There’s nothing like a birthday to remind us of how far we have come and to remind us that life is short, and we need to celebrate. Birthdays provide us with an opportunity to recognize someone on their special day and celebrate their accomplishments, and a chance to look forward to the future and what is in store. They remind us that we are alive and have opportunities to experience all the joys life has to offer.

Are you planning a birthday in the Garden State? New Jersey has plenty of options to get the party started, and with New York City nearby, you will find no shortage of ideas to commemorate your special day. There is no better way to celebrate another trip around the sun than out on the water with City Cruises and the picture-perfect backdrops of the New York City skyline to get your best photo yet! Whether 22 or 92, City Cruises will help you plan the most epic soiree to blow out your candles for an unforgettable experience. Here is a list of ideas for birthday activities in New Jersey to take your fiesta to the next level.

You’re Worth Celebrating

Whether it is a milestone birthday, or you want to throw an unforgettable event, host your next birthday on the water aboard a unique floating venue with exceptional views. City Cruises New Jersey offers chef-prepared menu options, full bar service, and all-inclusive packages that can be customized to fit your budget and party size. You and your guests will love our attentive hospitality, climate-controlled cozy lounge spaces, and gorgeous open-air decks to get the best views and fresh air from the water. From the moment you board, we will ensure no detail for your private event is overlooked. Our stunning fleet will provide the ultimate luxury and comfort for your upscale experience. Whether it be an intimate dinner, a private event, or a full-scale blow-out event, our professional crew is ready to make it your best party yet.

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Blow Out Your Birthday Candles with City Cruises

Hopping aboard a New Jersey Signature Dinner Cruise in the New York/New Jersey area is sure to create an unforgettable birthday evening. Experience a skyline dinner cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers with majestic New York City views. This 2.5-hour cruise is the perfect way to whoop it up with your closest friends and relatives to make your special day a fun-filled adventure. Live DJ entertainment will get everyone in the family up and moving (kids under three cruise-free). Get involved in some interactive games for added fun, then cool off on the open-air rooftop lounge to grab a cocktail and toast to the birthday guest!

Brunch is a meal that everyone loves, but it’s not just about the food. Who can forget the unlimited mimosas for a birthday brunch? Create a birthday celebration with a magical afternoon on the East and Hudson Rivers on a New Jersey Signature Brunch Cruise and dine the day away with your crew as you soak in New Jersey and New York’s skyline views and local landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Put on your dancing shoes and get your groove on unexpectedly and uniquely with good food, good friends, and good times.

Pack a birthday punch with an amazing lunch with City Cruises Signature Lunch Cruise and let the festivities begin. A delicious buffet awaits you and your guests in a relaxing and refreshing environment to make a birthday wish. Stroll along the observation deck, sip refreshing cocktails, and take in the amazing views of NYC’s iconic skyline in the most fabulous way for your birthday bash. Everyone will love a day out on the water as our crew takes care of you, all you have to do is have fun.

Is a Cocktail Cruise more your speed? Well, we have you covered with our Sights & Sips Cruise departing from Lincoln Harbor Marina. Experience the best views of Manhattan and savor the late afternoon with the perfect pairing of refreshing drinks and tasty bites. Your crew will have a blast with a live DJ and stunning views with this casual birthday shindig on the water.

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Birthdays Are Better on A Boat with City Cruises New Jersey

If sightseeing is on your birthday bucket list, you’re in luck. City Cruises offers a slew of options for the adventurer and history-seeking birthday guest. See the other side of Ellis Island with an Ellis Island Hart Hat Tour and enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the unrestored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital Complex. Tickets also offer self-guided audio tours around both Ellis and Liberty Islands. The Hard Hat Tour Ticket allows you priority entry into the Screening Facility Queue which saves you time. Wear comfortable closed-toed shoes because there are stairs, and this tour involves a good deal of walking to get around. Relax on the round-trip ferry as you soak it all in. All participants must be 13 years of age or older.

Come see the iconic New York City as you’ve never seen it before with a NYC Downtown Sightseeing Cruise. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Statue of Liberty and a view-filled loop from Downtown to Midtown and back. This scenic cruise offers a 90-minute comprehensive experience of the Big Apple’s must-see sights. Live onboard narration from our experienced tour guides will provide you with all the details, and light snacks and beverages are available. Check here for more sightseeing experiences and specials.

Do Whatever Floats Your Boat for Your Birthday in New Jersey

Back on dry land, you will find a lot of options for celebrating your birthday in New Jersey. We all know it can be a struggle to figure out where to go to make the most of your special day with so many choices. There’s nothing better than getting together and having a little fun, so we found some great local spots that offer live music. House of ‘Que is a waterfront Dueling Piano experience serving up authentic Austin-style barbeque that is an excellent way to spend a birthday. Sing your heart out to requests and you can even bring your own cake. Birthday peeps get special shout-outs which makes it fun. Music lovers will get into the vibe at Fox & Crow with elevated pub food and beer and cocktails in addition to live music. This is a low-key casual way to have a blast all night.

For a magical and dramatic cityscape celebration, 620 Loft & Garden is an extraordinary yet classic lofted space with one-of-a-kind views that change throughout the year and can accommodate up to 165 guests. A tried-and-true waterfront culinary delight is Chart House which features steak and seafood in a classy setting. The views are stunning, and the service is excellent. The menu offers a variety of dishes that all taste delicious making it one of the best in town.

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Book Your Birthday Event in New Jersey

There seem to be fewer and fewer birthday parties each year as we get older. Children often have a party to attend every weekend but as adults we embark on marriage and careers, and some of us get too busy to commemorate the day. Birthdays are special occasions that mark the anniversary of our birth and should be acknowledged and celebrated. Every year you can blow out another candle is a gift, and it is important to appreciate that and connect with friends and family. However you choose to celebrate your birthday, do it in a way that makes you happy to mark the occasion. Provide moments of happiness to yourself and others and make sure to celebrate. Whether you embark on a lunch or dinner cruise, rent an entire yacht, or listen to live music, a birthday celebration is a wonderful present and a great reason to have fun and make memories. Let City Cruises make your birthday special this year with an unforgettable experience. Simply fill out this form and someone will contact you to get the party started.