New Jersey doesn’t have that great of a reputation, with the media and movies often paying more attention to the bad side. Even so, NJ is a pretty great place to visit, and with so many fun things to do, it might just tempt you to return.
You might need an entire lifetime to enjoy all of the good things New Jersey has to offer. There are still things to do after you’ve done everything (somehow).
Below are just a few of the must-dos during a visit to NJ.
- Six Flags Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor
Spending a day at Six Flags Great Adventure is perfect for the adventurous tourist. This spot offers multiple attractions, wild rides, a drive-through wild safari, plenty of games, and, of course, food and beverages. It’s simply a must-visit amusement park if you’re staying in New Jersey for some time.
If you’re visiting during the summer months, then do check out Hurricane Harbor, right next door. There, you could enjoy water slides and roller coasters, as well as animal attractions, great shows, shopping, and concessions.
Six Flags also accommodates families and has a section dubbed “Bugs Bunny Land” for the kiddos.
- Atlantic City/The Boardwalk
The famous Atlantic City has always been known as a playground for adults. However, there are attractions for kids too.
If you’re after good eating, good drinking, casino action, and movie-like nightlife, it’s definitely the venue you need to head to. Atlantic City is one of the places folks go to make money in Jersey as it has plenty of casinos and betting at every turn. New Jersey sports betting is pretty popular as it was one of the first locations in the U.S to see betting legalized.
The Steel Pier in Atlantic City is another place worth checking out. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is as famous as it’s attractive, with a variety of hotels and casinos at the disposal of visitors.
The Boardwalk is also replete with tourist shops, five-star restaurants, snack spots, rides, live entertainment, and other amusements for folks of all ages.
You could find lots of city art while a historical museum and local offerings such as saltwater taffy and homemade fudge can be found at the Boardwalk’s cultural epicenter.
Yes, Atlantic City has a reputation as a place adults visit for debauchery, but it’s still great to visit with the family and you’ll find no shortage of things to do.
- Adventure Aquarium
Adventure is among the favorite tourist venues in New Jersey. It’s a great place to take your family, as the name suggests. It’s located along the Camden riverside, a scenic spot in itself, and is one of the best places people go for breathtaking views.
Over 15,000 water creatures live in the aquarium, including several species of sharks, penguins, hippos, and more. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits on show at Adventure aquarium, making it an even more enjoyable spot for children.
Activities with sea turtles and hippos are among the interactive offerings available, while there’s a passable shark bridge, a kid zone for the much younger folk, a turtle cove, and live feeding shows.
You’re probably going to get hungry while you’re there and they’ll have you covered on that end as well, given the availability of a marketplace, coffee shop, and beer garden.
- Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is in a real World War II aviation hangar, which makes a visit there even more attractive as a place to spend some of your time when you’re in NJ. The hangar alone is quite something to behold on its own but boasts a collection of aircraft and relics from the second World War, including propeller craft, high-speed jets, helicopters, and engines.
There are also many exhibits from outside of WWII, plus treasures from the 1940s.
- Morristown Game Vault
New Jersey’s Morristown Game Vault is a retro arcade geared towards hitting gamers with some serious nostalgia as it brings back some of the best games from back in the day.
If you’re looking for a fun place to visit, it’s surely one of the spots in which you’ll want to make a stop. There are over 100 arcade titles and pinball machines to play to your heart’s content; most of them are recognizable too (Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, for example).
If there happens to be a day you’re not up to much and need something exciting to do, the Game Vault’s a top choice – especially as, get this, the games are free. That’s right, you can walk back out with all of your quarters and play for as long as you want. You just pay for a wristband for a set time and play whatever you want.