Spring break is around the corner and since you’re reading this, you are probably considering last-minute plans for your March or April vacation. Don’t feel pressure to jet off to a fancy remote location or even another city in the United States. Consider doing something different this year with a staycation in New Jersey. Whether you’re considering a solo, family, couples, weekend, or day trip, these spots are worth your spring break in NJ, so read on to find out more.
Spring Break in NJ
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa– Atlantic City
The Borgata is a high-end resort in Atlantic City with enough entertainment options to keep you preoccupied and happy all weekend. Featuring five high-end restaurants, indoor and outdoor luxury pools, a music center, a show venue, and various spas with the most innovative procedures around, the Borgata is definitely one of Atlantic City’s best treasures. Though you probably won’t be able to peruse the Jersey shore beach in March/April, you’ll soon forget all about warmer weather. The Vegas-scale casino features over 4,000 slot machines and table games, and nightlife options include various nightclubs, lounges, and bars that will make every night spent grand.
Crystal Springs Resort– Hamburg
Crystal Springs Resort is conveniently an hour away from NYC and less than 4 miles away from Mountain Creek Ski Resort, which are both destinations with countless recreational activities year-round. But if you stay at Crystal Springs, you probably won’t feel the need to leave the resort during your break, considering the overwhelming amount of incredible features this resort provides. This includes beautiful hotel rooms, premier golf, fresh and thoughtful dining experiences, luxurious pools, and spa amenities. Allow the serenity of the resort to reinvigorate your soul as you spend much-needed quality time with your loved ones amidst the perfect backdrop of the Kittatinny Mountains.
Carroll Villa Hotel- Cape May
Carrol Villa Hotel is a scenic getaway right in Cape May, just steps away from the beach. This hotel is perfect for an overnight stay during spring break for those that missed the shore and are looking for some rest and relaxation. Choose from over 30 different guest suites softly decorated with the vibrant colors of a quaint beach town. The hotel features the award-winning Mad Batter Restaurant, which is self-described as being famous for its crab cakes, Bloody Mary’s, and mimosas, as well as the Blue Batter Bar, which is a casual and fun spot with live music every night. Though it might be too cold to swim, Cape May has a lot to offer. Plan to come here for mile-long walks on the shore as well as interactive historical tours, museums, wineries, and exploring the downtown area.
DreamWorks Water Park – East Rutherford
If you haven’t explored the American Dream Mall yet, spring break in NJ is the perfect time to do it. Specifically, I have to recommend a family day outing to DreamWorks Water Park. This is the largest indoor water park in North America, featuring the largest indoor wave pool in the world. With huge spiral, body, and trap-door capsule slides, a lazy river, Jacuzzis, and luxurious cabanas, the water park will be fun for the entire family. If you want to book a hotel nearby to explore more of the mall, that might be a good idea for those who wish to book multiple activities and give themselves ample time to enjoy them. Try the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, only an 8-minute drive away.
Spring Lake Inn– Spring Lake
Self-described as a “European mansion by the sea,” Spring Lake Inn is an elegant bed and breakfast located a block away from the ocean and the non-commercial boardwalk. It is a Victorian-inspired setting in the midst of a quaint and scenic seashore town. Per their website, a few of their rooms were featured in an episode of “Design Star.” Spring Lake itself has countless things to do, including shopping, beach/boardwalk, activities, restaurants, and attractions. It is definitely worth at least an overnight stay, depending on how many things you wish to see and do in the town of Spring Lake.
A worthwhile place to visit during your spring break in NJ is Lambertville, which definitely calls for a day trip. Start your day with a short hike to Goat Hill Overlook, an easy hike to a pretty vista of the Delaware River. Afterward, grab coffee at one of their many cafes and eateries, and continue on to view Lambertville’s many art galleries, antique stores, and museums. Check out the Golden Nugget Flea Market, filled with art and other collectibles, and shop at different boutiques like the Sojourner and Foxy Reds. You can easily cross the bridge toward New Hope, Pennsylvania, which also has many idyllic and fun activities and dining options to explore.
Sojo Spa Club– Edgewater
Sojo Spa Club in Edgewater NJ is a must-do for your spring break in NJ and is necessary to complete your staycation. With seven saunas, eight floors, and nine pools including a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Manhattan skyline, you can bet your time spent at this Korean spa will be memorable and enjoyable. Sojo offers many wellness services, including a volcanic sand bath originating from Ibusuki, Japan. Explore their lounges, fitness and yoga facilities, and Korean cuisine dining. Conjoined to the spa club is Hotel Sojo, a contemporary, boutique hotel with five different room options. To make the most out of your spa cation, consider staying at Hotel Sojo in order to truly pamper yourself and take in all of the facilities’ amenities, booking a body scrub one day and a massage the next.
Reeds at Shelter Haven– Stone Harbor
Reeds at Shelter Haven has been voted New Jersey’s best hotel in 2021 is voted by Conde Nast Traveler’s one of the “world’s best hotels” four years in a row. Accommodations at this luxury boutique resort- hotel surely won’t disappoint; the 58 hotel rooms are carefully designed to allow sunsets and ocean breezes to be felt by each and every guest. At Reeds at Shelter Haven, the four dining options are ideally suited for every possible vibe, including the upscale Water Star Grille, SAX with frequent live music, Buckets Margarita Bar & Cantina, and the Stone Harbor Pizza Pub. This year-round resort also features the Salt Spa, with countless salt-infused remedies, like the Brine Light Inhalation Lounge and flotation therapy. You surely cannot go wrong with a weekend stay at this Stone Harbor haven during your spring break.
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