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John and I are getting married in September, and my Mom has offered to watch Kayleigh for us the week after, so that we can go on a much needed honeymoon.  We have actually only had one night away from her since birth, so we are long overdue for a little vacation.

Being the planner I am, I’ve been doing a lot of research to find a good place to honeymoon.  I want it to be within driving distance, and preferably on the east coast.  I just love spending time by the ocean during the summer, and with our honeymoon being in September, it will be one of the last times I have the chance to do that.

As I was researching places to visit, the State of New Jersey caught my eye.  It is about a 9 hour drive from here, and there certainly is plenty to do on the coast. 

I visited New Jersey a very long time ago, when I was about 12 years old.  My Dad was born in New Jersey, and my grandfather had family that lived there, so we went to visit them in Newark.  It was early April when we visited, and while we still had snow on the ground here in Maine when we left, there were beautiful flowers popping up all over New Jersey.  It certainly held up to the title of “the Garden State”. 

I don’t remember too much about that trip, since it was so long ago, but I do remember that we visited Branch Brook Park, and there were gorgeous cherry trees blossoming everywhere.  They were so beautiful and vibrant, that they drew the attention of several artists, as we watched them set up their painting equipment in the park, and replicate them on canvas. 

New Jersey Cherry Blossoms

Another memory I have, is visiting an Italian restaurant, where I ate the best lasagna I have ever had in my entire life.  I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but I remember the food just being INCREDIBLE.  The portions were huge, too.  I would absolutely love to visit New Jersey again, and see what else they have to offer.

You may remember that New Jersey was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012, but the Jersey Shore is Going Strong after coming together as a community and rebuilding.

Did you know that New Jersey has 130 miles of shore??  Whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got it right there on the Jersey Shore.  They are ready for summer with an amazing lineup of fun, festivals, concerts and events

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I’d love to attend some of the festivals and concerts on the New Jersey shore this summer, but John and I are also hoping to have some down time to relax while on vacation.  New Jersey boasts millions of acres to explore, including hundreds of state and national parks and forests, recreation areas and county parks, plus 4,100 fresh waterways.  That sounds heavenly!  I would love to spend a few days hiking, having picnics, and just taking in the beauty of New Jersey.  

New Jersey Shore

The Delaware Water Gap sounds like just the place for us, as it encompasses nearly 70,000 acres of breathtaking scenery along 40 miles of the Delaware River.  The Delaware River winds through the Appalachian Mountains, and the park features waterfalls and many outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, camping, swimming, biking and more.  What more could you want?!

If you’d like more info on what the Jersey Shore has to offer you and your family this summer, visit NJGoingStrong.com – your go-to source for everything at the Jersey Shore.  While you’re there, you can sign up for their e-news to learn more about the shore.  You can also follow the Shore on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr.

You can also download a visitor’s guide at visitnj.org, and follow New Jersey on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  With all that great info right at your fingertips, you can easily start making your summer plans now and discover New Jersey!

What would you be most excited to do in New Jersey this summer?

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  31 Responses to “Make the Jersey Shore Your Vacation Destination this Summer!”

  1. I would love to get to see some of Jersey one of these days. I have only driven through NJ!

  2. I lived there for a while many years ago, and I totally took advantage of the state while I did. I’m not a northern NJ person, but the coast and southern NJ are fabulous.

  3. That looks like a great place to visit. I’ve never been to the Jersey Short (other than watching on TV) :)

  4. We love to visit the Jersey Shore, we go every year, there is so very much to do there it is a great family trip.

  5. It sounds like a beautiful place to visit for sure! I wish we lived closer so I could go and see what all their was to do!

  6. What breathtaking scenery! I’ve always wanted to vacation over on the East Coast!

  7. This is on my list of places to visit someday. Love the beach!

  8. Sounds like a great place to take a long relaxing walk.

  9. Yep, I live in NJ and can attest to the fact that there are many great places to visit. Hubby and I actually just went on a little weekend getaway to Atlantic City last weekend!

  10. I have never been to the Jersey Shore. It’s now on my travel bucket list.

  11. Sounds like a beautiful place to visit. One place I have always wanted to go.

  12. I have never been to New Jersey but I hear great things about vacationing on the shore! One day I hope to get out there with the family!

  13. I have to admit, when I think of the Jersey Shore, I generally think about Snooki and goons in wife beaters, but this post changed that for me. It’s beautiful up there.

  14. I would love to go to the Jersey Shore. It looks like such a fun place to visit.

  15. I only saw a bit of it during a layover, I’d love to explore the area more!

  16. I have never been to New Jersey before, I heard the beaches are beautiful!

  17. I’ve never been to NJ, but the way you describe it sounds lovely! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and I hope you have a great time on your honeymoon!

  18. We haven’t been to the Jersey Shore in years… we used to go on our way to Cape Cod and we loved it… Ahh, the memories

  19. I have never been to the Jersey Shore, but I have been seeing a lot about it lately. It looks like a great place to vacation.

  20. I have heard soooo much about Jersey Shore and sooo wish I could visit one day…it looks like a lot of fun

  21. I love the Jersey Shore! It is a close by place to visit for tons of action, and a great night life.

  22. We live in NY so this would be great for us to visit!

  23. I have friends that live over in the Jersey area; so it would definitely be a fun place to visit to sight see and visit friends!

  24. Being in Texas where it’s SO hot, escaping to the Jersey shore sounds heavenly!

  25. My husband visited the Jersey shore often when he was a child. He tells me stories about his trips. I’d love to see it sometime!

  26. Branch Brook Park looks so relaxing. I love the cherry trees photo. And you can top of the perfect day than going to the beach to relax in the sun.

  27. I have never been to New Jersey! What beautiful shore line and scenery!

  28. I have never been to New Jersey! Looks gorgeous!

  29. my brother in law and his family live in NJ and we are planning a weekend at the shore with all the kids. i can’t wait because i’ve never been!

  30. I would to go – Isn’t NJ the new Manhattan?

  31. I have to check it out. Never been. :)

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