Things to do in New Jersey

Our most recommended things to do in New Jersey

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.

American Dream: Dream Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

2. American Dream: Dream Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

Experience the best views of the Manhattan skyline from the newest Observation Wheel in North America – the Dream Wheel. The Dream Wheel is located inside American Dream, New Jersey's newest 3-million square foot indoor entertainment and shopping center, just 4 miles outside New York City. During your gradual rotation, experience panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline featuring the Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, Hudson Yards, and much more. Depending on the time of day, admire the skyline lit up at sunset or capture a photo of the sparkling Manhattan skyline at night. The Dream Wheel features 27 fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas with floor-to-ceiling glass panels for maximum viewing. Your ticket is a flexible date ticket that lets you schedule your visit around the weather by allowing you to ride the wheel either on your scheduled day or up to 7 days afterward. American Dream Mall, besides having plenty of shopping, also is home to Dreamworks Water Park the largest indoor water park in North America, and Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, the biggest indoor theme park in the Western hemisphere. So make a day of it at American Dream.

Cape May: Jersey Shore Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

3. 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.

Newark Liberty International Airport: 1-Way Transfer to NYC

4. 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.

American Dream: Indoor Ice Skating Rink Admission Ticket

5. American Dream: Indoor Ice Skating Rink Admission Ticket

Develop your skating skills and have lots of fun during an hour-long skate session at The Rink, which is located inside American Dream, New Jersey's newest indoor entertainment and shopping center, just 4 miles outside of New York City. The NHL regulation-size rink gives you plenty of room to skate in a climate-controlled environment, housed under a brilliant atrium of glass. Rental skates are included in the cost of admission and are available in sizes youth 9 to adult 12. Entry also includes helmet rental in limited quantities and sizes, if needed. Team members are constantly on hand to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Seal and box-shaped ice skating supports are available for rent. These help beginners find their balance, letting them have a stable, confident, and enjoyable spin on the ice. After your skating session, take some time to experience some of the other 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.

NYC: Central Park Guided Pedicab Tour

6. NYC: Central Park Guided Pedicab Tour

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City with an hour-long pedicab tour in Central Park. Cruise around the park, discovering its history and significance in the city. Your guide will provide historical information and fun facts about the iconic park. See the oldest carousel in the city, Strawberry Fields and Dakota building, Bow bridge, Pilgrim Hill, amongst other places of historical significance.  For movie lovers, spot some filming locations from famous movies and TV series. See the Bridge from the movie Elf, Bethseda Fountain featured in Home Alone 2, and the remote control boats from Stuart Little. Capture your celebrity moments with numerous photo opportunities the famous spots you will see.

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

7. 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)

New York City: Skyline at Night Tour

8. New York City: Skyline at Night Tour

Join a night of spectacular panoramic views of the legendary New York City. This night tour is designed to fascinate all visitors — history, movie, and photography buffs alike. Take this opportunity to experience the incredible panoramic views from New York tourism's best-kept secret, New Jersey’s waterfront. Then, tickle your palate with one of America’s best and well-known pastries at Carlo’s Bakery. Along your adventure, be introduced to the city of Frank Sinatra, the Statue of Liberty and the Empty Sky Memorial. Your night tour will take place during the twilight hours when the city's famous skyline comes to life with millions of lights flickering all around you.  Visitors report feeling chills, being in complete awe and feeling speechless when standing in front of Manhattan’s magnificent panoramic views and the most iconic symbol of freedom.  Bring your camera and get ready to be amazed!

American Dream: Blacklight Mini Golf Admission Ticket

9. 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.

From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

10. From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

Welcome to Linden, New Jersey where for an evening NYC flight adventure. Reach Linden by NJ Transit from Manhattan's Penn Station or via car with plenty of free parking available. Upgrade to a private flight experience and benefit from round-trip transfers from Manhattan. Your journey begins by flying directly over Newark International Airport towards Manhattan. En route to New York Harbor, view the illuminated Statue of Liberty before viewing the skyscrapers of the Financial District, home of The New York Stock Exchange. Flying north along the Hudson River, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, as well as Madison Square Garden, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, The West Village, SOHO and TRIBECA. 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also in view. Be prepared to get some great pictures as you fly past Times Square, Central Park and Yankees Stadium before flying over the George Washington Bridge, returning along the same path, offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

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Can not rate the boat ride highly enough! We were considering the helicopter- but this was far more exciting and tremendous value for money! Our guide was great company and very informative. All of the party were buzzing when they landed back on terra firma : it was the highlight of our trip!

Really good but wish I spent more time on Ellis Island as we missed so much information, we started at 11:30 and then went over to Ellis Island around 4 so be it's a long day but try and slip the time so you don't miss out of stuff like we did

Perfetto come transfer, solo che era sporchissimo, una pulita x fare questa attività mi sembra il minimo, x il ritorno preso transfer tramite albergo, macchina pulitissima

Great experience for the whole family. We have tons of images and memories to last a lifetime.

Really enjoyed everything just had no idea about parking