Find Family Friendly Vacations Spots in New Jersey #NJStrong #ad

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New Jersey’s Division of Travel & Tourism for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love when the warm air hits because that means we can start planning our annual summer vacation. I’ve found that for the last six years or so we’ve just been rotating the same two places. This year my kids made it clear that they want something new. I know I wanted to finally go south and not north.

I’ve been looking around for something new and a place hot on my radar is New Jersey.

I’m sure you’ve heard there has been a lot going in the news weather wise but rest assure that the Jersey Shore is Going Strong!

Personally, I’m looking at Jersey’s shoreline. They have 130 miles of beaches with an amazing lineup of fun, festivals, concerts and events! They are going strong and ready for you to start planning your Jersey Shore weekend escape! I can already feel the sun on my face and the sand between my toes!

If the shore isn’t your thing, don’t worry! New Jersey has so many possibilities from great cities with arts & entertainment and wildlife for all your outdoor adventures! In fact, the largest tract of open space on the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard is the 1.1-million acre Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey.


1. Family Fun
We feature Indoor and outdoor destinations, attractions and activities that every generation can enjoy, such as museums, aquariums, historic and heritage sites, science centers, state and national parks and forests, amusement and water parks, zoos and safaris, farms and orchards, sports and recreation.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here.

2. Outdoor Adventure
New Jersey boasts millions of acres to explore, including hundreds of state and national parks and forests, recreation areas and county parks, plus 4,100 fresh waterways and 130 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. The Garden State’s natural beauty provides a breathtaking backdrop for an awe-inspiring assortment of outdoor pursuits.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here and here

3. Arts and Culture
Our world-class state of the arts and cultural scene pleases those passionate about artistic excellence and dynamic cultural experiences. Our eclectic mix of venues in vibrant towns encompasses acclaimed museums and galleries, colleges and universities, theaters and performing arts centers. We also claim notable architecture, natural, historical and scientific sensations, Garden State-fresh culinary delights, top-notch wines, superb spas and splendid shopping and nightlife.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here and here

4. History and Heritage
New Jersey might be small, but our legacy stretches back for eons––and endures today. Prehistoric to Space Age, visitors should experience our remarkable collection of historic resources, featuring storied places that boast state, national and international significance. We offer fascinating historic sites, towns and villages, lighthouses, architectural wonders, museums, farms and orchards and many other attractions.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here

5. Food and Wine
Dining is divine in New Jersey. After all, we are the Garden State, so homegrown and harvested are our specialties. Visitors should sample our famous farms and orchards, Atlantic Ocean-fresh seafood, award-winning fine dining and authentic multicultural cuisines. From 46 wineries along six wine trails to over 600 distinctive diners in towns throughout the state, foodies are sure to satisfy every craving.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here and here.

6. Shopping
Designer to discount. Trendy to quirky. In New Jersey, fabulous shopping has become a state pastime. We offer deals in flea markets and outlet malls, hidden riches in antiques and specialty stores, luxury’s finest names in casinos and downtowns––and everything in between. As an added bonus, shopaholics will adore 0% sales tax on clothes and shoes.

For more ideas and inspiration, see here.

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So what are you waiting for? You need to start making your summer plans now and discover New Jersey!


  1. Lara says

    I have never been to New Jersey. Looks like there is plenty to do! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Jenn says

    Hubs’ family lives on some of that beautiful land in NJ. We need to visit them soon!

  3. Such a neat list, I never knew these were in NJ!

  4. Lisa says

    I didn’t realize there was so much to do!

  5. Mel says

    I really want to visit the Jersey Shore one day. Sounds like so much fun!

  6. We have not made it up to New Jersey yet, but we plan to next summer. It is where my dad was born, and there is so much to do there.

  7. When I lived there one of my favorite things to do was to drive along the coast and look at the houses. I also loved Atlantic City.

  8. I need to look into what all New Jersey has to offer. I’m sure there’s so much to see and do there.

  9. Mary W. says

    I’ve never been to New Jersey but it’s definitely on my bucket list. So many fun things to do.

  10. I admit, being from NY, I always assumed NJ was less cool. But it looks like I have to admit I’m wrong 🙂

  11. We’ve never been, but we do love to travel. Thank you for the great suggestions.

  12. Wendy says

    I love “Jersey” . I lived in NY and now live in CT, and jersey is one of the 3 Tri states. So much to do there!

  13. Wow, there are quite a few great options for a visit to New Jersey. I think food and wine will be number 1 on my list! 🙂

  14. I’m on the other side of the country, but Jersey looks like a fun place to visit! My cousin lived there as a kid & I remember her being so devastated when they had to move because she loved it.

  15. This sounds like a really great place to visit. I need to plan a road trip for sure.

  16. I would never have thought to vacation in NJ, but it seems like there is a lot to do and that it’s very family friendly!

  17. I haven’t been to NJ before but have always wanted to check it out. Looks like I’ll have plenty to do when I make it there!

  18. vickie couturier says

    that’s not too far away from me,about 6 hours,that would be a nice trip,the grandkids would have a blast

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