Top things to do

American in Lambertville

Swan

This late-19th-century building – once the village hotel – is a scenic place for a burger. The same owners also have the bar, Boat House, on the towpath, which oozes even more historic atmosphere.
Top Choice Pub Food in Barnegat Peninsula

Klee's

Don't ask why an Irish bar has the best thin-crust pizza on the shore – just enjoy. The rest of the menu is solid, if standard, and comes in mammoth portions.
Top Choice Seafood in Cape May

Lobster House

This clubby-feeling classic on the wharf serves local oysters and scallops. No reservations means very long waits – go early or late.
Top Choice Museum in Princeton

Princeton University Art Museum

This wide-ranging collection is particularly strong on antiquities, Asian art and photography.
Live Music in Asbury Park

Stone Pony

Best known as the bar where Bruce Springsteen launched his career, the Pony has continued to be a respectable rock venue – a genuine, sweaty, feet-stick-to-the-floor club – and hosts a big outdoor festival at the be…
Beer Garden in Asbury Park

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten

Deutschland by the Sea: quaff from 41 draft ales in the rooftop beer garden or check out live music in a space as big as two barns, with classic long beer-hall tables. Pretzels bigger than your face and stylish stei…
Park in Barnegat Peninsula

Island Beach State Park

Of the 10 miles of relatively untouched beach, one is open for swimming; the rest makes a nice bike ride. On the bay side, the lush tidal marshes are good for kayaking.
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.'
Live Music in Asbury Park

Wonder Bar

A still grungy, seen-it-all venue. Most shows are for over-21s.
Sandwiches in Atlantic City

White House Subs

Legendary, giant and delicious sub sandwiches. A half is plenty for two.