Island Beach State Park
The Jersey Shore really has gotten a bad rap. Like, instead of fist-pumping meatheads, why couldn't a show have focused on one of the largest stretches of undeveloped, pristine barrier islands in the United States? Oh, right, because nobody would have watched it. But what MTV gave us in ugliness, this park gives us in beauty. As in, 10 miles of unfettered beaches, dunes, and trees where you can spend the day hiking, kayaking, or just strolling the Snooki-free boardwalk. And for boaters, nearby Tices Shoal is a popular tie-up spot.