Things To Do

NJ's North Shore is situated in a scenic, unique location: The Atlantic Ocean lines it's entire eastern side, inlets and rivers meander through it, and farms, horse stables and historic sites dot its interior. Tourists and locals alike have a variety of things to do and activities to pursue.

The ocean and the abundance of bays and rivers provide a natural playground for boating, fishing, and water enthusiasts. For those who want someone else to Captain the boat, check out our Boat Cruises section.

One of the main attractions of the area are the beaches. Lining the coast are miles of beaches and coastal towns each with their own unique personality. Our regions section will help you get a good lay of the land.

A good way to explore the area is to take ExperienceNJ's Coastal Driving Tour. Spend a few hours or a day exploring the various regions.

History buffs can get their fix of historic sights by visiting Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook or by visiting civil war battlefields in nearby Freehold.

The ocean, marshes and protected parks provide plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities for nature pursuits and nature enthusiasts.

In the Arts & Culture section, explore live theater & performances, exhibitions, museums and movie and film.

Shopping can be found at large malls or trendy shopping districts. Red Bank's downtown provides hip trendy shops and an antique district. Pier Village is an upscale shopping area, while Ocean Grove's main street is lined with unique, touristy shops. Asbury Park's Cookman Avenue is emerging as a new trendy shopping area. These are just a few spots for shoppers to explore.

Kids will love the beach, but boardwalk games and a nearby Six Flags Amusement Park should keep them occupied. Check out Kids Fun and Amusements & Parks for ideas.

While there is plenty to do in NJ's North Shore region, the area is geographically situated near many other desirable destinations. Side trips to New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Baltimore and Washington D.C, to name a few, are all within a reasonable driving distance. Check out the Side Trips section for ideas.