Things to do in New Jersey

Our most recommended things to do in New Jersey, USA

New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

1. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from New Jersey. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, and easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

2. Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Discover the scenic area around Cape May and spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a scenic cruise. Cruise along the waterfront as you watch local marine life and see historic Victorian buildings along the shorefront. Your expert guide will point out sites of historical interest and as you keep watch for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Admire the stunning views as you sail out into the Delaware Bay, and onwards to the Atlantic Ocean. You can also purchse a cold or hot beverage and a snack from the ship’s snack bar during the tour.

From New Jersey: New York City Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

3. From New Jersey: New York City Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of New York City from onboard the Spirit of New Jersey with a 2- to 3-hour cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers. Enjoy a delicious buffet attended by a server while sailing through the Big Apple. While boarding the vessel at Lincoln Harbor, you'll be personally greeted and your picture will be taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, enjoy your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. After your meal, relax and sip a cocktail as you listen to the waves. Throughout your meal watch the skyscrapers of New York City's distinctive skyline glide by. Sample Buffet Menu SaladsOrganic mixed field greens Organic spinach and kale salad Green bean salad Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad Red beetroot salad Bow tie pasta salad Vegetables, Potatoes, and PastaRoasted broccoli florets Creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole Baked ziti pasta Mashed potatoes EntreesOven-baked Atlantic flounder filet Honey and sesame chicken Italian beef meatballs Braised beef short ribs (dinner only) DessertsSeasonal fruit Raspberry mousse Lemon pound cake with fresh strawberries Coconut vanilla cake Carrot cake Red velvet and chocolate chip brownie (dinner only)

New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

4. New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

See the sights of New York City from onboard the 'Spirit of New York' ship and cruise on the Hudson River. Enjoy an al-fresco buffet dining experience while savoring views of the Manhattan skyline Board the vessel at Chelsea Piers and be welcomed on board. Take a picture that you can purchase later as a souvenir. Be seated at a private table and marvel at iconic views of the city from the water. Have a brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals that are prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. Marvel at unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Sample Brunch Menu: Early Riser • Breakfast pastries • Scrambled eggs • Breakfast meats • Breakfast potatoes Late Riser • Field green salad • Kale quinoa salad • Green goddess pasta salad • Honey sesame chicken • Oven-roasted whitefish • Root vegetable fricassee • Roasted broccoli Dessert • Cakes• Brownies• Seasonal fruit Sample Lunch/Dinner Buffet Menu: Salads • Organic mixed field greens • Organic spinach and kale salad • Green bean salad • Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad • Red beetroot salad • Bow tie pasta salad • Vegetables, potatoes, and pasta • Roasted broccoli florets • Creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole • Baked ziti pasta • Mashed potatoes Entrees • Oven-baked Atlantic flounder filet • Honey and sesame chicken • Italian beef meatballs • Braised beef short ribs (dinner only) Desserts • Seasonal fruit • Raspberry mousse • Lemon pound cake and fresh strawberries • Coconut vanilla cake • Carrot cake • Red velvet and chocolate chip brownie (dinner only)

Cape May: Weekend Dolphin Watching Breakfast Cruise

5. Cape May: Weekend Dolphin Watching Breakfast Cruise

Experience the island of Cape May as you sail along the coastline and enjoy a 2-hour guided cruise. Experience the beautiful morning as you savor a light breakfast of pastries along with a cup of coffee or juice. Marvel at dolphins as they jump out of the ocean and ride the waves alongside the boat. See Victorian homes, the Cape May Lighthouse, and other interesting buildings on the waterfront, as your expert guide narrates facts about the historic area. The local dolphins are the highlight of the trip as they come up to the boat and join the fun. Learn about their local habitat as you watch these magnificent creatures.

Newark Liberty International Airport: 1-Way Transfer to NYC

6. Newark Liberty International Airport: 1-Way Transfer to NYC

Take the stress out of traveling and relax with 1-way transfer from EWR to Manhattan. Avoid the long taxi lines and enjoy direct transfer to your accommodations. Meet your driver at the airport and enjoy the ride. Enjoy 24/7 customer service and relax knowing that your driver will be waiting up to an hour after your scheduled pickup time, giving you plenty of time to collect your bags and make your way to the meeting point. Choose from a variety of vehicles, from sedans to coach buses, that fit the needs and size of your group and bring up to 1 suitcase and 1 small carry-on bag per person.

Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

7. Cape May: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set sail around the island of Cape May, NJ on the first trip of the day. Discover Victorian homes and the Cape May Lighthouse. Relax on the state's largest and fastest whale watching boat as you enjoy a continental breakfast. Choose to sit outside on the deck under the covering, or inside in the climate-controlled salon. On this 2-hour sightseeing cruise, you will learn about the history of the island and the surrounding area. Look for dolphins in their natural environment and learn about their habits while enjoying the large, comfortable super cruiser.

NYC: One-Way Shared Transfer to or from Newark Airport

8. NYC: One-Way Shared Transfer to or from Newark Airport

Make your trip to or from Manhattan simple with a one-way shared Newark Airport transfer. Travel in a comfortable van and avoid the hassle of using the crowded and slow public transportation system. Meet your driver directly at your airport terminal or at your hotel in Manhattan. Hop aboard a climate-controlled van with plenty of legroom. Feel confident in a vehicle that is regularly maintained. Sit back and relax as your drive takes care of traffic and navigation for you. Travel without worrying about parking. Decrease your carbon footprint by sharing your ride with other passengers that are headed in the same direction. Arrive at your destination on time.

Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

9. Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of the city from onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia during a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise on the Delaware River. Enjoy an attended buffet dining experience as you sail through the city and delight in panoramic views of the skyline. Board your vessel at Penn's Landing and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet which includes an array of dishes and delicacies. Choose from organic mixed field greens salad, organic spinach and kale salad, green bean salad, bean and chickpea salad, red beetroot salad, and more. At the veggie station, opt for roasted broccoli florets, creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole, baked ziti pasta, and tasty mashed potatoes. For your entree, dine on oven-baked Atlantic flounder fillet, honey and sesame chicken, or Italian beef meatballs. If you’ve still got room for dessert, tuck into some seasonal fruit, fluffy raspberry mousse, lemon pound cake, coconut vanilla cake, and carrot cake. After your meal, sip your cocktail on the spacious outdoor deck as you glide along the river for optimal views of the city. Enjoy music with a live Dj set and take in the sights, including Naval Shipyard and Ben Franklin Bridge.

American Dream: Blacklight Mini Golf Admission Ticket

10. American Dream: Blacklight Mini Golf Admission Ticket

Get lost in the depths of space as you enjoy 18 holes of intergalactic fun with your family and friends at the “Out of This World” Blacklight Mini Golf course. Located inside American Dream, New Jersey's newest indoor entertainment and shopping center, just 4 miles outside of New York City, this activity offers you endless fun and Instagramable experiences. This intergalactic-themed mini golf course features 3-D astronaut sculptures, planet murals, and a splash of color at every hole as you work your way toward victory. Navigate this completely glow-in-the-dark experience with glow-in-the-dark balls, putters, and scorecards. It is one of the most Instagrammable attractions near New York City and it makes for fun family competition. This activity will illuminate your family’s day out. Upgrade your experience and save with a combo ticket that also includes the adjacent Mirror Maze. Then take time to experience more thrills at American Dream, the ultimate collection of premier indoor attractions, shopping, and dining comprising more than 3 million square feet in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Was really a great moment. We can just recommend this company, really professional, a warm welcome, a great pilot that took time to stop the boat and explained us lot of details of what we were seeing and what we should not missed …. No negative point !

The experience from security to getting off the boat after the tour/cruise was very seamless. The boat was NOT overcrowded, which was a blessing, no long lines getting back at the end of the cruise as well.

A fantastic experience for any sopranos fan. The guide was excellent- very knowledgeable re the show and the actors. Loved every minute esp the milkshake at Holstens!

All round great experience, I will highly recommend it to people I know who wish to go to NYC

We saw some dolphins at the beginning, then several whales. It was an awesome experience!