The State of New Jersey doesn’t get enough credit for its tourist attractions. There is more to New Jersey than just the Jersey Shore (both the beach as well as the television show). From theme parks to an Ivy League school to museums, New Jersey has a little bit of everything, and the state is known for more than only being the neighbor to New York City. Here is a guide to the top 10 tourist attractions in New Jersey.
1. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. Located in Jackson, New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari is always a point of interest for visitors. Many people do not know that it is the largest theme park in the world. There are different activities that are suitable for people of all ages, as well as families. The park’s Safari Off Road Adventure has 1,200 animals from six different continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes, and lions. Trained drivers drive visitors through the safari area, and Safari guides will help navigate visitors.
2. Cape May. The city of Cape May is a beautiful vacation resort. Most of the people in the city are also visitors and vacationers, and it is the ideal beach location. Everything anyone could ever want to do while on vacation is available in Cape May. From golf to yoga to art classes, Cape May is suitable for people of all ages, especially families. It is also an increasingly popular location for weddings.
3. Princeton University. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University is one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. As an Ivy League school, it has become a tourist attraction for New Jersey visitors. The campus is known for its extraordinary architecture and beautiful grounds.
4. Liberty State Park. Located in Jersey City in northern New Jersey, Liberty State Park is one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and scenic parks. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There are also many activities offered by the park including tours of the Hudson River via canoes and kayaks, bicycle rentals, and guided Segway tours. The park is open daily from 6 am-10 pm.
5. Liberty Science Center. Located in Jersey City near Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center is a 300,000 square foot learning center and science museum. It features exhibition halls, a live animal collection, and a giant aquarium, as well as countless activities that are fun for children and families. The Liberty Science Center also has the largest IMAX dome theater in the United States.
6. Adventure Aquarium. Located in Camden, New Jersey, Adventure Aquarium is a 200,000 square foot aquarium featuring over 8,500 various sea life and wildlife including hippos and sharks. Several activities are also available at the aquarium. Visitors over the age of 12 can swim with sharks after careful instruction from aquarium employee. The aquarium is open from 10 am-5 pm daily.
7. Atlantic City. Considered to be the Las Vegas of the East Coast, Atlantic City is a resort city most notable for its casinos and boardwalk. Atlantic City is also home to the Miss America Pageant.
8. Battleship New Jersey. Located in Camden, New Jersey, Battleship New Jersey is America’s most decorated Battleship, and it has been transformed into a museum. Guided tours, as well as self-guided tours with audio devices are available. There is also a 4D flight simulator that gives visitors the experience of being in a battle aircraft.
9. Skylands. Located in Ringwood, New Jersey, Skylands is New Jersey’s beautiful botanical garden. On the property is also a stunning mansion that is a popular wedding venue. Tours of the grounds are available to visitors
10. Grounds for Sculpture. Located in Trenton, New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture is a sculpture museum and park. The works on display are made by both American and international sculptures, and the displays feature works of a wide variety.