Jersey Shore attractions

Nature Reserve in Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Here you’ll find the nation’s oldest lighthouse; excellent birding in a holly forest; outstanding views of Manhattan’s skyline on clear days; beautiful white dunes; and even a nude beach alongside a gay beach (area …
Park in Barnegat Peninsula

Island Beach State Park

This beautiful tidal island offers fishing, a range of wildlife (from foxes to ospreys and other shorebirds), more than 40 trees and shrubs, including pepperbush and prickly pear cactus, and a killer view of Barnega…
State Park in Cape May

Cape May Point State Park

The 190-acre Cape May Point State Park, just off Lighthouse Ave, has 2 miles of trails, plus the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. You can climb the 199 stairs to the top for the view. Short, easy trails (0.5 to 2 mi…
Theatre in Atlantic City

Historic Pipe Organ

A nonprofit institute runs tours, recitals and silent films to maintain the Boardwalk Hall's two historic – and impressive – pipe organs: the 'sonic Mount Rushmore.'
Lighthouse in Cape May

Cape May Lighthouse

In the lush wetlands of Cape May Point State Park, this 1859 lighthouse gives a fine view. The 157ft structure underwent a $2-million restoration in the 1990s, and its light is visible 25 miles out to sea. You can c…
Monument in Jersey Shore

Lucy the Elephant

This six-story wooden pachyderm was constructed in 1881 as a land developer's weird scheme to attract customers. It's in Margate (just south of AC), and you can climb up inside on a guided tour (on the half-hour).
Bird Sanctuary in Cape May

Cape May Bird Observatory

Cape May is one of the country's top birding spots, with more than 400 species during the spring and fall migration seasons, when neotropical birds are heading south for the winter or north to breed for the summer. …
Museum in Wildwood

Doo Wop Experience

The Doo Wop Preservation League runs this small museum that tells the story of Wildwood's 1950s heyday. Its 'neon-sign garden' shows off relics from no-longer-standing buildings. Some summer nights, a trolley tour (…
Amusement Park in Atlantic City

Steel Pier

The Steel Pier, directly in front of the Taj Mahal casino, was the site of the famous high-diving horses that plunged into the Atlantic before crowds of spectators from the 1920s to the ’70s. Today it's a collection…
Lighthouse in Sandy Hook

Twin Lights of Navesink

If you can't get enough of Jersey lighthouses, the medieval-like brownstone double towers of Navesink offer an awesome – and free – view of Sandy Hook Bay. Trivia: it's the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard at …