Seasonal attractions, places to visit, and things to do in New Jersey in August 2016.
You'll find lots of interesting things to do in New Jersey in August. This is a great time of the year with warm summer weather still in effect and the end of the peak vacation season nearing the end.
It's also a great time to of the year to visit many of the cultural festivals.
Ocean City is a Jersey Shore beach resort that sets itself apart from other beach front towns in going all out to insure that its reputation as “ America’s Greatest Family Resort” is true to its motto. This family resort destination has many attractions and accommodations that are family oriented and reasonably priced. Lodging including motels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and vacation home rentals; family oriented restaurants, both sit in and take-out; shopping, including clothing, T-shirts, souvenirs, and antiques; and of course its beautiful beach and fun filled boardwalk.
Find out more about this family-oriented alcohol free town
Island Beach State Park - Ride adjacent the sea shore, dunes and wildlife sanctuary - 16 miles round trip - Easy
The Pine Barrens - Traverse pristine pine & oak forests, blueberry fields and cranberry bogs and 3 major rivers. - 43 miles - Easy
New Jersey has great terrain and scenery and offers a wide variety of trails for a wonderful cycling adventure for beginners to advanced cyclists.
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With 127 miles of beaches, the Jersey shore are a natural landscape of beauty, clean ocean water, refreshing breezes and beautiful, white sandy beaches, making the Jersey Shore one of the most desired vacation destinations on the east coast. The beaches in Cape May County are especially known for their wide, fine, powdery sand, and are considered to be amongst the best beaches on the Atlantic coast.
Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2016; 12:00 -10:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
The Great Lawn on the Long Branch Promenade
Long Branch, NJ
This festival features a mix of strong national and local musicians performing live Jazz and blues on stage, along with kids activities, food vendors with exotic and regional NJ food, crafts and Fireworks.
The festival is free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.
New Jersey State Fair
Sussex County Farm & Horse Show
August 5th through 14th, 2016
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
The New Jersey State Fair offers agricultural competitions and education, horse shows, 4-H, livestock and animals, rides and attractions, free entertainment, vendors, foods and much more. Animals, competitions and exhibits bring public attention to agriculture, education, youth advancement and the great things that Sussex County and New Jersey Have to offer.
Peach picking is a popular New Jersey family activity. If you love peaches and enjoy getting out with the family for a fun activity, head on out to a pick your own peach farm and take home fresh, fully ripened, and flavorful peaches --- peaches that you aren't able to get at the local supermarket.
Peach picking season begins in early July and runs to the middle of September, depending on varieties and weather conditions.
AC provides lots of entertainment beyond the casinos. Stroll the famous Boardwalk, six miles long and 60 feet wide, paralleling the ocean, it is the largest of New Jersey’s boardwalks. It’s free!
Check out the Atlantic City Aquarium located in the Historic Gardner's Basin. It offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals.
Enjoy a day at the beaches or on the water with a dolphin/whale-watching cruise, para sailing, or a fishing expedition.
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Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Saturday, August 6, 2016
The Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ
This family event features live entertainment, some favorite NJ summer foods, craft beers, and some fun for the kids. All-day music on outdoor stage will include New Pony, Shady Side, Audrey & Chris, Radio Neon Duo, and Sean K. Preston. An old-fashioned Victorian circus will provide entertainment for all ages with jugglers and acrobats from the The Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus.
Point Pleasant is the ultimate Jersey Shore destination, offering exciting activities for a day trip, a week end, or as a summer vacation destination.
Things to do include it's fabulous beaches, The Boardwalk with a first class aquarium, family amusements, rides, games of chance, arcades, food, live entertainment, Jenk's Nightclub, Martell's Tiki Bar, Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, and a large variety of excellent restaurants.
Spring Lake, affectionately referred to as the "Irish Riviera", is a small beach resort town with huge Victorian houses, charming, low key Bed and Breakfast Inns, flower filled parks, and a well managed beach that's never been corrupted by honky tonk.
It is possible to wander around this beach front community, even in peak summer season, and see very few people and almost no traffic