As we enter the dog days of summer, there’s still plenty of the season left to plan a family vacation or a quick weekend getaway with friends. Whether you’re planning a trip to the East Coast or already live in New Jersey, here are some ways to ensure your summer is the best ever.
Watch Your Favorite Football Team in Action
Although fall is the official start of the football season, training season is an excellent opportunity to see some of your favorite players and experience the action at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
If you can’t make it to summer training camp, there are plenty of other events, like soccer matches, throughout the summer at the stadium.
Spend the Day at the Beach
Not only is spending the day at the beach a great way to cool down during the hottest days of the summer, but most people have nothing but fond memories of spending hours lounging in the sand and splashing in the water.
While the Jersey Shore stretches over 100 miles along the coast, some “must visit” beach spots include Seaside Heights, Cape May, and Sandy Hook. Don’t forget to check out important details beforehand, such as beach rules and regulations and the best places to park.
Pitch a Tent and Go Camping
What’s summer without a camping trip? Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are new to the whole “getting in touch with nature” experience, there are dozens of state parks to set up your tent. Not sure about “roughin’ it” in a tent? There are RV campgrounds and several state parks to rent a cabin or yurt.
Enjoy an Ice Cream Treat
No one will argue that ice cream is a delicious treat year-round but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a soft serve cone or a carefully crafted sundae in the summer heat. You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy some of the top-rated ice cream shops located throughout the state. Whether you indulge in a classic soft serve at Magnifico’s or a scoop of homemade ice cream at Gabriel’s Fountain, you’ll be celebrating summer the way it’s intended.
A Few Travel Tips
Whether you’re traveling across town to your favorite park or up the coast to spend a day at the beach and hitting up an amusement park, New Jersey is a popular getaway for out-of-towners and Jersey residents alike.
When traveling by car, ditch the distractions, keep your eyes on the road, and be on the lookout for inexperienced (or out of town drivers), particularly on the Turnpike where dozens of accidents occur every year. When you’re walking around town, stick to the sidewalks, use the crosswalks, and make sure that drivers see you before you cross the street.
For a successful summer trip, check out the weather forecast and dress for the weather. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and drinking water. Check out your route ahead of time and be aware of any detours due to accidents or road construction.