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The Best Summer Getaways in New Jersey

By Amy Wood in New Jersey, in New Jersey Vacations, in County Classics, in Summer Getaways
The Best Summer Getaways in New Jersey | Country Classics


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Summer in New Jersey is a delightful mix of sandy beaches, lush state parks, bustling boardwalks, and charming historic towns. For both locals and visitors alike, the Garden State offers an array of exciting destinations and activities to suit every preference. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures, nature escapes, or family-friendly attractions, New Jersey has it all. Take a break from scrolling more mundane frequently asked questions and enjoy our guide to the best summer getaways in New Jersey to help you plan your perfect New Jersey vacation.

1. Asbury Park

Famous for its vibrant music scene and rich artistic culture, Asbury Park is a lively destination for a New Jersey vacation. Stay at The Asbury Hotel and soak in everything Asbury Park has to offer. You can stroll along the lively Asbury Park boardwalk, featuring shops, restaurants, and arcades. In the mood for music? Attend a live concert at The Stone Pony to see where Bruce Springsteen started his career. Speaking of vintage, pop into the Silverball Museum Arcade to play vintage pinball and arcade games.

2. The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa

Atlantic City is the perfect getaway location if you want upscale accommodations, beautiful views, and abundant entertainment and shopping options, making it one of the top places to go during summer in New Jersey. The Borgata's suites set the hotel apart, making it the perfect retreat for your New Jersey vacation. The 1,000-square-foot Opus Suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a signature custom bed, and a deep soaking bath/shower for two, perfect for relaxing after a day of summer activities in New Jersey. 

Amenities at the Borgata include five indoor/outdoor pools, five boutique shopping experiences, and five signature restaurants. These features make the Borgata a standout if you're looking for a restful resort in New Jersey this summer.

3. Cape May

Cape May, America's oldest seaside resort, embodies historic elegance and laid-back beach vibes. Its Victorian architecture, pristine beaches, and quaint shopping districts make it an ideal choice for a summer vacation. Whether you need a beach day on sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters or wandering through the open-air Washington Street mall, there is something at Cape May for you. Don't forget to climb the 199 steps to the top of the historic Cape May Lighthouse for a bird's eye view of the Atlantic Ocean.

4. The Catskills

A delightful visit to the Catskills is in order if you want to pop out of New Jersey but stay close, and we recommend the charming town of Tannersville, NY. Known for its scenic beauty and proximity to outdoor activities, Tannersville offers a blend of relaxation and adventure. While there, you can stay at the Deer Mountain Inn, a classic turn-of-the-century inn deep in the Great Northern Catskills. This inn provides a rustic, upstate dining experience along with ten stunning rooms set in 168 wooded acres, offering beautiful views and an enchanting environment to relax and recharge. 

4. The Delaware Water Gap

The Delaware Water Gap is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering picturesque landscapes and thrilling summer activities for people living in New Jersey who don't want to travel far. Hike or bike part of the Appalachian Trail to say you did it, or visit other trails. If you want water-based sports, you can go kayaking, canoeing, or tubing along the Delaware River. If you need views, Bushkills Falls is a series of stunning waterfalls just a short drive from the Gap that is often dubbed the "Niagra of Pennsylvania" because of their beauty and power. The Stroudsmoore Country Inn is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a charming resort that takes you back in time.

5. Island Beach State Park

 This barrier island stretches 10 miles and is one of the few remaining undeveloped shorelines in New Jersey. At Island Beach State Park, you can swim in designated areas or surf in special zones. If you want to tap into your bird-watching side, you can spot ospreys, peregrine falcons, and other native wildlife. Explore Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone via kayak or paddleboard for a bit of adventure. Unfortunately, camping is not permitted at Island Beach State Park, but it's a fantastic day trip option!

6. Lambertville, New Jersey: Somewhere to Visit

Located along the Delaware River, Lambertville, New Jersey, has everything you need for a summer weekend. Explore charming boutiques, antique shops, and riverside restaurants for a cultured night out. Go tubing, kayaking, or take a scenic boat ride along the Delaware River. If you enjoy the fine arts, take a look at local art or catch at show at the Bucks County Playhouse. To truly make it a getaway, stay at the luxurious Lambertville House.

7. Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari

If you need a quick day trip or a one or two-night hotel and pool adventure, think about heading out to Six Flags. One of the largest theme parks in the world, Six Flags Great Adventure offers exhilarating rides and a safari adventure. Ride the world's tallest coaster, Kingda Ka, or experience the New Jersey Devil Coaster. If you're looking for more adventure, see over 1,200 animals in this drive-through wildlife preserve safari off-road adventure.

8. Wildwood

Stay at the ICONA Diamond Beach and experience Wildwood. Wildwood is synonymous with thrilling amusement rides, classic boardwalk games, and wide, free beaches. It's one of the top destinations for those looking for fun things to do in New Jersey with family and friends. Check out Morey's Piers and beachfront water parks for over 100 rides and attractions. Not so much a thrill-seeker? Stroll along the iconic Wildwood Boardwalk for sightseeing and treats. If you're feeling like a bit of history, you can also drop into the Doo Wop Experience Museum and discover Wildwood's retro architecture and 1950s pop culture. 

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All of these New Jersey getaways are close by when you live in a Country Classics community. If you are interested in a new home in Central New Jersey with a great location, contact us today to learn more about our current opportunities!

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