15 days in New Jersey Itinerary

15 days in New Jersey Itinerary

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Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Sussex
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Sussex
— 3 nights
Drive
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Freehold
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape May
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island
— 2 nights
Drive

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Sussex

— 3 nights
Sussex is a borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. Family-friendly places like High Point State Park and Turtle Back Zoo will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Columbia Trail and Lakota Wolf Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Sussex: WaggMore Pet Boutique & Bakery Dog Friendly (in Sparta) and Goffle Road Poultry Farm (in Wyckoff). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Stokes State Forest, trek along Monument Trail, and examine the collection at Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sussex itinerary planner.

Chicago to Sussex is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Sussex due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Sussex dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Freehold.

Things to do in Sussex

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Freehold

— 4 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenkinson's Aquarium and Belmar Beach. Family-friendly places like Ocean Grove Beach and Seaside Park Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Freehold's surroundings by going to The Original Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store (in Lavallette), Cattus Island County Park (in Toms River) and Seaside Heights Boardwalk (in Seaside Heights). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Island Beach State Park, identify plant and animal life at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Popcorn Park Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Six Flags Great Adventure.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Freehold route planner.

You can drive from Sussex to Freehold in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Freehold

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape May

— 5 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ocean City Parasail as well as Totally Tubular Watersports. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape May City Beaches and Original Old Time Photo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape May Point State Park and Playland's Castaway Cove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape May: Ocean City (Encounters & Haunted Golf). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Fri) at Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at World War II Lookout Tower, get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, stop by Kona Surf Co., and kick back and relax at Wildwood Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape May trip planner.

Traveling by car from Freehold to Cape May takes 2 hours. In June in Cape May, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ship Bottom.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island

— 2 nights
Ship Bottom is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. On the 18th (Tue), cool off at Thundering Surf Waterpark, then admire the majestic nature at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Barnegat Light Museum. On the next day, learn about all things military at Museum of NJ Maritime History, then head outdoors with Black Pearl Pirate Excursion, and then stroll through Ship Bottom Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ship Bottom sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Ship Bottom takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ship Bottom are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ship Bottom

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.