New Jersey may be one of the smallest states in the US, but it is certainly not small when it comes to the list of tourist attractions. From historic architecture and museums to national parks and beaches, there is a lot on offer at New Jersey. And not to forget the casinos of Atlantic City. The state has something for every age and interest. In this blog, we have picked for you some of the top attractions that you just cannot miss when visiting the Garden State.
The Great Falls of Paterson is the largest waterfall in New Jersey. It is often called the Niagara Falls of New Jersey although it is quite smaller in size. The waterfall is on the Passaic River and is 77 ft high. The is US National Historic Landmark played a major role during the days of industrialization. The falls has a number of lookout points. Most prominent are the Mary Ellen Kramer Park in the north and the Haines Overlook Park in the south. You can also view the falls while driving from the McBride Avenue.
Grounds For Sculpture, or GFS, is an open air sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton. It is the brainchild of bronze sculptor John Seward Johnson II who wanted to bring contemporary art and sculpture closer to the common people. It was opened to the public in 1992 and features a number of interesting artworks by many distinguished artists like Anthony Karo, Kiki Smith, and Clement Meadmore. It has come up on the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds.
Liberty State Park is waterfront state park overlooking the Ellis Island, Liberty Island with the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan skyline on its opposite shore. Other than the stunning views that this Park has to offer, it also has some attraction of its own. Liberty Island is spread over 1212 acres and was opened in 1976, on the 200th anniversary celebrations of the USA. It has the poignant Liberation bronze sculpture which is a memorial to the Holocaust victims. The Empty Sky Memorial is dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The Liberty Science Center in the Park is not only the first interactive science museum of New Jersey, it also houses the largest IMAX theater in the US. The best way to explore the Park is by walking the Liberty Way and Freedom Way trails.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is one of the top attractions for nature lovers in New Jersey. It is spread over 70000 acres between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The park protects the middle section – about 40 miles – of the Delaware River. The region offers some stunning scenery along with several hiking trails to explore. The New Jersey side has 2 visitor centers, both equally picturesque – the Kittatinny Point Visitor Canter and Millbrook Village.
The Adventure Aquarium is located on the Delaware Riverfront in Camden, just a short stroll north from the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. It originally opened in 1992 an currently has over 8000 marine animals housed in 2 million US gallons of water. It has many interesting exhibits like the Piranha Falls, Hippo Haven, Penguin Island, Sea Turtle Cove, Stingray Beach Club, and Shark Touch Tank, to name a few. A visit to the Adventure Aquarium is a fun outing for the whole family. There are also a couple of cafes and a gift shop in the premises.
Cape May is located in the southernmost tip of New Jersey in the Delaware Bay. It has a historic district that covers 380 acres and has over 600 buildings built in colonial styles of architecture. It is considered to be one of the largest collection of 19th century buildings in the US. The architectural is primarily Late Victorian like the Stick, Shingles, and Bungalow styles. A walk in the historic district will surely transport you to the days of the colonial era. Cape May is believed to be one of the oldest resort towns in New Jersey, attracting the rich and the mighty in the 18th and 19th centuries. 6 US Presidents had summer homes in this beautiful little town.
The town of Princeton is best known as the home of the Princeton University, one of the most renowned centers of higher education in the US. Since it was established in 1746, it has produced 41 Nobel laureates and 2 US Presidents. You can visit the 500-acre campus which has 180 buildings. These buildings range from the colonial era Nassau Hall of 1756 to several Gothic and Renaissance structures right up to some modern day architecture. Other attractions in this university town include the Art Museum, McCarter Theatre, Drumthwacket Governor House, Albert Einstein House, and several churches, historic districts, and parks.
Located right next to the University campus is the Princeton Battlefield where the Battle of Princeton of the American Revolution was fought in 1777. Highlights of the Park include the Clarke House Museum and the Ionic Colonnade memorial to the fallen soldiers.
The naturally scenic High Point State Park is located in the Skylands region in north western New Jersey. It is so named as it has, within its boundary, the highest elevation of the state of New Jersey. It spreads over an area of 15413 acres. There are a number of hiking trails to explore the beauty of the park, but you can also drive on Route 23 which cuts through this park. The High Point Monument, a memorial built to honor war veterans marks the highest point of the state. It stands at a height of 220 and has spectacular views of the surroundings. The park has free entry throughout the year except between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. It is an art museum that was established in 1909. The Newark Museum not only has an impressive collection of American Art but also a rich collections of artworks from Asia and Africa. The Tibetan collection of this museum is considered to be among the most prominent in the world. The museum also has a focus on natural science. Within its premises is the Victoria Hall of Science and the Dreyfuss Planetarium. The garden behind the museum is a venue for concerts and exhibitions.
The Battleship New Jersey is one of the most prominent attractions in the state. It features the USS New Jersey, the most decorated battleship of the US Navy. It served for a total of 21 years between 1942 and 1991. At 887 ft, it was also one of the largest battleships in the US Navy. It was converted to a memorial and a museum in 2001. The Big J, or Black Dragon, as it was nicknamed, served in many major wars like World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Regular public tours are offered on this ship. This floating museum is anchored in the Delaware River in Camden.
A must see attraction when visiting New Jersey is the residence and laboratory of the most famous son of the state – Thomas Edison. Edison is considered to be the greatest inventor of the US having invented the electric bulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera. His inventions have changed the way we live and communicate today. The Historic Park protects Glemont, the majestic 29-room Victorian mansion of Edison. A visit to the Park allow visitors to see his home which is filled with furniture, furnishings, and artifacts that he used. The laboratory has many items that Edison used for his inventions. The Park is located in West Orange neighborhood, about 12 miles north west of Newark Liberty International Airport.
Atlantic City is a seaside promenade located in the north eastern state of New Jersey. Often nicknamed the ‘Las Vegas of the East’, Atlantic City developed from a sleepy fishing village into one of the leading tourists destinations in the country. It was founded as a city in the mid 19th century. It soon gained prominence as a beach resort and for its numerous entertainment options. In the 1970-s, after casino gambling was legalized in New Jersey, Atlantic City saw an unprecedented boom in its fortunes. World class casinos and some of the top sporting events, especially in boxing, assured a steady footfall of tourists. The city is also home to the Miss America pageant. A visit to Atlantic City is a fun outing for the whole family as there is something on offer for everyone.
Originally posted 2017-11-09 05:19:04.