19 days in New Jersey, Brooklyn & New York City Itinerary

19 days in New Jersey, Brooklyn & New York City Itinerary

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19 days in New Jersey, Brooklyn & New York City Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape May
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Brooklyn
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island

Ship Bottom ©
Ship Bottom is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Settler's Mill Adventure Golf, buy something for everyone on your list at Bay Village, and then look for gifts at Ron Jon Surf Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Barnegat Light Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Bottom Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ship Bottom trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ship Bottom is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ship Bottom due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Ship Bottom hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Ship Bottom

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Beach Haven, Barnegat Light
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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park ©
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light Museum ©
Barnegat Light Museum
Ron Jon Surf Shop ©
Ron Jon Surf Shop

5
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape May Bird Observatory and Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Relax by the water at Cape May City Beaches and Wildwood Beach. Explore Cape May's surroundings by going to Atlantic City Boardwalk (in Atlantic City) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at South Cape May Meadows, stop by Blue Eden, visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cape May County Park & Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape May trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ship Bottom to Cape May in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brooklyn.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Wildwood, Cape May Court House, Atlantic City Boardwalk, Cape May Bird Observatory, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
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Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Wildwood Beach ©
Wildwood Beach

4
nights
Brooklyn

Brooklyn ©
Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
Escape the urban bustle at Sam's Point Preserve and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. William Floyd Estate and Brooklyn Heights Promenade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brooklyn: Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue), Brid's Closet (in Cornwall on Hudson) and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (in Shirley).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brooklyn online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cape May to Brooklyn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brid's Closet, Sam's Point Preserve, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, William Floyd Estate
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fifth Avenue and Ellis Island. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Sam's Point Preserve (in Cragsmoor), New Paltz (DM Weil Gallery & Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary) and Orange County Arboretum (in Montgomery). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial and take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City route planner .

New York City is very close to Brooklyn. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

New Paltz, Sam's Point Preserve, Orange County Arboretum, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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