8 Places To Visit In New Jersey This Summer

8 Places To Visit In New Jersey This Summer

New Jersey is full of hidden natural beauty and so many underrated attractions.

New Jersey is often referred to as "the armpit of America," however I disagree. I say this not just because I am a New Jersey resident myself, I say this because New Jersey has so many amazing places to visit that most people - even New Jersey residents themselves - don't even know exist! If you are looking for anything to do this summer, here are eight different places to visit in the Garden State!

1. The Shore

New Jersey is known for its 130 miles of beautiful coastline that spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Some of the more popular shore towns and beaches include Seaside, LBI, Ocean City, and Wildwood. My favorite beach though is Island Beach State Park because it is a preserved section of the barrier island that protects the natural shoreline and its habitats. The park has about 10 miles of sandy beaches but also a shoreline along Barnegat Bay.

2. Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture is a sculpture park and museum that spans 42-acres in Hamilton and is on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy over 270 sculptures made by both well-known and rising contemporary artists.

3. Absecon Lighthouse

The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City is one of the oldest in the country and the country’s third tallest lighthouse. It is over 160 years old and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline if you are willing to climb the 228 steps to reach the top!

4. Cape May County Park and Zoo

This park in Cape May offers a wildlife preserve, a wildlife sanctuary, a recreational area, and a forested 200-acre park that includes the zoo. Admission is completely free for the park and zoo. The zoo contains over 550 animals including many rare and endangered species.

5. Highlands Natural Swimming Pool

This is a hidden gem located in Ringwood features an Olympic-sized freshwater swimming pool that was carved out of a hillside in 1935 and is fed by a mountain stream. Aside from swimming, you can hike many trails throughout the Norvin Green State Forest for some added fun!

6. Old Barracks Museum

This museum has a unique history dating back to the 1700’s during the French and Indian War. The Old Barracks Museum is located in Trenton and is the only remaining colonial barracks in New Jersey.

7. Delaware River Tubing

While there are many places that offer to tube down the Delaware River, Delaware River Tubing located in Milford is one of the best! Not only is this inexpensive but is fun and relaxing. You can also stop and eat lunch during your trip at their famous hot dog stand!

8. Adventure Aquarium

Located in Camden, Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos and the only aquarium in the country that features one of the largest and rarest sharks, the hammerhead.

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.

America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

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9 States I Want To Visit And The Cities Where I Would Go

All I want to do is travel and writing this made me want to even more.

Since my sense of adventure has had a craving for travelling, I figured I would share with you, some of the places I want to go to the most. If I could, I would be booking tickets for all of the places right now!

1. Maine

There isn't a whole lot of outstanding attractions in Maine, but if you love rocky bay areas, Maine is a beautiful place to visit if you go for the scenery. The two places I want to go to most is Acadia National Park and Old Port Maine. It's beautiful and the breeze off the bay sounds so delightful.

2. Oregon

This one is a given. other than the gorgeous trees and mountains, the place I actually want to go to is Portland. It's self-explanatory that I am an avid coffee lover and exploring different coffee shops is something I love to do. Portland is getting close to having around 3,000 coffee shops. It's considered the 3rd most caffeinated city in the U.S.

3. Colorado

This one I feel is also self-explanatory. One of the most visited national parks is Rocky Mountain National Park. Known for the vast amounts of mountains and a really awesome network of hiking trails and wildlife. The other place I want to go to is Garden of the Gods, which is known for its absolutely massive amounts of sandstone formations.

4. Louisiana

Other than going to New Orleans for a good time and great seafood, I want to go to Louisiana to visit Jackson Square, which is home to the St. Louis Cathedral which is the oldest cathedral in the United States. Jackson Square also hosts a place for artists and street performers to showcase their works and talents.

5. Georgia

Most people wouldn't have expected to see Georgia on this list, but I love historic downtown areas and Georgia is home to one of the most eclectic and beautiful historic districts and cobblestone downtown areas. It even has a ferry ride along the Savannah River. It's also home to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and The Savannah College of Art and Design, which is one of the most prestigious private art schools in America.

6. Texas

This is another one that people either expect or don't expect. I personally have already been to Texas a number of times but still, I want to see more. One of the places I really want to go to is San Antonio. Mainly for their unique river walk that is actually a story beneath the city streets and offers a lot of awesome shopping and great restaurants.

7. New York

This one is definitely a given when it comes to places to visit. In my opinion, everyone has to go to New York once in their lives. I'm a huge theatre person and the one thing I really truly want to do in New York is to see a show on Broadway in New York. And do some obvious sight-seeing, of course.

8. Washington

Much like Portland Oregon, Seattle is actually the second most "caffeinated" state in the U.S. (San Francisco is the First). Exploring the different coffee shops and the gorgeously rainy city is so appealing to me. Maybe I could even go for a ferry ride.

9. Tennessee

I love music and my job of selling shoes and what better place to visit than the place that is known for music and where the headquarters of Journeys is? Nashville! I also have been to Tennessee but not to Nashville. I would also love to drive through the Smokey Mountains again. Now that was cool.

Now, if you don't mind me, I am going to go beg my mom for a road trip this summer!

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