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Places to Visit in Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May, New Jersey Shore

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The moment you reach the Jersey Shore you'll already be hooked on the region. With some of the country's best fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, and sunbathing, the Jersey Shore's beaches and coastal waters offer hours of fun in the sun and sand. But the Jersey Shore's appeal doesn't stop at the coast - thousands of miles of pristine, preserved natural ecosystems promise hours of biking, bird watching, wildlife observation, and hiking. If you are more likely to clamor after glamour, then Jersey Shore's posh shopping, casinos, and boardwalk entertainment awaits you. From north to south, top to bottom, the region's tourist destinations please even the most diverse and discriminate crowd.

Places to Visit in Atlantic City

The major city along the Jersey Shore coastline, Atlantic City glitters with gusto to break the region's mold of outdoor recreation and adventure. Known for its glamour and glitz, casinos and celebrities, shopping and shows, Atlantic City touts top-flight musicians, singers, actors, and comedians, and boasts some of the country's best nightclubs and fine dining. Running the length of the ever-popular beautiful, sandy beaches, Atlantic City's boardwalk (the longest in the world) is always a hub of activity.

Atlantic City Places to Visit

Pine Barrens is exactly the opposite of what its name suggests: abundant. With over 1 million acres of pine, oak, and cedar forests, Pinelands National Preserve is a marvelous place to commune with pristine nature. Providing miles of top-notch mountain biking, canoeing, and nature hikes, Wharton State Forest, located within Pine Barrens, is a focal point for outdoor activity and exploration. Pine Barrens, located in the south-central area of the Jersey Shore region, about 20 miles inland and north of Atlantic City, is also home to several hundred bird species as well as a wide range of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Wildwood, NJ Places to Visit

Indeed a wild and wonderful time can be had in the Wildwoods: North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. Located at the southern end of the Jersey Shore, the Wildwoods are known for their 1950s Doo-Wop architecture and their fun and fancy boardwalk (carnival rides, roller coasters, and five amusement piers). But that's not all: the Travel Channel voted Wildwoods' five miles of white sand beaches among the best in the country.

Places to Visit in Cape May

Make sure you make it to the region's southern shores - Cape May will certainly delight. The oldest seaside resort in the United States, Cape May's Victorian homes and inns, historic streets, and seafood restaurants that are among the best on the East Coast, make it a prime tourist destination. Don't miss Cape May's vineyards, the historic Cold Spring Village, and the majestic Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point.

Places to Visit in New Jersey

Located only 40 minutes from New York City's financial district, Sandy Hook is situated at the northernmost tip of the Jersey Shore and at the southern entrance to the New York Harbor, and is a microcosm of the Jersey Shore's offerings. Offering premier kayaking, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and hiking, Sandy Hook is also home to historic military base Fort Hancock, a seven-mile stretch of beachfront, more than 300 migratory birds at the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory, Mt. Mitchill Scenic Overlook, and Fort Hancock/Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. Travelers from all over, especially New York City, often rave about Sandy Hook's seven-mile stretch of clean, sandy ocean and bay beaches.

There is a reason why seven U.S. Presidents chose Long Branch as a summer resort. From 1860 until World War I, this was one of the country's most glamorous coastal resort destinations. Today, Long Branch continues to be one of the Jersey Shore's choicest seaside vacation spots. With its awesome beaches and oceanfront complex, Pier Village, Long Branch boasts fine restaurants and posh shopping. Just south of Sandy Hook, Long Branch is also one of the largest cities in the Jersey Shore, with over 32,000 residents. Spend time at the 36-acre Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park for some of the best public beaches in the northern Jersey Shore.

Located south of Long Branch, fishing fanatics and scuba diving specialists derive hours of pleasure from Belmar's underwater riches. Belmar is a hub for party boat fishing charters, boasting more companies and watercraft than just about anywhere on the Jersey Shore. But Belmar's best is not only below the sea, the year-round resort town with its mile-long boardwalk and lively beach scene attracts thousands, and even tens of thousands, of singles and young families looking for weekend retreats.

New Jersey Shore Places to Visit

Bike Point Pleasant Beach's friendly, family-oriented boardwalk; scuba dive for wrecks off the coast; and soak up summer rays on the wide, white shore of beloved Jenkinson's Beach, one of the best in the Jersey Shore region. Point Pleasant Beach is a favorite fishing hotspot - home to one of the four commercial fishing companies on Jersey Shore. Enjoy the day's fresh catch at one of the lobster shanties or seafood shacks along Channel Drive or Inlet Drive. Treat yourself to a nightcap at one of the popular Point Pleasant Beach bars or nightclubs that line the boardwalk.

Across Barnegat Beach on the Jersey Shore mainland, Island Beach State Park offers 10 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, more than 3,000 acres of barrier island ecosystems, and is a premier spot for wildlife observation. Swimmers, surfers, sunbathers, anglers, kayakers and paddlers, naturalists, and bird watchers flock to Island Beach State Park for outstanding outdoor recreation. And don't miss the breathtaking views from the historic Barnegat Lighthouse.

Places to Visit in Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May, New Jersey Shore

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