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Atlantic City
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#1 Atlantic City

Atlantic City is a coastal resort city of New Jersey known for its beaches, boardwalk, and casinos. The city is also known as Las Vegas of the east coast. Atlantic City is home to number of entertaining and tourist places with Boardwalk the most famous and popular attraction. Steel Pier amusement park is another famous attraction. Atlantic City Beach and Boardwalk activities include surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing. Top places to visit include Boardwalk, Steel Pier, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Absecon Lighthouse, Ocean Casino Resort, Borgata, and Atlantic City Aquarium.

Cape May
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#2 Cape May

Cape May located at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula is an oldest seaside resort. It is popular vacation destination for its family friendly beaches. The 2.5 miles beach area is known as the best beaches on the Atlantic coast. Activities at Cape May beaches include swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, sand sculpting, volleyball, and picnics. The city is also known for its historic Victorian style houses. Top places to see include Beach Avenue, Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May Lighthouse, and Cape May Point State Park.

Ocean City
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#3 Ocean City

Ocean City is known for its family-friendly beaches and a boardwalk with amusement parks. The 2.5 miles boardwalk is home to most of the city's tourist attractions: Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Playland's Castaway Cove, OC Waterpark, and number of mini golf courses.

Liberty State Park
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#4 Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is located on Upper New York Bay at the mouth of the Hudson River. The 1,212 acres park features Freedom Way, Liberty Walkway, Liberty Science Center, Monuments, and meorials. The park offers views of Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island. Park is home to many popular memorials and monuments, including Liberation - 1985 bronze sculpture dedicated to the Holocaust, The Sail of Columbus - a two-story sail-shaped bronze monument, Empty Sky - memorial to the September 11 attacks of the World Trade Center, and walls with names of victims. Liberty State Park offers many walkways, bike paths, picnic area, and playground.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
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#5 Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Monmouth Battlefield State Park is known for one of the largest historic battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields. The 1,818 acre park preservers 18th century landscape of farmland and fields. The state park includes miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse called the Craig House.

Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial
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#6 Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial

Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a floating museum of USS New Jersey. The 887-foot long decorated battleship is one of the longest battleship ever built. The overall visit of the Battleship includes 5 levels up and two decks below. The Main Deck features an exhibit that encompasses the 48 years of history. The museum offers Self-guided tours, guided group tours, and overnight encampments.

Jersey City
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#7 Jersey City

Jersey City is a popular tourist destination known for its historic downtown and the waterfront. The city is best known for ferry availability to Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park. Jersey City is bounded on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. Downtown is home to many top attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, and the Harsimus Stem Embankment. Places to visit and family attractions include Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center, Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, Lincoln Park, and Colgate Clock.

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#8 Newark

Located at the mouth of the Passaic River, Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. It is also one of the oldest cities in the United States. Newark is home to many top places to visit and landmarks. The Newark Museum of Art is the largest museum in New Jersey. Other notable attractions include New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Branch Brook Park, and Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Point Pleasant Beach
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#9 Point Pleasant Beach

Point Pleasant Beach is a popular family vacation resort town known for its kid-friendly beaches and attractions. With white sand beaches and landmark boardwalk, it is ranked one of the best beach in New Jersey. The boardwalk has many top attractions including amusement rides, Jenkinson's Aquarium, and the Jenkinsons Arcades.

Long Beach Island
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#10 Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island, also known as LBI is a barrier island of New Jersey along the Atlantic Ocean coast. The 18 miles long island is popular for its long stretches of white sand beaches. Barnegat Lighthouse located on the north tip of Long Beach Island is a historic lighthouse and famous tourist attraction. Things to do and attractions of the island include Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, New Jersey Maritime Museum, and Long Beach Island Historical Museum.

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