Purples and pinks streak across the backdrop of Philadelphia. Deep swirls of magenta and bright orange paint the atmosphere over the Sea Isle and Avalon bay. These beautiful moments are brought to you by none other than mother nature.
And New Jersey has some amazing areas where you can watch (and photograph) her show at your leisure. The following list adds new spots to the list of Sunrise and Sunset spots first published in 2016, but with a special focus on the areas in Southern New Jersey.
1. Sunset Beach, Cape May
Sunset Beach is very popular among locals and tourists alike as it is one of the only spots where the sunsets on the beach in New Jersey! Also, this is a popular spot for the history buffs; the SS Atlantus Shipwreck – one of 12 concrete ships built after World War 1 – left an interesting mark on this beach’s horizon line.
Sunset Beach is near Cape May Point Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park. This is another great place to watch the sunset – if you feel like you want to get your steps in before you relax and watch mother nature do her thing. To see this sunset view, you need to trek-up the steep 200 staircases. By mid-August, the sun will start setting by 8 p.m., closing time, so it’s best to visit here earlier in the year. Admission to the lighthouse is $7 for adults, $3 for children.
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2. Sunset or Sunrise at Townsends Inlet, Sea Isle City
This spot which separates Sea Isle City, NJ, from Avalon, NJ, allows you to watch the sunset over the bay or the sunrise over the Atlantic ocean – simultaneously! This gives you the unique opportunity to watch the effects of the sunset afterglow (as I like to call it) on the opposite side of the atmosphere from where the direct sun is rising.
These afterglows, as pictured, can often light up clouds in deep pinks and purples across the darkening blue sky, leaving you with some pretty tranquil and peaceful views to end your day.
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3. Sunset at Camden Waterfront
While most people wouldn’t necessarily think of traveling to Camden to watch one of natures wonders, this spot, is excellent for watching the sunset as a backdrop behind the Philadelphia Skyline. This is also an added bonus in the summertime for concerts goers, as sunsets can be watched from the top of the Susquehanna Bank Center Field.
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4. Sunset at Mullica Hill, NJ
This NJspot is home to some lovely antique shops and some awesome vineyards with a view. In particular, The Heritage Vineyard. This spot has some beautiful rolling hills covered in grape vines, resulting in a very picturesque site as the sunsets over these fields every day.
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