Abram S. Hewitt State Forest, Off of Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, N.J. 07421, (973) 853-4462, www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/abram.html. Two thousand and one acres of isolated forest accessible only by foot. Appalachian trail, hunting, and cross-country skiing.
The African Art Museum of the S.M.A. Fathers, 23 Bliss Ave., Tenafly, N.J. 07670, (201) 567-0450, www.smafathers.org. Museum showcases the traditional arts and crafts of sub-Saharan Africa. Special programming includes lectures and concerts.
Afro-American Historical Society Museum, 1841 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, N.J. 07305, (201) 547-5262. Developed to encourage an appreciation of African-American history and culture, the museum offers exhibitions, lectures and special programs. Call for schedule.
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, 83 Norwood St., Haledon, N.J. 07508, (973) 595-7953, www.paterson.k12.nj.us/~labormuseum. Once the home of silk mill worker Pietro Mary Botto, this national landmark was the meeting place for 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. Since then, this 1908 Victorian home has been transformed into a labor museum offering restored period rooms, educational and after-school programs, changing exhibits, an immigrant library, tours and special events which celebrate the lives of laborers.
American Repertory Ballet Co. , 80 Albany St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 249-1254, www.arballet.org. One of the state's major art organizations, the ARB is the Resident Dance Company at the New Brunswick Cultural Center and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Tours nationally and internationally.
Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, Teterboro Airport, 400 Fred Wehran Dr., Teterboro, N.J. 07608, (201) 288-6344, www.njahof.org. Museum preserves and celebrates New Jersey's 207-year aviation heritage with special exhibits, plus a collection of aircraft, artifacts and photographs. Closed Monday.
Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, N.J. 07095, (732) 634-0413, www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/BarronArts. Arts space open Monday through Friday. Call for schedule.
Belcher-Ogden Mansion, 1046 E. Jersey St., Elizabeth, N.J. 07201, (908) 351-2500. Built in the late 17th century, the historic mansion was once the residence of Royal Governor Jonathan Belcher. By appointment only.
Bergen Museum at the Bergen Mall, Forest Avenue, Paramus, N.J. 07601, (201) 291-8848, www.thebergenmuseum.com. Features Mastodon skeletons, historical and local artwork, paintings, photographs, changing exhibits and a youth gallery.
Campgaw Mountain Ski Center, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, (201) 327-7800. Ski resort offers a variety of winter activities including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing. Lessons and rentals available.
Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St., Newark, N.J. 07104, (973) 484-4600. Designed at the turn of the century, the cathedral is a Newark landmark famous for its romantic English/Irish architecture and ornate stained glass windows. Organ recitals, concert series and self-guided tours. Services are held in Spanish and English.
Circle Line Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, Jersey City, N.J. 07305, (201) 435-9499, www.circlelineferry.com. The best way to see New York is from New Jersey. There's access to the Statue of Liberty national monument and Ellis Island immigration museum, as well as one-hour narrated harbor tours, special events, and private charters. All tours departing from Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
City of Jersey City, Department of Cultural Affairs, Jersey City, N.J. 07302. For a complete list of events and performances, call (201) 547-4325 or go to the city's Web site at www.cityofjerseycity.com.
City Without Walls Gallery, 6 Crawford St., Newark, N.J. 07102, (973) 622-1188, www.citywithoutwalls.com. Urban gallery displays the artwork of emerging artists. Open year round.
Coach USA/Shortline Bus, (201) 529-3666, www.shortlinebus.com. Coach USA has you covered for trips to Atlantic City and Hudson Valley. See our ad for further information on our daily trips.
The Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park, Cataract Hollow Road (off Glenside Avenue), Glenside Park, N.J. 07922, (908) 527-4911. Considered a ghost town by 1880, this village in Union County's Watchung Reservation features 10 original buildings constructed in 1845.
Fritz Dietl Ice Rink, 639 Broadway, Westwood, N.J. 07675, (201) 664-9812. Ice skating rink open year-round.
Floyd Hall Arena, Montclair University, One Hall Drive, Little Falls, N.J. 07424, (973) 746-7744, www.floydhallarena.com. Located on the campus of Montclair University, this twin rink arena offers public skating sessions, figure skating and ice hockey.
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 246-7717, www.georgestplayhouse.org. Theater features Broadway-bound revivals and premieres of plays and musicals. Call for box office for schedule from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Great Falls National Historic Landmark, 65 McBride Ave. Ext., Paterson, N.J. 07501, (973) 279-9587. A 77-foot tall waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River by volume of water, second to Niagara Falls. The waterfall can be viewed all year round.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace, 207 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, N.J. 07006, (973) 226-0001. The birthplace of Grover Cleveland (1837- 1908), the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. Reservations recommended.
Hamilton Park, Boulevard East, Weehawken, N.J. 07087, (201) 319-6061. A prominent statesman, Alexander Hamilton was fatally wounded during a duel with the third vice president of the United States, Aaron Burr. The park offers a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline.
The Hermitage, 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. 07423, (201) 445-8311, www.thehermitage.org. An 1847 romantic Gothic Revival house museum. Education Center hosts programs, exhibitions, and lectures. Historic re-enactments and special events on this picturesque site.
Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030, (201) 656-2240, www.hobokenmuseum.org. Museum displays memorabilia reflecting Hoboken's unique history. Lectures and walking tours. Call for schedule.
Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, (201) 459-2071 or (800) 542-7894, www.hudsoncountynj.org. Call the hotline for information on upcoming events countywide or go to the web site to request visitor information. The site also features a monthly Cultural Arts Calendar with arts and performance events throughout the year.
Ironbound District, Newark, N.J. 07105. The Ironbound is a diverse and vibrant community rich in culture and tradition. Incredible restaurants, international shopping, a friendly, safe and clean environment that's easy and convenient to visit. Rediscover the Ironbound, or experience our unique old-world ambiance for the first time. For a free Explorer's Guide of the Ironbound District, visit our Web site at www.GoIronbound.com.
Israel Crane Museum, Montclair Historic Society, 110 Orange Rd., Montclair, N.J. 07042, (973) 744-1796, www.montclairhistorical.org. Built in 1796 by a local wealthy entrepreneur, this Federal Revival-style mansion has been preserved as part of the Montclair Historical Society. Open every Sunday, the society offers guided tours of the mansion, which includes live open hearth cooking demonstrations.
James A. McFaul Environmental Center, Crescent Ave., Wyckoff, N.J. 07481, (201) 891-5571. An 81-acre environmental center with a Wildlife Exhibit hall, winding trails, live animals, gardens and picnic facilities. Open year round, but call for hours.
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 932-7237, www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. The museum maintains a variety of collections including an extensive graphic arts collection and a large collection of non-conformist art from the former Soviet Union. Also featured are a stained glass collection and original illustrations for children's literature. Open year round, but closed on Monday.
Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery St., Jersey City, N.J. 07302, (201) 413-0303, www.jerseycitymuseum.org. The Jersey City Museum collects, exhibits, preserves and interprets American paintings, works on paper, sculpture and material from the region. A staple of Jersey City's Main Branch Public Library for the last 100 years, JCM has recently moved to its new location.
Johnson Park, River Road, Piscataway, N.J. 08854, (732) 247-2634. 437 acres containing Johnson Park Zoo, two ponds, "East Jersey Old Towne" Village, three playgrounds, and other recreational facilities. Open year round, but hours vary.
Lambert Castle Museum, Valley Road at the Clifton/Paterson Border, Paterson, N.J. 07501, (973) 247-0085. Offering a breathtaking view, this 1892 Victorian mansion situated on Garret Mountain was the home of Paterson silk baron Catholina Lambert and offers period rooms, paintings, changing exhibits, a library and archives.
The Lester Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, N.J. 07450, (201) 670-5560. Erected shortly after the Civil War, the stable is located at the site of the last working farming village. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. 07083, (908) 527-0400, www.libertyhallnj.org. Preserved 1772 Georgia-style home built for William Livingston, a member of the Continental Congress and the first elected governor of New Jersey. Formal garden, apple orchard, carriage house, ice house and wagon shed. Call for schedule.
Liberty Helicopters, West Side Heliport, 12th Avenue and 30th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001, (212) 967-2009. Liberty Helicopters is the largest helicopter sightseeing and charter company in the northeast. With a fleet of brand new state-of-the-art EC-130 aircrafts, Liberty can accommodate over 1,000 passengers any day of the week. Three locations: West 30th Street and 12th Avenue, New York City; Pier 6 and the East River, New York City; Paulus Hook Pier, Jersey City, New Jersey. For reservations, call (800) 542-9933.
Liberty State Park, Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, N.J. 07305, (201) 915-3400, www.libertystatepark.com. Composed of 1,120 acres along the Hudson River Waterfront, Liberty State Park offers history, science and nature in a scenic setting. With views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City Skyline, the park also includes the Liberty Science Center.
Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, 31 Horseshoe Rd., Berkeley Heights, N.J. 07922, (908) 464-0961. Located on an 18-acre pre-Revolutionary War farmstead, the museum includes a 1750s house and an 1880 Grandmother House. Exhibits include a master bedroom and children's room furnished to reflect the Victorian Era. Call for schedule.
Little Red School House, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, N.J., (201) 935-1175. Built in 1893, this one-room school house remained in use until 1980. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the school now houses a recreated 1912 classroom. Open the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Call for times.
Loew's Jersey Theater, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J., (201) 798-6055, www.loewsjersey.org. Built in 1929, this ornate theater was one of the first theaters designed specifically for "talkies." Featuring a Rococo domed auditorium, the theater was built in an Italian Baroque style that incorporates the use of marble and bronze elements. Call for schedule.
Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meadowlands Office Complex, 201 Rt. 17 N., Rutherford, N.J. 07070, (201) 939-0707. The Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau (MLCVB) represents the region directly adjacent to Manhattan that runs from Newark Liberty Airport to the George Washington Bridge. With the world-renowned Meadowlands Sports Complex, the second-largest bird sanctuary on the Eastern Seaboard, and a variety of sophisticated nightlife activities and restaurants, this dynamic destination has more than 8,000 hotel rooms, a first-rate transportation infrastructure, and a travel and tourism economy of more than $8 billion a year.
Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 Rt. 120, East Rutherford, N.J. 07073, Gen. Info: (201) 935-8500, Box Office: (201) 935-3900, www.meadowlands.com. Includes Giants Stadium, Continental Airlines Arena, Meadowlands Racetrack and the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame. Open year round.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071, (201) 933-2220 or (800) 828-2945, www.medievaltimes.com. Interactive medieval dinner show features knights on horseback partaking in swordplay and a jousting tournament. Call for schedule.
Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030, (201) 795-5000, www.monroecenter.com. Monroe Center is a multi-disciplinary arts community that houses photographers, painters, cake designers, music and dance instructors, jewelers, floral designers, pilates and yoga instructors, fashion designers, art teachers, muralists and more. Each month, Artists' Open Studio Days gives you an opportunity to visit Monroe Center for the Arts, visit the artists, sign up for a class or see a demonstration. Check out our online events calendar at www.monroecenter.com.
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, N.J. 07042, (973) 746-5555, www.montclair-art.com. Established in 1913, the museum's permanent collection contains 15,000 works in a variety of mediums. The museum also offers changing exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, workshops and art classes. Call for schedule.
Montclair Ice Arena, 41 Chestnut St., Montclair, N.J. 07042, (973) 744-6088. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, N.J. 07101, (973) 596-6550, www.newarkmuseum.org. Eighty galleries of art and science including Tibetan, American, Asian and classical works. Planetarium, mini zoo and sculpture garden. Victorian Ballentine House, a national historic landmark. Call for hours.
New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. , 11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 247-7200. The center which includes the State Theatre is comprised of four resident companies, and showcases a schedule of events in visual, performing and cinematic arts. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Ballet, 15 Microlab Rd., Livingston, N.J. 07039, (973) 597-9600, www.njballet.org. Performances throughout the state range from timeless tales like Sleeping Beauty to their annual presentation of the classic Nutcracker Ballet at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, 68 Elm St., Summit, N.J. 07901, (908) 273-9121, www.njcva.org. Art center offers interior galleries, an outdoor art park and outdoor exhibition space for sculpture installations. Special events include concerts, lectures and films. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Children's Museum, 599 Industrial Ave. at Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 262-5151, www.njcm.com. Museum features over 30 hands-on exhibits for children under five. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Pl., Newark, N.J. 07102, (973) 596-8500. Deemed New Jersey's oldest cultural institution, the historical society preserves the state's history by maintaining a museum, research library, scholarly publications, and an interactive kids' center, and hosting family festivals. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, 103 College Farm Rd, Cook College campus at Rutgers, New Brunswick, N.J. 08902, (732) 249-2077. With antique farm furniture and special programming for adults and children, this museum chronicles the evolution of agriculture from Native American times to the present with insight into the future. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Naval Museum, 78 River St., Hackensack, N.J. 07601, (201) 342-3268, www.njnm.com. Tours of the USS Ling, a WWII submarine. Also on site, a WWII Japanese suicide torpedo and German Seahund.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. 07102, (888) GO-NJPAC, www.njpac.org. Hosts diverse national and international artists in two theaters, Prudential Hall and Victoria Theater. Also, the facility for the New Jersey State Opera. Call for schedule.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 2 Central Ave., Newark, N.J. 07102, (973) 624-8203 or (800) ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org. Grammy Award-winning orchestra performs in seven different venues statewide including the NJPAC. Call for schedule.
NY Waterway, Pershing Road, Weehawken, N.J. 07087, (800) 533-3779, www.nywaterway.com. Enjoy day-long cruises up the scenic Hudson to visit America's castles - the Rockefeller and Jay Gould estates - or opt for a great American tradition, a West Point football game. With over 4,000 departures and 21 different cruises to choose from.
Palisades Interstate Park, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Exit 2, Alpine, N.J. 07620, (201) 768-1360. 2,500 acres, with picnic areas, hiking, nature sanctuary, boat launching ramp and cross-country ski trails. Footpath leads to views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and Staten Island.
Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Dr., Millburn, N.J. 07041, (973) 376-4343, www.papermill.org. Founded in 1934, New Jersey's official state theater offers award-winning plays, musicals, concerts and special events along with a children's theater. Call for schedule.
The Park Performing Arts Center, 560 32nd St., Union City, N.J. 07087, (201) 865-6980, www.passionplayusa.org. Built in 1931, this 1,400-seat Broadway-style theater is the home of the oldest Passion Play in America.
Paterson Museum, 2 Market St., Paterson, N.J. 07501, (973) 881-3874, www.thepatersonmuseum.org. Located in an old locomotive factory, the museum explores the history of Paterson, the nation's first-planned industrial city, and offers changing exhibits featuring local artists.
Pershing Field Ice Skating Rink, 1 Pershing Plaza, Jersey City, N.J. 07399, (201) 547-4392. Indoor ice skating rink offers public skating sessions.
Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, N.J. 07456, (973) 962-7031, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/ringwod.htm. Hiking includes Norvin Green Forest, Ringwood Manor and Shepherd Lake. Swimming, formal gardens, picnic tables and canoeing.
Rutgers, The State University, 65 Davidson Rd., Piscataway, N.J. 08854, (732) 932-4636, www.rutgers.edu. Founded in 1766, the campus offers various museums, gardens, performing arts center and walking tours. Call for schedule.
Rutgers Art Center, 85 George St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 932-7511, www.mgsa.rutgers.edu. School of the Arts presents over 300 events a year. Call for schedule.
Rutgers University Geology Museum, George and Somerset streets, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903, (732) 932-7243, www.rci.rutgers.edu/~geolweb/museum.html. Museum places an emphasis on the natural history of New Jersey with exhibits on geology and anthropology including a mastodon, Ptolomaic era Egyptian mummy and a dinosaur trackway.
Shoestring Players, Douglass Campus, 106 Walters Hall, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903, (732) 932-9772, www.rci.rutgers.edu/~sstring. Internationally recognized company provides unique performances for children throughout the state. Call for schedule.
South Moutain Arena, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052, (973) 731-3828. Open year-round, this indoor ice skating rink hosts hockey clinics, special events and offers ski rentals.
Spirit of New Jersey, 90 Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. 07304, (201) 333-3603, www.spiritcitycruises.com/NewJersey. Scenic lunch and dinner cruises around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, (732) 246-7469, www.statetheatrenj.org. Theatre hosts international orchestras, musicals, dance, children's events and concerts. Call for schedule.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, Liberty State Park, Morris Pesin Drive (N.J. Turnpike Exit 14B), Jersey City, N.J. 07305, (201) 435-9499. Ferry crossings to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Liberty State Park. Call for schedule.
Union County Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, N.J. 07065, (732) 499-8226, www.ucac.org. Originally built as a Vaudeville House/Silent Movie Palace, the UCAC is one of the largest performing arts venues in the state.
Warinanco Skate Center, Elizabeth-Roosevelt Avenue, off Route 27, Elizabeth, N.J. 07201, (908) 298-7850. Skate center offers fun on the ice with ice skating and hockey for the entire family.
Wilkens Theater, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. 07083, (908) 527-2337, www.kean.edu. Part of Kean University, the theater offers plays, concerts, dance performances and lectures. Call for schedule.
William Carlos Williams Center for the Arts, 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford, N.J. 07070, (201) 939-2323, www.williamscenter.org. Constructed around a 1920s Vaudeville theater, this entertainment complex is comprised of two live theaters, three cinemas, a gallery and a restaurant. Special programming includes adult and children's theater, concerts and more. Call for schedule.
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, 8 Quarry Rd., Little Falls, N.J. 07424, (973) 655-2378, www.yogiberramuseum.org. Located on the campus of Montclair State University, this sports educational facility chronicles the fascinating story of baseball - our national pastime. Ball park-like theater with ongoing baseball films. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
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SHOPPING - GATEWAY REGION
The Bergen Mall, Route 4 East and Forest Avenue, Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 845-4050. Over 80 fine value and outlet stores including Off 5th - Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet and Macy's Value City. Closed Sunday.
Brownstone Mill Antiques Center, 11 Paterson Ave., Midland Park, N.J. 07432, (201) 445-3074. Eighteen antique shops all in a row. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Designer Outlet Gallery, 55 Hartz Way, Secaucus, N.J. 07094, (201) 867-2444. Outlet stores include Jones New York, Anne Klein, and Donna Karan.
Garden State Plaza, Routes 4 and 17, Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 843-2404, www.gsp.shoppingtown.com. More than 275 stores including Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Nordstrom and more.
Harmon Cove Outlets/Secaucus Shopping Outlets, 20 Enterprise Ave. N., Secaucus, N.J. 07094, (877) OUTLET-2, www.hartzmountain.com. Outlet stores include CK, Bass, Donna Karan, Polo and Geoffrey Bean. Open year round and closed only for major holidays.
Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, N.J. 07201, 877-SAY-VALU, www.jerseygardens.com. New Jersey's largest outlet mall boasts over 200 quality stores all under one roof. Located just off Exit 13A of the New Jersey Turnpike, Jersey Gardens is five minutes from Newark Airport and only 15 miles from midtown Manhattan.
Livingston Mall, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, N.J. 07039, (973) 994-9390, www.shopsimon.com. More than 120 stores including Macy's, Sears and Lord & Taylor. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Mall at Short Hills, Route 24 and JFK Parkway, Short Hills, N.J. 07078, (973) 376-7350, www.shopshorthills.com. Over 170 stores including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's.
Meadowlands Flea Market, Meadowlands Sport Complex, 50 Rt. 120, East Rutherford, N.J. 07073, (201) 935-5474, www.meadowlandsfleamarket.com. An eclectic mix of collectibles, crafts, treasures and hard to find essentials from over 600 vendors. Open Saturdays year-round and Wednesdays from March through December. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Menlo Park Shopping Mall, Route 1 and Parsonage Road, Edison, N.J. 08837, (732) 549-5427. More than 185 specialty stores including Macy's and Nordstrom. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mitsuwa Marketplace, 595 River Rd., Edgewater, N.J. 07020, (201) 941-9113, www.mitsuwa.com. Japanese shopping center with restaurants, retail stores and grocers.
Newport Centre Mall, 300 Mall Dr. W., Jersey City, N.J. 07310, (201) 626-2025, www.simon.com. On Hudson County's booming Gold Coast is Newport Centre Mall. Anchored by JC Penney, Sears, and a newly relocated and expanded Macy's, Newport Centre also features more than 150 specialty stores, restaurants, a food court and an 11-screen Cineplex Odeon movie theater. Located just outside of the Holland Tunnel, Newport is accessible by bus, PATH train or Light Rail. Open Monday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Paramus Park Shopping Center, 700 Paramus Park, Rt. 17, Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 261-8000, www.paramuspark.com. Over 75 stores including Macy's, Sears and Fortunoff.
Riverside Square, 1 Riverside Square, Hackensack, N.J. 07601, (201) 489-2212. Over 60 stores including Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue
Westfield, (908) 789-9444, www.westfieldtoday.com. Historic downtown and over 30 stores including Lord & Taylor, The Limited, Banana Republic, The Gap and Coach.
Willowbrook Mall, 1400 Willowbrook Blvd., Wayne, N.J. 07470, (973) 785-1655, www.willowbrook-mall.com. More than 150 stores, including Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Sears and Bloomingdales.
Woodbridge Center, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge, N.J. 07095, (732) 636-4600. Approximately 250 stores including Macy's, Sears and Fortunoff.
Alba Vineyard, 269 Rt. 627, Milford, N.J. 08848, (908) 995-7800, www.albavineyard.com. Award-winning vineyard houses their winery, tasting room and Musconetcong gallery in a historic 1805 barn.
Amwell Valley Vineyard, 80 Old York Rd., Ringoes, N.J. 08551, (908) 788-5852, www.amwellvalleyvineyard.com. Established in 1978, award-winning winery specializes in wine from French vinifera, French/American hybrids and fruit trees. Tours, tastings and retail outlets. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation, Kittatinny Point Visitors Center (off Route 80), Columbia, N.J. 07832, (908) 496-4458, www.nps.gov/dewa. The 70,000-acre park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River. Recreational activities include bird watching, hunting, cross country skiing and horseshoeing.
Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms, 10 Doe Hollow Lane, Rt. 519, Belvidere, N.J. 07823, (908) 475-3671, www.matarazzo.com. Educational tours, wine tastings and special events.
Franklin Mineral Museum, 32 Evans St., Franklin, N.J. 07416, (973) 827-3481. Museum features Franklin and worldwide mineral displays, Native American artifacts, rocks, fossils, and a life-size mine replica.
Hidden Valley, 44 Breakneck Road, Vernon, N.J. 07462, (973) 764-6161, www.hiddenvalleynj.com. Tucked away in the mountains of Vernon, this cozy resort offers some of the best skiing in New Jersey while boasting the region's only FIS approved race trail.
High Point State Park, 1480 Rt. 23, Sussex, N.J. 07461, (973) 875-4800, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/high.htm. Designed by the Olmstead brothers of Boston, sons of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead, High Point consist of more than 14,000 acres of land and offers picturesque views of the Pocono and Catskill mountains. Winter activities include ice skating.
Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 540-0211, www.speedwell.org. Site where Morse Code was first demonstrated. Guided tours of Vail Mansion. Walk through exhibits in L'Hommedieu House, Carriage House, Granary and Vail Factory.
Lakota Wolf Preserve at Camp Taylor, 89 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Columbia, N.J. 07832, (908) 496-9244, www.lakotawolf.com. Located high on the Kittatinny Ridge at Camp Taylor, Lakota Wolf Preserve is home to 24 Tundra, Timber and Arctic wolves, three bobcats and two foxes. Guided tours held twice a day. Call for schedule.
Millbrook Village, River Road and Route 602, Millbrook, N.J., (908) 841-9531. Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, this re-created turn-of-the-century village is replete with artisans and a blacksmith shop.
Morris County Visitors Center, 6 Court St., Morristown, N.J., (973) 631-5151. The MCVC offers a wide range of informational tools for those planning a stay or looking to relocate to the Morris County area. Also, there are themed, guided walking tours and wedding packets. Tours available by appointment. Call for schedule.
The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 971-3700, www.morrismuseum.org. Museum sustains a permanent collection of over 48,000 objects including an exceptional collection of children's dolls, toys and furniture. Call for schedule.
Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Place, Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 543-4030, www.nps.gov/morr. Occupied by General George Washington and the Continental Army during their 1777 and 1779/1780 winter encampments. Park contains Fort Nonsense, Jockey Hollow, Wick House Herb Garden and Washington's Headquarters (Ford Mansion). Twenty seven miles of hiking trails.
Mountain Creek, 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, N.J. 07462, (973) 827-2000, www.mountaincreek.com. With 1,000 snow guns, 15 miles of trails, plus 11 lifts, Mountain Creek offers some of the most action-packed skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing in the state.
Warren County Department of Tourism, 165 County Route 519 South, Belvidere, N.J. 07823, (800) 554-8540, www.visitwarren.org. Come and experience all Warren County has to offer this season. Visit a cozy inn for a weekend getaway, enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors, or find that one-of-a-kind item at one of the many shops. Warren County's rich history makes it an attractive antique hunting destination. Primitive and country antiques are plentiful, and you can find things "right off the farm." Call or visit our Web site for the new Warren County Antique Trail brochure.
Washington's Headquarters (Ford Mansion) , Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Pl., Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 543-4030, www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm. Ford Mansion provided shelter to one of the most significant figures of the American Revolution, General George Washington. The headquarters also includes a museum, which traces Morristown's role in the revolution.
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SHOPPING - SKYLANDS REGION
Bridgewater Commons, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater, N.J., (908) 218-0001, www.bridgewatercommons.com. More than 150 stores, including Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and Macy's.
Golden Nugget Antique & Flea Market, Route 29, Lambertville, N.J. 08530, (609) 397-0811, www.gnmarket.com. 40 indoor antique shops and an outdoor flea market with up to 250 vendors. Indoor shops open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flea market open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lambertville Antique Market, 1864 River Rd., Lambertville, N.J., (609) 397-0456. More than 100 antique dealers under one roof.
Liberty Village Premium Outlets, One Church St., Flemington, N.J. 08822, (908) 782-8550, www.premiumoutlets.com. 60 outlet stores including a Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Liz Claiborne, L.L. Bean and more. Open year round.
Allaire State Park, Route 524, Farmingdale, N.J. 07727, (732) 938-2371. Boasting 3,068 acres on the New Jersey coastal plain, this park is well known as the site of the historic Allaire Village, a 19th century iron-making town. The park offers cross-country skiing, limited deer hunting, horseback riding trails and bird watching.
Barnegat Light Museum, Fifth Street and Central Avenue, Barnegat Light, N.J. 08006, (609) 494-8578. Exhibiting maritime artifacts in a one-room schoolhouse, the museum's holdings include the Fresnel lens from Barnegat Lighthouse. Also, a seashore garden with indigenous Jersey Shore plants. Call for schedule.
Church of the Presidents, 1260 Ocean Ave., Elberon, N.J. 07740, (732) 229-0600. Home to the Long Branch Historical Museum, the St. James Episcopal Chapel was built in 1881 and served as a place of worship for the presidents that vacationed in Long Branch until 1921. The museum contains artifacts and memorabilia.
Count Basie Theatre, 90 Monmouth St., Red Bank, N.J. 07701, (732) 842-9000, www.countbasietheatre.org. Built in 1926, this renovated theater has hosted international performers like Bruce Springsteen, the National Dance Company of Ireland, Bon Jovi and BB King. The center features ballet, children's theater, concerts and Broadway musicals. Call for schedule.
Garden State Philharmonic, 7 Hadley Ave., Toms River, N.J. 08753, (732) 349-6277. Performances by professional musicians, guest soloists, youth orchestra and chorus. Call for schedule.
Manahawkin Cultural Center/Shipwreck Cemetery, Route 9, Manahawkin, N.J. 08050, (609) 597-7416. Cultural Center is located in a 1758 Baptist Church. Blood stains on the church floorboards are reminders of several clashes that took place during the American Revolution. Buried in the Shipwreck Cemetery are Revolutionary War soldiers and shipwrecks.
Manasquan Reservoir, 311 Windeler Rd., Howell Township, N.J. 07731, (732) 919-0996, www.monmouthcountyparks.com/parks/squan_res.html. A source of water for municipalities and utilities, the reservoir is located on 1,204 acres. Recreational activities include fishing, guided boat tours, kayaking, rowboats and a five-mile trail.
Monmouth Museum, Brookdale College Campus, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J. 07738, (732) 747-2266, www.monmouthmuseum.org. Three galleries devoted to changing exhibitions in art, science, nature and cultural history. The museum includes Becker Children's Wing for children 6 through 12, the WonderWing for those under 6 years, a lecture series, workshops and off-site programs.
New Jersey Museum of Boating, Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Point Pleasant, N.J., (732) 859-4767, www.njmb.org. Collection includes cross-sectional hull drawings, vintage print advertisements and historical photographs, and dozens of scale models of classic New Jersey-built boats.
Ocean County, (800) ENJOY-33, www.oceancountygov.com. Ocean County is approximately 90 minutes from the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, and an hour north of Atlantic City. Home to Six Flags Great Adventure, Tuckerton Seaport and the many beach resort communities of Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach and Long Beach Island.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116, Holmdel, N.J. 07733, (732) 335-0400, www.artscenter.com. Dance, opera and heritage festivals. Call for schedule.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, College Drive, Toms River, N.J. 08754, (732) 255-0342 or (732) 255-0343, www.ocean.cc.nj.us/planet. The planetarium explores space and beyond with shows, school programs, courses, and an Astronomy Club.
The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, N.J., (732) 502-0600, www.stoneponyonline.com. Known as one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest venues since it opened its doors in 1974, the Stone Pony continues to host icons like Bruce Springsteen while introducing up-and-coming stars.
The Strand Theatre, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, N.J., (732) 367-7789, www.strandlakewood.com. Built in 1922, the theater's original purpose was as a venue to "try out" New York-bound shows. Since then, the theatre has welcomed such performers as George Burns and Gracie Allen. Recently restored, the theatre now offers musicals, dance and children's theater.
Toms River Seaport Society Museum, Water Street and Hooper Avenue, Toms River, N.J. 08653, (732) 349-9209. Located in the 1868 carriage house of the developer of the life car, Joseph Francis, the museum's holdings center on the maritime history of Barnegat Bay and include an assortment of traditional Barnegat Bay boats.
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SHOPPING - SHORE REGION
Antique Center of Red Bank, West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J. 07701, (732) 842-4336. Voted the "best all-around, not-to-be-missed antique center in New Jersey" by the Star Ledger and the "Best of the Best in 2001" by the Asbury Park Press. The oldest antique center in America. The place to discover treasures of another era. Over 150 dealers.
Collingwood Flea Market, Highways 33 & 34, Farmingdale, N.J., (732) 938-7941, www.collingwoodmarket.com.
Jackson Outlet Village, 537 Monmouth Road (Garden State Parkway exit 98), Jackson, N.J. 08527, (732) 833-0680. Seventy-one outlet stores including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Gap Outlet.
Monmouth Mall, Routes 35 and 36, Eatontown, N.J. 07724, (732) 542-0333, www.monmouthmallonline.com. More than 150 shops including JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Stern's.
Point Pleasant Antique Emporium, Bay and Trenton avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 892-2222. More than 125 individual dealers under one roof.
DELAWARE RIVER REGION
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J. 08103, (856) 365-3300, www.adventureaquarium.com. Home to a 550,000-gallon open-ocean tank with two dozen sharks and over 1,400 aquatic animals from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions.
The Arts Museum of Princeton University, McCormick Hall, Princeton, N.J. 08544, (609) 258-3788, www.princeton.edu/artmuseum. Permanent collection ranges from ancient to contemporary art with a concentration on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America.
Burlington County Historical Society, 451 High St., Burlington City, N.J. 08016, (609) 386-4773. Historical society offers guided tours of three 18th century homes in Burlington County. The BCHS also offers access to a museum, which houses period antiques, decorative arts, research library, and a gallery.
Drumthwacket, 354 Stockton St., Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 683-0057, www.drumthwacket.org. Greek Revival mansion built in 1835 served as the official residence of the governor of New Jersey. Open every Wednesday except before holidays. Call for schedule.
Historic Morven, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 683-4495, www.historicmorven.org. Residence reflects centuries of political, cultural, economic and social changes in the State of New Jersey. Past tenants include a signer of the Declaration of Independence, two United States senators and five New Jersey governors.
Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., Princeton, N.J. 08542, (609) 921-6748, www.princetonhistory.org. Maintaining a collection of over 40,000 artifacts, the historical society, located in the Bainbridge House (c. 1766), offers a library, photo archives, changing exhibits and publications. Call for schedule.
McCarter Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 91 University Pl., Princeton, N.J. 08540, (888) ARTS-WEB, www.mccarter.org. Two hundred performances in theatre, music and dance each year. 1994 Tony Award-winner for outstanding regional theater. Call for schedule.
New Jersey State House, 125 West State St., Trenton, N.J. 08625, (609) 633-2709, www.njleg.state.nj.us/html/tourlink.htm. The country's second oldest capitol in continuous use has evolved from the original rubble-stone structure built in 1792 into a majestic architectural monument. Tour reservations required. Closed state holidays.
Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608, (609) 396-1776, www.barracks.org. Playing an important role in Washington's victory over Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War, this historic site contains the only original French and Indian War Barracks still standing in the U.S.
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J., (609) 984-8400, www.thewarmemorial.com. Built in 1932, the theater has hosted some of the world's most beloved performers including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Bruce Springsteen.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, (609) 497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org. Performs a five-concert subscription series in the historic Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Other events include the American Salute July 4th concerts and the Holiday Pops concerts. Call for schedule.
Riverlink Ferry, Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. 08103, (215) 925-LINK, www.riverlinkferry.org. Ferry departs from the Camden Waterfront behind Adventure Aquarium. Service across the Delaware River to Penn's Landing section of Philadelphia.
Trenton Battle Monument, North Broad and North Warren streets, Trenton, N.J. 08608, (609) 737-0623. A 155-foot granite shaft marks the spot where Washington placed his artillery for the Battle of Trenton.
Walt Whitman House, 330 Mickle Blvd., Camden, N.J. 08103, (856) 964-5383. Once home to the great American poet Walt Whitman, the house now contains a unique collection of photographs, manuscripts and other memorabilia. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Call for reservations.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 921-2663 ext. 307, http://westminster.rider.edu. Home to one of the world's leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Seven choirs, unique in sound and tradition, perform year-round. Call for schedule.
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SHOPPING - DELAWARE RIVER REGION
Marketfair, 3535 U.S. Rt. 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 452-7777, www.mymarketfair.com. Restaurants, movie theater, bookstore, and women's, men's and children's apparel.
Princeton Forrestal Village, Route 1 and College Road West, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 799-7400, www.princetonoutlets.com. Over 45 stores including Geoffrey Beene, Nine West and Casual Corner.
GREATER ATLANTIC CITY REGION
Atlantic City Art Center, Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 347-5837, www.aclink.org/acartcenter. Three changing exhibition galleries present artwork by renowned national, regional and local contemporary artists and artisans. Concerts, artist demonstrations and literary readings. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Noyes Museum of Art, Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, N.J. 08231, (609) 652-8848, www.noyesmuseum.org. Museum collects, exhibits and preserves contemporary fine American art, crafts and folk art with an emphasis on New Jersey artists.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, New York Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 347-2001, www.ripleys.com/atlanticcity2.htm. Museum features unusual and exotic exhibits collected from Robert Ripley's travels. Call for schedule.
Towne of Historic Smithville, Route 9, Smithville, N.J. 08201, (609) 652-7777. Boasting a long history - Smithville began with the Smithville Inn in 1787 - the town now offers the opportunity to recapture yesteryear with a restored colonial village, cobblestone paths, crafts and over 60 shops.
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SHOPPING - GREATER ATLANTIC CITY REGION
Shoppes at Smithville, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville, N.J. 08201, (609) 748-6160. Historic buildings house specialty shops and restaurants. Grounds contain a steam train, carousel and paddleboats. Call for schedule.
The Shops on Ocean One, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 347-8082, www.oceanonemall.com. Women's, men's and children's apparel. Jewelry, specialty shops and restaurants.
SOUTHERN SHORE REGION
Cape May Chamber of Commerce, Cape May, N.J., (609) 884-5508, www.capemaychamber.com. No trip to New Jersey is complete without a visit to this national historic landmark city. A timeless treasure, Cape May boasts exquisite Victorian architecture, pristine beaches, award-winning restaurants, theater, art, music and nature.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal (GSP Exit 0), North Cape May, N.J. 08204, (800) 64-FERRY, www.capemay-lewesferry.com. Daily auto/passenger ferry crossings between Cape May and Lewes, Del.
Cape May Whale Watcher, Miss Chris Marina, Second Avenue and Wilson Drive, Cape May, N.J. 08204, (800) 786-5445, www.capemaywhalewatcher.com. 100-foot boat offers views of humpback and finback whales, bottlenose dolphins and the historic Cap May peninsula.
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OUT OF STATE
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, N.Y. 10024, (212) 769-5100, www.amnh.org. Established in 1869, the museum contains the world's largest collection of fossil mammals and dinosaurs.
Gray Line Double Decker, 777 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10036, (800) 669-0051, www.newyorksightseeing.com. See New York's best-known buildings, world-class museums and stores on a Gray Line double-decker bus. Experience such sights as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building with hop-on, hop-off privileges. See it all from uptown to downtown. Try the special Night Tour with added surprises. Come marvel at all the lights and sounds of the "city that never sleeps."
Showbiz Insiders Tour, 777 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10036, (800) 669-0051. The Showbiz Insiders Tour takes passengers behind the scenes of famous TV and Broadway productions. Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the New Amsterdam Theatre, home of Disney's The Lion King, and then NBC studios, followed by lunch at Planet Hollywood and then the Stage Door of Radio City Music Hall. Tour finishes at the Gray Line Visitors Center Theater with an intimate performance by a Broadway performer.
United States Mint, Fifth and Arch streets, Philadelphia, Penn. 19106, (215) 408-0114, www.usmint.gov. World's largest mint offers self-guided audio-visual tours, exhibits and a view of the coinage operation. Free to the public.