As a New Yorker, I will say that it took many years for me to appreciate New Jersey and it's essence. It fair to say that New Jersey is often overshadowed by its more famous USA neighbor; New York. It may be inevitable that New Jersey struggles to find its place in the spotlight.
However, as understandable as New Jersey’s lack of prominence may be, it is nevertheless a shame. The state has plenty to offer potential visitors, and in an effort to shed some light on this hidden gem, you’ll find a rundown of the perfect New Jersey destination for your vacation preferences…
Want beaches and ocean views? Visit Seven Mile Island
Located off the coast of Cape May, Seven Mile Island is exactly what it sounds like— an island of (just over) seven miles in length. The island is divided into two different sections, Stone Harbour and Avalon, but both are equally charming. If you’re looking for perfection, vacation beach rental properties are sure to provide it, and will allow you to be perfectly located so as to enjoy the stunning ocean views, quaint atmosphere, and beautiful beaches.
Want excitement and adventure? Visit the huge Six Flags amusement and wildlife park
If you’re looking for a high-thrills vacation, then a trip to the Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, is sure to delight you. The park consists of eleven themed areas, including a safari experience, a water park, and dozens of incredible rollercoasters that are perfect for travellers looking for an adrenaline-fuelled vacation.
Want rural delights and geological wonders? Visit Great Falls
Given the fact that New Jersey is known as the Garden State, it should come as no surprise that there’s plenty of rural glory for you to enjoy. While there’s plenty of different options for countryside destinations to visit, the pick of the bunch has to be Great Falls; a National Park featuring — as you have probably guessed! — an incredible waterfall complex. The waterfall is an impressive 77ft in height and is complete with a viewing bridge overlooking the drop itself. You can camp in the nearby area, or travel to a nearby town for a truly authentic, rural vacation experience.
Want nightlife and amusements? Visit the Jersey Shore Boardwalk
Finally, if you’d prefer a vacation that’s full of exciting nights out and fun days enjoying a range of entertainment options near the beach, then the Jersey Shore Boardwalk area is the perfect choice for you. The area is not known for its subtlety, but that’s half the fun— there’s so much to see and do that every day of your vacation will be a voyage of adventure. From fairground rides to sandy beaches to amusement arcades, a vacation spent near the Jersey Shore Boardwalk will be full of fun and laughter.
So while New Jersey might not be the most recognizable state in the US, the above shows it truly does have something to offer every kind of traveler. The Garden State is a beautiful area of the world, and should you choose to visit, it’s a decision you’re guaranteed to be glad you made. Enjoy!