Tempting attractions everywhere
Known for its proximity to New York and Philadelphia, the state of New Jersey also offers landscapes of all kinds that make you forget about city life. The state’s famous coastline is full of beaches and quiet towns, in addition to Atlantic City, a busier city, full of casinos and nightclubs. But don’t forget: New Jersey is known as the state of gardens. The Meadowlands District, near New York, has more than 265 species of birds. At Princeton University, you’ll find yourself amidst lush landscape. To learn a little bit during your trip, visit Morristown National Historical Park, which served as the home of George Washington in the US War of Independence.
Ranging from calm to hustle, the state of New Jersey offers a host of beachside attractions. The Island Beach State Park, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay (Barnegat Bay), has one of the few unspoilt beaches in the area. The 1,214-hectare park offers educational programs, trails, swimming and birding spots, including the osprey.
Resort cities such as Seaside Heights and Cape May welcome tourists year-round and are famous for boardwalks, piers, and activities and events such as the Polar Bear Plunge (cold winter diving event), St. Patrick’s Day Parade (St. Patrick’s Day parade) and seafood and barbecue festivals.
Atlantic City is an icon of nightlife. In town, the famous seafront promenade takes visitors to casinos, shops and hotels. Visit Newark and Jersey Cityto enjoy the local cuisine, shops and culture. In East Rutherford, you can spend days exploring the mega shopping and entertainment complex known as the American Dream. The location features retail stores, restaurants and major attractions such as the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and DreamWorks water park. An added bonus to all your New Jersey purchases: there are no state clothing and shoe taxes.
The Garden State offers year-round activities, ranging from a beach vacation to downhill skiing on the slopes of Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah and Mountain Creek in Vernon. There are several options for golfing, horse riding, hiking, parasailing and fishing in the region’s sea, bays and lakes.