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Things to Do in New Jersey

Walkway on a New Jersey beach toward the ocean.

New Jersey has a host of activities both fun and educational for people of all ages. Whether you are a long–time resident, recent arrival, or tourist, explore the many opportunities New Jersey has to offer.

Visit the Jersey Shore

As we say here, “go down the shore” where New Jersey’s 130 miles of coastline invite visitors to lounge on the sand, swim in the Atlantic, and dine on the boardwalks. When you browse the state’s many beaches, you’re sure to find one that meets all your needs.

Visit a New Jersey Orchard, Farm, or Vineyard

Learn why New Jersey is “The Garden State.” Pick your own produce at a farm or orchard, visit a local farmer’s market, or learn about traditional farming methods at a living history farm.

Explore the Arts

The Garden State is full of local artists and galleries. Schools, colleges, and universities often welcome the public to view their art displays, as well as related lectures and presentations.

Many towns in New Jersey also have arts councils that offer classes, exhibits, and events celebrating the visual arts.

Attend a Show

Experience music, dance, and theater at one of the state’s performing arts centers. Local colleges and universities often stage plays and musicals, and community members are welcome to attend.

Some theaters, comedy clubs, and arts collectives may also offer workshops and classes for performers of all ages.

Learn at a New Jersey Museum

Whether your interest is in science, history, culture, art, or sports, there’s likely a museum in New Jersey for you. Child–friendly museums, aquariums, and planetariums invite visitors year–round. Visit a historic site or go sightseeing. The state also features several museums on transportation, including the Aviation Hall of Fame, NJ Maritime Museum, Whippany Railway Museum, and more.

Visit a County or State Park

New Jersey is full of parks and trails for your camping, hiking, or biking pleasure. The state’s diverse ecosystems cater to all types of outdoor enthusiasts, whether you want to go birdwatching, fishing, horseback riding, boating, or skiing.

Entertain Yourself at a Zoo, Aquarium, or Amusement Park

Prepare your walking shoes for a trip to a New Jersey aquarium, zoo, or amusement park. Immerse yourself in mystery at an escape room or enjoy an authentic medieval tournament at Medieval Times.