History is alive in the Delaware River Region with sites and attractions from the turning point of the American Revolution and Washington's famous crossing of the river to the Whitesbog Village in Brown Mills and the Rankokus Indian Reservation.
The Trenton State House, the second oldest state house in continuous use has recently been completely renovated and is open for historic tours. Nearby the Old Barracks Museum stands exactly as it did 200 years ago when it housed British troops during the French and Revolutionary Wars.
The C.A. Nothnagle Log Cabin in Gibbstown is the oldest surviving cabin in America and the Walt Whitman House in Camden displays the beloved poets manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. Haddonfield and Cohansey are charming villages rich in Colonial and Victorian architecture and historic Lawnside is New Jersey's first African American community incorporated as a municipality. The natural beauty of our state can be savored at the 1.1 million acre pristine Pine Barrens.
Beyond the Pine Barrens beauty lies the Delaware Bay, which is backed by bountiful farms with their "pick your own" sweet corn, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches and asparagus. In fact, "Jersey Fresh" produce and seafood can be tasted throughout the region at our famous diners, celebrated wineries, cozy brewpubs and noteworthy inns.
Known as the "Gateway to Freedom", The Gateway Region is home to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the magnificent Liberty State Park. New Jersey is home to immigrants whose history is a common thread in New Jersey's diverse tapestry of history, culture and the arts.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and the John Harms Center for the Performing Arts in Englewood showcase award-winning plays and headline entertainment. Union City hosts the acclaimed Passion Play each year and New Brunswick is alive with two renowned theaters, The State Theatre and the George Street Playhouse. From the African Art Museum in Tenafly to the Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick to the Newark Museum with its Tibetan, American and Oriental -collections, the visual arts shine bright in the Gateway Region.
Experience the excitement of science and history. Discover your roots with a ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Feel the mist from the spray of the Great Falls of Paterson, as you tour this Historic Landmark District where the first steam engine was built in 1837 and Samuel Colt invented the revolver in 1836. Thomas Edison developed and earned over 1,000 patents at his West Orange lab, which welcomes visitors for a tour. The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City thrills children of all ages with the nation's largest IMAX dome theater. Visit the Crane-Phillips House in Cranford, one of the historic stops on The Underground Railroad.
Premium outlets flourish in Elizabeth and Secaucus. Boutiques of unique crafts and clothing -beckon from Westfield to Hoboken and outstanding shopping is an experience at the upscale Mall at Short Hills.
Enjoy the great outdoors and smell the flowers at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair or at the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens in Ringwood. New Jersey has its very own cherry blossom season at Branch Brook Park in Newark.
It won't take you long to discover why this region is your Gateway to history, adventure and family fun.
The County Links on the left will keep you specifically in Atlantic County and the Greater Atlantic City Region of NJ. We add new listings and links on a regular basis.
Atlantic County land area covers 560 square miles. The eight-mile long beach is a public park. There is no charge for bathing. The Boardwalk of today is 60 feet wide, and 6 miles long. Its planks are placed in a herringbone pattern. In accordance with an old City Council ordinance, hotels, restaurants and shops are kept on one side of the boards, with amusement piers on the other.
Modern rail service is provided by New Jersey Transit in the recently built $25 million dollar terminal immediately adjacent to the Atlantic City Convention Center. Within the city everything is readily accessible to public transportation on New Jersey Transit buses. Our ever popular jitneys (small buses) move the entire length of Pacific Avenue, parallel to Atlantic City's world famous Boardwalk. Boardwalk, lifeguards, rolling chairs, salt water taffy, picture postcards, bathing beauty contests, ocean piers, seashore hotels and motels.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people come to Atlantic City to walk the streets familiar to many from MONOPOLY and to vist the many casinos.
From Sandy Hook to Long Beach Island, the Shore Region is "Shore to Please", with its 127 miles of white sand beaches, a diversity of seaside towns, and a coastal heritage that is unrivaled. The shore is known for its beautiful beaches, where you can build sandcastles, play in the surf, or enjoy surf fishing and the magnificent sunrise.
The Shore's silent sentinels-the Twin Lights of Navesink, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, and Barnegat Light-are just a few of New Jersey's historic lighthouses. These majestic beacons tell the fascinating tales of bygone seafarers. Tuckerton Seaport, a recreated working maritime village, continues in this historic tradition. Allaire State Park is home to a restored 19thcentury village and Monmouth Battlefield State Park stands in honor of heroes such as Molly Pitcher.
For more contemporary adventure, Six Flags offers Great Adventure Theme Park with thrilling hightech rides, a Wild Safari Animal Park and Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Amusement parks dot the Jersey Shore with roller coasters, games of chance and great boardwalk fare, including cotton candy, sausage and peppers and of course great seafood.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy exploring the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area and the pristine beaches of Island Beach State Park. For horse lovers, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport and Freehold Raceway offers top racing, while the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown attracts serious equestrians.
Music lovers have an unbelievable choice of venues from the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel and the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank to the Albert Music Hall in Waretown and the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, with its 9,000 pipe organ. The Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven delights theatergoers May through December. Lakewood's Strand Theatre and the Ocean County Fine Arts Center at Ocean County College provide a broad array of live shows for the entire family.
From the majestic Delaware Water Gap to the hallowed and -historic grounds of Jockey Hollow in Morristown, from the home of equestrian champions and the fruitful fields of New Jersey's agricultural community, the Skylands Region is paradise, located less than 40 miles from Manhattan.
Nature lovers will delight as they hike the Kittatinny Mountains, or visit Lake Hopatcong, and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Raptor Trust in Millington rehabilitates injured birds of prey, while the Lakota Wolf Preserve at Camp Taylor, Columbia, lets you see wolves in their natural habitat.
You and your family can explore the Franklin Mineral Museum and Mine Replica in Franklin, and the Sterling Hill Mining museum in Ogdensburg and see their fluorescent mineral exhibits. Space Farms Zoo, The Land of Make Believe and Wild West City provide wonder and excitement for children of all ages. And Mountain Creek Resort thrills all year round, whether its downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or refreshing water rides in the summer.
As the Crossroads of the American Revolution, New Jersey can truly claim that George Washington slept here! Some of these historic sites include Morristown National Historic Park, The Wallace House in Somerset and Rockingham in Rocky Hill. Mix history and pleasure at the 18th century Historic Village of Waterloo. Blacksmiths, millers and artisans exhibit their work near a Lenni Lenape Village and among a cornucopia of musical entertainment and crafts shows.
Immerse yourself in Victorian history, stroll along a moonlit beach, and challenge yourself to championship golf and fishing. The Southern Shore Region is a great getaway that includes romantic B&Bs, restored schooners, and beautiful seaside resorts.
Discover the treasures that are bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Delaware Bay. Hunt for Cape May diamonds, watch for whales and thrill to the tigers at Cape May County Zoo. Guarded by Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey's southern tip offers nature -preserves, excellent birding and whale watching. Song birds, shore birds, herons, raptors and eagles all nest along the beaches and in the pinelands. In fact, Cape May is considered one of the top 10 -birding sites in North America.
Leaming's Run Gardens in Swainton features 30 acres of breath-taking colors, while scenic Bridgeton's largest historical district features a myriad of colonial, victorian and federalist architecture. Historic Cold Spring Village is a 22-acre, 18th-century farm village and in Millville, be sure to visit Wheaton Village with its glass exhibits and live demonstrations.
Sail New Jersey's Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, a 115-foot, authentically restored 1928 Delaware Bay Schooner. Help raise and furl the majestic sails, handle and coil the lines; assist the crew as they trawl for sea life.
The Wildwoods offers non-stop excitement and 1950's 'Doo Wop' preservation from Chinese pagoda and thatched roofs to Elvis motifs and space-age style. In Ocean City-"America's Greatest Family Resort", don't miss the "Nights in Venice" parade, a lighted flotilla of boats of all sizes and shapes that parade through the back bays.