10 Ways to Cool Off in New Jersey

Cool off this summer with these fun things to do in New Jersey.
  • Roller Coaster at Morey's Pier in Wildwood
    Morey's Piers, Wildwood, NJ | Photo by Kelly Mooney

1. Splash around in a waterpark.

Whether you want to float in a lazy river or get some thrills on a high-speed water slide, cool off in one of the waterparks in New Jersey, such as Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood, Runaway Rapids in Keansburg or Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights. In Ocean City, let the little ones loose in the 18,800-square-foot water-spraying playground at OC Waterpark.

2. Catch a wave while surfing along the Jersey Shore.

Experience some of the best waves on the East Coast with a day of surfing. Never tried it before? Take a lesson at Coastline Adventures Surfing School in Brick, where you can learn some new surfing skills and rent a surfboard.

3. Play arcade games or laser tag.

Escape the heat of the sun in an entertainment center like Jilly's Arcade in Ocean City, where you can spend the day navigating pinball machines, Skee-ball, modern and vintage arcade games (think Pac Man and Asteroids) and even the latest gaming experiences like Halo.

4. Have a scoop of ice cream.

You don’t have to scream for ice cream — just visit one of the many New Jersey ice cream shops for a scoop of something delicious. In Burlington, Ummm Ice Cream Parlour offers homemade ice cream and waffle cones in an old fashioned atmosphere. Or stop in Lavallette for The Music Man: Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, which takes the old-time experience a step further, featuring a nightly vaudeville-style Broadway cabaret show alongside indulgent ice cream sundaes.

5. Spend some time in a cool shopping mall.

When it comes to malls in New Jersey, there are so many places to choose from, each offering plenty of big name stores, food court options and – perhaps most importantly – cool, comfortable air conditioning. Bargain shoppers can also score great deals at one of the many discount outlets.

6. Visit a nearby Jersey shore beach.

With 130 miles of coastline, you’re bound to find a perfect beach for swimming, surfing, lounging and relaxing. From the bustling, family-friendly Wildwoods to the romantic, secluded Cape May shoreline, New Jersey beaches are diverse and plentiful. On a budget? You won’t want to miss our roundup of FREE beaches.

7. Feel the breeze on a roller coaster ride.

Hop on one of the many roller coasters and fast rides at Keansburg Amusement Park to catch a bit of a breeze. For family-friendly rides, Bowcraft Amusement Park in Scotch Plains offers plenty of kiddie rides and attractions, along with Eagleswood Amusement Park in Staffordville.

8. Enjoy fresh sea air from a boat cruise.

From pirate-themed voyages to whale-watching excursions to romantic dinner cruises, there are a number of options for cruises from New Jersey. Take your pick, and spend some time out on the water.

9. Watch a movie in a cool, dark theater.

Skip the hottest part of the day with a quick retreat to a nearby movie theater. For the ultimate experience, the IMAX Theatre at Tropicana in Atlantic City features plush seating and a massive screen. Or pack your car up and head to the Delsea Drive-In in Vineland where you can control your own air.

10. Explore the museums and attractions at Camden Waterfront.

There are plenty of things to do in New Jersey when you’re at the Camden Waterfront. Go “underwater” at the Adventure Aquarium, explore the U.S. Navy’s most decorated battleship at the Battleship New Jersey & Museum, or cross the Delaware River on the Riverlink Ferry.