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Home to around 8.9 million people, New Jersey is the 11th most peopled state in the country, despite being one of the smallest. New Jersey has the second highest median household income, too. New Jersey has a great location – surrounded by Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York State, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Based on its location alone, you would know that there are a lot of things to do here. So why not get on a bus rental in New Jersey to explore the Garden State?
And if you visit in 2014, you get an added bonus as the state celebrates its 350th birthday, ensuring that you have a lot of great things to see and do!
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New Jersey has a variety of attractions that feature history, culture, the arts, sports, and even the great outdoors. New Jersey is a great place to go to, no matter what season and no matter what time of the year. So it makes sense for you to gather your friends on a 24-passenger mini bus rental in New Jersey and see its sites.
New Jersey is home to the biggest seasonal theme park in the United States, Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor (Jackson, NJ 08527). This Jackson amusement park has more than 100 rides, attractions and shows, as well as a drive-through safari that you can enjoy. It also features the tallest roller coaster in the entire world, as well as one of the world's biggest water parks. You can also get up close with wild animals here.
Then you can check out Mountain Creek Waterpark (Vernon, NJ 07462), where you could get on a lot of different rides and enjoy the pools and slides. The water park has garnered awards for the safety of its rides and its various attractions. Nearby, you can let out the inner daredevil in you at the Diablo Freeride Park, with close to 40 free ride trails.
Atlantic City has the Steel Pier Amusement Park where everybody, young and old, can enjoy the rides. You can further go to Storybook Land, in nearby Egg Harbor Township, which is perfect for little kids.
Lastly, visit Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks (Wildwood, NJ 08260), where you can choose from more than a hundred rides and attractions, from water fun rides, to roller coasters, to kiddie rides!
Atlantic City is also home to some of the best gambling venues this side of the country. Check out some of the best casinos in the state:
New Jersey is known for its artistry and its love for the performing arts. Despite being so close to Broadway, or perhaps because of it, New Jersey has some great performing groups of its own to wow you. No matter where you go, there is always a venue that is worth your while and where you could catch an excellent show or performance. There is the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ 07102), which is one of the biggest performing arts venues in the country, and the Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ 07041). Other venues you can go to include:
Moreover, be sure to catch these notable groups perform. Some of them are Tony Award winners:
Art. New Jersey is also a formidable player when it comes to the visual arts. Check out the Grounds for Sculpture (Trenton, NJ 08619), where you get more than 200 monuments spread out over 35 acres of verdant green space. Or you could go to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (Millville, NJ 08332), where you could also find the Down Jersey Folklife Center and the Museum of American Glass. Or how about visiting the Newark Museum, where you could find both classic and modern art pieces from all over the world?
Other worthwhile art museums you can visit:
Museums. Speaking of museums, there are a host of them all over the state, focusing on different subjects.
There is the largest museum, the Newark Museum. Here, you can check out the awesome collections and the various educational resources, facilities and programs that they offer, such as a mini zoo, art and science galleries, an auditorium, and a planetarium. You should also visit the Liberty Science Center, with its interactive exhibits related to science and technology. You can also watch a film at the country's biggest IMAX Dome Theater. What's more, there is the New Jersey State Museum, where you can visit the biggest planetarium in the state, admire more than 12,000 artworks in the fine art collection, and see more than 2 million prehistoric and historic exhibits in the archaeology section, among other exhibits.
You can also check out the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, where you can find the odd and the unusual on display. You can likewise visit the state's aviation museums, such as the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum, Millville Army Air Field Museum, and Air Victory Museum.
Other museums you can visit include the:
New Jersey has a great selection of restaurants that serve fresh, delicious seafood. One of these is McLoone's Pier House (Long Branch, NJ 07740), where you could get amazing ocean views while getting your fill of tasty food. Belmar, NJ 07719 has Klein's Fish Market, Waterside Cafe, Grill Room and Sushi, while you can also go to Dock's Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant, Oyster House, Knife & Fork Inn, FIN, and the Lobster House on Fisherman's Wharf.
Other great restaurants you can try in the state also include:
Shopping. New Jersey offers you variety when it comes to shopping. You have discount malls and outlets for that great bargain shopping experience, flea markets and even upscale stores. Check out the Cherry Hill Mall or the Princeton Market Fair, where you could find everything you need and even those things you did not know you need. Check out Haddonfield's antique stores and boutiques. On the other hand, you could find great bargains at one of Liberty Village Premium Outlets' five dozen outlet stores. Elizabeth is home to more than 200 outlet stores at the Outlet Collection, while close to 200 retailers are clustered inside the Mall at Short Hills.
For the best local businesses, there are the shops at Bridgewater Commons or in Lambertville. or check out the shopping towns of Red Bank, Ocean Grove and Princeton.
Other places in New Jersey that will offer you a great shopping experience include:
New Jersey often plays host to international and national sporting events. Check out the MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ 07073), the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants and where the Super Bowl XLVIII was held. You could also cheer for the Lakewood BlueClaws at the FirstEnergy Park, or for the Camden Rivershanks at Campbell's Field (Camden, NJ 08102). You could also go to the IZOD Center, the Prudential Center, and the Red Bull Arena.
If you like racing in any form, then you should visit the facilities at:
Horseracing is close to the hearts of people in New Jersey. You can catch a horse race at the:
Golfers love New Jersey because of the many beautiful golf courses they could play in. In fact, the Garden State is home to five golf courses that are consistently part of the list of the top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America, compiled by Golf Digest.
This is just a very partial list of the most recommended golf courses you can go to in NJ:
New Jersey has great lighthouses that also serve as popular tourist attractions. You can get on a bus rental in New Jersey and visit these lighthouses in a unique, yet fun-filled tour that also takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the state. Be sure to add these lighthouses to your list:
New Jersey is also where the first boardwalk appeared. Atlantic City opened its boardwalk in the 1870s and it remains to be the longest one in the world at more than four miles and it is consistently listed as one of the best boardwalks by USAToday. Now, the historic boardwalk is where you would find great food, great shops and equally great entertainment. Also check out the boardwalks at Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside heights, Wildwoods, Spring Lake, and Ocean City.
Aside from lighthouses and boardwalks, other attractions that have historical meaning in New Jersey include sites and villages, trails, historic places, national landmarks and parks.
Be sure to check out the history of:
On top of these historic sites, there are dozens of parks, forests and recreation areas in New Jersey that are worth a visit. All of these offer some sort of recreational and outdoor activities.
The kids, for one, would surely love the selection of playgrounds in the state. Let them play at Lyndhurst Town Park, where they can play at the sprayground to beat the summer heat. There's also the Van Saun Park, where they can ride a train that takes them into a mini zoo and a tunnel. Fort Lee has Ross Park, while Teaneck has Votee Park. Or you could go to Saddle River County Park, for the ultimate playground and park experience with its four different playground areas. Let your kids play while you bike or stay under shade trees.
If you are in North Jersey, check out Esposito Park, Castle Playground, Camp Jefferson, Dodge Field, Gardner Field and Verona Park. You can also go to Ralston Playground.
In Central Jersey, some of the awesome playgrounds you could go to include Castle Park II, Dorbrook Recreation Center, Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park and No Wood Chip Parks Post.
Other great parks in New Jersey that you should visit include:
Further, with more than 130 miles of coastline stretching from Cape May to Sandy Hook, the Garden State also has great beaches where you can surf, swim and just sunbathe. Aside from individual beaches, the state has a lot of coastal towns, including Point Pleasant Beach, Wildwood, Seaside Heights and Ocean City. But if you want a quiet beach experience, you can go to Ocean Grove or Spring Lake.
In the winter months, you can also go ice skating and skiing in New Jersey. Go to Campgaw Mountain, High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Mountain Creek and Hidden Valley Ski Area for the best skiing experience, or you could go ice skating at the many state parks and skating centers in the state.
But really, if you are looking for some great outdoor fun, then you should remember that New Jersey is known as the Garden State and it is home to some of the most beautiful gardens and arboretums in the world.
First, check out the gardens in Northern New Jersey. If you are in New Jersey during the month of April, then you simply must not miss Branch Brook Park, where you can admire the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. You can also visit an environmental research center, the Greater Newark Conservancy, as well as the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, where you have several gardens dedicated to a single flower specie, such as rhododendron and lilacs; or plant types or seasons. Or visit the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, with more than 172 acres of gardens and trees. Other gardens you can visit here include: Laurelwood Gardens, Iris Garden, Van Vleck Home and Garden, the Cross Estate Gardens, and Shakespeare Garden.
In Central New Jersey, you can go to Leonard J. Buck Garden (Far Hills, NJ 07931), which is famous for its rock gardens that bloom starting in May. You also have Colonial Park Gardens, where could experience the fragrance, and where there are sensory gardens for those who have visual impairments and physical disabilities. Similarly, you can go to the Garden for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, where there are signs in Braille that help one identify the plants. Other gardens in the region include Morven Museum and Garden, Duke Farms and Rutgers Garden.
Lastly, gardens in Southern New Jersey include the Lewis W. Barton Arboretum (Medford, NJ 08055), where you have more than 200 acres of natural and landscaped gardens and the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum, where you can find the Italian Garden, the Lagoon, the Japanese Garden and the Formal Gardens. You could also visit Leaming's Run Gardens and Camden Children's Garden in the region.
Aside from the safari at Six Flags, another popular zoo here is the Cape May County Zoo (Cape May Court House, NJ 08210), which has more than 500 species of animals and conservation education for the kids.
Turtle Back Zoo also has 20 acres of space housing more than 150 species of animals in their natural habitats.
You could also visit Space Farms Zoo, which has 400 acres of space and more than 500 animals. Check out a unique zoo at Popcorn Park Refuge (Forked River, NJ 08731), where you could see animals that have been rescued and given care at this zoo. These bears, monkeys, tigers, lions and other wildlife have been abandoned, injured but were nursed back into health by the zoo's staff.
Lastly, check out the Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ 08103), where you can see the fish, sharks and other sea creatures along with jellyfish, seals and penguins.
Other zoos and aquariums you could go to include:
The Garden State is not just for flowers and plants. You can get the best agri-tourism destinations here. Check out the many farms that offer you the best produce, with some of them allowing you to pick your own. There are also roadside markets and farmers markets that you can go to. Or you can enjoy tasting the fine wines on the state's many wine trails.
There are three American Viticultural Areas in the state: Outer Coatal Plain, the Warren Hills and the Central Delaware Valley. So go ahead and enjoy the trials such as the Atlantic County wine Trail, Cape May Wine Trail, Gloucester Salem Wine Trail and others.
A bus rental in New Jersey is the perfect way to get around the Garden State. With all the great sights and awesome attractions scattered throughout the state, only a bus rental in New Jersey can help you save time so that you could go to more places and do more activities. Get a free online quote only from BusRental.com!