The best Jersey Shore trails to visit this summer

The New Jersey Trails are one of the top attractions in our state. Now that it’s June, that means the lanes are fully open with all the rides, carnival rides, ice cream, and local vendors. From Asbury Park to Wildwood, New Jersey is brimming with nearby options for a weekend trip to the famous parks on Jersey Beach. When you’re looking for fun, great food or great beach spots on Instagram, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the best New Jersey hiking trails for your summer beach trips.

Asprey Park

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With classic New Jersey hotspots like Wonderbar and The Stone Pony, there’s something for everyone at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. From Asbury Park Distilling to the Silverball Pinball Museum, this four-mile beachfront boardwalk has Asbury 18 Hole Mini-Golf, glass blowing at Hot Sand, and homemade ice cream at Cookman Creamery—not to mention Paranormal and Curiosities books for those who love some Summer horror. Be sure to check out 8th Avenue Dog Beach at the end of the day, and we recommend taking some photos in the popular Asbury Park convention hall.

Further Read: Family Friendly Beaches In New Jersey

Atlantic City

Looking for something outside of casinos? The Atlantic City Boardwalk is a summertime staple for funnel cake, Italian icing, and saltwater dessert – and it also happens to be the world’s first boardwalk. The Ferris wheel at Steel Pier is always a good time, and concerts at Kennedy Plaza are home to great music. So that there Free concerts all summer. During the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert series, visitors can also check out emerging jazz artists. There is no shortage of fun things to do in the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

long branch

Arguably New Jersey’s most popular Victorian-style ocean pass, Pier Village in Long Branch has been nicknamed “City by the Sea” because it is classically inviting. The glass-enclosed Pier Village Carousel is a prime spot for photos, or if you’re more into games and activities, throwing a skate ball at Boardwalk Fun n’ Games is the way to go. McLoone’s Pier House hosts live music with cocktails and stunning ocean views. Long Branch is the place to go for an upscale visit.

Point Pleasant

Jenkinsons Pass

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If beachfront arcades and theme parks are a must in your summer plans, Jenkinson in Point Pleasant is the place to go—a great place to bring some kids with you. Jenkinson leans on the family-friendly side with the Adventure Lookout Ropes Course, funhouse, Aquarium and several wooden arcade games and is sure to entertain young and old alike. After a beach day, Jenks or Inlet Bar are great places to grab a drink and listen to live music while gazing at the sunset.

Seaside Heights

Casino Pier at Seaside Heights is a Jersey Shore hotspot for theme park rides, carnival games, go-karts, and mini golf, with plenty of bars and nightlife after prime beach hours. Berkeley Candy is a classic from Seaside Heights for a homemade saltwater dessert for those with a sweet tooth—or you can post on the beach and watch local surfers catch the waves from Anniversary to Labor Day. Once the sun goes down, the Aztec Bar is a lively scene for drinks and live music with a view of the Atlantic.

Ocean City

Ocean City Walk

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The Ocean City Boardwalk, which stretches for two and a half miles of beachfront bliss, is a place to rent bikes on the beach. Cyclists can cycle through the rows of shops and art sellers, or stand on the dunes for some time on the sand. Riding at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Playland’s Castaway Cove is plenty of fun, or the pool at Ocean City Waterpark is also a great place to unwind after a long day in the sun. The Ocean City Boardwalk is quieter than its beach peers, and doesn’t serve alcohol, but you can stay out of the sunset for a neon carnival ride, live music, and homemade dessert.

See More: A Guide to the Best Jersey Shore Beaches

wild wood

Willwood Pass

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With carnival rides, over a hundred shops and snack stalls, and three water parks, Wildwood is one of the hottest New Jersey summer activities just below the beach. Stretching thirty-eight blocks from the beach, there is nothing not to be found in Wildwood. From ax throwing at Flying Hatchets and go-kart racing at Morey’s Piers, to monster truck rides at the beach and zip line, there’s plenty to do on the sand and beyond. Pro tip: We recommend getting a reservation at Breakfast in the Sky to start your day on the Ferris Wheel, the unique Wildwood experience.

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