New Jersey boasts over 120 miles of ocean frontage. Behind it there are many inlets and bays
with ideal conditions for yachting and fishing. Over 40 beaches are patrolled by lifeguards.
There are boundless getaways down the NJ shore. Thank you for taking the time to find
the best weekend getaway ideas down the NJ shore.
TOP 15 GETAWAY TOWNS DOWN THE NJ SHORE
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Seaside Heights has become one of the most famous beach towns in all of New Jersey. The white sandy beaches are pristine, the boardwalk food is delicious and the nightlife is unmatched. FunNewJersey.com's choice for the best nightlife down the NJ Shore.
Day trip to Seaside Heights, NJ -Map For a classic NJ shore town feel, nothing comes close to Seaside Heights NJ. The Seaside Heights beach stretches from Hiering Avenue on the north end to Dupont Avenue on the south end. The beach is famous for its soft white sand and has been voted as one of New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches.
If you prefer a quieter day at the beach, try the bay beach on the north side of the borough. The shallow swimming beach is an ideal location for younger children to frolic in the water or search for mussels, snails and minnows. During the late morning hours numerous large and small private boats arrive in Seaside Heights Harbor and anchor for the day while other boats make their way through the channel as they steer toward the bridges. At dusk, sit on a bench along the boardwalk and celebrate a sunset that is as brilliant as an ocean beach sunrise. Crabbing and light tackle fishing are favorite pastimes at the north and south bayside docks. Food, fishing tackle and bait, rental boats, and restrooms are available on both sides of the bayfront.
The Seaside Heights Boardwalk endures as an enjoyable and simplistic Jersey Shore vacation destination. With arcade games, waterpark, kiddie and thrill rides, concession stands, and restaurants lining the west side of the Boardwalk Promenade, Seaside Heights provides a combination of nostalgic fun and modern exhilaration. While you can still find skee-ball and pinball machines, visitors today have taken a liking to crane machines that offer the chance to win high priced items such as iPads and smartphones. The late night aroma from the pizza shops and sausage stands brings back many a memory for New Jersey natives.
The summer and fall are packed with exciting events for the whole family. Music concerts, bonfires, festivals and sporting events will keep you coming back to Seaside Heights. Seaside Heights is a great getaway town in NJ for the entire family regardless of age.
Ocean City, New Jersey
Ocean City, New Jersey is known as America’s Greatest Family Resort town. Ocean City, NJ offers 8 miles of beautiful beaches lined with great restaurants, family attractions, a boardwalk and amusement park. FunNewJersey.com’s #1 pick for family getaways down the NJ Shore.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Ocean City - Map Ocean City, New Jersey offers dozens of day trip attractions and activities in the summer, as well as in the off season. You can head down to the beach with your chair and umbrella and relax to the sound of the waves crashing while your kids build sand castles and splash in the water. For a little more adventure, head over to one of Ocean City’s famous amusement parks: Playland’s Castaway Cove or Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Each park features thrilling rides for the older kids, as well as designated areas for small children and toddlers. OC Waterpark has many fun water slides, body slides, a lazy river and wave pool to cool off during the hot and humid summer months! When the sun starts to set, enjoy a game of mini golf at Congo Falls Golf or Pirate Island Golf. Water sports are happening at all ends, from the Duke O’ Fluke fishing charter boat, to Wave Runner Rentals at Wet and Wild LLC or the famous Pirate Adventure! The activities are endless in Ocean City, New Jersey.
After a full day of exploring Ocean City you’re going to work up an appetite. For the best seafood in town, head down to Island Grill, located on Atlantic Avenue. For pizza and other Italian specialty foods, visit Piccini. Click here for a full list of restaurants in Ocean City, NJ.
If you’re thinking about heading down to OC in the off-season, the town offers plenty of things to do all year long. Visit the Ocean City Arts Center for art classes or a gallery tour. Learn all about Ocean City’s history at The Ocean City Historical Museum. Catch a performance by the Ocean City POPs, one of the most famous orchestras in the Tri-State Area.
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Beautiful and ever-elegant Ocean Grove, NJ is a shore town where time seems to stand still. Experience the wonder of the Victorian-age homes, historic architecture, tree-lined thoroughfares and gracious townsfolk. Ocean Grove is FunNewJersey.com's pick for the pick for peaceful NJ shore town getaways.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Ocean Grove -Map
Ocean Grove has the largest collection of Victorian architecture in New Jersey. Every street is a dramatic testament to the beauty and style of that era with Victorian-style homes and bed and breakfasts lining almost every street. Soak in the historic charm of Ocean Grove by taking a Historic Walking House Tour sponsored by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. Stroll down to Main Avenue where you will find dozens of small shops boasting hidden gem artifacts of a Jersey Shore town that has stood the test of time. Grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s fine restaurants, such as SeaGrass Restaurant or Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe. End the warm summer days with handcrafted ice cream treats from Days Ice Cream. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and spend the afternoon on the pristine beach. Once the sun sets, catch an affordable concert every Saturday Night in the summer at Ocean Grove’s historic Great Auditorium.
Point Pleasant, New Jersey Point Pleasant NJ boasts one of the best family-friendly boardwalks in the state with many fun attractions for kids. They also have a unique bar scene, great restaurants, clean beaches and outdoor activities in the summer months. FunNewJersey.com chose Point Pleasant as the most diverse NJ shore town getaway.
Day trip ideas for Point Pleasant, NJ - Map If you’re coming to Point Pleasant NJ with the kids, your first stop should definitely be Jenkinson’s Boardwalk! Just a few rides include the famous Carousel, Crazy Bus, Balloon Race Ferris Wheel, Motor Jump, Wave Swinger, Bumper Cars and many more! An aquarium, fun houses, arcade games, concession stands and traditional boardwalk games line the 1 mile stretch of boardwalk. For less traditional seaside activities, take a boat tour on the River Belle, a modern replica of a Mississippi Riverboat. Charter a boat for an afternoon of fishing with The Queen Mary – the only boat FunNewJersey.com uses! See Point Pleasant Beach from 500 feet in the air on a parasailing adventure with Point Pleasant Parasail!
After a full day of sun, sand, waves and Boardwalk activities, you’re going to work up an appetite. Head over to Jenkinson’s Pavilion Restaurant and Bar, which boasts a huge raw seafood bar, plus traditional deli sandwiches, pizza, wraps, salads, Mexican favorites and much more. Travel off the boardwalk for some more romantic eateries such as 709 or Spano’s.
Wildwoods, New Jersey
Voted in the Top 10 Beaches for Families! There is something to do for all ages, from a huge amusement and waterpark to whale watching cruises, water sport activities and restaurants, you’ll need a whole month to discover it all! FunNewJersey.com’s pick for Best Family-Friendly NJ Shore Resort Town.
Venture just a few short blocks from the boardwalk amusements and charter a fishing boat or go deeper into the Atlantic Ocean with Cape May Whale Watcher for an exciting Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise or a Lighthouse Cruise. Parasail high above Wildwood, NJ with Atlantic Parasail. Rent a Jet Ski and explore the open ocean! End your day by playing a friendly, but competitive game of mini golf. Finally, restore your spent energy with great food and drinks at any of Wildwoods’ amazing seafood, American fare or Italian restaurants!
Atlantic City, New Jersey There is always something going on in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Besides the obvious choices of casinos, shows and clubs, there is so much to do in the greater AC area all year. From beaches to shopping and museums, come explore the real Atlantic City! FunNewJersey.com’s choice for Romantic NJ Shore Town Getaways.
Great Day trip ideas for Atlantic City, NJ - Map Just outside the hustle and bustle of the busy casino strips lies one of the most quaint and quiet beaches on the Jersey Shore. Atlantic City beaches are also among the very few in the state that are still free to enter, all year long! Contrary to popular belief, there are many fun and free attractions in the greater Atlantic City area! Visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum to learn about the unique background to New Jersey’s own mini-Las Vegas. Climb to the top of the state’s tallest lighthouse, The Absecon Lighthouse. Spend the afternoon with some aquatic creatures at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Visit the world-famous Lucy the Elephant – Atlantic City’s most unique attractions. Venture off land and into the sea with Atlantic City Cruise Company, offering Dolphin Watching, Happy Hour Cruises and Special Events. After an entire day of exploring the hidden gems of Atlantic City, head back to the casino strips for a romantic dinner, drinks and dancing.
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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Long Beach Island, New Jersey is an 18-mile long Barrier Island located in Ocean County. The island boasts over 20 small beaches, but Beach Haven and Barnegat Light are two of the top destinations offering great attractions for all ages. Long Beach Island, NJ is our pick for Quiet NJ Shore Getaway.
Recommended Day trip ideas for LBI NJ - Map LBI is only a quarter mile wide, so visitors can take advantage of the ocean and the bay. Beach Haven is the only town in LBI with an amusement park and a water park, so families with children should definitely consider staying in this town for the weekend. Fantasy Island Amusement Park offers rides, games and arcade amusements for all ages. On a very hot day, head over to Thundering Surf Water Park, offering water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, toddler zone, cabana rentals and mini golf. The lack of a boardwalk in LBI is definitely not a disadvantage, tourists and locals should head to this unspoiled Shore Town to take advantage of the most beautiful, untouched beaches on the Eastern Seaboard. Rent a kayak, jet ski or Stand Up Paddleboard from Route 72 Waverunner and explore some unchartered waters and take in all the beauty of this hidden NJ Shore Town. The 18-mile strip is also filled with hundreds of amazing boutiques and fine restaurants.
Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May has been a premier vacation destination in New Jersey for decades. Year after year tourists and locals continue to flock to this romantic and quiet Shore Town for a peaceful beach retreat. Cape May, NJ is our choice for Most Romantic Shore Getaway for Couples.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Cape May NJ - Map A trip to Cape May, New Jersey is a must for both tourists and locals alike. Take a self-guided tour of the pristine, tree-lined streets to view the beautiful Victorian-era homes and bed and breakfasts. During the summer months enjoy peaceful activities such as lounging on the beach, Whale and Dolphin Cruises or Historic Sunset Tours of the Cape May Lighthouse. For the more adventurous couples, you can go Parasailing or Jet Boating with East Coast Parasail. Make your stay even more romantic by booking an overnight retreat at one of the towns beautiful, historic B&Bs.
Cape May, NJ is not just a summer getaway destination, there is plenty to do in the off-season as well. Washington Street Mall’s cobblestone streets are home to dozens of cool shops, boutiques and restaurants. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides are a romantic way to see all the town has to offer. From Thanksgiving until the New Year, the Victorian–era homes are finely decorated and guided tours are available. Cape May Stage hosts plays and musicals all year long, with affordable Dinner and a Show packages available.
Belmar, New Jersey Belmar, New Jersey has consistently been one of the Northeast’s premier resort communities. The mile-long white-sand beach is absolutely amazing and the non-commercial boardwalk is great for a peaceful walk all year long. Belmar has grown in the past years to not only have a vibrant nightlife but also many wonderful restaurants and some of NJ's best Inns.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Belmar NJ - Map Belmar’s mile-long stretch of beach is one of the cleanest and most beautiful of all the beaches in the state. Pair the white-sanded beach with the town’s non-commercial boardwalk and Belmar ranks in the top 10 for relaxed and peaceful Jersey Shore destinations. Belmar is a great Jersey Shore town for families, couples and even a girlfriend’s weekend getaway. There is plenty to do for all ages, from Friday and Saturday Night concerts to Movies on the Beach, Shopping and Special Events, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, the list goes on and on.
Alongside the well-established attractions and restaurants are new and trendy businesses that have boasted the economy in the more recent years. Enjoy an amazing pub dinner, paired with great drinks and entertainment, at 9th Ave Pier, which provides the most amazing views of the marina. On the other side of town is La Dolce Vita, an exquisite Oceanfront Italian Restaurant. Meet in the middle at the family-friendly Mexican eatery 10th Ave Burrito, or Texas-style BBQ place right next door, Jersey Shore BBQ.
Stone Harbor NJ
Stone Harbor, New Jersey is less than 2 square miles, but visitors will be impressed with its small town charm, quaint shopping district and exceptional restaurants. This small town gets our vote as top hidden gem getaway destination down the NJ Shore!
Day trip ideas for Stone Harbor, NJ - Map Many tourist and locals visit Stone Harbor, NJ with the intensions of a quiet weekend getaway destination down the shore. However, once visitors arrive, they are immediately surprised by all there is to do in this small, but bustling 2 square mile town. Activities include mini golf, Surfboarding, Paddle boarding, Kayaking, Airplane Tours, Eco Tours and Sport Fishing, just to name a few! You can of course relax on the clean beach all afternoon or make your way over to the shopping center. Events include Monday Family Nights, Tuesday Concert Series, Wednesday Movie Nights on the Lawn and more! Come for the quiet, be surprised by the excitement!
Avon by the Sea is a four season, seaside, Victorian community located on the Atlantic Ocean - just an hour outside both New York City and Philadelphia. Avon by the Sea is one of the more unique shore towns as it is surrounded by three different bodies of water, Sylvan Lake, Shark River and the Atlantic Ocean. The town's ideal location affords for dozens of water activities from surfing and swimming to boogie boarding, fishing, boating and more. The non-commercial boardwalk is perfect for a romantic sunrise or sunset stroll. If you're looking for a leisurely seaside vacation, Avon by the Sea is our #1 pick!
Sunset Beach in Cape May County, New Jersey is one of the most unique beach resort towns in all of the state. Most famous for their sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean, Sunset Beach offers tons of area attractions. Come the beach for what the locals call Cape May Diamonds, or play a round of mini golf, find dozens of beach-themed novelties at the gift shops and grab a bite to each at The Grille. Quiet, romantic and the only place on the East Coast to see a fully unobstructed sunset. Sunset Beach in Cape May County, New Jersey is the perfect shore getaway for couples.
13 Sea Isle City Best uncrowded - unknown beach in NJ
'The Sea and Sand Family Vacationland.' Sea Isle City has five miles of clean uncrowded beaches surrounded by the sea and immense natural beauty. The small island offers endless opportunities year round for you and your family to enjoy a getaway.
14 Avalon NJ Best Quiet beach town in NJ
The Washingtonian magazine voted Avalon Beach the safest beach in NJ out of 30 beaches visited for swimming! The magazine also called it"the best beach in New Jersey" with its gentle surf, natural dunes, a wide beach and expert life guards. It even has a small and well maintained boardwalk. Beach Tags are available and can be purchased in the booth outside of Community Hall Friday - Sunday or at the beach by one of their friendly attendants. Please call 609-967-3066 for more beach information.
15 Sea Girt NJ Best Overall relaxing Beach town in NJ With one mile of white sandy beaches and an old fashioned boardwalk, Sea Girt is one of New Jersey's nicest most relaxing beaches. Designated beaches are available for bathing, fishing, surfing and of course sun bathing. A walk on the boardwalk offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Boardwalk starts at the foot of the Historic Lighthouse and runs to the South end of town. Great food and nightlife too for such a quiet little town. The younger crowd can hit up Edgars pub for some fun and dancing. Rod's Olde Irish Tavern is a great Old Fashioned turn of the century Saloon, perfect for singles, couples or families.
Honorable Mention Spring Lake NJ Most picturesque Northern Seaside town Spring Lake is not far from Sea Girt NJ. Spring Lake is another one of New Jersey's most elegant beach resorts which boasts beautifully maintained historic homes and over two miles of super clean beaches. Spring Lake also boasts the longest non-commercial boardwalk in all of New Jersey. The town is noted for more than 60 fine shops and boutiques as well as a variety of great gourmet restaurants. The beautiful 19th-century village of Allaire is within close driving distance.
Honorable Mention Highlands Best Northern shore spot - great Fishing Thrown in here for the best in the North shore region. Miles of clean beaches that are for the most part uncrowded. Great Seafood restaurants and a nearby nude beach (Gunnison beach) at Sandy Hook. A very nice spot in the Northern beach scene. Very close to New York. Great relaxed getaway with clean beaches and great restaurants. For the kids visit nearby Keansburg Amusement Park.
Honorable Mention Keansburg Best Old Fashioned Shore town in NJ - Also a fun party spot, young or old
We have to include Keansburg here just for the unique rustic wonder of the Keansburg Amusement Park Boardwalk. Keansburg is a really cool inimitable little town located on the North Shore region in Central New Jersey. It's one-of-a-kind aura is unmatched by any other NJ shore town. It has a an antiquated, unique seedy (in a good way) quality about it that you will not find anywhere else on the entire East Coast. For a rusty, cool and different type of hullabaloo vacation or day trip, Keansburg NJ is not to be missed! Great for families and children of all ages.
Murder mystery weekend getaway
Get away this weekend with your friends. Murder Mystery Weekends are scheduled for groups of twelve or more people (six couples) during the off-season (November through April). If you can get some people together, this could be the weekend getaway of your life. Great idea for family reunions or old friends who want to reunite and have a special time together. The Candlelight inn bed and breakfast is located N. Wildwood, NJ. Click on the link above for pricing, reservations and more information