New Jersey Day Trips That Won’t Cost You a Dime

With gas prices going up to $5 a gallon and everything else that goes with it, New Jersey vacations are going to be a lot more expensive this summer.

It’s not like you get a cost of living increase every time prices go up. If this happened, you would receive several raises per week.

But if you are going on vacation, the challenge will be to find the cheapest places to go where you can have a good time without spending a lot of money. Not an easy thing to do in New Jersey, is it?

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of places to go and things to see in New Jersey that won’t cost you very much. If you combine these day trips with the plans that will cost you a lot, you’ll end up with a more comprehensive and less expensive way to enjoy all that New Jersey has to offer.

I asked my followers “Where are the best free day trips in New Jersey?” Here is what I have.

Now, some of these places may have restaurants and shops, but it’s up to you whether you want to eat at one of the establishments or bring your own food and window shop. It’s your choice, but whatever you decide, we hope you have a great day in New Jersey. You deserve it!

If you are looking for a free beach, try here.

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The Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, New Jersey. It’s an 8 mile loop road, like going on a safari. And it’s also close to Smithville.

John Hammer
Cape May Zoo

Rick Verso
High Point State Park

Denise Farrell
Island Beach State Park this year and all NJ State Parks

Joe Graci
Hoboken

Hoboken via Google Maps

Hoboken via Google Maps

Lynn Miller
Deep Cut Gardens in Monmouth County

John Kensil
Hit some neat flea markets
A Sunday go to Columbus early

Kinkora Trail in Columbus via Google Maps

Kinkora Trail in Columbus via Google Maps

Then the New Egypt antique flea market

Then have a nice lunch in Lambertville or cross the bridge to New Hope

Lambertville via Google Maps

Lambertville via Google Maps

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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