The Best NJ towns for Day Trips

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You don’t have to travel far to experience something new and exciting. From state parks to forests and over 140 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, New Jersey has something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or something more adventurous, keep reading to find out more about these 9 NJ towns that are perfect for a day trip.

Egg Harbor City

This charming South Jersey town is home to a myriad of fun things to do. From alpaca farms to beautiful wineries, be sure to check out the Leatherhead Pub for outdoor dining and the old-fashioned Kustard Korner for dessert.
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From history to art and fantastic food, Morristown has lots to offer visitors. For daytime activities check out the beautiful Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Morristown National Historical Park, or the Schuyler-Hamilton house. At night, experience the lively bar and restaurant scene from popular local favorites like the Jockey Hollow and Stirling Tavern.
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Asbury Park

A fun and interesting shore town to visit even in the offseason, Asbury Park is home to a mural-filled boardwalk, breweries, and the infamous Stone Pony venue. Spend the day at the beach or explore the many restaurants Asbury has to offer from Porta to Langosta Lounge.
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Red Bank

Situated along the Navesink River, Red Bank is known for its artsy, urban charm. Explore unique attractions like the retro game center Yestercades or Jay and Silent Bob's comic book shop. There are also tons of restaurants to experience here. We highly recommend Patrizia's and The Cheese Cave.
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This hidden gem of a town is home to the gorgeous Lake Mohawk. A destination sought out for its hiking, swimming, and boating scene. Spend the day outside at Sparta Glen Park or walk the boardwalk where you'll find lots of restaurants.
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A town filled with small businesses, Hopewell boasts a small close-knit community vibe. Explore the historic Hopewell Museum or visit the countless delicious restaurants from Aunt Chubby's for breakfast to the Blue Bottle Cafe for dinner.
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Long Branch

From the beach to shopping and world-class dining, Long Branch offers visitors the beautiful Pier Village and gorgeous waterfront views at restaurants like Charley's Ocean Grill and Mcloone's Pier House.
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Cape May

Consistently voted one of the best beaches in the country, this list would not be complete without Cape May. A beautiful coastal town dotted with colorful Victorian homes, a zoo, and lighthouses. Spend the day exploring the promenade or dining at local favorites like Quincy's Original Lobster Rolls or Harry's Ocean Bar.
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From its busy town square to its stunning architecture and relaxing parks, Princeton is a wonderful spot to spend a Saturday. Check out the legendary Yankee Doodle Taproom or The Bent Spoon for dessert.
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