The post below was originally published by Nickida on Nicki's Random Musings on June 14, 2016. 


There’s no denying that New Jersey has a lot to offer travelers. Aside from easy access to parts of New York, the state has beautiful beaches, scenic views, and plenty of attractions. Families traveling to the state have so many things to do, choosing the right hotel should be easy. These family friendly hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, North Bergen, and Secaucus take the guesswork out of planning a family vacation.

PAY A VISIT TO ELLIS ISLAND IN JERSEY CITY

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Photo by Joey Raymond via Trover.com

For many immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island, Jersey City was the first destination for some 12 million steamboat passengers. Spend the day at Liberty State Park with your family, where you can canoe on the Hudson River, hike the trails, or even spend the day crabbing. Catch a ferry to Ellis Island for an educational day tracking family roots or see the Statue of Liberty. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson offers views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River, special activities for children, and other luxurious amenities.

HOURS OF FAMILY FUN IN WILDWOOD

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Photo by Dian Brannen via Trover.com

Wildwood is a top choice for families traveling to New Jersey; there’s always something to see or do in this popular city. The boardwalk is the perfect place to start your vacation, with three amusement piers featuring over 100 different attractions. At night, Wildwood becomes a playground for adults. Spend the night reconnecting with your spouse at one of the night clubs, pubs, or bars. Congress Hall is a great choice for families because it has a kids club with seasonal activities.

STAY CLOSE TO NY IN NORTH BERGEN

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Travelers visiting North Bergen can choose a hotel on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge while still being very close to New York. Choosing the right side can help you save money on your hotel stay. Television fans are in for a treat, since North Bergen serves as the production base for NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Scenes for the show are sometimes filmed at the studio’s central archives building on West Side Avenue. Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands has a large outdoor swimming pool that your family with enjoy after exploring New Jersey or New York City.

FIND A BARGAIN IN SECAUCUS

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Photo via Aziz A via Trover.com

Bargain shoppers should add Secaucus to their list of places to visit. With over 100 stores, outlets, mini malls, and traditional retail stores, it’s a shopping paradise. Put on your walking shoes and head to The Plaza at Harmon Meadow to enjoy dining, shopping, and entertainment — all within walking distance of Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands. There’s no sales tax on apparel and shoes in New Jersey, so travelers save when shopping at Secaucus outlets with popular retailers like Carter’s, Jones New York, Lennox, Kenneth Hilfiger, and more.

Each of these locations offers multiple hotel options for families, as well as solo travelers, that match the budget and offer you the amenities you need for an enjoyable travel experience.

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