There is a lot going on throughout New Jersey’s coastline, which is known for its natural appeal, cool breezes, and proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. As the appeal grows and knowledge about the area grows, more people are heading there to bask in the summers there from Wildwood to Sandy Hook. The beaches of Jersey Shore are sprinkled with swimmers and sunbathers. Locals know that there is more to be had in the state beside the clean and wide beaches – there are roller coasters by the beachside, great restaurants along the coast and more. With these activities and more, New Jersey has a lot to keep visitors busy.
There are several restaurants in the Jersey Shore area that are highly rated and offer great five-star meals that are definitely for a sophisticated crowd. There are some (in)famous spots on the boardwalk where you can get everything from pizza to funnel cakes. The more adventurous can go for Oreos that are deep fried or stuffed sausages and even pepper sandwiches.
During the evening hours, the boardwalks of Jersey Shore offers tons of options from walks along the boardwalk to tourist shops to buy mementos from the trip. You haven’t really been to the Shore without playing skeeball so be sure to dive in. Head to Beach Haven, Point Pleasant, Ashbury Park or Wildwood to get an authentic experience.
The Garden State is known for its party scene as well, thanks in part to MTV’s long-running reality show ‘Jersey Shore’. Seaside Heights and Belmar are known areas for their wild nightlife and are even popular with native New Yorkers because of how close it is from Penn Station and the cheaper night club prices. Atlantic City offers casinos and upscale restaurants, while young adults can choose a more laidback night on Long Beach island.
Aside from tanning, there are other activities that can be enjoyed in New Jersey. Boardwalks prove eternally popular, but there are also bike trails, and rides through Long Island Beach State Park to consider. If you are up for scuba diving, bring your scuba gear and enjoy the water.
For fans of nature, Cape May is a New Jersey destination that is known for its bird-watching within the scientific community. Bird watchers around the world gather in the area every year for the World Series of Birding or attend the School of Birding where they can take courses. Ocean City and Avalon are popular spots to enjoy watching all kinds of birds from Black Skimmers, ospreys, and Purple Martins. Below the surface of the water, outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, and all types of shellfish throughout the day. If you play near the sea long enough, you may even see dolphins frolicking from a distance. Tour boats also offer tours where it is possible to see bigger water mammals like whales that visit the coast during certain parts of the year.