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10 Best Jet Skiing Adventures in New Jersey

a man smiling next to a body of water

If you’re jet ski freaks like us at Sea the City, finding the best spots to put your craft can be difficult. While New Jersey is a small state, there are still tons of places you can bring your jet ski to enjoy some high-flying thrills with your watercraft. It’s just a matter of finding places that allow it and having enough free space to make a splash. 

So that you don’t have to, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best places for you to take your jet ski for jet ski tricks, speeding, and splashing around. From Sandy Hook Bay to Island Beach State Park, we have you covered. After you’ve taken a couple of lessons with us, definitely find your closest jet ski rental company and get in the water!

1. Jet Skiing: Jersey Shore

Jersey Shoreline

The best place to start your jet skiing journey in New Jersey is, of course, the Jersey Shore. This world-famous coastline offers endless opportunities for you to enjoy your craft on the water. While there may be more people here during the peak summer months, you can still find plenty of places to yourself if you get up early enough or venture out during the week. And, of course, there are always plenty of people to watch as you jet ski by. 

Join the Jersey Shore as you go jet skiing in Seaside Heights NJ. Other launching spots for the Jersey Shore include: 

  • Jet skiing in Ocean City NJ
  • Jet skiing in Wildwood NJ
  • Jet skiing in Atlantic City NJ
  • Jet skiing in Belmar NJ 
  • Jet skiing in Cape May NJ
  • Jet skiing in Long Branch NJ
  • Jet skiing near Point Pleasant NJ 

Basically, any city located on the Jersey Shore provides you with an opportunity to go explore the water! 

2. Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong NJ

Beautiful, lush forest. Over four-square miles of water. Boardwalk docks to mount and get off. What more could you ask for in a jet ski spot than Lake Hopatcong? What makes this such a special spot for jet skiers is its remoteness. There are private residences that abut the lake, but this is a great spot to avoid the fanfare of other popular watering holes. That translates to plenty of room for nailing your next jump.

3. Sandy Hook Bay

sandy hook bay nj

If you want to stay close to New York City but still get away from the hustle and bustle, Sandy Hook Bay is the place for you. This little slice of paradise is located just a few miles from the city and offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. And, of course, there’s plenty of room for you to enjoy your jet ski without worrying about running into any other watercraft.

4. South Jersey Marina

South Jersey Marina in Lower Township, NJ

For a destination that is pretty much made for boating and jet skiing, there’s no better spot than South Jersey Marina. There are plenty of docks to embark and disembark from, and a great amount of space to land tricks, speed-ski, and more. Perhaps more geared toward experienced jet skiers – there are tons of other boats and yachts that use the marina – there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab a great wave at South Jersey Marina.

South Jersey features many unique areas to go jet skiing. Although South Jersey Marina is located in Lower Township, NJ, you can also get into the water anywhere along southern New Jersey’s coast. Go jet skiing in Seaside Heights New Jersey or one of the many other South Jersey launch points, including: 

  • Jet skiing in Ocean City New Jersey
  • Jet skiing in Wildwood New Jersey

5. Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park NJ

Island Beach State Park is a great spot for jet skiing, especially if you’re looking for some waves to play in. The park spans over ten miles of coastline, so there’s plenty of room to explore. And since it’s a state park, you can be sure that the water is well-maintained and perfect for jet skiing. So, if you’re looking for a place to really let loose on your jet ski, Island Beach State Park is the place to be.

6. Raritan Marina

Raritan Marina NJ

Probably second on the list of quietest places to bring a jet ski, Raritan Marina is a jet skier’s dream. Lots of reviews mention that there isn’t much to do at this location. What this means for jet skiers is little competition for the water. If you’ve rented a jet ski and are looking for a great beginner’s practice spot, look no further than Raritan.

7. Greenwood Lake

Greenwood Lake NJ

Greenwood Lake is somewhere between six to nine miles long and known for its water sports. This is the place to enjoy fishing, boating, diving, water skiing, jet skiing and more. It is located in the Skylands region close to the towns of Warwick and Vernon.

8. Liberty Landing Marina

Liberty Landing Marina NJ

While most of our tour rides will be in NY waters, Liberty Landing Marina offers a great place to splash down and hit the harbor. Sea the City Jet Ski offers small and large group guided tours of New York Harbor, as well as longer tours that go all the way around the island of Manhattan.

9. Barnegat Bay

barnegat bay nj

If you’re looking to go jet skiing in New Jersey, why not head to Barnegat Bay? This 42-mile-long stretch of water rests along Ocean County’s coast. There are three specific trails you can follow, and each one offers something different. 

North – The northern trail begins to the south, in Bayville, and ends at Bay Head Harbor, to the north. This path alone offers a lot of adventure, but you can add on some of the bay’s main feeders for visual interest such as Metedeconk River, Kettle Creek, and Tom’s River. Alternatively, you can combine the north and central trails to ensure a truly epic experience. 

Central – Launch your jet ski out of Bayville and head to the central Barnegat Bay area. This trek will take you approximately 30 miles roundtrip. Toward the south, you can visit the Tices Shoals. Or head to the north instead, and you take your jet ski for a spin around Tom’s River. Either way, this daytrip will last for approximately 30 miles. 

South – Barnegat Bay’s southern trek will take you about 38 miles. Cruise through Barnegat Bay’s lower portion, then continue along Little Egg harbor’s upper end. Another option is to add the northern and central routes, which will give you a full day’s worth of jet skiing adventure. 

10. Delaware River    

Delaware River NJ

The Delaware River spans 282 miles and four states, including New Jersey. Sometimes referred to as ‘Delaware Punch,’ the 145-mile portion of the river you’ll explore in this trip starts in Burlington, NJ. You’ll need two tanks to complete the journey, but that’s okay because you’ll find a fuel source near the center. Additionally, there’s food located at either end of your trek. 


Get ready to go jet skiing in NJ and have a fun-filled day! Please note that there are plenty of points of interest along this route, so be sure to take your camera. 

Book a Jet Ski Tour with Sea the City Today

Now that you know all the best places to jet ski in New Jersey, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the water! Sea the City Jet Ski offers small and large group guided tours of New York Harbor, as well as longer tours that go all the way around the island of Manhattan. And don’t forget, if you need any lessons or rentals, we’re always here to help. Just give us a call at 201-335-2732 or book your tour head on our tours page. We can’t wait to see you out on the water!

Click Here to Book your Jet Ski Tour Now or head to our tours page for more details.



Where to ride Jet Ski in NJ?

There are plenty of opportunities to go jet skiing in New Jersey, including along the Jersey Shore, Lake Hopatcong, and Sandy Hook Bay. 

What lakes in NJ are jet skis allowed?

You can go jet skiing on four different NJ lakes: Cranberry Lake, Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, and Lake Musconetcong. 

How much is it to rent a Jet Ski in New Jersey?

Jet ski rental pricing varies a lot. It can be anywhere from $65 to well over $100. The difference, however, is usually based on how much time you want to be able to spend in the water. 

Do you need a license to rent a Jet Ski in NJ?

No! Most rental companies allow their patrons to fall underneath their licensing. Therefore, you won’t need any type of boat license to rent a jet ski.

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Sea the City Jet Ski tours offer a unique way for tourists and New Yorkers alike to get up close to the sights and attractions on their very own Jet Ski. Book online today!

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, Freedom Tower, Janes Carousel, One Brooklyn Park, South Street Seaport, Empire State Building, and more!