From photo-worthy cuisine to captivating views, New Jersey offers plenty by way of sightseeing tours. From Cape May to Atlantic City, New Jersey’s unique culture, history, and geography leaves a lot to be explored. Here are the 10 best sightseeing tours in the state!
Hop on a bike and tour around the country’s first seaside resort town to learn unique facts about the city while seeing historic homes and beautiful shoreline. Curious Cape May offers two tour options: the Cape May Downtown Bike Tour and the Private Bike Tour. The Downtown Bike Tour is an affordable option that takes guests along less traversed streets, interesting historical facts, and stories. Tours last for two hours and are offered in the morning and late afternoon daily.
Offering tours for the past 10 years, Pirate Adventures Jersey Shore has their tours down to an art with a pirate themed tour of the Metedeconk River. Little swashbucklers on the tour will get to dress up like pirates, sit for a tattoo, and learn pirate vocabulary before hopping aboard the Sea Gypsy II to find sunken treasure. This family-friendly adventure lasts for one hour and 45 minutes.
Walk through one of several towns in New Jersey to learn about the town and the happening food trends. You’ll stop by some of the best dining establishments in New Jersey and enjoy a food experience that is like no other. Their Mount Holly Food Tour, for example, covers the rich history of this Revolutionary War town, and the knowledgeable tour guide takes you to taste homemade soups, breakfast, pub fare, craft beer, and more. This tour is three hours long and is a walking tour.
Mixing sightseeing, eating, walking, and healthy living, Savor and Stroll wants you to have a multidimensional experience during one of their tours. During a tour led by Savor and Stroll, you’ll have the chance to taste food at the best local eateries including the Artist Baker, Pierogies House, and Southstreet Creamery. In addition, you’ll pass by the Morristown Green, historic sites, and learn about the area during the Revolutionary War.
Jersey Girls Food Tours takes you through downtown Jersey City, highlighting the influx of cool new restaurants and food trends. Come with an empty stomach so you can fill up on tastings offered at five different restaurants and meet with some of the owners and chefs. Tours last for three hours and are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hop aboard the Osprey for a wetlands and birding tour, affording you the privilege to see herons, egrets, raptors, clapper rails, osprey, and more. Birding tours run for approximately 2.5 hours, with different options available daily including morning and sunset times. The boat also offers the use of binoculars and has touch tanks for you to learn more about marine organisms. Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding tours are also available.
This tour offers both a thrill and enjoyable sightseeing of everyone’s favorite marine mammal, the dolphin. A tour with Silver Bullet will have you speeding across the water until you near a fishing area frequented by dolphins. You’ll then have the opportunity to observe and photograph these playful mammals from up close while learning more about them. You’ll then have an adrenalin pumping ride speeding back to shore.
Another water-based tour, Atlantic City Cruises offers several tour opportunities for a maximum of approximately 100 guests. One of the most popular tours with Atlantic City Cruises is the Morning Skyline cruise, which is a narrated tour of Atlantic City. This is great for first-time visitors to the area, as you’ll learn about the boardwalk, the history of Atlantic City, and be treated to great views.
For something entirely different and unique during a visit to Ocean City, learn about the haunted past with a spooky tour of the historic downtown. This tour is held by candlelight and the knowledgeable tour guide shares scary stories and folklore about the area, following some information provided in the book “Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ.” During this walking tour, guests will visit a haunted house and walk the streets of downtown, with tours beginning at 8 p.m. several days per week.
Enjoy a weekend public walking tour in the spring, summer, or fall hosted by the Princeton Tour Company. Tours take guests through Princeton University as well as through the surrounding downtown, covering the history of the campus and famous historical residents of the area. The tour lasts for two hours and takes you along a three-mile walk. Ticket holders can also receive discounts at area restaurants.