Quaint Towns to Visit in New Jersey

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North Jersey

Hope (Warren County): There will be a historical landmark everywhere you look as you walk through this town, which is perfect for learning how to take pictures of historical buildings. The Delaware Water Gap and Waterloo Village are also nearby, should you make a day-trip of visiting North Jersey.

Chester (Morris County): This town is “famous” for its fall festivals, but is certainly dressed in the holiday spirit all year round — whichever holiday that may be! There are a plethora of outdoor spots to explore too, including Willowwood Arboretum, Bamboo Brook, and Cooper Mill.

Blairstown (Warren County): Blairstown should certainly be on our list of haunted places, as the movie Friday the 13th was filmed here. Photographers and visitors alike can check out the unique architecture with a visit here. There’s also a waterfall in the center of town — see if you can find it!

Lake Mohawk (Sussex County): Step into old town Germany in this town bordering a beautiful lake — you might even catch the best sunset you’ve ever seen if you visit during golden hour. Check out the full guide.

Explore more of Warren, Morris, and Sussex Counties with our Scavenger Hunts.

Central Jersey

Clinton (Hunterdon County): Grab a coffee and walk downtown Clinton to visit the Red Mill — one of the most photographed sites in New Jersey (our instagram followers say so!). It’s the perfect subject for all seasons and all weather.

Lambertville (Hunterdon County): Grab a bite to eat along the water in this unique town, then walk across the bridge to New Hope, Pennsylvania. Make sure you take a picture on the infamous bridge marker to show your loyalties lie to the Garden State!

Frenchtown (Hunterdon County): Enjoy a night out walking the banks of the Delaware River in Frenchtown, window shopping the boutiques. The colorful store facades make for great photographs.

Red Bank (Monmouth County): Wether you’re catching up with a friend over coffee or sweets in the afternoon, or  downtown dining with a river view in the evening before heading to the theater, you’ll find it all in Red Bank. Make sure you take a stroll along the marina, too. Check out the full guide.

Explore more of Hunterdon and Monmouth Counties in our Scavenger Hunts.

South Jersey

Cape May (Cape May County): Cape May needs no introduction. Whether you’re into town after a long day at the beach, or going down for a day trip in the winter, downtown Cape May has a ton to offer. Take a stroll down the Washington Street Mall for some fudge, or walk down any street to see the colorful houses you see in postcards all around the world. Or, if you’re up for a walk, head down to Cape May Point.

Bordentown (Burlington County): Take a stroll down this small but quaint Burlington County town for some local eats.

Smithville (Atlantic County): Explore historic Smithville for the day, where old meets new. And if you want to extend the day, head down to Atlantic City or the nearby wildlife refuge, both of which are a short drive away.

Collingswood (Camden County): Dine and shop the day away in this South Jersey town, just a short drive from Philadelphia.

Explore more of Cape May, Burlington, Atlantic and Camden Counties in our Scavenger Hunts.

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