New Jersey Vacation Ideas

New Jersey Vacation Ideas :1 Atlantic City, New Jersey, is known for its casinos but there is much more. The whole family can have loads of fun at the four-and-a-half mile long Atlantic City Boardwalk with food, rides and games. And there's the beach which is great for family swimming, body surfing, kite flying, shell collecting and just relaxing in the sun.

The Atlantic City Aquarium is another excellent family vacation spot. Everyone loves to see the fish in the huge aquariums plus they have touch tanks and fun interactive exhibits.

You can see rescued whales, seals, dolphins and other sea animals at the Brigantine Sea Life Museum and Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Other places of interest are the Atlantic City Art Center, Noyes Museum of Art and shopping at the Atlantic City Outlets - The Walk.

New Jersey Vacation Ideas #2: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a bird sanctuary located near Atlantic City. It's a great place to see some wildlife including peregrin falcons, bald eagles, and osprey.

Access is tightly controlled. There is an 8-mile long loop for a driving tour and several short nature trails. Other activities are hunting of waterfowl and white-tailed deer, fresh and saltwater fishing, and shellfishing - crabbing and clamming.

New Jersey Vacation Ideas #3: A favorite among the many New Jersey shoreline destinations is Long Beach Island.

This 18-mile long island offers everything you could want; swimming, amusements, deep sea fishing, whale watching, sailing, jet skiing, beautiful beaches.

There is no boardwalk or typical carnival-type amusement attractions, just lots of beach activities as well as great shops, restaurants and an active nightlife.

New Jersey Vacation Ideas #4: Leaming's Run Garden and Colonial Farm in Cape May County, is 30 acres of flowers, ferns, lawns and ponds. Considered one of the top gardens in the East, there are 25 different themed gardens with winding paths connecting them all. The small on-site farm grows crops of cotton and tobacco and has exhibits that showcase the life of the 18th century whaling community that thrived here.
New Jersey Vacation Ideas #5: Sweden Farmstead in the Delaware Valley reflects Swedish/Finnish life as it was in the 17th century. It is an authentic recreation of a farmstead typical of the Swedish settlers who settled in this area in 1638.

The New Sweden Farmstead is located in Bridgeton City Park. Vacation visitors can see exact replica log structures of a blacksmith shop, storehouse, threshing barn, stable, residence, barn with outhouse, suana and a smokehouse.

New Jersey Vacation Ideas #6:
Gull on the Beach, Cape May, New Jersey
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By Lila from Connecticut - My husband and I spent a long weekend last year at Cape May, New Jersey. We had never been there, but had heard about the National Wildlife Refuge and wanted to go see it in the spring. We were pleasantly surprised to find a delightful little town on the shore with a plethora of Victorian gingerbread houses. We drove and walked for hours one day just to look at the houses.

We stayed at the Carroll Villa Hotel, another jewel we had known nothing about. Their restaurant, the Mad Batter, was fantastic. We ended up eating almost all our meals there because we loved everything we ordered. It would have been wonderful to experience the beach, which was lovely, but it was Memorial Day weekend and the weather was just a bit too cool yet and the water too cold. However, we plan to return in the summer next year and turn it into a real beach vacation.

New Jersey Vacation Ideas #7: Hidden Valley Resort, in Vernon is a nice family ski resort nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain range. Situated only 47 Miles from New York City it’s convenient yet not overcrowded. They make their own snow all season and their Dragon's Pit tubing park has a 600 foot tubing snow chute. During the summer it’s a great spot for a family picnic and barbeque. There is also another Hidden Valley Resort in Pennsylvania.
New Jersey Vacation Ideas #8: Pier and Water Works is a “Family Fun and Sun Resort” in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. This famous New Jersey family water park is a real "Jersey experience". They have water rides and fun for every age. There’s even a Toddler area for safe water fun for the littlest member of the family.
New Jersey Vacation Ideas #9: Village is a New Jersey National Historic Site located in Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Sussex County. In the 19th century Waterloo was an inland port thanks to it's location on the Morris Canal. Today the town is restored as a living example of that past time. Lenape Village is a life-sized reproduction of a Minisink Indian Village.
New Jersey Vacation Ideas #10: Pinelands National Reserve is a million acres of New jersey wilderness that has been set aside as a United States Biosphere Reserve. Over 700,000 people live here while at the same time the environment remains protected. This provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural outdoor wilderness right in the heart of the populated Northeast corrider of the U.S.

Many outdoor activities are restricted but there is still plenty to do. Sightseeing is popular as the area has many scenic spots such as the dwarf forest of 11 foot tall pine and oak trees. There are numerous historic towns and villages to visit. The natural wildlife and flora make it a good place for photography and birdwatching. You can go canoeing and kayaking on the Pinelands streams or go hiking on the nature trails.

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