How to Travel in New York City & New Jersey Like a Local

nyctravel-54d27816b42584084418f1a6d0130e14

The New York City and New Jersey metro area is one of the most visited areas of the country, drawing millions of tourists every year. Its dense populations and a constant influx of travelers make the roads busy, dinner reservations difficult, tickets to a show nearly impossible. Here are ways to avoid all of that like the locals do.

New York Beachgoing

Winters in this region can produce ice storms, snow storms, and very cold temperatures. Summers, especially August, can be unbearable if you’re not near the beach. NYC has beach towns like Orchard Beach, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach.

If staying in the city, you can take the subway, train, or bus to some of those beaches. The subway’s D, F, N, and Q trains all stop at Coney Island. Get off at the last stop, which is Stillwell Avenue. Rockaway Beach in Queens is also easy to get to via the NYC Beach Bus, which leaves from Brooklyn and Union Square. 

 /><figcaption><em>There are plenty of boardwalks you’ll have to navigate with grandkids. (Image via Shutterstock)</em></figcaption></figure>
</div>
<h2>Down The Shore</h2>
<p>Driving “down the shore” on summer weekends can take hours, so avoid traveling back or forth on Friday afternoons and Sunday nights. In New Jersey beach towns, parking can be hard to find, especially on busy summer weekends. Many of the individual towns like Long Beach Island list their parking lots and prices. Street parking can be free, but you should plan to park early in the morning to hold a spot. Many people even leave the beach towels and chairs on the beach early, walk somewhere for lunch, and then head back to their prime spot by the ocean.</p>
<p>Towns like Ocean City and Wildwood have large boardwalks with amusement piers. These are family-friendly so they become crowded with tourists. Grandchildren love these boardwalks and they’ll be pulling your hand leading you to amusement rides, mini-golf, pizza joints, and ice cream parlors. For more peace and quiet, head to Sandy Hook, Lavalette, or Sunset Beach at the bottom of <a href=Cape May County.

Times to Avoid

This is the largest metropolitan areas in the entire country, so traffic can be a nightmare if you don’t plan ahead. It is recommended to avoid driving during rush hours, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Holiday weekends and bad weather can also back up the roads and cause serious delays. Always tune in to the local traffic reports before heading out, waiting in your hotel room for an extra hour until the roads clear is a lot less stressful than being stuck on the road. And if you haven’t learned how to use your GPS, now is the time.

More Insider Info

 /><figcaption><em>New York City has plenty to offer if you know where to look.</em></figcaption></figure>
</div>
<p>The five main bridges in New York City are the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows, Queensboro, and the George Washington. Depending on where you are heading, tolls can cost up to $15 or more. If you don’t already have one, register for an <a href=E-Z Pass, which can help you bypass long lines at the tolls.

When possible, use public transport. Jersey has three major airports: Newark International, Atlantic City, and Trenton-Mercer. Newark is the largest and is a good option if you want to avoid flying into the city. NYC’s two main ones are John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, both in Queens. LaGuardia is mostly for domestic flights.

People in the know leave their cars at home and get around Jersey and into the city on buses, subways, and trains. NJ Transit offers all three with a trip planner on their website. Greyhound buses ride right into Union Station, while other inexpensive bus companies like BoltBus travel between Cherry Hill and Newark and make several stops in New York City.

Mastering New York City’s public transit system is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a challenge worth the effort. Its bus and rail system is run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). To ride the subway, you will need to buy a Metro Card, which starts at around $5.50. Buses also accept this card. Additional options include train service from PATH, Amtrak, and boats or ferries. The latter depart from Liberty Landing Ferry, NY Waterway, and Seastreak.

The complex system of roads, highways, and public transportation in the NYC/NJ area provide many ways for locals and tourists to get around. Resourceful active adults who plan ahead of time can save time and money throughout their metropolitan adventures. And remember, if all else fails, you can always call an Uber!

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

A senior couple takes a hike in a low-humidity state they chose for their retirement.

Retirement: What Are the Top 5 States With the Lowest Humidity?

There are many factors in deciding where to retire, and the weather can be one of them. Luckily, many of the states with nice weather also offer additional benefits for people over 60 and have several exciting active adult communities. Here are the four best states for a low-humidity retirement.

Lake view during autumn at dusk of Table Rock Mountain in Pickens, South Carolina.

5 Reasons To Consider a South Carolina Retirement

What does South Carolina have to offer active adults? A selection of over 80 active adult communities is just the beginning. These five reasons to consider a South Carolina retirement just might convince you that this southern coastal state has everything you’re looking for in a 55+ community.

The Best Places to Retire in South Carolina

South Carolina is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country, but that’s not all it has to offer active adults. The state has a rich history and culture, a wide selection of entertainment and recreation, and miles of beaches and coastal living.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

The Carolinas are a power couple when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle in an amazing climate, but they’re separated by more than just a border. A side-by-side comparison of the two can quickly show which is better for you when it comes to your interests and needs.

Exterior view of a model home at Del Webb Carolina Gardens, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on a sunny day.

55+ Communities With New Homes for Sale Near Raleigh

If you’re in the market for a new construction home in Raleigh, North Carolina there are plenty of options to consider. We’ve put together a list to help you start your search for the perfect neighborhood with new homes.

A woman playing pickleball in her 55+ community.

Raleigh Area 55+ Communities Big on Pickleball

With the pickleball’s rising popularity, many active adult communities across the country have taken heed and added pickleball courts to their lists of amenities. And, the Raleigh-Durham area–which is home to 40 active adult communities–is no different.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top