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.
Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, N.J. 07095, (732) 634-0413, (732) 634-0413, www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/BarronArts. Arts space open Monday through Friday. Call for schedule.
The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, N.J., (201) 432-6979. A tribute to Greek Revival architecture, this mansion was constructed between 1835-1837. The parlor boasts paneled mahogany doors, white-on-ivory pilasters, gold and green cove-molding and a fireplace constructed from Italian marble.
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 County Zoological Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 262-3771, www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/Parks/zoo.htm. Zoo features a wide variety of wild and domestic animals including rare and exotic birds. A 1860s farmyard includes geese, sheep and a Belgian Draft horse. Also, a walk-through North American Wetlands Aviary. Open year round.
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.
Bowcraft, Route 22 West, Scotch Plains, N.J. 07076, (908) 233-0675, www.bowcraft.com. Theme park for young families featuring rides, a mini-golf course, outdoor midway games, an indoor arcade and a food court.
Bowling Green Golf Club, 53 Schoolhouse Road, Milton, N.J. 07438, (973) 697-8688, www.bowlinggreengolf.com. Open to the public.
Branch Brook Park, Park Avenue & Lake Street, Newark, N.J., (973) 268-3500, www.branchbrookpark.org. 360 beautiful acres with more than 2,000 cherry trees that blossom in April. Roller skating, annual Cherry Blossom Festival and concerts.
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.
The Center for Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium, Fifth and Hudson streets, Hoboken, N.J. 07030, (201) 216-8937, www.debaun.org. Where the arts are "centered on you" with a wide array of series including theater, music, dance, visual arts and the spoken word as well as educational workshops and children's events.
Circle Line Statue of Liberty & 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. Offers access to the Statue of Liberty national monument and Ellis Island immigration museum, one-hour narrated harbor tours, special events and private charters. All tours depart from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Call for schedule.
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.
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.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills, N.J. 07078, (973) 376-3587, www.hartshornarboretum.com. 16-acre wooded habitat with five species of woodpeckers, trails, wildflowers, guided walks and environmental programs. The Stone House closed in August.
Darlington Golf Course, 277 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, (201) 327-8770. Open to the public, weather permitting.
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 ten original buildings constructed in 1845.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, N.J. 07631, (201) 567-1265, www.flatrockbrook.org. A 150-acre nature center with 3.5 miles of marked trails. Visitors can hike through a stream, wetlands, ponds, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs and woodlands. The grounds are open year round, but the center closes on Monday.
The Great Falls National Historic Landmark, 65 McBride Ave., 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.
Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, N.J. (609) 586-0616, www.groundsforsculpture.org. Park features hundreds of sculptures.
Hendricks Field Golf Club, Franklin Avenue, Belleville, N.J. 07109, (973) 751-0178. Open to the public year-round, weather permitting.
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs, City Hall, 94 Washington St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030, (201) 420-2207, www.hobokennj.org. Division of Cultural Affairs sponsors a year-round calendar of events. Summer highlights include Movies Under the Stars, Concerts in the Park, and family programming.
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 & 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 featuring 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 out Web site at www.GoIronbound.com.
James A. McFaul Environmental Center, Crescent Avenue, Wyckoff, N.J. 07481, (201) 891-5571. 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 comprising 90 percent of the museum's holdings 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 Mondays.
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 culture from the region. A staple of Jersey City's Main Branch Public Library for the last 100 years, JCM has recently moved to a new location.
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 - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 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. Open April - December. 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 Science Center: Riverside, CRRNJ Terminal, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. 07305, (201) 200-1000, www.lsc.org. Exhibit "Eat or Be Eaten" ongoing in a 4,000-square-foot temporary space while the science center undergoes construction to be completed in 2007.
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.
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.
Lorrimer Sanctuary, 790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, N.J. 07417, (201) 891-2185, www.njaudubon.org. Part of the New Jersey Audubon Society, the sanctuary includes hiking trails, exhibits, programs and a gift shop. Call for schedule.
Lost Brook Preserve and Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, N.J. 07670, (201) 568-6093. The preserve and the nature center share a trail system with seven miles of trails on 380 acres.
Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071, (201) 460-8300, www.hmdc.state.nj.us/ec/environment_center.html. Five walking trails offers a view of native and migrating birds, indigenous plants and a salt marsh habitat.
Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, N.J. 07070, (201) 935-1175. Museum features exhibits on local culture and history, toys, a prehistoric kitchen and crafts.
Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 Route 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 & Tournament, 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071, (201) 933-2220/(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.
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.
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 Botanical Garden, Morris Road, Ringwood, N.J., 07456, (973) 962-9534, www.njbg.org. 96-acre public garden surrounding a Tudor-style mansion in the heart of the Ramapo Mountain. Guided tours of the house on the first Sunday of the month. Open from March - October.
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. Closed last two weeks in August. Call for schedule.
The 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.
The New Jersey Gateway Tourism Council, www.njgatewayregion.com. The New Jersey Gateway Tourism Council is a regional council established by the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission. It is specifically responsible to promote, educate and attract visitors to the Gateway Region - consisting of Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Union and Middlesex counties. To learn more, visit their Web site.
New Jersey Gladiators, One Palmer Terrace, Carlstadt, N.J. 07072, (201) 507-1303. Arena football team plays at the Continental Arena from April until August.
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.
Newark Bears, 10 Bridge St., Newark, N.J. 07102, (973) 483-6900, www.newarkbears.com. Atlantic league baseball team plays at the Riverfront Stadium from May to September.
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.
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.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003, (973) 429-0960. Tour the historic house and the surrounding gardens by appointment.
Offshore Sailing School, Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey City, N.J., (201) 432-7763 or (888) 567-2211, www.offshore-sailing.com. Discover sailing at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City or Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Join Offshore aboard their award-winning Colgate 26 sailboats -- lively, safe and easy-to-handle. New sailor clinics, private lessons, and Corporate Sailing Programs.
Overpeck Golf Course, East Cedar Lane, Teaneck, N.J. 07666, (201) 837-3020. Open to the public year-round, weather permitting.
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.
Paramus Golf & Country Club, 314 Paramus Road, Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 447-6067. Open to the public year-round, weather permitting.
The Park Performing Arts Center, 560 32nd St., Union City, N.J. 07087, (201) 865-6980, www.parkpac.org. Built in 1931, this 1400 seat Broadway style theater is the home of the oldest Passion Play in America.
Plays-in-the-Park, Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Roosevelt Park, Edison, N.J. 08817, (732) 548-2884, www.playsinthepark.org. Outdoor amphitheater presents full-scale musicals and comedies from July-Sept. Indoor shows are held Oct. through May. Call for schedule.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, N.J. (973) 783-5974, http://presbyiris.tripod.com. Home to the largest iris collection in the country.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, N.J. 07901, (908) 273-8787, www.reeves reedarboretum.org. 12.5-acre arboretum with wildflowers, shrubs, natural-hardwood forest and formal gardens representing design trends from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Also on site is a 19th-century Colonial Revival-style mansion open to the public. Grounds are open every day from dusk to dawn. Call for mansion and garden shop schedule.
Richard W. DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, N.J. (201) 460-8300, www.njmeadowlands.gov. 110-acre park in the Meadowlands.
Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Road, 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 during the summer. Winter activities include sledding and cross-country skiing.
Rutgers Gardens, Cook College, Rutgers University, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903, (732) 932-8451. Established in 1929, this 50-acre garden is home to one of the largest collections of American Hollies in the world. Nearby, the Ella Quimby Water Conservation Gardens features a series of terraces that frame the entrance to the evergreen garden.
SportsWorld Indoor Amusement Park, 200 Route 17 N., Paramus, N.J. 07652, (201) 262-1717, www.sportsworld17.com. An indoor family entertainment center with rides, miniature golf, video games, bowling, simulator, lasertron and restaurant.
Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, (212) 363-3200, www.nps.gov/stli. Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, this historic statue was a gift from France and presented to the United States on July 4, 1884. Ferry departs from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Call for schedule.
Summerfun Theater, Weiss Art Center, 6 Lloyd Road, Montclair, N.J. 07042, (973) 783-7494. New Jersey's only professional summer stock theater. Performances feature recent Broadway shows. Call for schedule.
Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052, (973) 731-5800, www.turtlebackzoo.org. Nestled on 16 acres, this zoo provides a home to both wild and domestic animals. For the kids, a petting zoo and train rides.
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.
Gateway Region Shopping
AARAA, 628 Washington St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030, (201) 386-0101, www.aaraa-usa.com. A beautiful array of silk and cotton bedspreads, cushions, table linens and shower curtains. Jewelry, colorful embroidered slippers, handbags, handmade paper products and much more. Come see how our store can embellish your home. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bergen Mall, Route 4 East & 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. 18 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 and 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 Road, 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., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Mall at Short Hills, Route 24 & 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 Route 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 & 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., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mitsuwa Marketplace, 595 River Road, 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, Route 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.
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.
Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 267-3465, www.acornhall.org. Surrounded by Victorian gardens, this 1853 Italianate mansion has been preserved with almost all of its original furnishings and serves as the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society. Call for schedule.
Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 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 Road, 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.
Appalachian Trail Hike, Wawayanda State Park, 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, N.J. 07421, (973) 853-4462. Trail begins at the State Park office located west of the park entrance. Views of Vernon Valley, High Point Monument and the Kittatinny Ridge.
The Architects Golf Club, 700 Strykers Road, Lopatcong, N.J. (908) 213-3080, www.thearchitectsclub.com. Each hole on this course has been designed in the style of a famous course designer.
Crystal Springs Golf and Spa Resort, 123 Crystal Springs Road, Hamburg, N.J. (973) 827-1444, www.crystalgolfresort.com. Complex featuring six courses, lodging and amenities.
D&R Canal Towpath, Skylands Region. Trail for biking, hiking and horseback riding. A popular starting point is Frenchtown, where there is a parking lot, easy access to a local bike shop, and a cluster of restaurants and shops.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation, Kittatinny Point Visitors Center, Off Route 80, Columbia, N.J. 07832, (908) 496-4458, www.nps.gov/dewa. 70,000-acre park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River. Recreational activities include bird watching, hunting, cross country skiing and horseshoeing.
Duke Farms, Route 206, Somerville, N.J. (908) 722-3700, www.state.nj.us/travel/virtual/gardens/dukegrdns.html or www.njskylands.com/atdukgar.htm.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road (off Route 510), Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 326-7645. Self-guided tours of this operating farm from 1880-1930 era. Weekend demonstrations and special programs involve seasonal planting, sheep shearing and milking demonstrations. Open April - October. Call for schedule.
Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms, 10 Doe Hollow Lane (Route 519), Belvidere, N.J. 07823, (908) 475-3671, www.matarazzo.com. Educational tours, wine tastings and special events.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, 152 Pleasant Plains Road, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920, (973) 425-1222. 7,600-acre refuge with more than 223 species of native and migrating birds and a variety of mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians. 10 miles of marked trails and an auto overlook tour road. Open year round.
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.
"In Flight" Balloon Adventures, P.O. Box 5339, Clinton, N.J. 08809, (888) 301-2383, www.balloonnj.com. Flights for two or more offered daily from the state-licensed balloon port of the Spain Inn II Restaurant, 1045 Route 173 W., Asbury, N.J. 08802. Scenic hot-air balloon rides, corporate party flights, overnight romantic adventures and dinner flights.
King's Road Vineyard and Winery, 360 Route 579, Asbury, N.J. 08802, (800) 479-6479.
Kittatinny Canoes, Delaware River Trips, Dingmans Ferry, Penn. 18328, (800) FLOAT-KC, www.kittatinny.com. The first and the finest on the river since 1941, offering canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, camping, and paintball. Seven riverfront locations and two campgrounds on the river. Quiet water or whitewater trips. Free camping for scouts.
La Follette Vineyard & Winery, 64 Harlingen Road, Belle Mead, N.J. 08502, (908) 359-9234, www.lafollettewinery.com. Family owned winery specializes in producing small, outstanding batches of Seyval Blanc white wine.
Lakota Wolf Preserve at Camp Taylor, 89 Mt. Pleasant Road, 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.
Land of Make Believe, Route 80, Exit 12, Hope, N.J. 07844, (908) 459-9000, www.lomb.com. Entertaining families for more than 50 years, this amusement and water park has 30 acres of rides, games, shops and more.
Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road (off Route 202), Far Hills, N.J. 07931, (908) 234-2677, www.park.co.somerset.nj.us. One of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States, the Leonard J. Buck Garden's wildflower-lined wooded trails connect a series of rock outcroppings that foster rare and exotic rock garden plants.
Millbrook Village, River Road & 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. It also offers themed guided walking tours during the summer, holiday events and wedding packets for brides-to-be. Group tours are available by prior arrangement. For a free visitors' guide, call (973) 631-5151 or visit www.morristourism.org.
The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, 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.
Mountain Creek Waterpark, 200 Route 94, Vernon, N.J. 07462, (973) 827-2000, www.mountaincreek.com. Seasonal water park and skate park with 32 unique attractions, slides and pools in a mountain setting. Home to the world's longest water slide.
The Raptor Trust, 1300 White Bridge Road, Millington, N.J. 07946, (908) 647-2353, www.theraptortrust.org. Located adjacent to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Raptor Trust provides shelter and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned birds of prey. The facility is open seven days a week during daylight hours. Approximately 70 aviaries.
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, N.J. 07924, (908) 766-5787, www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman. Part of the New Jersey Audubon Society, this 260-acre sanctuary supports over 200 species of wildlife each year. The Hoffman building contains a library, exhibit room and the Mary Kay Roach Memorial Bird Room. The Hoffman building is closed on Monday.
Schuyler Hamilton House, 5 Olyphant Place, Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 539-7502. 1760 home of Dr. Jabez Campfield, Revolutionary War doctor and founder of the first agricultural and horticultural society of New Jersey. Features a notable collection of furniture. Open by appointment.
The Shakespeare Theatre of N.J. , Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J. 07940, (973) 408-5600, www.shakespearenj.org. The state's only professional theater company to dedicate their programming entirely to the works of William Shakespeare and other classical pieces, the NJSF is the eighth largest Shakespeare Festival in the country and the longest running on the East Coast.
Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road (off Route 202), Far Hills, N.J. 07931, (908) 234-2677, www.park.co.somerset.nj.us. One of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States, the Leonard J. Buck Garden's wild flower lined wooded trails connect a series of rock outcroppings that foster rare and exotic rock garden plants.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum, 218 Route 519, Sussex, N.J., (973) 875-5800, www.spacefarms.com. Space Farms offers educational fun for all ages. More than 100 beautiful acres of peaceful countryside offer plenty of room to picnic and play.
Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, N.J. 08551, (908) 788-0400, www.unionvillevineyards.com. Voted by the New York Times as the Best New Jersey Winery in 1995. The vineyard, located among the rolling hills of Amwell Valley, offers tours, tastings and a wine shop.
U.S. Equestrian Team, Pottersville Road, Gladstone, N.J. 08826, (908) 234-1251, www.uset.org. Non-profit organization cultivates world-class athletes to compete in international competitions like the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
Village of Waterloo, 525 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, N.J. 07874, (973) 347-0900, www.waterloovillage.org. Located in Allamuchy Mountain State Park, this village was first settled in the 1750s. Site includes a working grist/saw mill, blacksmith shop, incline plane and a recreated Lenape Village.
Warren County Department of Tourism, 165 County Route 519 South, Belvidere, N.J. 07823, (800) 554-8540, www.visitwarren.org. 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."
Wick House Herb Garden, Jockey Hollow, off Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, N.J. 07960, (973) 543-4030. Named after Henry Wick, the successful farmer who owned the house when Continental Army General Arthur St. Clair used it as his headquarters during the winter encampment of 1779/1780.
Wild West City, Route 80, Exit 25 to Route 206 N. to Lackawanna Drive, Netcong, N.J. 07857, (973) 347-8900, www.wildwestcity.com. Western heritage theme park brings the Wild West to New Jersey. Enjoy 22 live-action shows depicting historical events, stagecoach rides, museums, train rides, petting zoo and much more.
Skylands Region Shopping
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 Road, Lambertville, N.J. (609) 397-0456. More than 100 antique dealers under one roof.
Liberty Village Premium Outlets, 1 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.
Barnegat Lighthouse, Northern tip of Long Beach Island, Broadway & the Bay, Barnegat Light, N.J. 08006, (609) 494-2016. Towering 165-ft above sea level, Barnegat Lighthouse was decommissioned in the first half of the 20th century. Uniquely constructed, the lighthouse is actually composed of two interconnecting towers. The lighthouse is open daily to visitors.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Northern tip of Long Beach Island, Broadway & the Bay, Barnegat Light, N.J. 08006, (609) 494-2016, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/barnlig.htm. Boasts one of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey. Recreational activities include Barnegat Lighthouse, bird watching, fishing, picnicking and a nature trail. Open year-round.
Berkley Island County Park, Brennan Concourse, Bayville, N.J. 08721, (609) 971-3085. With 25 acres located on a peninsula at the mouth of Cedar Creek on Barnegat Bay, the park offers swimming, fishing, crabbing and launch access for sea kayaks and small boats.
Blackbeard's Cave, 139 Route 9, Bayville, N.J. 08721, (732) 286-4414, www.blackbeardscave.com. Entertainment center boasts fun and games for the whole family. Enjoy miniature golf, Formula 1 Go-Kart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, an arcade plus much, much more.
Blast! Fun Park, 208 N. Main St., Forked River, N.J. 08731. Family fun park boasts an arcade, super mini golf, party rooms, bounce game and Adreline Rush - an inflatable obstacle course.
Casino Pier and Water Works, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, N.J. 08751, (732) 793-6488, www.casinopier-waterworks.com. Amusement pier offers 57 rides and attractions, over 100 games of chance, a miniature golf course, arcades and great concession stands.
Cheesequake Park, 300 Gordon Road, Matawan, N.J. 07747, (732) 566-2161. Over 1,000 acres of open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens and a northeastern hardwood forest. Interpretive center, hiking trails and water sports. Call for schedules.
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 theatre, concerts and Broadway musicals. Call for schedule.
Fantasy Island Amusement Park, 320 West Seventh St., Beach Haven, N.J. 08008, (609) 492-4000, www.fantasyislandpark.com. Family amusement park with free entertainment, adult and kiddie rides, casino arcade and a classic, turn-of-the-century carousel.
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Third Avenue, Manasquan, N.J. 08736, (732) 842-4000, www.monmouthcountyparks.com. Coastal ponds, inlets, lakes and oceanfront areas compose this 52-acre conservation area which stretches from Manasquan to Long Branch. The area is ideally suited for bird watching and fishing. Open 8 a.m. to dusk year round.
Forest Resource Education Center, 370 Veterans Highway, Jackson, N.J. 08527, (732) 928-0987, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry. "Dedicated to enhancing awareness...of forest resources," the center, located near the headwaters of Toms River, is an outdoor classroom that promotes the benefits of trees and forest to the environment. The center features an ABC Arboretum.
Georgian Court - Sister Mary Grace Arboretum, Historic Gardens, Georgian Court College, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, N.J. 08701, (732) 364-2200 ext. 345, www.georgian.edu/arboretum/index.html. Designed in the style of an English estate during the Georgian period, the land was once the winter home of George Jay Gould, son of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Gardens on the estate include the Italian Garden, the Sunken Garden and the Formal Garden.
Gull Island County Conservation Area, Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 506-9090. Located in the middle of the Manasquan River, the conservation area can only be reached by boat, sea kayak or canoe. An ideal location for bird watching or fishing.
Hartshorne Woods Park, Navesink Road, Middletown, N.J., (732) 842-4000, www.monmouthcountyparks.com. Excellent for hiking, bird watching and biking, this 736-acre park includes an 11-mile trail system with 3 miles of paved paths.
Historic Freehold Center, 36 West Main St., Freehold, N.J. 07728, (732) 462-3584, www.freeholdcenter.com. Known by Springsteen fans across the world as the birthplace of the "Boss," this historic town offers a variety of fun activities for all ages including walking tours, specialty shops and restaurants.
Historic Viking Village, 19th Street and Bayview Avenue, Barnegat Light, N.J. 08006, (609) 361-7008. Located on Barnegat Bay, this working fishing village features renovated fishing shacks, Independence Dock and shops. Tours of Independence Dock are given July through August.
Hominy Hill Golf Course, 92 Mercer Road, Colts Neck, N.J. (732) 462-9222, www.monmouthcountyparks.com.
Island Beach State Park, Shore Road, Seaside Park, N.J. 08752, (732) 793-0506, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/island.htm. Spanning 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, this barrier island offers a variety of naturalist activities including the Emily deCamp Herbarium, self-guided trails, guided kayak tours through the Sedge Islands and bird observation blinds.
Jenkinson's Beach & Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 892-0600, www.jenkinsons.com. Family amusement park with 35 attractions, an aquarium, boardwalk, beaches, fun house, restaurants, four arcades, batting cages and miniature golf.
Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids, 275 Beach Way, off Route 36 East, Keansburg, N.J. 07734, (732) 495-1400, www.keansburgamusementpark.com. A family amusement complex with dozens of thrilling rides, boardwalk classics and a 2,500 foot fishing pier.
Lake Carasaljo Park, Route 9, Lakewood, N.J. 08701, (732) 367-6737. A favorite local swimming hole, this 67-acre park also includes a five-mile hiking trail, playground facilities and picnic grounds.
Lake Horicon, South end of Lake Street, Lakehurst, N.J. 08733, (732) 657-4141. Fed by two streams, Blacks' Branch and Hurricane Branch, Lake Horicon is a favorite recreational spot for many in the area. With 63 acres, the facilities include scenic nature trails, swimming, picnic grounds and a boat ramp.
Lakehurst Historical Society, 300 Center St., Lakehurst, N.J. 08733, (732) 657-8864. Located in the Old St. John's Church, the museum's collection hails from the 1800 resort era and contains artifacts from the Blue Comet Luxury train and airships. Open Wed. and Sun, noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Lakehurst Naval Base, Route 547, Lakehurst, N.J. 08733, (732) 323-2620, www.lakehurst.navy.mil. The site of the Hindenburg disaster, Lakehurst Naval Base was also the first intercontinental airfield receiving airships and US Navy blimps. The craft was housed in Hangar One built in 1921 and now deemed a national historic monument. Base tours for groups.
Long Beach Island Historical Museum, Engleside & Beach avenues, Beach Haven, N.J. 08008, (609) 492-0700. Located in Bicentennial park, the museum resides in the former Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (1882) and offers summer lectures, LBI artifacts, photographs and changing exhibits.
Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park, Longstreet Road, Garden State Parkway, Exit 114, Holmdel, N.J., (732) 946-3758. Living history farm provides a rare glimpse into the life of a 19th century farmer. Observe historical interpreters dressed in 1890s clothing perform daily farm operations. Also, blacksmith and quilting demonstrations, plus storytelling for the kids.
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 shipwreck and drowning victims.
Manasquan Reservoir, 311 Windeler Road, Howell Township, N.J. 07731, (732) 919-0996, www.monmouthcountyparks.com/parks/squan_res.html. A source of water for municipalities and utilities, the resevoir is located on 1,204 acres. Recreational activities include fishing, guided boat tours, kayaking, rowboats and a five-mile trail.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 347 Freehold-Englishtown Road, Manalapan, N.J. 07726, (732) 462-9616, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/monbat.htm. Filled with a rich history, this 1,180-acre park was the site of one of the American Revolution's largest battles. To celebrate this heritage, the park holds an annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth (June 28, 1778) every last weekend of June.
Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook, Scenic Drive, Atlantic Highlands, N.J., (732) 842-4000 ext. 256, www.monmouthcountyparks.com. Hovering 266 feet above sea level, this natural scenic overlook offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook Bay, Sandy Hook Lighthouse and the New York skyline.
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.
Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Ave., Toms River, N.J. 08753, (732) 341-1880. Founded in 1950, the museum is located in the Victorian Pierson/Sculthorpe house. Museum includes the Strickler Library and Research Center and exhibits reflecting Ocean County's early industries.
Ocean County Park/Lake Shenandoah County Park, Route 88, Lakewood, N.J. 08701, (732) 506-9090. With 323 acres, the park boasts an interesting history (it was owned by the Rockefellers) and an extensive recreational facility. Packed with trout, Lake Shenandoah is one of the more popular fishing spots in Ocean County.
Parkertown Park, Dock St., Parkertown, N.J. 08087, (609) 296-7241. Located on Little Egg Harbor, the park offers bird watching, kayaking and fishing.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116, Holmdel, N.J. 07733, (732) 335-0400, www.pncbankartscenter.com. Summer long concert series featuring over 45 musicians representing every musical genre. Dance, opera and heritage festivals. Call for schedule.
Point Pleasant Parasail, Canyon River Club, 407 Channel Dr., Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 701-1006, (732) 714-2FLY (2359), www.pointpleasantparasail.org.
River Belle, Broadway Basin at 47 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 892-3377, www.riverboattour.com. Cruise along the calm inland waters of the Manasquan and Metedeconk Rivers, the Point Pleasant Canal and Barnegat Bay aboard an 80-foot replica of a Mississippi Riverboat.
River Lady, One Robbins Parkway (GSP Exit 81), Toms River, N.J. 08753, (732) 349-8664, www.riverlady.com. Sightseeing, lunch, dinner and dance cruises aboard an 85-foot authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat. Operating from April through October.
Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area, Route 36, Garden State Parkway, Exit 117, Highlands, N.J. 07732, (732) 872-5970, www.nps.gov/gate. A 1,665 acre barrier beach at the northern tip of the New Jersey Shore includes Fort Hancock Museum, gun batteries and a military past that began during the American Revolution. Also, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, hiking, windsurfing and miles of pristine beaches.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, N.J. 07732, (732) 872-5970, www.nps.gov/gate. Built in 1764, Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest light in the U.S. Weekend tours. Lighthouse grounds are open every day.
Sea Girt Lighthouse, Beacon Boulevard & the ocean, Sea Girt, N.J., (732) 974-0514, www.lonekeep.com/seagirtlighthouse. First lit in 1896, this Victorian structure aided ships headed for New York Harbor to the north or into Sea Girt Inlet. Decommissioned in 1945, this was the last live-in lighthouse built on the Atlantic Coast.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor & Wild Safari, Route 537, Jackson, N.J. 08527, (732) 928-2000, www.sixflags.com. America's largest seasonal theme park featuring 100 rides, shows and attractions, the world's largest drive-through safari outside of Africa, and the largest water park in the world. Separate admission is required; combination tickets available.
Stanley "Tip" Seaman County Park, Lakeside Drive & Route 9, Tuckerton, N.J. 08087, (609) 296-5606. Home to the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning show, this 22-acre park is located on Lake Pohatcong. Park also contains Barnegat Bay Decoy Museum, bike trail, playground, picnic grounds, soccer and softball facilities.
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.
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 around the maritime history of Barnegat Bay and include an assortment of traditional Barnegat Bay boats.
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, N.J. 08087, (609) 296-8868, www.tuckertonseaport.org. Located on 40 acres along Tuckerton Creek, this working maritime village features 16 recreated structures including a lighthouse. The Tuckerton Seaport explores the Jersey Coast's history and showcases exhibits, displays and interactive programs.
Twin Lights of Navesink, Lighthouse Road (off Route 36), Highlands, N.J. 07732, (732) 872-1814. Rebuilt in 1862, this two-beacon lighthouse rises 200 feet above sea-level and overlooks the Atlantic Highlands, Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean. Guided tours and museum. Call for schedule.
Shore Region Shopping
Antique Center of Red Bank, West Front Street & 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, with over 150 dealers.
Monmouth Mall, Routes 35 & 36, Eatontown, N.J. 07724, (732) 542-0333, www.monmouthmallonline.com. More than 150 shops including J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Stern's.
Point Pleasant Antique Emporium, Bay & Trenton avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 08742, (732) 892-2222. More than 125 individual dealers under one roof.
Six Flags Factory Outlets, 537 Monmouth Road (GSP Exit 98), Jackson, N.J. 08527, (732) 833-0680. 71 outlet stores including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Gap Outlet.
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.
Barclay Farmstead, 209 Barclay Lane, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034, 856-795-6225. Dating back to the 17th century when it was first settled by John A. Kay, the Farmstead represents New Jersey's dominant agricultural past. On site, tour a completely furnished 1816 three-story brick house or visit a 1830s blacksmith shop.
Battleship New Jersey, On the Camden Waterfront off of Delaware Avenue, Camden, N.J. 08103, (866) 877-6262, www.battleshipnewjersey.org. The most decorated battleship in U.S. naval history is now a floating museum offering guided and self-guided tours.
Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J. (856) 365-8733, www.camdenchildrensgarden.org.
Camden Riversharks, Campbell's Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave., Camden, N.J., (866) SHARKS-9, www.riversharks.com. Minor League baseball team plays out of the 6,425-seat Campbell's Field with views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
East Point Lighthouse, East Point Road, South of Heislerville, N.J., 856-327-3714. Erected in 1849, East Point is the last remaining lighthouse on the New Jersey shore of Delaware Bay. This recently refurbished aid to navigation is the second oldest standing lighthouse in the state. The lantern room offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse, 197 Lighthouse Road, Pennsville, N.J. 08070, 856-935-1487. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1876 wrought iron open frame lighthouse was constructed in Buffalo, NY and shipped to Pennsville by train and dragged to its current location by mule drawn wagons. Open April through October. Call for times.
Herrontown Woods, Snowden Lane off Route 27, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 989-6532, www.princetontwp.org/herron.html. Color-coded trails allow you to observe the forest ecosystem including migratory birds and local wildlife.
Historic Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest, Route 542, Batsto, N.J. 08037, (609) 561-3262. A former bog iron and glass-making industrial center, Batsto Village currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed at the site in the late 19th century. 40 structures include a Hydraulic Ram, General Store, workers village and Batsto Mansion.
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.
Howell Living History Farm, 101 Hunter Road, Titusville, N.J. 08650, (609) 737-3299, www.howellfarm.org. Located in the historic Pleasant Valley, Howell Living History Farm is an operational early-20th century farm that invites you to step back in time and get your hands dirty the old fashion. Help plant crops, sheer sheep, or take a tour of the 130-acre property. It's all part of the fun at Howell Farm.
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.
Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 921-0074, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/prince.htm. Site of the Jan. 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton. Clark House Museum, Quaker Meeting House, and stone patio marking the grave of 21 British soldiers and 15 American soldiers killed in battle.
Princeton Canoe Rental, 483 Alexander Road (on the Canal), Turning Basin Park, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 452-2403. Delaware and Raritan Canal Park. Open weekends.
Riverlink Ferry, Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. 08103, (215) 925-LINK, www.riverlinkferry.org. Ferry departs from the Camden Waterfront behind the State Aquarium. Service across the Delaware River to Penn's Landing section of Philadelphia.
Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, Second Street & Mantua Avenue, Paulsboro, N.J. 08066, (856) 423-1505. First lit on New Year's Eve in 1880. Open from April to Oct. on the third full weekend of each month.
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 Mon. and Tues. Call for reservations.
Delaware River Region Shopping
Marketfair, 3535 U.S. Route 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 452-7777, www.mymarketfair.com. Restaurants, theater, bookstore, and women's, men's and children's apparel.
Princeton Forrestal Village, Route 1 & 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
Absecon Lighthouse, Pacific & Vermont avenues, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 449-1360. First lit on Jan. 15, 1857. The lighthouse was designed by Lieutenant George Meade who would later command the Union Army at Gettysburg. Stands 171 feet high, making it the third tallest lighthouse in the U.S.
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 renown national, regional and local contemporary artists and artisans. Concerts, artist demonstrations and literary readings. Open everyday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Atlantic City Boardwalk, Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (888) 228-4748, www.atlanticcitynj.com. Originally constructed as a one mile "promenade" in 1870, the world's first boardwalk currently spans four miles along the Atlantic Ocean and offers access to hotels, casinos, amusements, shops and more. Call for schedule.
Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Ocean Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 449-2000, www.atlanticcitynj.com. With more than 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, the areas newest and largest convention center hosts a variety of major events including Atlantique, "the world's largest indoor art, antique and collectibles" show. Call for schedule of events.
Atlantic City Historical Museum and Cultural Center, New Jersey Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 347-5839, www.acmuseum.org. With artifacts including costumes, posters, Miss America memorabilia and a collection of rare photographs, the museum offers an in-depth look at the history of thriving city with a colorful past. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Atlantic City Surf, Sandcastle Stadium at Bader Field, 545 North Albany Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 344-8873, www.acsurf.com. Atlantic League baseball team plays at the Sandcastle Stadium from May to September.
The Atlantic Star, 447 Carson Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 348-8414, www.atlantic-city-online.com/marina. Located at Kammerman's Atlantic City Marina, this 46 foot luxury yacht accomodates up to 18 passengers for bay or sportfishing, parties, dinner cruises or sightseeing.
Boardwalk Convention Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (888) 228-4748. Built in 1929, the hall is the home of the Miss America Pageant, and the world's largest pipe organ. The organ contains 32,913 pipes and 336 voices.
Cruisn 1 Inc., Historic Gardners Basin, New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 347-7600, www.atlanticcitycruises.com. Scenic, narrated cruises all day on the ocean or bay. Marine Mammal Adventure cruise boasts dolphin and whale sightings. Call for schedule.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Brigantine Division, Great Creek Road (Off Route 9), Oceanville, N.J. 08231, (609) 652-1665. Primarily composed of tidal salt meadow and marsh, this 42,000- acre refuge offers an auto trail through wetland and upland habitats as well as two short-loop foot trails. Call for schedule.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Dr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (609) 927-0006, www.harborpines.com.
The Links at Brigantine Beach, 1075 North Shore Dr., Brigantine Beach, N.J. (609) 266-1388, www.brigantinegolf.com. The closest course to the Atlantic City Boardwalk and casinos.
The Ocean Life Center at the Historic Gardner Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 348-2880, www.oceanlifecenter.com. Marine education center features aquariums, touch-tank and a widow's walk. Interactive exhibits and 17-station computer learning center. Open year-round.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, New York Avenue & 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.
Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina, 600 Huron Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 441-3604, www.trumpmarina.com/marina. The marina offers 640 floating slips with 24-hour security and the capability of docking yachts up to 300 feet in length. The marina is located adjacent to the Trump Marina resort.
Steel Pier, Trump Taj Majal, Virginia Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 345-4893. A giant steel and concrete pier filled with rides, entertainment and games for the entire family.
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.
Twisted Dune, 2101 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (609) 653-8019, www.twisteddune.com. 18-hole golf course.
Greater Atlantic City Region Shopping
Shoppes at Smithville, Route 9 & 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 Bird Observatory: Northwood Center, 701 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point, N.J. 08212, (609) 884-2736, www.cmbo.org. Opened in 1975, this Chapter of the New Jersey Audubon Society consists of two facilities - the Center for Research and Education and the Northwood Center - which focus on research, bird conservation, environmental education and recreational birding activities.
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, theatre, 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, Delaware.
Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park, Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, N.J. 08212, (609) 884-5404, www.capemaymac.org. 1859 lighthouse offers a sweeping view of the Jersey Cape.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Courthouse, N.J. 08210, (609) 463-0994, http://capemay.fws.gov. Refuge protects more than 11,000 acres of wildlife habitat, and is home to such endangered birds as the bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Open year-round.
Cape May Whale Watcher, Miss Chris Marina, Second Avenue & Wilson Drive, Cape May, N.J. 08204, (800) 786-5445, www.capemaywhalewatcher.com. 100-foot boat offers views of humpback and finback whales, bottlenosed dolphins and the historic Cap May peninsula.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, First & Central avenues, North Wildwood, N.J. 08260, (609) 522-4520, www.the-wildwoods.com/activity/lighthse.html. Built in 1874, this Swiss Gothic Style Lighthouse contains a nautical museum and award-winning gardens.
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May, N.J. 08204, (609) 898-2300, www.hcsv.org. 19th century village features an open-air living history museum with working craftspeople. Village contains 20 antique buildings originating from Cape May and Cumberland Counties. Open from late May through September.