TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW JERSEY BY BIKE

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW JERSEY BY BIKE

Adrian Ciocirlan

New Jersey. Such a great link to great music, high culture and hip places. Let’s ride on the place where things happen! 

1. Atlantic City

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What’s the best way to experience Atlantic City’s iconic Boardwalk? By bike, of course!

The boardwalk is more than 4 miles long and the views are spectacular. Even a leisurely ride up and down the boardwalk can be done in less than two hours (even with the inevitable shopping and dining stops).

Keeping your eyes on the road it will be hard, because there’s plenty to catch your attention along the Great Wooden Way, from small souvenir shops to Louis Vuitton purses. Make a stop to think if you really need those high-end shoes and in the meantime savor some authentic saltwater taffy or feast on a gourmet breakfast on or right near the Boardwalk.

You don't have to have a bike, because here you can rent one. Bikes are available for rent near both the Resorts and Tropicana casinos, which you must visit anyway!

 

2. Princeton

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Have you graduated at Princeton? This is the question we all avoid.

But you can explore the Princeton University campus on your own, or take a guided tour and see what you missed.

Kiddin’! Take a walk through Princeton University or the historic downtown Princeton, it’s very interesting! The sensation being here is that you travel back in time, because Princeton area has many historic sites to see, including the Morven Museum & Garden or the Princeton Battlefield. You can also browse through the unique boutique stores or stroll around Palmer Square. After, you can watch a sporting event at one of the local colleges or universities, at Sun National Bank Center or at Waterfront Park!

For diversity, you can explore the rolling countryside, bike a canal or river path, a park or woods. If you are looking for something sophisticate, you can find here antiques in elegant shops and galleries in nearby Hopewell, New Hope or the Lambertville Flea Markets.

 

3. Newark

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Newark is the second largest city in New Jersey and offers a wide variety of attractions for those living in or visiting the city. What to begin with?

Park your bike, and visit Newark Museum, the largest museum in New Jersey, with an Tibetan collection, regarded as one of the best in the world.

Then walk along the river in Newark Riverfront Park or explore the historic Ironbound neighborhood. If you are looking for romantic date night ideas in Newark, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a great place to visit. The center is one of the largest performing arts centers in the U.S. This is a happening place! So, for nothing in the world don’t miss to listen to a symphony performance.

To end up in style, go to Alva Tavern, an upscale, elegant restaurant located in downtown Newark in a beautiful building, finished in 1912. The striking décor has many industrial features and includes pieces from the town’s past but it all blended in the pleasant modern vibe.

 

4. Jersey City

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Jersey City, the most rapidly growing city in the state of New Jersey, became its largest city in 2016

This is the place where people came in the past to fulfill their dreams, being the first destination for many immigrants entering the U.S. through nearby Ellis Island.

Our next place will drop you from the past into the future, because The Liberty Science Center has endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. The center hosts nine permanent exhibition galleries integrating science and technology into all facets of our lives. They also have the nation's largest IMAX dome theatre, and offer lots of hands-on science and programs for all ages.

The urban sophistication exists in the downtown area, from the waterfront landmark Colgate Clock through the Powerhouse Arts District, home to some of the city’s many talented artists. A melting pot of cultures and people, it is so Jersey City!

We didn’t forget about biking, but this time it’s more enjoyable to take the ride on to the objectives and then park it for a while to savor the place’s flavor.

 

5. Clinton

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This great small town has a charm that nobody ever ignored. Imagine the Raritan River crossing through the picturesque town of Clinton, spanned by an 1870 iron bridge. If you stroll across the antique iron bridge, built in 1870, to cross the Raritan River, you will be surprised by the spectacular view of the 200-foot-wide waterfall.

Once you are here, don’t miss the landmark 10-acre Red Mill Museum Village which is home to the Hunterdon Historical Museum. Here you find a collection of more than 40,000 historic artifacts.

But if you are an art lover, you should know that across the river, The Stone Mill is where you’ll find the Hunterdon Art Museum, a center for contemporary arts, crafts and design.

If you feel you have an artist soul, the museum offers more than 200 fine art classes for you to fulfill your dreams.

Now, you deserve a long break, so, we recommend you Nearby Main with many cafes, specialty shops and art galleries.

 

6. Cape May

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Historic Cape May is a sleepy little beach town that offers a wide range of activities throughout the year and is one of the best places to go in New Jersey.

Biking is a great way to visit some of the popular Cape May’s area attractions.

If you plan to visit the Cape May Lighthouse, you may want to take the Cape May Shoreline Bike Route Ride. Many routes begin and end at this landmark, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean at the very Southern tip of the breathtaking Cape May Peninsula.

You need also to make a full day of riding and visit historic Lewes, Delaware from Cape May with your bike in tow on the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Bicycles incur no extra charge and the cost is the same as those on foot riding the ferry. Riding the ferry allows you to get out on the water and see more of the Atlantic coastline during your stay.

For the beach lovers, biking the Beach Avenue (4.4 miles) will be a fun ride, great to enjoy in a sunny morning.

Another beautiful ride you have to try is on Sunset Boulevard (6.9 miles), the scenic route, a little more difficult, with far fewer people and quite gorgeous scenery.

 

7. Asbury Park

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Known to have one of the premier beaches in the state, Asbury Park is a historic beachside town located in New Jersey.

The list of things to do in Asbury Park is almost endless.

Asbury Park's mile of sand and water has been drawing surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, fishers, and people-watchers for centuries. Along with endless sand, great surf and unlimited fun, you’ll find a revitalized Boardwalk that’s better than ever. Here you will be delighted by the unique shops, eclectic restaurants with breathtaking views and the crown jewel—the restored Paramount Theater and Convention Hall. The 3,600 seat Convention Hall is one of the most beautiful attractions in Asbury Park. The place has hosted numerous legends such as Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and NJ's very own Bruce Springsteen. They have a state-of-the-art stage, spacious floor space and are located right on the boardwalk!

Guys, don’t miss also The Stone Pony, one of New Jersey’s most famous music venues, known for launching legends such as Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Listen to excellent local bands every weekend!

And…some special treat for boys… Silverball Museum Arcade that features some of the coolest pinball machines, not only from the 2000s, but also from the 1930s! Cool!

As for biking, bicycles are permitted on the Asbury Park Boardwalk between 10pm and 10am year-round, and starting with the summer 2017 it will be implemented the program for bike sharing. Yeeey!

 

8. Seaside Heights

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This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the summer, because it has something fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy the many boardwalk rides, there are a number of great restaurants and young adults will love the nightlife scene.

Don’t expect some peaceful moment in a quiet place, that’s not the case here. Start with Casino Pier, the amusement park on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you can have hours of fun on thrill rides such as Disk'O or Moby Dick. Want more? Visit Breakwater Beach, a fun and family-friendly waterpark located in Seaside Heights. They feature waterslides, cabanas if you are looking to relax in the sun and even private parties!

Bored to stay on the ground? Take the sky ride which takes you over the boardwalk and beach and it is definitely one of the most well-known, and loved, attractions in Seaside. For years parents and their children have been gaining a new perspective of the Shore by boarding this ride.

You need something even more exciting?! Be prepared! Officially opened in 2015, Skycoaster is the ultimate skydiving thrill ride you ever experienced.

Don’t leave the Seaside Heights without a visit to Van Holten's Chocolates! Is founded in 1904 and dedicated to bringing you the highest quality ingredients and products to satisfy your "Sweet Tooth".

 

9. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

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The site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail. Barnegat Light's most famous inhabitant is "Old Barney," the red and white-banded Barnegat Lighthouse situated at the northern tip of Long Beach Island.

This 172-foot-tall structure, designed by Gen. George Meade and commissioned January 1, 1859, is the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. You can’t miss the place!

 

10. Liberty State Park

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One of the state's most dramatic parks, Liberty State Park, is a green oasis in the middle of Metropolitan northern New Jersey.

With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, the park will make a very emotional experience.

From here you can take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Statue cruises offers departures daily from both New York and New Jersey for the convenience of visitors and residents alike. The CRRNJ Terminal, located in the northern portion of the park, stands with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation's most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, at the CRRNJ Terminal, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Terminal served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.

Liberty State Park has massive open fields, quiet walkways, picnic areas, tennis courts, concert grounds, a nature center and a playground whose sheer size is magical for adults and children along the waterfront promenade, a distance of 1.6 miles farther south. Hop on the bike path alongside Freedom Way to the original entry point into the Park and start your ride!

Would you visit New Jersey as a biker? Come on, leave us a message at happytohelp@bikeroo.net

Let’s be bike friends!