Regardless of season, New Jersey offers something for everyone. From its
127 miles of white sandy beaches to its scenic mountains, the Garden State is home to an
endless array of natural wonders and attractions. One such wonder includes the
Pinelands-America's first national Reserve and the largest wilderness tract east of the
Mississippi River. In addition to its natural beauty, New Jersey offers ample opportunities to
enjoy days and nights of fun-filled adventures. World-class museums and award-winning theater,
music, and dance are among the many cultural attractions found here. For family fun, visit one
of our many amusement parks or sporting events. And when the sun goes down, enjoy the dazzling
nightlife and world-class gaming of Atlantic City.
Greater Atlantic City Region
For more than two decades, Atlantic City has been known the world over as a first-rate
casino-gaming mecca. Today, 37 million people visit each year. With 12 casino resorts, more
than seven miles of white sandy beaches, and the famous 4.5-mile-long Boardwalk (the very
first in the world), the Greater Atlantic City Region is an extremely popular area. You can
also tour three vineyards, test your skill at the region's 23 golf courses, see Miss America
crowned every year in September, or munch on saltwater taffy where it
was first made.
Art lovers and history enthusiasts can peruse the collections at the
Atlantic City Art Center and Historical Museum on Garden Pier at the Boardwalk. The Noyes
Museum of Art is well known for its vast collection of American fine art and folk art,
vintage bird decoys, and outstanding traveling exhibitions. Or be one of the first to visit
Historic Absecon Lighthouse, which has once again opened its doors to visitors following a
two-year restoration project. For nature lovers, the new Ocean Life Center at Gardner's
Basin in Atlantic City has hands-on learning adventures within its eight aquarium tanks and
nearly 30,000 gallons of water, home to more than 100 varieties of fish and
New Jersey's Great Northwest is a romantic land lush with two national parks at its edges,
60,000 acres of state parkland, 70 miles of the legendary Appalachian Trail, and breathtakingly
diverse geography rich with lakes, rivers, hills, and farms. See the timeless majesty of the
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and the serenity of the state's largest lake,
Hopatcong. Or check out the summit of New Jersey at High Point State Park and the spectacular
autumn foliage floating throughout the Skylands.
Amidst the tranquility and pastoral mountains and countryside, you'll also
discover the 7,000-acre Great Swamp of Basking Ridge, a National Wildlife Refuge with more
than eight miles of trails, wildlife, and bird watching. And, for another unique activity, be
sure to tour the underground fluorescent caverns at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg;
the 18th-century Village of Waterloo in Stanhope also shouldn't be missed. The Skylands has
mountains, villages, valleys, lakes, festivals, and family attractions to please a diverse
cross-section of leisure and vacation travelers.
Delaware River Region
The Delaware River Region is founded on Revolutionary history, science, and invention, while
surrounded by the pristine, tranquil beauty of the Pine Barrens. It has colonial towns and
farms, the state capitol in Trenton, spectacular cultural museums, the State Aquarium and
Children's Garden in Camden, first-rate sports stadiums, and the world-renowned university
The region's namesake is the river on which General George Washington
made his famous Revolutionary Crossing on Christmas Day in 1776. You can see the crossing
re-enacted each Christmas at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville. The Trenton
Statehouse Dome has been completely renovated, and today the 110-year-old dome gleams with
new brilliant gold leafing. Also restored in late 1998, you can now view the Old Barracks
Museum exactly as it was over 200 years ago when it was used by British troops during the
French and Indian War.
To discover the ultimate hidden treasure, stroll along the streets of
the beautiful tree-lined Haddonfield Historic District, home to over 400 Colonial and Victorian
buildings, including the Indian King Tavern House Museum. Also, be sure to set your sights on
Wharton State Forest in Burlington County where you can camp, hike, and canoe. Or, visit the
historic Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, the authentic Rancocas Indian Reservation in
Rancocas, and Whitesbog Village in Browns Mills, a turn-of-the-century
The Gateway Region is home to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Central Railroad
Terminal Building, now all centered around Liberty State Park in Jersey City. It was here that
more than 12 million immigrants entered the nation between 1892 and 1954. Today, over 3 million
annual visitors travel to Liberty State Park each year. And, adjacent to the Park, the Liberty
Science Center is the perfect place to spend a day with the family, with its hands-on exhibits
on science and nature.
The Gateway is also a cultural mecca with world-class theaters, museums,
and concert halls including The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Sports lovers will
also be enraptured with the Gateway because of the Giants Stadium, where fans can see the New
York Jets and New York Giants football teams in action. At Continental Airlines Arena you can
take in a concert or catch the fast-paced excitement of the NBA New Jersey Nets and the Stanley
Cup Champions, the New Jersey Devils.
Nature lovers will be right at home on the new environmental boardwalk in
West Milford, which opened in September 1999. Along the 900-foot suspended path above the
area's wetlands, signs identify the abundance of rare and endangered plants, which you can see
along the self-guided walking tour.
The region is also rich with historical significance. The mile-square
city of Hoboken-famous as the birthplace of Frank Sinatra-made headlines back in 1642 as
the site of the first brewery in the nation, and the town where the first organized baseball
game took place in 1846. (Today, be sure to cool your heels at any one of Hoboken's many
fine outdoor cafes.)
Sunny days spent swimming along 71 miles of sandy oceanfront beaches. Building your dream
house out of sand. Snacking on fresh Jersey fruits and vegetables. From Sandy Hook to Island
Beach State Park to Long Beach Island, the beaches and boardwalks of the Shore's Monmouth and
Ocean Counties offer an unforgettable vacation. All you have to bring is your love of adventure
and a loaded camera-particularly to the lighthouses at Sandy Hook, Twin Lights of Navesink,
Sea Girt, and Barnegat Light.
The region is famous for the world-renowned Six Flags Great Adventure and
Wild Safari in Jackson. If you've got the guts, Six Flags has got the ride. Real daredevils
should try the new Medusa, the world's first floor-less roller coaster. For the tots, head over
to Looney Tunes Seaport.
Lit by antique lamp posts, the quaint and cheerful community of Red Bank
charms with its brick-lined main street of boutiques, cafes, and fine restaurants. Fast
becoming known as the "hippest town in New Jersey," Red Bank has music and food festivals
throughout the year, and an unrivaled Fourth of July fireworks display.
You can also catch a summer Broadway show at the Surflight Theatre in
Beach Haven. After the show, stroll next door to the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour, complete
with singing and dancing waiters and waitresses. Or, how about a live country, bluegrass, or
folk concert? Albert Music Hall in Waretown has showcased a wide range of musicians every
Saturday night for the past 25 years. And, new this April, the Tuckerton Seaport, a unique
maritime village at the Jersey Shore, opened to preserve the traditions and culture of the
The rich diversity of the Southern Shore region lets visitors lose themselves in Victorian
history, find themselves along the sand and surf, and challenge themselves through fishing,
boating, or golfing along the shores. There are also plenty of leisure opportunities in each
of the shore towns that dot the coast. Ocean City is often called 'America's Greatest Family
Resort.' The Wildwoods are famous for non-stop fun and boardwalk thrills. The charming
communities of Sea Isle City, Avalon, and Stone Harbor are fine family retreats. The National
Historic Landmark City of Cape May, the nation's oldest seashore resort, hypnotizes its
visitors with stately Victorian charm preserved in gas-lit streets, quaint bed & breakfasts,
art galleries, and over 600 restored Victorian structures.
The area is a haven for history buffs. New Jersey's largest historic
district is in Bridgeton, with 2,200 colonial, federal, and Victorian buildings. Historic
Cold Spring Village is a 19th-century living history museum with 25 restored buildings.
Millville, which dates back to the 1700s, has the Millville Army Air Museum, and Wheaton
Village, home of the Museum of American Glass.
Another of the region's lesser known attributes is the horseshoe crab
phenomenon, which occurs each year along the beaches of the Delaware Bay. Every spring, over
one million migrant shorebirds stop to feed on the hundreds of thousands of recently laid
horseshoe crab eggs, making this the second largest gathering of shorebirds in
State Capital: Trenton.
Entered the Union: December 18, 1787 as the 3rd state.
State Motto: Liberty and Prosperity.
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch.
State Flower: Purple Violet.
State Nickname: Garden State.
Origin of Name: From the Channel Isle of Jersey.