Living in New Jersey, we take a lot of what we have here for granted. It’s nothing for us to come down the shore and go to Atlantic City, maybe go to a park, see a big show, or dine in one of our fine restaurants; many of which are known nationally or internationally.
But for a visitor to New Jersey, perhaps for the first time, there are so many great places they might not know; nor their host who may not think of some of them.
So I asked my listeners and the following social media: “If someone you know is visiting New Jersey for the very first time, what is one must-see sight they should see before they go?” Some are obvious to us, others less so.
Go to Margate to see Lucy The Elephant
Sinatra Park in Hoboken
Cape May, Sunset Beach, at sunset
The view of New York from downtown Jersey City
Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The view is stunning and you can also easily take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the Jersey side.
Twin lights, sand hook
Hamilton Sculpture Grounds
Kevin Kerney says to drive the Garden State Parkway from Cape May north until you see the Statue of Liberty and a large city on your right. Oh, and do NOT try this on a sunny Sunday!
Cape May and the lighthouse
Six Flags Great Adventure
Tim Hayes says, “My property tax bill!”
It’s what you show them when they’ve overstayed their welcome and you want them to leave.
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15 Sensational Places to Visit in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park
From the rides to all the boardwalk food to the many water fun, Seaside Heights and nearby Seaside Park has remained a family friendly place for all ages.
Along the way, the Seaside Heights boardwalk and Casino Pier were hit by tragic disasters, such as a fire, Super Hurricane Sandy, and another fire. Both have proven their resilience through reconstruction and expansion.
These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and meet an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: