These are New Jersey’s most affordable vacation destinations, survey says
Just because we’re halfway through summer doesn’t mean you’ve lost your chance to plan a nice getaway for the family. What’s even better is you can do so without making a huge dent in your wallet.
A recent survey was conducted by FamilyDestinationsGuide.com to find the most affordable family-friendly vacation destinations throughout the United States.
'Affordable’ does not mean ‘inferior or ‘second-rate’” points out Rose Ackermann, of FamilyDestinationsGuide.com. “The budget-friendly travel sphere is bursting with choices, offering everything from breathtaking outdoor experiences to cultural immersion, charming local accommodations, and gastronomical delights that won't break the bank.
FamilyDestinationsGuide used an online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography to be sure various demographics were represented.
The top two destinations were awarded to our neighboring state, New York, with the second place going to Coney Island, and Long Beach taking first. Good for NY, but what about those of us looking for a staycation?
Of the top 175 family-friendly destinations, five are right here in the Garden State, so you don’t even have to travel out of state for your cost-effective getaway.
These are the most affordable family destinations in New Jersey for Summer 2023.
The iconic Wildwood Boardwalk stretches for two miles and is lined with affordable amusement parks, arcades, and shops, providing endless entertainment options for families on a budget.
Just be sure that you "watch the tram car, please."
6️⃣1️⃣ Cape May
After soaking up the sun and catching waves at the beach, families can check out the Cape May County Park & Zoo, which offers free admission.
The town's historic district features affordable eateries, shops, and the Cape May Lighthouse, which offers stunning views at a reasonable admission fee.
1️⃣6️⃣ Point Pleasant
In addition to the beautiful beaches, families can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing from the beach or taking a stroll along the boardwalk, which offers fun-for-all-ages attractions like mini-golf courses and amusement rides.
Jenkinson's Aquarium is a popular spot for families, offering a memorable opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of marine life.
1️⃣1️⃣ Ocean City
Families can have a comfortable and cost-effective stay through accommodations such as beachfront hotels, budget-friendly motels, and vacation rentals.
Ocean City boasts pristine beaches that are free to access, providing endless opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles.
Families can enjoy outdoor activities such as biking along the boardwalk, beach volleyball, and exploring the nearby dunes and nature trails.
Ocean City's dining scene features cheaper options, including family-friendly restaurants, seafood shacks, and ice cream parlors.
And finally, the most cost-effective vacation spot in NJ according to FamilyDestinationsGuide:
6️⃣ Asbury Park
Families can spend sunny days at Asbury Park’s pristine beach, enjoying the sand, surf, and various water sports. The iconic boardwalk is a must-visit, offering free entry and an array of affordable eateries, souvenir shops, and lively entertainment options.
Asbury Park provides a range of accommodation options, including cozy beachfront hotels and vacation rentals, ensuring a cozy and budget-friendly stay.
Hopefully this gave you some ideas for places you can travel to on a budget this summer. Click here for the complete list from FamilyDestinationsGuide.
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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5's Kylie Moore. Any opinions expressed are Kylie's own. You can follow Kylie on Instagram.