New Jersey Summer Fun A Car Ride Away From Florham Park
Drivable Jersey Summer Spots
It’s summer getaway season, and New Jersey has oodles of fun in the sun (and the shade). Why not make Archer Hotel Florham Park your comfy-chic getaway retreat, and explore some of the Garden State’s signature spots just a car ride away? Archer’s rounded up some of his favorite picks for drivable, fun summer destinations.
FLORHAM PARK + MORRISTOWN
- The Florham Park Gazebo Concert Series — A Florham Park tradition since 1980. Includes a dance floor (Bring your best dance moves.)
- The Laundromat — Morristown’s speakeasy for guests ages 23+. Cavernous basement bar with live music Wednesday through Sunday.
- Frelinghuysen Arboretum — A 127-acre botanical garden with a Colonial Revival-style home and carriage house, plus the Haggerty Education Center. In Morristown.
- Liberty State Park — Across from Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Iconic views of Manhattan.
- Statue of Liberty — Tip: Buy tickets well in advance to visit the crown.
- Lake Hopatcong — New Jersey’s largest lake. A ton of water sports and boating activities, plus restaurants and bars.
- The Windlass — Lakefront Italian dining at Nolan’s Point. Boat-inspired bar, seasonal deck dining, live music events year-round.
- Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream — Just south of the lake. Award-winning ice cream with 11 soft flavors and 60+ hard hand-dipped flavors.
Asbury Park (aka “The Queen of the Jersey Shore”):
- Asbury Park Boardwalk — Murals galore, the landmark Casino and Carousel House
- Silverball Museum — A tribute to pinball and video gaming. About 600 rotating games set to free play with an entry pass.
- Paramount Theatre — Legendary concert hall that’s simultaneously grand and intimate. Superior acoustics and stage visibility.
- Wonder Bar — Live music, tiki bar, Yappy Hour (bring your dog), munchies and bevvies. With Tillie, the unofficial Asbury Park mascot, welcoming one and all.
- The Stone Pony — Rockin’ the boardwalk since 1974. Considered one of the greatest rock clubs of all time. Summer Stage shows in the backyard.
- Pascal & Sabine — A nod to the European brasserie, and a unique spot for a memorable dining experience.
MORE JERSEY SHORE
- Point Pleasant Beach — Family fun at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. An amusement park, aquarium, arcades, beach, mini golf, ropes course and sweet shop.
- Seaside Heights — Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach family amusement park and waterpark with several food options. Beach cabana rentals available.
- Wildwood — Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club at Morey’s Surfside Amusement Pier. Restaurant and rooftop bar at Joe’s Fish Co.
- Cape May — At the southernmost point of the state. Clean beaches, sunset cruises, whale watching, outdoor walking mall, a variety of dining styles and options.