalk is arguably one of the most well known boardwalks in the country. Built in 1880 and still thriving today, it is a perfect family hot spot filled with numerous mini-golf locations, an amusement park, an arcade house, and of course plenty of shopping opportunities. It stretches for over 2 miles and all along the way there is easy access to one of New Jerseys nicest beaches. Admittedly, it can get rather crowded during the warmer weather seasons but never enough that you hear many complaints about it. If anything, the complaints are usually directed at the overly-friendly seagulls who don't mind waiting (nearby) for you to forget about the two french fries you may have dropped. It's a clean beach with soft sand, rarely has any jellyfish and very very infrequently have there even been sightings of sharks. On the contrary if you see any fins in the water it is much more likely to belong to a dolphin than a shark.
Villages in Newark
You’ll know you've made it to Harrison when you hear sounds of a band playing in the shore view bar and see folks walking through the sloping city park to the city beach. Harrison is one of those small-town summer time gems – just 203 people live here, but they live in an expansive natural environment that includes forests, parks, mountains, and sprawling Lake Coeur d’Alene. Lake Coeur d’Alene is one of America’s largest lakes, and Harrison has a prime lakeside location far from the bustle of the city of Coeur d’Alene, which sits to the north. Besides the lake itself, top attractions here include Heyburn State Park and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a converted rails-to-trails pedestrian path that crosses much of northern Idaho.
Roads in Bridgewater
Route 206
Now we all know that I-95/the NJ Turnpike, Rt 3, Rt. 80, The Parkway, etc... are literal death traps, but that doesn't mean that New Jersey can't be a road tripper's paradise. Sure, it's better to run the length rather than the width of it, and yeah, it's not like it can compare to a cross country road trip but my personal favorite road is Rt. 206. It runs almost the entire length of the state and is known as the Disabled American Veterans Hwy. Along it you will become well acquainted with why New Jersey is called the Garden State as there are miles and miles of farms. During prime produce season you will not find better anywhere else and during winter the wide open snowscapes are a minimalist aesthetician's dream! Rt. 206 will take you from the northern mountains all the way down into Atlantic county were you are basically at sea level. During your drive you will find numerous accommodations in the forms of trucker inns, motels, and hotels, most of which are fastidiously maintained and have a quaint appeal to them. Use your head though, if it looks Bate's Motel-ish then just drive right along.
Beaches in Margate City
Margate Beach
There are thousands of wonderful landscapes and beautiful places in the world ... but for me, one place is magical, and that's Margate City Beach in New Jersey. It was my first time in the United States, and I decided to challenge the brave walkers (the temperature was close to 0 C!) by asking them one question: "Can you write on this piece of paper one word that, for you, defines France?" A dozen Americans played along ... "Sarkozy", "Paradise", "Passion", "Paris", many different words! I'll never forget my experience here ...
Nature Reserves in Jersey City
Of Touristic Interest in South Plainfield
Villages in Elmwood Park
Cities in Fort Lee
Rivers in Toms River
Wrangle Brook
This is Wrangle Brook which feeds into Toms River. It is one of my favorite places to go kayaking, when I am out here I feel like this is my own personal river.
Of Touristic Interest in Lyndhurst
Cemeteries in Elizabeth
City Halls in Hoboken