New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States, so it’s no surprise that sometimes it feels hard to get away! However, Garden State residents know the state is full of out-of-the-way small towns that pack a lot of charm into a little space. From one of the most famous college towns in the world, to the antique capital of the east coast, to a quiet town with a prehistoric secret, each of these towns has something that makes them uniquely Jersey. No matter the time of year, it’s worth exploring them and discovering just how much is awaiting in the best small towns in New Jersey.

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Have you visited any of these Garden State getaways? Tell us about your trip, and tell us your picks for the best small towns in New Jersey in the comments section. If you’re looking for another out-of-the-way gem, consider visiting this legendary diner on the Jersey Shore.

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