New Jersey Travel Guide
You’ll never lack for things to do in New Jersey—the state is full of surprises, waiting to be discovered. Everywhere you turn there is something to do. You can ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty, explore your scholarly side at Princeton, or take a risk and hit the Atlantic City casinos. New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution,” and one of the best things to do in New Jersey is to explore the roots of America at the Pine Barrens Village, in Batsto. The village consists of thirty-three historic buildings; each was constructed between 1766 and 1867.
If you’re still wondering what to do in New Jersey, pay a visit to the Walt Whitman home, in Camden, where America’s most storied poet once lived. If you’d like to see some world class art, slip over to Wheaton Arts in southern New Jersey or the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton and immerse yourself in the cultural offerings of each. No list of what to do in New Jersey is complete without a dip in the waters off of Atlantic City, a night at the casinos, followed by a drive through the Gold Coast neighborhood to view the exquisite homes. Just a few of the ways to enjoy the Garden State.
Stop by this tourism center to grab a free map for a Doo-Wop Preservation Tour of Wildwoods’ wildest neon-lit 1950’s architecture.
Brace Yourself: The current big daddy of coasters, this ride towers, quite literally, above all others. At the ride’s highest peak, the brave folks who step aboard soar a record 456 feet (the equivalent of 45 stories) aboveground.
The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar's, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world. The mall is chockablock with luxury retailers - Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.
A Riviera-style private beach club lures peace-seeking fashionistas with trendy drinks, open-air lounges, and serviced cabanas by the sea. When the sun fades, the DJ starts spinning.
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1920s burlesque theater turned tapas bar
Just when you think this beach couldn't possibly get more retro - not an iPod or cell phone in sight - a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike drives up in his vintage 1960's Good Humor ice cream truck. $5 day passes can be purchased from the tag-checkers who roam the shoreline.
One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impeccable gingerbread porches laden with rockers and wicker furniture, Cape May is the nation's first seaside resort and southernmost point in New Jersey.
Here, you can visit a herd of alpacas and buy homespun scarves, shawls, and sweaters.
Watch master boatbuilders in this workshop at the Tuckerton Seaport, a living-history museum of coastal arts and crafts.
A beautiful collection of colored neon signs cast their glow on 1950's-era cinder-block motels - tidy, basic, whitewashed to a glossy shine every May.
Top tips: For souvenirs, Agnos loves the gift shop at the Benaki Museum, in Athens, which is filled with ceramics, embroidered stationery, and delicate handmade reproductions of museum artifacts.