You scroll through your Instagram feed and swipe through photo after photo shared by your peers. Beautiful destinations and genuine smiles seem to be this summer’s staple. If you find yourself seeking a picturesque change of scenery or even just a photo op to add to your own summer Insta reel, this list compiles it all. In no particular order, here are the 25 most Instagrammable locations in New Jersey.
Stairway to Heaven Appalachian Trail – Vernon Township, NJ
The Stairway to Heaven Appalachian Trail is a moderate hike that is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long. It features hiking boardwalks and a suspension bridge that make for beautiful picture opportunities. The morning dew and mist at sunrise also make for great photos.
Pier 13 & Hoboken Waterfront – Hoboken, NJ
The panoramic view of the NYC skyline speaks for itself. Make it a summer activity by visiting Hoboken’s picturesque Pier 13. After the meal, have your photo shoot at night if you want to catch the shimmering city lights in the background.
Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton, NJ
This gorgeous sculpture park features gardens and constantly changing exhibitions. There are even two onsite cafés and the luxury French dining option, Rat’s Restaurant.
Beneduce Vineyards – Pittstown, NJ
This family-owned vineyard and winery focuses on sustainably crafting food-friendly wines from estate-grown grapes. Ranked the second-best winery in the United States, the lush, green landscapes are sure to provide the perfect shot.
Ross Dock Park/Picnic Area – Fort Lee, NJ
This scenic riverfront picnic area is located just north of the George Washington Bridge. Picnic tables, grills, boat ramp access and a children’s playground are all available for visitors.
Prospect House and Garden at Princeton University – Princeton, NJ
Also known as Prospect, this location is a historic house on the Princeton University campus. It is known for its picturesque gardens and is a popular destination for both community and campus members.
Delaware Water Gap (Mt. Tammany) – Knowlton Township, NJ
This iconic water view is best seen from the hike through Mount Tammany. As it is widely considered one of the most popular hikes in New Jersey, you will mostly encounter other people. Be prepared to wait a bit for “the” shot!
Branch Brook Park – Newark, NJ
Branch Brook Park is known for the beautiful cherry blossom trees that line the park. Peak bloom is generally in April. Head to this location in the spring for the most gorgeous and full blooms for your photos.
Outside The Seafarer Bar – Atlantic Highlands, NJ
For the ultimate “dinner with a view” vibe check out The Seafarer Bar. It is a casual tiki bar overlooking the NYC skyline. Sunset reflects beautifully off of the water making for a beautiful view and a beautiful picture.
Buttermilk Falls – Layton, NJ
Best seen after heavy rain, Buttermilk Falls is a foaming cascade lake that flows down the steep valley towards Cayuga Lake. Check out some of the other waterfalls of New Jersey here.
Downtown Montclair- Montclair, NJ
Downtown Montclair has an urban feel and is thrumming with life. Here you will find hidden gem photo spots among the live entertainment, quirky shops and art scene.
Happy Day Farms – Manalapan, NJ
Happy Day Farms is a U-pick farm that is open seasonally. It is most popularly known for its sunflower picking and lavender viewing. The sunflowers are in season from now until late August and the lavender viewing is available until July 17.
Gurney Street – Cape May, NJ
This neighborhood of colorful cottages looks like something straight out of a storybook. Live out your dollhouse dreams and snap a shot in front of the iconic pastel houses. They are structured to mimic gingerbread houses that are undeniably eye-catching.
Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ
Liberty State Park is a green oasis in the heart of Metropolitan Northern New Jersey. It is home to the humorous and endearing satire Statue of Liberty landmark. While admission to the park is free, you have the option to ride the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from here.
Asbury Park Beach – Asbury, NJ
A compilation of New Jersey’s most Instagrammable locations wouldn’t be complete without a spot for our beloved Jersey Shore. Asbury Park has photogenic spots at every corner from the sand and the sea to the iconic boardwalk. With the town’s iconic architecture and booming street art, the options are practically endless.
Alstede Farms – Chester, NJ
Get your camera phone ready because you won’t want to miss this one. Sunflower backdrops aren’t all Alstede Farms has to offer, from 5 p.m. to dusk during the late summer visitors can relax and enjoy a sunset with music, wines, and food while enjoying one of the most beautiful sceneries in New Jersey. Check out 11 other sunflower farms here.
Van Vleck House and Gardens – Montclair, NJ
Van Vleck House and Gardens is a public botanical garden that consists of ericaceous plants that have been cultivated over several generations. While the gardens are free and open to the public, the house is reserved for nonprofit meetings and events.
Interstate 80 East Scenic Lookout – Allamuchy, NJ
This unique overlook is a gateway and panoramic window to overlook the Skylands of New Jersey. It is located right off of Route 80 and also showcases the Delaware Water Gap (without the hike); it is easily the highlight of our Interstate Highway system.
Spring Lake – Spring Lake, NJ
Another resort town, Spring Lake is affectionately referred to as the “Irish Riviera”. It is home to manicured lawns, flower parks and tree-lined streets.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – Barnegat, NJ
The white and red lighthouse has become quite a recognizable landmark in New Jersey. It is regarded as one of the most important navigational points for ships bound for the New York Harbor. Though it’s currently being restored this summer, rest assured this iconic Jersey Shore location will be back.
Pyramid Mountain – Boonton, NJ
What sets Pyramid Mountain apart is its three large glacial erratics. The Tripod Rock, Whale Head Rock and Bear Rock as well as two overlook points. If you’re looking to take some great photos, you are sure to experience an adventure if you choose this location.
Frank Sinatra Park – Hoboken, NJ
While this may seem like another waterfront park, it offers some different perks. Here you will find a kayak launch, soccer field, an amphitheater and of course, scenic views of Manhattan. Not surprisingly, you’ll also find Frank Sinatra’s statue, which is often seen in pictures.
Lake Lenape Park – Mays Landing, NJ
In addition to the views of the lake, this park offers designated swimming areas as well as kids’ playground areas. You can also fish, kayak, boat and even scuba dive!
Snyders Farm – Somerset, NJ
Another U-pick farm with lots of seasonal attractions, Snyders Farm is sure to give you the shot you desire. The roadside stand starts July 12 and features various berries, zinnias and the classic sunflower trail.
Paterson Great Falls National Park – Paterson, NJ
These falls were made famous when showcased in an episode of The Sopranos. The Great Falls are 77 feet high and 260 feet wide so it is sure to be prominent in any picture. Like most waterfalls, it is best seen after a heavy rain.
These locations are undeniably Instagrammable and perfect for day adventures. Pick your favorite, or create a summer bucket list of all the places you have deemed a must-see. Regardless, enjoy making memories and social media content all while getting better acquainted with the Garden State this summer.
About the Author/s
Lauren is the Editorial Assistant Intern at New Jersey Digest. She is a rising sophomore at Rutgers University New Brunswick where she studies Journalism & Media Studies. She was most drawn to the storytelling aspect of The Digest's publication. When she's not reading or writing, you can find her at the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet eating an obscenely large, yet affordable meal, or running the trails of South Jersey. She looks forward to writing articles that tell a story and continuing her sushi escapades all throughout this summer.