Although I lived in the Northeast for years, I have to admit I know very little about New Jersey. I spent most of my time outside of Boston as well as the Hudson River Valley of New York. However, nicknamed the Garden States, I should give it another look. That’s why I asked a peer travel writer Sandra who lives in Jersey to share with us her tips.
Wanna know what to see and what to do in New Jersey?
Go for it Sandra!
New Jersey is a great destination for those looking for something a bit different. Located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of the US, it neighbors New York so planning a visit to New Jersey is easier than you think. There is so much to do here, that we’ve put together the top things you can do while you’re visiting this beautiful state.
Cape May County Park and Zoo: This zoo offers free admission all year-round, and is home to many animals. You can see lots such as African lions, cheetahs, giraffes and much more. It’s a perfect day out for the whole family and ideal for those on a budget.
Ocean City: The resort island of Ocean City offers something for the entire family. It has eight miles of stunning beaches and 2.5 miles of boardwalk containing amusement parks and a water park. It provides a range of accommodation from b&bs to hotels, and is proud to be rated as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” If you are planning a road trip there, why not consider bringing your Road Warrior toy hauler along to carry your jet-ski or golf clubs? (lead Image Source)
Atlantic City: Do you love to gamble? If the answer is yes, then Atlantic City is the place to go. Consider it as a northern version of Las Vegas that’s just as much fun. It offers a range of different hotels and casinos that provide a fun getaway for the adults.
Princeton University Art Museum: If you love art, then this museum is a great destination to check out when in New Jersey. It has over 92,000 pieces in its total collection, ranging from ancient art to contemporary. Discover some amazing African art and see some of the exquisite sculptures. There is also a vast collection of European art with works by Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne to name a few.
Cape May Lighthouse: Built in 1859, the lighthouse is still a working beacon today. It’s a major attraction for visitors to the area, and since opening to the public in 198 has welcomed over 2.1 million visitors. You can climb to the top and enjoy the view or just admire it from the ground.
Long Beach Island: This barrier island and summer colony lie along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a beach lover’s paradise with long stretches of white sand. In the north of the island, you’ll find Barnegat Light with its Lighthouse State Park and commercial fishing port of Viking Village. Head to the south for the island’s main action such as the Fantasy Island Amusement Park.
Storybook Land: If you have kids then a visit to Storybook Land is bound to be a fantastic day out for them. It helps keep the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. See the world of classic stories brought to life in this fantastic theme park, and enjoy the family-friendly rides and attractions.
Thomas Edison National Park: Step back in time at Thomas Edison’s home and lab to a time when machines were run by belts and pulleys. It’s a great place to learn more about the man considered to be America’s greatest inventor, and who changed our world forever.
*Post contributed by peer travel writer, Sandra J, who hangs her hat in New Jersey.