Top things to do in Jersey Shore

Top Choice Winery in Cape May

Willow Creek Winery

The 'baby' of Cape May's six wineries, this former lima bean and dairy farm christened its first bottles in 2011, and produces a solid combo of reds and whites. The weekend tapas menu and sangria bar is pretty mind-…
Top Choice Southern US in Atlantic City

Kelsey & Kim's Café

In the pretty residential Uptown area, this friendly cafe does excellent Southern comfort food, from morning grits and waffles to fried whiting and barbecue brisket. BYOB makes it a deal.
Top Choice Italian in Asbury Park


A high-ceilinged, hardwood-picnic-table heaven, with customized ovens from Naples and thin-crust pizzas vetted by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. A glass of red and a side of meatballs at the lively happy …
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…
Breakfast in Jersey Shore

Shut Up and Eat!

About 6 miles west of Seaside Heights, tucked away in the Kmart shopping plaza in Tom's River, this could be the silliest breakfast joint ever: waitresses in pajamas (wear yours for a 13% discount), snappy repartee,…
Beer Garden in Asbury Park

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten

Deutschland by the Sea: quaff from 41 draft ales on the rooftop beer garden or check out live music in a space as big as two barns, with classic long beer-hall tables. Snack on pretzels bigger than your face, fill u…
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…
American in Cape May

Mad Batter

Tucked away in a white Victorian B&B, this restaurant is locally beloved for brunch – including fluffy oat pancakes and rich clam chowder. Dinner is fine but pricier, with mains around $30.
Seafood in Sandy Hook

Bahr's Landing

A century of seafood tradition on the docks, with views facing the Hook. You can hardly go wrong, but we found the cups of chowder, Maine mussels and lobster roll particularly delish. Long waits in the summer, but i…