NJ Attractions

Think about bringing comfortable shoes because New Jersey is the place to get up and go! When you aren’t studying, a world sightseeing opportunities is at the end of your nose. So while you study here, be sure to visit some of New Jersey’s fun historical landmarks!

SIGHTSEEING

Of course it’s important to focus on your studies while going to school in New Jersey, but we’ll be honest. Escaping from your daily routine and discovering the sites and sounds of your new surroundings is an important part of your NJ experience!

Choosing NJ as a place to live gives you a huge advantage when it comes to sightseeing and fun day trips. From the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains…from the lights of NYC to quaint, historic towns…NJ is an expression of the U.S. landscape. Our state is rich in history with destinations that will undoubtedly enhance your overall learning experience. Best of all, New Jersey is small enough to enjoy many of its various sights in a daytrip!

Your Adventure Begins…

What exactly is there to do in NJ? Let’s just say you will never grow tired of all our state has to offer. NJ has amusement parks, historical attractions, beaches and rivers, biking, bird watching, boating and sailing, farms and orchards, fish and wildlife, gardens, golfing, lighthouses, parks and forests, sports teams and venues, state and national parks, tours and sightseeing, shopping centers large and small, major metropolitan hubs and quaint towns and villages. Pick your favorite activity…or try them all! New Jersey’s excellent transportation system allows for easy access to all of its places of interest.

So when you’re out of the classroom, close your textbook once in awhile to take time to explore and enjoy your surroundings! NJ truly has something for everyone.

Visit these websites for more about what New Jersey has to offer…

Arts and Culture
More than 700 art organizations call New Jersey home. Each region is pulsing with music, dance, art, and cultural exhibits.

Historical Attractions
From the Revolutionary Days to recent times, New Jersey has played a prominent role in our nation’s history. See why the state’s reputation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” is well deserved.

Sports Teams and Sports Venues
Sports fans, grab your baseball hats, set up a tailgate, and get ready to start cheering for your state’s teams! New Jersey is home to the New Jersey Nets (basketball), the New Jersey Devils (ice hockey) and the Red Bulls (soccer). There are also several minor league baseball teams that play in our urban cities. Additionally the professional American football teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets play in the New Jersey Meadowlands sports complex.

Mid-Atlantic Food Basket
We’re called the “Garden State” because agriculture is an important part of our landscape. Visit one of New Jersey’s many farms or roadside markets, pick your own produce, and you’ll find out why it’s called “Jersey Fresh!”

Recreational Activities
New Jersey offers an impressive array of recreational activities. Visit our State Parks and Forests to discover the wealth of outdoor activities from bird watching to kayaking to skiing.

The New Jersey coastline is a famous stretch of beach that spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The 127 miles of white-sand beaches draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and families each year to enjoy the surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore.

NJ HISTORY

New Jersey is known for its rich history, technological firsts, and legendary personas. It is where George Washington, America’s first president, crossed the Delaware in the American Revolutionary War. It is where Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb. It is where beach boardwalks and the game of baseball were born. Now home to 8.7 million residents, our small yet powerful state is a time-tested sweet spot between New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

New Jersey’s Historic Hotspots

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
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Venture to Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, where you can board a ferry to the famed Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This scenic immigrant portal welcomed more than 12 million people into the United States, the reason why New Jersey is so rich with international culture. The Statue of Liberty, just off the coast of our state, is one of America’s greatest symbols of freedom. It has given weary immigrants passing through Ellis Island hope for hundreds of years.

Edison National Historical Site
(courtesy of the National Park Service)
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, as well as many other technological innovations at his laboratory in West Orange, NJ! A short distance away is Glenmont, Thomas Edison’s estate. Together, the laboratory and residence preserve the work and character of America’s foremost inventor.

Washington Crossing State Park
(courtesy of the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry)
On December 25, 1776, the icy waters of the Delaware River provided the setting for one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. After crossing the rough Delaware River at night, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson’s Ferry, at the site now know as Washington Crossing State Park. This park is now preserved for its historical significance, and is also well known for beautiful walking trails and wildlife habitat.

The Jersey Shore
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A natural landscape of 127 miles of white sand beaches, New Jersey’s shoreline known as the “Jersey Shore” is one of our state’s most beloved destinations. Enjoy the beaches, boating, fishing, surfing, and leisurely boardwalk strolls. Take a tour down the coast to see the eleven lighthouses that dot the shore and the waterways of our state. The octagonal white tower in Sandy Hook is the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S.

Cape May
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Flock to “America’s oldest seaside resort” to bird watch, enjoy a quiet romantic getaway, or climb the winding steps of the historic 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Stroll through the streets of stately gingerbread Victorian inns, historic hotels and charming bed and breakfasts.

Atlantic City
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Atlantic City is New Jersey’s mecca for casino games and thrilling nightlife. This shore town offers award-winning restaurants, shopping, beaches, and world-class entertainment. Atlantic City is also the birthplace of beach boardwalks, salt water taffy, and the game “Monopoly”! “Monopoly’s” creator, Charles B. Darrow, drew influence from the layout of Atlantic City and named the games’ properties after the city’s streets. And certainly, no visit to Atlantic City would be complete without a walk down America’s first boardwalk. Try some original salt-water taffy on your stroll.

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