Every summer, 130 miles of shoreline lures lovers of sand and surf to New Jersey. Of course, this coastal state nestled between New York City and Philadelphia delivers surprises year-round. There are countless reasons to tour New Jersey, but these are the top 10 right now.

1. Atlantic City

In any season, the action is sizzling in this neon-lit city by the sea. Dine in celebrity chef restaurants, catch headlining entertainment, and try your luck in thrilling casinos.

2. Wine Trails

More than 50 wineries growing over 90 types of grapes add up to one refreshing experience. No tour of the Garden State is complete without sipping and savoring your favorite varietals.

3. Liberty State Park

This urban green space stands under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty. Must-sees include the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial and the 36-acre Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area.

4. Lakota Wolf Preserve

At this wooded preserve, you will find yourself surrounded by four different packs as the resident wolves play with each other. This is an immersive wildlife experience you’ll never forget.

5. Cape May

Historic architecture and modern amenities live in harmony in America’s First Seaside Resort. This charming town is the ideal destination for wining, dining, and sightseeing. Top tip: Christmas in Cape May is a not-to-be-missed attraction!

6. Princeton

Best known for its leafy Princeton University campus and upscale shopping, this Ivy League borough also boasts its fair share of Revolutionary War landmarks.

7. American Dream

At this mega entertainment complex, you can visit a waterpark, theme park, ski slope, and ice- skating rink all in the same day, any time of year. Not to mention indulging in world-class dining and shopping, with tax-free purchases on clothes and shoes!

8. Crystal Springs Resort

Guests of this mountain resort enjoy four seasons of fun and adventure, including hiking, horseback riding, golf, ax throwing, archery, goat yoga, and more.

9. Grounds For Sculpture

This outdoor sculpture garden enchants visitors daily. Timing is everything: From Nov. 25, 2022, through April 2, 2023, you can explore the park after hours with Night Forms: Infinite Wave, a limited-engagement multisensory light and sound experience.

10. Adventure Aquarium

Go under the sea (without getting wet!) at this home to over 15,000 of the world’s most diverse aquatic animals, where visitors are invited to get hands on with some of the friendly residents.

For more information about touring in New Jersey, go to visitnj.org.

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Cape May Lighthouse
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