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.

You'll find well-priced industrial-modern pieces at this excellent furniture boutique.

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

A Riviera-style private beach club lures peace-seeking fashionistas with trendy drinks, open-air lounges, and serviced cabanas by the sea. When the sun fades, the DJ starts spinning.

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 drives up in his vintage 1960's Good Humor ice cream truck. $5 day passes can be purchased from the tag-checkers who roam the shoreline.

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

A beautiful collection of colored neon signs cast their glow on 1950's-era cinder-block motels - tidy, basic, whitewashed to a glossy shine every May.

Top tips: For souvenirs, Agnos loves the gift shop at the Benaki Museum, in Athens, which is filled with ceramics, embroidered stationery, and delicate handmade reproductions of museum artifacts.

Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar.

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 to the northeastern Jersey incarnation, a one-stop warehouse for professional-quality equipment.

A shop packed to the rafters with driftwood sculptures and seashells.

Specializing in a mix of contemporary designers and disco-era vintage.

Special booking: For a horse-racing enthusiast, Coffey created a customized tour with seats at key Australian tracks such as Belmont Park, in Perth, and Elwick, in Tasmania.Years as agent: 33. Specialties: Australia, Philippines, New Zealand.

About 30 miles up the coast from Atlantic City, Long Beach Island is a narrow strip of sand just two blocks wide and 20 miles long that's linked to the Jersey mainland by a narrow causeway. There's only one route on and off the island, which gets backed up for miles on weekends.