8 days in New Jersey Itinerary

8 days in New Jersey Itinerary

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Ocean Grove
— 3 nights
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island
— 1 night
Wildwood Crest
— 3 nights


Ocean Grove — 3 nights

Ocean Grove is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Neptune Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Visiting Belmar Beach and Ocean Grove Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Allaire State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Barracks Museum (in Trenton), Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (in Robbinsville) and Cattus Island County Park (in Toms River). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with Belmar Parasail, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catharine Catholic Church, kick back and relax at Bay Head Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Hot Sand.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ocean Grove road trip tool.

New York City to Ocean Grove is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from New York City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Ocean Grove. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beach Haven.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
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 18th (Fri): learn about all things military at Museum of NJ Maritime History, then get outside with Black Pearl Pirate Excursion, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ship Bottom Beach, and finally glide through the air with Beach Haven Parasail.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Beach Haven trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ocean Grove to Beach Haven in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Beach Haven can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wildwood Crest.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
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Wildwood Crest — 3 nights

Wildwood Crest is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape May Lighthouse and Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. World War II Lookout Tower and Historic Cold Spring Village will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Wildwood Crest with a short trip to Parasailing & Paragliding in Ocean City, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cape May Bird Observatory, gain insight at The Wetlands Institute, contemplate the long history of Emlen Physick Estate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wildwood Crest trip builder app.

You can drive from Beach Haven to Wildwood Crest in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Wildwood Crest are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
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.