New Jersey Guide

Belleplain State Forest

Belleplain State Forest consists of 22,251 acres of Pine, Oak, and Atlantic White Cedar Forest spanning over Cape May and Cumberland Counties in Southern New Jersey. 50 Miles of Hiking and Biking Trails, Camping Facilities and 5 Lakes

Spruce Run Recreation Area

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, Spruce Run Recreation Area is popular with picnickers, swimmers, fishermen, boaters and campers. The reservoir was one of the first water supply facilities to be constructed and operated by the state and covers 1,290 acres with 15 miles of shoreline for recreation. Spruce Run is the third largest reservoir in the state after Round Valley and Wanaque reservoirs.

Round Valley Recreation Area

The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. Round Valley is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months.

Swartswood State Park

Swartswood was established as New Jersey’s first state park in 1915 to ensure public access to the State’s third largest freshwater lake. Swartswood Lake is the park’s main attraction, welcoming visitors from all around to its calm waters for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming or simply relaxing.

Worthington State Forest

The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. Round Valley is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months.

Wharton State Forest

Wharton State Forest, New Jersey’s largest state park, has well over 120,000 acres for visitors to explore and enjoy. In addition to Historic Batsto Village and the Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest offers rivers, lakes, cedar swamps, varied Pinelands habitats, and over 400 miles of sand roads to drive, hike and explore. Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation.

High Point State Park

The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states. The park covers 15413 acres. Part of the Kittatinny Mountains, the highest point in the state of New Jersey sits in the northern reaches of the park.

Parvin State Park

Hidden in the southwestern part of the state is Parvin State Park, a park whose history is as varied as its wildlife. Situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens, the park not only has pine forests typical to the area but also a swamp hardwood forest. Spring bursts out in bright colors and rich fragrances with blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea and over 200 kinds of flowering plants. Thundergust Lake, Parvin Lake and Muddy Run are popular for fishing and boating. Swimming is allowed in Parvin Lake only

Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens is a 180-acre botanic garden, consisting of designed gardens, farms, plant collections, natural habitats, and a farmers market. Admission is free and opertaes seven days a week year-round.

Washington Crossing State Historic Park

On December 25, 1776, the icy waters of the Delaware River provided the setting for one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. The Continental General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson’s Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park and began their march to Trenton where they defeated the Hessian troops in an unexpected attack.

Avalon

Avalon features a unique shopping district along Dune Drive, with stores featuring designer clothing and footwear, home decor, beach gear, ice cream, casual and fine dining restaurants, bars, nightclubs, mini golf and more. From sunrise to sunset, you can make yourself as busy or relaxed as you want to be!

Lavallette

Lavallette is located on a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Barnegat Bay on the west side. Bask in the sun on our pristine beach, walk the boardwalk, sit in the pavilions to enjoy the view and ocean breezes. Surf fish or surfboard in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Space Farms: Zoo & Museum

Space Farms Zoo & Museum is a 100 acre zoo and museum complex located in Wantage, NJ. Space Farms Zoo has over 500 live wild animals including lions, tigers, bears, leopards, jaguars, lemurs, buffalo, sheep, deer, goats, pigs, kangaroos, monkeys, llamas, hyenas, snakes and much more! Join us for a different learning adventure every visit.

Bergen County Zoological Park

The Bergen County Zoo is a “New World” zoo, exhibiting wildlife from North and South America. You have the unique opportunity to view such rare and unusual species as Baird’s Tapirs, Andean Condors, American Alligators, Golden Lion Tamarins, South American Pampas, and many others.

Atlantic City Aquarium

Atlantic City Aquarium is located in Historic Gardner’s Basin. Check out the aquarium, crafters village, take a boat ride, enjoy a fishing trip and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that Gardner’s Basin has to offer.

Jenkinson's Aquarium

Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a privately owned facility located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The aquarium is dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of marine life and conservation. Each exhibit is designed to promote awareness of the animals, their habitats and conservation.

Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium is located on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 15,000 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm.

Cohanzick Zoo

The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jersey's First Zoo. Located in the beautiful Bridgeton City Park, this little zoo is set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals. Admission is free!

Cape May County Park & Zoo

Cape May County Park & Zoo provides free year-round admission to a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres (34 ha) of exhibits. The zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North, in the center of Cape May County's Central Park, and together the zoo and the park cover about 220 acres.

Turtle Back Zoo

Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo gives you "The World in your Backyard." Voted #1 Zoo in New Jersey with over 200 species representing animals from around the world and offering education programs in the South Mountain Reservation houses approximately 1400 animals,

Island Beach State Park

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Hacklebarney State Park

The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season.

Cape May Point State Park

The 235-acre park is an ever-changing shoreline region of dunes, coastal (freshwater) marsh and ponds, wooded islands and varied uplands. It is perhaps best known as a tranquil area where visitors can find rest and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Greenwood Gardens

Greenwood Gardens  is a 28-acre  formal garden and home to several unique architectural and artistic creations. In addition to the main house the property boasts a summerhouse and teahouse constructed in 1920, and several cottages meant to house workers to maintain the grounds.

Deep Cut Gardens

Deep Cut Gardens is dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. Our renovated Parterre features 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes.

New Jersey Botanical Garden

From the delicate shades of a tiny wildflower to the vibrant colors of massed annual plantings, Skylands is a place of beauty in any season. Here you can wander amid the elegance of formal gardens, or along gentle paths winding through the woods. The NJBG includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.

Grounds For Sculpture

Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Opened to the public in 1992, it has rapidly become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey, welcoming and enchanting nearly 2.1 million visitors since then. 

Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks is a 1750’s structure that was used as one of five barracks for British soldiers in New Jersey during the French and Indian War. As a touchstone for colonial and revolutionary history in New Jersey, the Old Barracks Museum brings the world of colonial America to life through interpretive programs, exhibits, and preservation,

Wildwood Aviation Museum

Naval Air Station Wildwood served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, Hangar #1 has been restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum that houses a number of aircraft, engines, special exhibits, and educational interactive displays. The museum invites visitors to explore aviation and military history through “hands-on,” fun and educational activities for the entire family!

Montclair Art Museum

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM), a notable, community-based institution boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art which highlights art making in the United States over the last 300 years.

Monmouth Museum

The Monmouth Museum is a center for education and culture, and a focal point for dynamic ideas. The Museum features changing exhibitions and programs which appeal to a variety of interests.

New Jersey State Museum

The State Museum features collections, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. Featuring a large, state-of-the-art planetarium with full dome video digital and laser light system. The Museum is free (donations gratefully accepted)

Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is the largest Museum in NJ with over 80 galleries of inspiration and exploration, educational offerings, innovative family experiences, special events and musical performances.

Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation's leading art museums, with collections of more than 97,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary, concentrating geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. , Liberty Science Center houses the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator and amazing rotating exhibits.

New Jersey State House

The New Jersey State House is located in Trenton and is the capitol building for the U.S. state of New Jersey. Built in 1790, it is the third-oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States

Allaire State Park Historic Village

One of the Premier Living History Museums in New Jersey. The Historic Village at Allaire was once an iron-producing, factory-town known as the Howell Iron Works, Co. The Village was a self-sufficient community containing a carpentry and pattern making shop, a blacksmith shop, a bakery, a boarding house, a blast furnace, mills to finish iron products, a school, a church, a general store with a post office, and workers’ home.

Empty Sky Memorial

Empty Sky is the official New Jersey September 11 memorial to the state's victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. It is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City at the mouth of Hudson River across from the World Trade Center site.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park

One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park encompasses two sites – the Laboratory Complex and the Glenmont Estate, former home to Thomas and Mina Edison. Together, the laboratory and residence preserve the work and character of America's foremost inventor,

Paterson Great Falls

Join a tour and discover the greater story behind Paterson and its Great Falls. Our story is one of national importance. Discover how the natural world inspired a founding father, entrepeneurs, immigrants, poets, and artists to build the nation's first planned industrial city and changed the world.

Battleship New Jersey

At the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded.

Duke Farms

At Duke Farms, you’ll find over 1000 acres of land devoted to an ongoing exploration—of native species, preservation and sustainability efforts, and of the area’s natural beauty. Join us for a walk or bike ride through the landscape. Attend a workshop, event or festival. Eat at our award-winning café or support local farmers at our seasonal market.

Holland Ridge Farms

Holland Ridge Farms got its roots opening the first Tulip Festival in April 2018, on central New Jersey farmland, now the largest on the East Coast. The tulip fields planted on over 50 acres of beautiful grounds, and the farm, which sits on over 153 acres, boasts lovingly restored barns, housing something special for everyone including a few furry barnyard friends.

Happy Day Farm

Open seasonally for blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins, sunflowers, lavender and more! Apple& Pumkin festivals as well as various other events throughout the year.

Battleview Orchards

Battleview Orchards allows the public the opportunity to pick their own New Jersey Strawberries, Sour Cherries, New Jersey Peaches, Nectarines, New Jersey Apples, and Pumpkins.The Country Store is open all year. It features our own Fresh Pressed Cider and our famous Apple Cider Donuts, along with quality fresh fruits and vegetables.

Alstede Farms

Alstede Farms produces fresh harvested home grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers on over 500 acres of beautiful Garden State farmland; most of which is permanently preserved through the state's Farmland Preservation Program. All of the fresh produce is grown using only Sustainable and Certified Organic cultural methods.

Abma's Farm Market, Greenhouse & Petting Zoo

Abma’s Farm is a 30-acre family owned and operated farm. We personally supply our farm market with over 95 different varieties of produce throughout the entire year.  Come on down to the farm and visit our Barnyard Petting Zoo! Check out one of a kind features like our goat walk and Bunnyville. Visit our goats, sheep, alpaca, donkeys, ponies, bunnies, pigs, and more!