8 days in New Jersey Itinerary

8 days in New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Jersey trip itinerary planner
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— 1 night
Cape May
— 4 nights
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island
— 1 night
Forked River
— 1 night


Trenton — 1 night

Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. On the 14th (Mon), walk around Hamilton Veterans Park, then walk around Grounds For Sculpture, and then walk around Mercer County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at World War II Memorial, then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Great Adventure, then test your problem-solving skills at Amazing Escape Room Freehold, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Trenton driving holiday planner.

New York City to Trenton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from New York City in September, Trenton is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape May.
Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Cape May — 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at World War II Lookout Tower and Historic Cold Spring Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape May: Atlantic City (Caesars Atlantic City Casino, Borgata Casino, &more) and Liberty Escape Rooms (in Ocean City). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape May City Beaches, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cape May Brewing Company.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape May online holiday planner.

Drive from Trenton to Cape May in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cape May can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Beach Haven.
Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Museums
Side Trips

Beach Haven, Long Beach Island — 1 night

Beach Haven is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, that is located on Long Beach Island (LBI) and borders the Atlantic Ocean. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of NJ Maritime History, then head outdoors with Black Pearl Pirate Excursion, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Bottom Beach, and finally glide through the air with Beach Haven Parasail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beach Haven trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Beach Haven takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Forked River.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Side Trip

Forked River — 1 night

Forked River is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located within Lacey Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. On the 21st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, get to know the resident critters at Popcorn Park Zoo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Forked River trip planner.

Drive from Beach Haven to Forked River in an hour. In September in Forked River, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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.