New Jersey is overflowing with cultural, recreational and entertainment attractions from one end of the state to the other. Here are just a few examples of the many well-known gems and hidden treasures the Garden State offers:
Life Is a Beach
Ocean City is used to accolades. The South Shore destination is one of the state's best family vacation spots and was voted New Jersey’s No. 1 beach in 2009 and 2010. It was also voted the No. 1 beach for ecotourism, and Surfer Magazine has tabbed Ocean City one of America’s Top 10 Surf Towns.
Liberty for All
The Statue of Liberty is actually located in the Garden State, inside Liberty State Park-Ellis Island. Liberty State Park formally opened on Flag Day, June 14, 1976, as New Jersey's bicentennial gift to the nation. Most of the 1,122-acre park is open space, with 300 acres developed for public recreation.
Eat at Rat's
One of the most romantic restaurants in New Jersey has an unusual name. Rat's Restaurant in Princeton is an upscale eatery that features contemporary French cuisine with dinners priced at $50 and above. Besides excellent food, the restaurant features rustic fireplaces, handcrafted cocktails, and eclectic beer and wine. Rat's has even been named Most Romantic Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine.
Weird, Wild Stuff
The largest collection of North American wildlife in the world is in northern New Jersey at Space Farms Zoo & Museum. The 100-acre attraction in Sussex features more than 500 animals in their natural surroundings. Space Farms Zoo also has many exotic species from around the world and is internationally famous for its bear and lion cub breeding programs.
The best known destination along the Jersey shore for unobstructed sunsets is Sunset Beach, near Cape May Point along the Delaware Bay. It is noted for quiet settings and is ideal for families. Sunset is not a swimming beach, but is famous for millions of clear quartz crystals that can be found (and collected) along the beach’s length.
Please Do Touch
One of the best hands-on, fun destinations for kids is the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus. The attraction has more than 30 interactive exhibits that include a real fire truck, a real helicopter, play ballet studio, dinosaur cave and medieval castle. The museum is also available for special party activities and birthdays. T