Visit NJ this summer
Unfortunately, the Garden State gets the appalling stereotypes that are often associated with such shows as the Sopranos, the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the ever so popular Jersey Shore. Also nicknamed “Dirty Jersey”, this large state represents so much more than Bruce Springsteen and highway exits. With a little exploring in the right places, New Jersey is a delightful treat for travelers of all ages.
New Jersey Botanical Gardens: Far away in the suburbs of Northern New Jersey is a little known zen escape. The New Jersey Botanical Gardens provides free access every day of the year to a large display of flower arrangements. Make sure explore the Skylands Manor; a historical Tudor Mansion.
Hoboken’s Washington Street: When NYC is overcrowded; those in need of an active nightlife find Hoboken to be their new playground. Washington Street is lined with eclectic restaurants, bars and lounges for all sorts of tastes and flavors. Check out Mulligan's, Emerald Pub and Brass Monkey for delicious happy hours and large exciting crowds.
Garden State Plaza: New Jersey is also nicknamed the state of malls. Jersey girls (and boys) apparently like to shop and look good. This mall featuring over 300 shops and boutiques is so popular it even has its own iPhone app. Be careful on weekends when locals flock to save and spend since blue laws keep shoppers away on Sundays.
Atlantic City: The sin city of the East Coast continues to attract many to take a chance on lady luck. With almost a dozen casinos to choose from, adults visiting Atlantic City can enjoy the glitz and glamour of legalized gambling. Parents can play while kids can stay and enjoy the beach or hotel resort.
The Jersey Shore: Despite the terrible stereotypes the reality show poses, the famous shoreline is actually a fun place to enjoy at any age. Kids and teenagers will enjoy Seaside Heights; where a pier filled with family fun activities can tire many. 20-somethings will love Pt. Pleasant Beach which is home to Tiki Bar; a beach club where you can actually enjoy drinks on the sand.
Cape May: Recognized by the United States as the country's oldest seaside resort, Cape May is one of the most well known vacation areas. Besides enjoying the beach itself, one can also find themselves dolphin and whale watching on a history cruise.
Liberty Science Center: This interactive science museum will not only entertain kids, but adults as well. Exhibits not only include presentations, but hands on experiences that will make anyone interested in learning. (Don't worry. It will be fun as well.) It also features the largest IMAX done theater in the country.
George Washington Bridge: At one point in history, this massive structure was once the largest bridge in the world. Connecting Upper Manhattan to New Jersey, the bridge provides scenic views of the NYC Skyline. A walk or bike over is just challenging enough to work up a sweat without much regret.
Weird NJ Sites: With a little research, Weird NJ can be a unique way to enjoy the Garden State. This semiannual magazine and travel guide focuses on paranormal legends and anything considered weird. Some popular locations include abandoned structures, haunted houses or eerie roads.
Six Flags Great Adventure: The world's largest amusement park corporation features one of its largest complex's right in the heart of New Jersey. Six Flags Great Adventures not only is an amusement park, but also a water park and Wild Safari. One look at the skyline of the park and one will find loops of wild and crazy roller coasters. Those who aren't as adventurous can also enjoy many entertaining rides.