50+ Awesome Things To Do In New Jersey This Summer!
There nothing better than summer in New Jersey! It’s time for awesome summer festivals, sunny days at the Jersey shore, Jersey fresh sweet corn and tomatoes, summer nights at the county fair, and so much more. In fact, there are so many things to do in New Jersey in the summer that we’ve put together the Ultimate New Jersey Summer Bucket List! Our list features more than 50 summer events and activities in New Jersey that will take you to all corners of the Garden State! Yes, of course there are Jersey shore area activities – but you’ll also find that our list takes you to amazing places in New Jersey that you never even knew existed!
So what are you waiting for?! Read on for our Ultimate New Jersey Summer Bucket List and make plans for the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.
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Beach-goers enjoy fun in the sun at the Jersey Shore. | Photo: SurFeRGiRL30
Bottom of the 3rd at the Lakewood BlueClaws First Energy Park. | Photo: Ted Kerwin
Jersey Fresh blueberries. Photo: Vilseskogen
Barnegat Lighthouse in New Jersey. | Photo: Melissa 5. Take a stroll on your favorite boardwalk
(and vote for your favorite one HERE)!
Beautiful day on the Ocean City NJ boardwalk. | Photo: LabyrinthX
Tubing on the Delaware River is an awesome way to cool off on hot summer day. Groupon Deal! 7. Watch over a hundred hot air balloons take flight at the QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning!
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Hunterdon County is a NJ summer tradition. | Photo: Thomas Scibilia
Hundreds of free summer concerts are planned around New Jersey! | Photo: Victor Reynolds
New Jersey is home to six zoos. You can find one in nearly every region in the state! | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Washington really did sleep here! Visit the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park. | Photo: Mark Goebel
New Jersey is home to more than 40 wineries! | Photo: Stephen Harris 12. Have some old-fashioned fun at a
NJ county fair!
Summer fun at the Hunterdon County Fair. | Photo: William Doyle 13. Take a hike!
There are hundreds of places to hike in New Jersey. Our state parks are a great place to start. | Photo: Jim Lukach 14. Enjoy a
free summer movie in the park- or on the beach!
Free outdoor movies are happening all over New Jersey this summer! | Photo: Tomwsulcer 15. Eat your way through a NJ food festival!
Eat your way through a summer day at a New Jersey food festival! | Photo: Jazz Guy
16. Howl with the wolves at Lakota Wolf Preserve!
The Lakota Wolf Preserve is the largest preserve of its kind in the Northeast. The preserve cares for wolves, foxes, and bobcats who are unable to live in the wild. | Photo: Cole Young 17. See and build sandcastle masterpieces at a sandcastle building competition!
Each summer the Jersey shore hosts several sandcastle building competitions. | Photo: Anthony Quintano
Spend a summer day on the water watching dolphins and whales off the New Jersey coast. | Photo: Jess Walters
Check out one of the many music festivals happening around New Jersey this summer! | Photo: Jazz Guy 20. Spend a night at the rodeo!
The Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove NJ is the oldest weekly rodeo in the US! | Photo: Blue Moonbeam Studio
21. See some fireworks!
Many New Jersey communities have summer fireworks displays planned. | Photo: Kevin Jarrett
The Jersey shore is a great surfing destination! Get out there and hang ten this summer! | Photo: Daniel D’Auria
New Jersey’s parks and forests offer numerous opportunities for camping around the state. | Photo: Amelia Gapin 24. Enjoy a NJ open air theatre production!
Summertime in New Jersey is the perfect time to enjoy a night of theatre under the stars. | Photo: Alec Perkins 25. Collect some Cape May diamonds!
Hunting for Cape May diamonds is a fun way to spend a day at the beach. | Photo: Clark Perks & Janey 26. Do some stargazing!
Amateur astronomy groups around New Jersey offer opportunities for stargazing around the Garden State. | Photo: Halfblue
Lucy the Elephant has been a beloved New Jersey landmark for more than 130 years. | Photo: Michael P. Barbella
See amazing arial acrobatics by the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels at New Jersey’s airshows! | Photo: Brian Wilson
Give stand up paddleboarding at try in New Jersey’s lakes, bays, and even the Hudson River! | Photo via Flickr
Enjoy summertime fun in New Jersey with a game of mini golf! | Photo: JL McVay
Travel back in time to a Jurassic world at New Jersey’s Field Station: Dinosaurs! | Photo: Tom Simpson 32. Paddle through the Pine Barrens!
Paddle down the lazy Batsto River in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens this summer! | Photo Credit: Jeff Cushner 33. Stroll through a NJ street fair!
Head on out to a New Jersey street fair for some fun this summer. | Photo: Wally Gobetz
Swimmers cool off in the refreshing waters of Lake Marcia at High Point State Park on a hot summer day. | © Things To Do In New Jersey 35. Snag some bargains at a NJ flea market!
Find bargains galore at New Jersey’s flea markets! | Photo: Bob Jagendorf
Young buccaneers set sail in search of treasure aboard the Dark Star. | Source 37. Smell the roses at New Jersey’s public gardens!
The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Franklin Township is bursts with color courtesy of more than 3000 varieties of roses. | Photo: Debbie R
SSgt James McCarroll purchases tomatoes from Lisa Durr of Durr Farm at the Homegrown for Heroes farmer’s market on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. | Photo: USAF by Kim Wright 39. Lose yourself (but not literally) in the swamps of Jersey!
New Jersey is home to a number of swamp & marsh ecosystems offering beautiful scenery and habitat for a wide variety of animals. | Photo: Kai Schreiber
Fishing at Island Beach State Park. | Photo: Stephen Harris
41. Explore New Jersey’s small towns!
New Jersey’s small towns offer visitors the opportunity to explore art galleries, unique shops, fine restaurants, and more. Clinton NJ pictured above. | Photo: Ddogas 42. Spend a day (or night!) at the races!
New Jersey is home to both thoroughbred and standardbred harness racing. Pictured above – Monmouth Park | Photo: Peter Miller
The New Jersey State Museum is like four museums in one, featuring galleries showcasing natural history, cultural history, fine art, and archaeology. The museum is also home to the largest Planetarium in New Jersey. | © Things To Do In New Jersey 44. Take a train ride!
The Black River and Western Railroad is one of several scenic railroad lines offering picturesque rides through the New Jersey countryside. | Photo: Vilseskogen 45. Venture underground at Sterling Hill Mining Museum!
Sterling Hill Mining Museum explores the industrial history of Sussex County, taking visitors a quarter mile underground into the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The museum also features more than 700 specimens of fluorescent minerals, many of which are found only in NJ. | © Things To Do In New Jersey 46. Get a spectacular view of New Jersey (and beyond) at High Point Monument!
High Point Monument, built in honor of war veterans, is located on the highest peak of the Kittatinny Mountains at 1803 feet above sea level. Three states (New Jersey, New York, & Pennsylvania) an be seen from this vantage point. | Photo: Jason Jenkins
The USS New Jersey holds the distinction of being the most decorated battleship in US history. The Iowa-class battleship is permanently docked in Camden NJ. | Photo: Michael Thompson
The Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ is a 42-acre sculpture park and arboretum featuring more than 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. | Photo: Simon 49. Watch a movie at the world’s largest IMAX dome theater.
The Liberty Science Center features the world’s largest IMAX dome theater. The 400-seat theater screens films selected for their visual appeal, content and interesting stories. | Photo: Eden, Janine & Jim
The Atlantic City Steel Pier amusement park has been providing visitors with entertainment and excitement for more than 100 years. | Source
Cool off at New Jersey’s waterparks this summer! | Photo: Rob Gross
New Jersey vintage baseball teams recreate America’s favorite pastime as it was played 150 years ago. | Photo: Alpesh Shah 53. Wander around a sunflower maze!
Take in the spectacular beauty of thousands of sunflowers as you meander your way through a NJ sunflower maze. | Photo: Anthony Quintano
Do you have another “must-do” New Jersey summer activity? Share it with us in the comments below!
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