Six Things to Do in New Jersey Before the Summer is Over
Let me just join everyone else and say: where did this summer go?! It's the second week of August, you can't change the channel without landing on a back to school commercial, and I can't walk into Target without beelining for the notebook aisle. Before I let myself get all down about the dwindling summer days, it helps to remember that there are still a few more weeks of hot summer days left. Which means it's time to make the most out of your summer. If you happen to be in Jersey or the immediate area, here's what you've got to do if you want to have the best possible ending to your summer.
1. Order a cone from Kohr Brothers and stroll the boardwalk. Walking the boards with an ice cream in hand is a New Jersey tradition. Make it the most classic experience ever and go Kohr. They've been serving soft serve down the Shore since 1923 and the lines don't lie, they are the best. The sights and sounds of the boardwalk are a special part of my childhood. There are often things you can't un-see but you'll have great stories to tell over and over. While you're there you may also want to fill a bag with salt water taffy or try your luck in the arcade.
2. Eat fresh grilled corn on the cob. Non-New Jersey residents have a hard time accepting our nickname as the Garden State. But if you happen to be driving on our back roads in the summer time then you know that we are 100% the Garden State. Roadside stands are a common sight along with pick-your-own farms and big produce markets stocked full of local eats. There is nothing that screams New Jersey summer to me more than slathering some butter on an ear of yellow corn. Blueberries, peaches, and raspberries are also crowd pleasers and Garden State specialties.
3. Hop on your bike and cruise along the Delaware River. I'm not a big hiker or doer of most outdoor activities but something I can get behind is biking. I grew up on a bicycle seat and there is nothing more fun than riding one of New Jersey's numerous trails. My personal favorite is the Delaware Raritan Canal bike path that will take you through some small towns (like Lambertville, Stockton, and Frenchtown) and provide you with some instagram-worthy views.
4. Spend a day down the Shore. Despite it's bad rap from the hit reality show, the Jersey Shore is one of the most beautiful spots in the world for me and part of what makes this state great. You can go to where Snooki walked the boards in Seaside or gamble away the day in Atlantic City. My personal beach is Bradley Beach (ask any Jersey girl and she will have her beach) but I am also partial to Asbury Park, which has a fun night life and great restaurants and Cape May is great for a relaxing getaway. You really can't go wrong with a day in the sun at the Shore.
5. Dance the night away at an outdoor concert. Music is 100 times better when you're outside. Many of my best summer memories is sweaty dancing at one of the many outdoor music venues in New Jersey. There are big concert venues but for an authentic experience, you'll want to grab a ticket for a Stone Pony concert. You're only a few hundred feet off the sand and New Jersey legends like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi got their start here. There's nothing more Jersey than that.
6. Take a river cruise. With the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand, you can enjoy a view of the New Jersey coast line from north to south and east and west. If you happen to be in North Jersey, a cruise through the Hudson bay will give you stunning views of the New York City skyline. If you happen to be in western New Jersey, a Delaware River cruise is amazingly relaxing and you'll get to wave to tons of New Jersey and Pennsylvania people cruising along on their personal speedboats. Even though it's not technically a leisure cruise, the Cape May-Lewes ferry is a fun ride between the southernmost point in New Jersey and Delaware and you can bring your car along for the ride.