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Things to do in Northern New Jersey

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Northern New Jersey. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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
  • Bar Majestic

    1920s burlesque theater turned tapas bar 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
  • Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

    Walk or bike along this 60-mile trail. More
  • Mina Agnos

    Top tips: For souvenirs, Agnos loves the gift shop at the Benaki Museum, in Athens, which is filled with ceramics, embroidered stationery, and deli... More
  • The Boat House

    Cozy bar with a nautical theme More
  • Thomas Edison National Historical 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... More

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