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Things to do in New Jersey

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in New Jersey. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite New Jersey attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in New Jersey to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in New Jersey.

  • All Points West

    Can an indie music-and-art festival founded in the desert near Palm Springs thrive in the land of Bruce Springsteen?The organizers of the annual Co... More
  • Allan & Suzi

    Specializing in a mix of contemporary designers and disco-era vintage. More
  • Antique Emporium

  • Asbury Lanes

    Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar. More
  • Bar Majestic

    1920s burlesque theater turned tapas bar More
  • Barnegat Light Historical Society Museum

    Explore 90 miles of sandy beaches, then take a look around the 150-year-old Barnegat Lighthouse. The centerpiece of the museum is the lighthouse's ... More
  • Battleship New Jersey

  • Bay Springs Farm Alpacas

    Here, you can visit a herd of alpacas and buy homespun scarves, shawls, and sweaters. More
  • Bobby Zur

    Years as agent: 12. Specialty: Southern Africa. Consultation fee: From $500. More
  • Brant Beach

    Just when you think this beach couldn't possibly get more retro - not an iPod or cell phone in sight - a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike driv... More
  • Bridge Kitchenware

    New Yorkers who once patronized this 63-year-old restaurant-supply company’s Manhattan location (now closed) know it’s worth the 45-minute schlep t... More
  • Cape May

    One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impecc... More
  • Cape May Bird Observatory

    Take one of the excellent guided birding walks at Cape May Point, on the Delaware Bay. More
  • Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

    Walk or bike along this 60-mile trail. More
  • Floyd Moreland Historic Dentzel / Looff Carousel

    Go for a spin on the boardwalk carousel. Some of the hand-carved animals—there are 58, in all—date to the 1890s. More

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