New Jersey attractions

Top Choice Forest in Princeton

Institute Woods

Walk 1½ miles down Mercer St to a bucolic slice of countryside seemingly completely removed from the jammed-up campus-area thoroughfares. Nearly 600 acres have been set aside here, and birders, joggers and dog-walke…
Top Choice Museum in Princeton

Princeton University Art Museum

This wide-ranging collection is particularly strong on antiquities, Asian art and photography.
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 …
Museum in Newark

Newark Museum

This brick-and-limestone mansion, a legacy of the Ballantine beer family, is now part of an impressive museum with the biggest Tibetan art collection in the western hemisphere. In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama consecrat…
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…
Park in Northern New Jersey

Liberty State Park

This attractive park hosts outdoor concerts with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. It also has a great bike trail, and the historic railroad terminal where immigrants embarked after being processed at Ellis Islan…
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.'
Memorial in Pine Barrens

Emilio Carranza Memorial

This bizarre snippet of history, emblazoned with an Aztec eagle, juts 10ft out of the ground on the site Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza, attempting to duplicate some of American Charles Lindbergh's aviation feats, di…
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…