15 New Jersey Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway

Looking for something in driving distance but still want to get out of the DMV area?

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This quaint beachside town is at the lowest point in New Jersey. If you’re looking for a quieter trip, Cape May -- home to numerous seaside B&Bs -- is a great alternative to some of the nosier boardwalk towns. You can tour the lighthouse and Victorian architecture, go parasailing, rent boats, and take a bike ride or a historic trolley tour.
Wildwood, just north of Cape May, has something for your whole family: activities, rides, games and water parks for the kids, and places to enjoy a night on the town for the grownups. There are fireworks, concerts, festivals and conferences all throughout the summer.
Hammonton is the "Blueberry Capital of the World" -- so there will definitely be some treats waiting to be enjoyed. While in Hammonton, you can also sip wine at DiMatteo Vineyards, Plagido's Winery or Tomasello Winery. Overall, this town offers a perfect romantic, relaxed weekend getaway.
Seaside Heights is a -- if not THE -- Jersey Shore staple. There will be fireworks and concerts on the beach all summer long. After spending your mornings splashing in the waves, you can munch on some delicious boardwalk food and stroll down the piers filled with illuminated rides. Seaside Heights really is a place to make traditional summer memories.
Long Branch has it all: the beach, fine dining, spas, gourmet restaurants and mom-and-pop shops. Pier Village, pictured here, is where you can get all of that in one afternoon.
Looking for a relaxing beach getaway? The small, quiet beach town of Spring Lake is perfect for you. Wake up early to catch the sunrise and take a walk on the small boardwalk to have a relaxing summer morning.
Princeton, of course, is home to the famous Ivy League school -- but in addition to touring the gorgeous campus, the surrounding town offers cool shops such as vintage record stores, and places to grab a quick bite.
Atlantic City is the place to go if you're looking for vibrant nightlife. Check out any of the casinos, concert venues, clubs or bars near the boardwalk to get the full #DOAC experience.
Small and off-the-beaten-path, Manasquan is a quintessential beach town that your family will be itching to go back to.
Hoboken may only be one square mile, but it’s full of things to do: parks, shopping, dining, drinking and fun night life. It’s right across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, so the views of the skyline at night are breathtaking.
Milford is the place to go if you're a nature lover. It's located right on the Delaware river, so you can go tubing or kayaking for the day. You can also go hiking or even just soak up some sunshine.
This iconic beach town has a boardwalk filled with great food, shopping and entertainment. Spend your days at the beach and check out the historic 1920s Paramount Theatre. The best part of Asbury Park? You can rock'n'roll at The Stone Pony, the famous venue where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performed during their rises to fame.
Lambertville is a historic town filled with antique shops, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops. Its main street features quirky architecture perfect for a stroll as the sun sets.
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Red Bank is a local favorite with a cool vibe located right on the Navesink River. It has a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, bakeries, theater, boutiques, craft stores, consignment shops and other upscale shopping. For a splurge, consider staying at the Molly Pitcher Inn, located right on the water.
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New Jersey is full of beach towns, and Point Pleasant is a popular family-friendly destination. The boardwalk has great rides, food and bars; plus, Jenkinson's Aquarium right on the boardwalk is a great day trip the kids.
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