Best New Jersey Travel Destinations By The Shore

By Chris A. Harmen

 When you think of traveling to New Jersey, your first thought may be of the famous beaches, piers and amusement parks. Or, you may think of hitting the big time in Atlantic City.

 Whatever your interests, the Jersey shore has something for everyone. Just pick up a New Jersey travel guide to learn more about some of the best New Jersey destinations on the shore.

 New Jersey Destinations To Enjoy Nature - Ocean County If you like swimming, sailing, tubing, fishing, or surfing in the ocean, New Jersey has great facilities that offer all that plus interesting history. In Ocean County, you will find Island Beach State Park, one of the few undeveloped barrier beaches on the Atlantic Coast.

 A narrow island that stretches for 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, the park has 1,600 acres of tidal marshes, creeks, ponds, and open water for kayaking and canoeing. The Emily DeCamp Interpretive Center within the park educates the public about over 400 native plants. Also located in Ocean County are Point Pleasant Beach, site of Jenkinson's Aquarium, family attractions on the boardwalks, an annual seafood festival, and Seaside Heights, which is more commercialized.

 Seaside Heights has many restaurants, bars and clubs, plus two piers with water parks, arcades, food vendors, and beaches. New Jersey Destinations For Gambling - Atlantic County If you like casinos, come to Atlantic City, the "Gambling Capital of the East Coast," home of the biggest concentration of casinos, hotel rooms, and gaming revenues outside of Las Vegas. Featuring a boardwalk first developed in 1870, the city is now home to condominiums, shops, and restaurants to complement the casinos.

The former home of the Miss America pageant, Atlantic City features other interesting attractions such as Ripleys' Believe It or Not! Museum, the Steel Pier, and Boardwalk Hall. New Jersey Destinations For Oceanside Fun - Cape May County Many Jersey shore communities border the Atlantic Ocean, and feature award-winning beaches. Whether you are in Ocean City, the group of towns known collectively as The Wildwoods, or Cape May, you can enjoy the water and walk along the boardwalks, shop in trendy boutiques, and stop for a drink or a seafood dinner in a shore side club or restaurant. In addition, many of the seaside towns have interesting attractions you won't want to miss.

 In The Wildwoods, for example, you can see a vast array of 1950s and '60s "doo wop" architecture and visit the museum that honors the harmony of R&B groups like the Platters, the Drifters, the InkSpots, and many others. Also in Wildwood, Morey's Piers is a collection of three amusement parks and two water parks with countless games, rides, eateries and more, all situated on the famous Jersey shore piers and beach of the Atlantic Ocean. Cape May at the southernmost tip of the state is also an architectural treat, with its outstanding example of Victorian homes.

 You can walk the beaches, bird watch, whale-watch, and view historic lighthouses. Aside from the beaches, Cape May has an Early American Living History Museum which offers kids an interactive view of life in earlier times, plus the Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house museum to give you another up-close look at the past. You can even go on a family treasure hunt. Adults will also enjoy wine tours, music, theater, and more. Whether you want to relax on the beach, sightsee, gamble, or shop, there are countless New Jersey destinations along the shore to check out.

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