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Jersey Shore Tour

Discover the joys of the mid-Atlantic’s underdog state, from Cape May to Asbury Park.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview:  The tumultuous history of American leisure has its beginnings on the Shore with the founding of Cape May, the nation’s first seaside... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Allan & Suzi

Specializing in a mix of contemporary designers and disco-era vintage.

Address:
641 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(732) 988-7372

Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar.

Address:
209 Fourth Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(732) 776-6160

No-frills rooms in a prime beachfront location.

Address:
7807 Atlantic Ave.
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(800) 522-1244

The year 2003 saw the opening of the Borgata, a 2,002-room luxury hotel and casino with celebrity-chef restaurants, wine bars, a spa. An opulent corporate whimsy reigns: Dale Chihuly glass sculptures hang from the ceilings; what’s not marble is covered in brightly colored, harlequin-pattered fabrics; a powdery vanilla fragrance hangs in the air.

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5. Brant Beach

Just when you think this beach couldn’t possibly get more retro—not an iPod or cell phone in sight—a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike drives up in his vintage 1960’s Good Humor ice cream truck. $5 day passes can be purchased from the tag-checkers who roam the shoreline.

Address:
From 31st to 74th Sts.
Long Beach Township, New Jersey
United... More

Beachside Federal-style hotel that has undergone a $26 million renovation.

Address:
251 Beach Ave.
Cape May, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 884- 8421

Half a block from the powdery Atlantic on Long Beach Island’s main thoroughfare, the Daddy O Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is a 22-room Rat Pack throwback. Think high-gloss mahogany walls, red faux-suede banquettes, and wallpaper embedded with Murano glass. Chill out on one of the chaise longues or order a classic martini from the hotel’s... More

8. Dune, Margate

A BYOB seafood restaurant

Address:
9510 Ventnor Ave.
Margate, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 487-7450

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel has a cheeky style (Louis XIV chairs in bright-white crocodile leather) invites the question, Does Cape May need foie gras?Probably not, but enjoy the pistachio-dusted scallops and impressive cheese plate nonetheless.

Address:
25 Jackson St., The Virginia Hotel
Cape May, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609)... More

10. FS20

You’ll find well-priced industrial-modern pieces at this excellent furniture boutique.

Address:
647 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(732) 502-8999

A curious 1912 Flemish-style building that became a rowdy men’s club during Prohibition and was recently renovated as a steak house serving an excellent Jersey corn chowder. The walls are lined with old photographs of Atlantic City, you can’t see them from the tables, but it’s worth a tour around the room to scrutinize them.

Address:
3600... More

12. Lobster House Fisherman’s Wharf

Do not show up at 7 p.m. or you will be informed of a one-hour wait and be handed a vibrating beeper. Though you can skip the dining room and settle for gluey chowder and mangled clams from the outdoor grill and raw bar, you’d be better off taking a stroll on the beach— or through Cape May— and arriving at the Lobster House at 8:45 p.m. By then... More

Lucy, Margate’s iconic 65-foot-tall elephant-shaped house, now open to the public.

Address:
9200 Atlantic Ave.
Margate, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 823-6473

14. Perrine Boatworks

Watch master boatbuilders in this workshop at the Tuckerton Seaport, a living-history museum of coastal arts and crafts.

Address:
120 W. Main St.
Tuckerton, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 296-8868

15. Pier Shops at Caesars

The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar’s, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world. The mall is chockablock with luxury retailers—Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.

Address:
1 Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic City, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 345-3100

A take-out shop with a brisk trade in expertly done, house-made ravioli (pumpkin, lobster) and sauce (marinara, vodka).

Address:
2610 S. Long Beach Blvd.
Ship Bottom, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 361-2585

The only Northeast restaurant helmed by chef Michael Mina. Try the lychee gimlet at the bar before sampling the lobster potpie.

Address:
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey
United States

Phone:
(609) 317-8220

This contemporary 24-room retreat features sleek cherry-red sofas and a baby grand piano in the lobby. Upstairs, the bedrooms are outfitted with Belgian linens and bathrooms have a trio of showerheads. At the Ebbitt Room restaurant, leather banquettes line the minimal space, where chef Lucas Manteca serves native oysters topped with champagne... More

An Atlantic City institution that soldiers on in the shadow of the glitzy casinos. The Sub Shop is fiercely independent, with oddball rules—if you want a beverage to go with your meal, the cashier will reluctantly make change of a dollar bill so you can use the soda machine. The tuna sub is a knockout, slathered with a potent, sour hot-pepper... More