Ten Things to Do in New Jersey in September

Seasonal Attractions, Events, for Day Trips,
Weekend Getaways,  and Vacations

Cape May Lighthouse

The Top 10 things to do in New Jersey in September 2016.

With the official end of summer not far off and the weather still very pleasant to enjoy outdoor activities, September is a great month to catch up on visiting attractions and participating in outdoor activities before it turns cold. With the crowds at the Jersey shore having dwindled, and the ocean water still warm in southern NJ, popular destinations like Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City are excellent choices for a weekend getaway or late season vacation.

1- Plan a weekend getaway or an early fall vacation to Cape May

Cape May

Cape May is not the type of resort that you visit just once. There is a charm and special warmth about the town that pulls you back again an again. Cape May is not just a summer resort. September is very popular with plenty of things to do and the water is still warm enough to visit the beach.
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2- Plan a weekend Getaway to Lambertville

Lambertville, NJ Canal

Lambertville, NJ is an historic town on the Delaware River with numerous attractions to see and experience.

The curious visitor will find antique shops, art galleries, specialty stores, bed and breakfasts, a brewery and plenty of good restaurants. The more active visitor will try the D & R canal tow path where bicyclists can enjoy a ride for people of all skill levels.
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3 - Get out an enjoy the outdoors and some exercise with a scenic bike trip.


The Pine Barrens - Discover pristine pine & oak forests, blueberry fields and cranberry bogs and 3 major rivers. The entire route is 43 miles but can be biked in segments. The difficulty level is easy. A good place to start is in Wharton State Forest (eight miles east of Hammonton) from the Batsto Village parking area on Route 542. 609-561-0024

D&R Canal Towpath - Sections of Canal paths winding through quaint towns. 12, 16 & 27 miles - Moderate -Difficult
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4 - Try crabbing - Its the peak time of the season for a popular NJ activity


Crabbing is a very popular summer and fall activity along the bays and creeks on the Jersey Shore. Crabs can be caught from a rental row boat using a drop line or a scoop net along the bay dock pilings, or with a net and bait along the side of a creek. In NJ, in terms of numbers caught, recreational crabbing exceeds recreational fishing catches of bluefish, flounder, black sea bass and striped bass.
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5 - Take a Canoe or Kayak trip


Monksville Reservoir, Passaic County - Near Ringwood State Park. the undeveloped shores of this lake create a peaceful location for paddlers looking to get away from it all. In the northwest corner of the reservoir you can float through flooded standing timber and experience the now-weathered trunks.
Sterling Harbor, Wildwood - This area takes you away from rivers and woodlands and places you in an area of open water. This location is particularly popular among those who like to joy ride in their kayak and watch boats. Ocean Kayak and Hobie Mirage Drive Kayak rentals from Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle, Richardson Channel, Wildwood 609- 729-1425
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6 - Go Apple Picking to a Pick Your Own Farm

Apple Picking

This is a great family activity with the apple picking season in New Jersey running from early August to October 31st, with peak picking times from September 1 to October 15th.

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7- Take in a Seafood Festival

Atlantic City Seafood Festival

Atlantic City Seafood Festival
September 10th & 11th, 2016
600 Albany Ave
Bader field
Atlantic City, NJ
This event features seafood, live music & kids events. Highlighted by a "Crab Cake Eating Contest" & Chowder Cook Off.


8- Take in an Irish Festival

Irish Fall Festival at the Jersey Shore

Irish Fall Festival
September 22 - 25, 2016
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
One of the largest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore -- every September, Wildwood holds the annual Irish Fall Festival!. The yearly celebration of Irish heritage is expected to draw as many as a quarter of a million people to the resort of the Wildwoods for the festival.
The Four-day event celebrates Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, crafts, a piper competition, and a parade on Sunday. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Daily. Free Other festival activities include a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, Ceili, 5k Run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Irish music concert, Catholic Mass and concludes with a parade on Surf Ave. from 26th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North


9 - Take in an Italian Festival with Fireworks

Hoboken Italian Festival

Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri - The Hoboken Italian Festival
September 8- 11, 2016
Sinatra Park, on the historic waterfront of Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken Italian Festival
Hoboken, NJ
The Hoboken Italian Festival, the premier Italian-American festival in New Jersey is over 80 years old, and is derived from a festival in Italy that is over 600 years old. The highlight of the feast, aside from the staggering variety of food and entertainment, is the day long procession through the streets of Hoboken, including a pain staking reenactment of the "Blessing of the Fleet" in the Hudson River, The 4 day event has it's grand finale on Saturday with a huge fireworks extravaganza over the park at 9:00 pm.


10 - Take in a Greek festival

St Barbara Greek Festival

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fall Greek Festival
September 23, 24 & 25 of 2016; Friday & Saturday - Noon to Midnight & Sunday - Noon to 6:00pm
2200 Church Road
Toms River
Features homemade Greek Food & pastries including Loukoumades, Souvlakia, Gyros and more! Watch our GOYANS and youth groups perform traditional and award winning Greek dances and enjoy live music, rides and games. If you're looking for a fun filled weekend, Saint Barbara's Greek Festival is the place! Large indoor Dining room, Outdoor 60' x 90' Entertainment tent, Outdoor Greek Food Court with Beer Truck and full bar, Rides and Games, Indoor 12,000 sq.ft. Vendor area with Bistro tables to enjoy your fresh Greek Pastry and Coffee. Something for everyone! Overflow parking available at Ocean County College - lot #2 with convenient shuttle bus service.


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