If you’re wanting a spring break destination that features picturesque beaches, historic cities, and outdoor recreation, look no further than New Jersey. From the famed Atlantic City nightlife to the fun amusement parks in Wildwood, there’s something for everyone in this East Coast state. Book a stay at a New Jersey vacation rental today. Take a look at the best spring break cities in New Jersey.

1. Point Pleasant Beach

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As quaint and charming as its name suggests, Point Pleasant Beach is an ideal spring break vacation destination for families with children. Kids will forget all about schoolwork when they see the rides, games, and food available at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, where you can play a family-friendly game of mini golf or spend time at the arcade. Cast your line at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, a wonderful, pet-friendly spot. Thrill the kids with a trip to see the penguins, seals, and sharks at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, then grab some yummy pizza from The Coal House.

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2. Freehold

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Freehold, New Jersey, is a great vacation option for college students who want to get away from campus but aren’t looking for a popular spring break destination with a party atmosphere. There’s still plenty of fun to be had here, with attractions that include the Amazing Escape Room. iPlay America is a 115,000-square-foot venue that houses an arcade, go-karts, a laser tag arena, and a bar and grille. You can spend an afternoon shopping at the Freehold Raceway Mall, or treat yourself to a massage and steam at the Bear and Birch, a luxury spa. To soak up the area’s natural beauty, visit Monmouth Battlefield State Park to tour the American Revolutionary War battlefield, hike the trails, or enjoy a picnic lunch. Have dinner and drinks in a laid-back atmosphere at Moore’s Tavern & Sports Bar, where plenty of flat screens and live music keep you entertained.

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3. Atlantic City

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For some fun and excitement, experience spring break in Atlantic City, also called the “World’s Famous Playground.” A vacation rental in this resort city puts you in the center of all the action. Play poker at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, throw down some dice at Tropicana Casino Resort, or spin the roulette wheel at Caesars at Atlantic City. Be sure to walk the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk by day, then head out at night for drinks and dancing at 10 North Lounge or Boogie Nights. For arts and culture, try the Atlantic City Ballet or the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

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4. Seaside Heights

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Seaside Heights has a little something for spring breakers of all ages. This family-friendly vacation destination is home to Casino Pier, a pier-side amusement center complete with roller coasters and a brightly illuminated Ferris Wheel. It’s also home to Breakwater Beach, a fun water park. Popular with college crowds, JR’s Bar is right on the boardwalk, so you can grab a slice of pizza and a beer and listen to the DJ into the wee hours of the morning. Captain Hook’s Bar is another fun spot to grab a cold brew. To satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to stop by Van Holten’s Chocolates & Sweet Shop on the boardwalk.

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5. Wildwood

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Family-friendly Wildwood is a great place to take the little ones for spring break week. Morey’s Piers span six blocks, offering more than 100 rides and attractions to keep your crew entertained all night. To bring some educational value to your trip, take the family to Historic Cold Spring Village to find out what life was like in the early 1800s. Challenge your kids to a few laps around the go-kart track at Race Zone Amusements, or win some prizes at Bobby Dee’s Arcade. Don’t miss the opportunity to get a family picture taken at the popular Wildwoods sign, complete with colorful concrete beach balls.

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6. Jersey City

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With nicknames like Wall Street West and Chilltown, it’s clear that Jersey City vacationers appreciate the finer things, and the waterfront destination does not disappoint. White Eagle Hall is a stunning concert venue that offers a variety of impressive performances, so check the schedule for spring break week. The Liberty Science Center always has exciting and interactive exhibits, while Serenity Day Spa gives you the opportunity to relax with a massage, body wrap, or facial. Be sure to walk through Liberty State Park to enjoy the incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. You can even catch a ferry here if you want to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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7. Columbia

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For the spring breaker who’s longing for respite and a chance to reconnect with nature, Columbia, New Jersey, is the ultimate vacation destination. The Lakota Wolf Preserve is a must-visit attraction, where you can take a tour to learn all about the wolves who make their home here. For challenging trails, visit Worthington State Forest, or head to Beaver Brook Wildlife Management Area for fishing. Spend an afternoon sampling the reds and whites and enjoying the live music at Brook Hollow Winery.

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8. Ocean City

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Delight the whole gang with a spring break trip to Ocean City, New Jersey, America’s Greatest Family Resort. Delight the kids with some ride tickets at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, or challenge them to some putt-putt at Congo Falls Miniature Golf. Seaside Go-Kart Speedway is a fun place for families, and Storybook Land, a creative amusement park, is especially fun for the little ones. The Ocean City Historical Museum lets you learn about the rich history of the area, while a Spring Block Party fills the downtown area with crafters and food vendors.

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