New Jersey

Things to do in New Jersey

You’ll never lack for things to do in New Jersey—the state is full of surprises, waiting to be discovered. Everywhere you turn there is something to do. You can ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty, explore your scholarly side at Princeton, or take a risk and hit the Atlantic City casinos. New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution,” and one of the best things to do in New Jersey is to explore the roots of America at the Pine Barrens Village, in Batsto. The village consists of thirty-three historic buildings; each was constructed between 1766 and 1867.

If you’re still wondering what to do in New Jersey, pay a visit to the Walt Whitman home, in Camden, where America’s most storied poet once lived. If you’d like to see some world class art, slip over to Wheaton Arts in southern New Jersey or the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton and immerse yourself in the cultural offerings of each. No list of what to do in New Jersey is complete without a dip in the waters off of Atlantic City, a night at the casinos, followed by a drive through the Gold Coast neighborhood to view the exquisite homes. Just a few of the ways to enjoy the Garden State.

Stop by this tourism center to grab a free map for a Doo-Wop Preservation Tour of Wildwoods’ wildest neon-lit 1950’s architecture.

Brace Yourself: The current big daddy of coasters, this ride towers, quite literally, above all others. At the ride’s highest peak, the brave folks who step aboard soar a record 456 feet (the equivalent of 45 stories) aboveground.

Years as agent: 41. Other specialties: Family, Adventure travel, Africa, China. Consulting fee: $100.

One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impeccable gingerbread porches laden with rockers and wicker furniture, Cape May is the nation's first seaside resort and southernmost point in New Jersey.

Years as agent: 12. Specialty: Southern Africa. Consultation fee: From $500.

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 1856 Fresnel lens, fabricated in Paris by Henri Le Paute and composed of more than 1,000 individual prisms fitted into a massive iron frame.

Take one of the excellent guided birding walks at Cape May Point, on the Delaware Bay.

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 Coachella festival think so. Their All Points West festival is set to take place at New Jersey's historic Liberty State Park.

Discover Glenmont, Thomas Edison’s 29-room Queen Anne–style mansion. It’s an often-overlooked shrine to the great inventor run by the National Park Service in West Orange, NJ.

The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar's, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world. The mall is chockablock with luxury retailers - Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.

1920s burlesque theater turned tapas bar