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New Jersey: Off the Beaten Path

Like a web, New Jersey is intricate, diverse and multi-faceted with an innate ability to snare you at any moment! 'New Jersey on the web' provides a detour from the New Jersey Digital Highway, an offshoot to the offbeat and quirky aspects of this unique state. The links provided below will give you a road map to discovering some of the more distinctive and unusual diversions the Garden State has to offer. Be forewarned: Proceed with caution for once you get pulled into the web, it's tough to get out!

If in your travels you should happen upon any out of the ordinary web sites of things to do in New Jersey please feel free send us the link along with your description. Not only will you be contributing to the state's tourism trade, you will also get your own byline on NJDH! Enjoy!

About New Jersey
About New Jersey

Jump in your car or hop aboard a boat and head out to the Tuckerton Seaport, a place to enjoy a leisurely day taking in the sights and sounds of a recreated maritime village. Take a break from your sightseeing and enjoy a superior lunch at Skeeters Seafood Café prepared by two culinary arts Chefs and served by friendly, helpful staff.

For those who choose to arrive by water, the Tuckerton Seaport has 27 floating docks which can accommodate boats up to 60 feet in length with a 20 foot beam. Docking is always free with paid admission and slips are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Dock Master and dockhands are available to assist from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Docks can accommodate boats up to 60 feet in length with a 20 foot beam.

An overview of the Tuckerton Seaport just skims the surface of the plethora of information available at your fingertips on the 'About New Jersey' website at http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/. The site is filled with historical facts, restaurants, New Jersey trivia, famous people from the state, county happenings and plenty more to keep your free time filled and curious nature satisfied!

Free Attractions In New Jersey
Free Attractions In New Jersey

Drumthwacket, situated close to the site of the 1777 Battle of Princeton, is the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey. In 1835 Charles Smith Olden began construction of a home for his family on this property. The name of the residence, built in the Greek Revival style, is derived from two Scottish words meaning "wooded hill". When Olden was elected governor in 1860 he became the state's first governor to live in Drumthwacket.

Over the next century the home reverted to a private residence. Many significant modifications were made to the building and grounds including a magnificent paneled library, Music Room, bridal paths and greenhouses. Drumthwacket was a cultural and intellectual center in the Princeton area. In 1966 the estate was sold to the State of New Jersey with the express intent of establishing it as the official governor's residence. After years of fund raising the New Jersey Historical Society was able to fully restore Drumthwacket in 1981. It has been home to the state's governor ever since.

Drumthwacket is one of the most impressive buildings in the state - and you can tour it for free! Visit http://www.free-attractions.com/state_pages/new_jersery.htm to discover more free attractions for you and your family throughout New Jersey.

Fun NJ
Fun NJ

It's a Saturday morning and you're poking around the house not quite sure how to spend your day. Sure, there is always more laundry, cleaning is never finished, the bedroom could use a coat of paint and the dog is insistent on taking another walk, but somehow that's not what you want. Well, fret no longer! There is a place you can go where you can find parasailing, theaters, water parks, live music, horseback riding, wineries and much, much more. Visit http://www.funnj.com/ and browse through over 6,000 links and thousands of listings of things to do for you and your family. Pick one and off you go! By the end of the day the laundry pile will be larger, the cleaning will still be on your to-do list, the bedroom will still need that coat of paint and the dog will definitely need another walk, but you will rest content knowing you experienced a fun day well spent!

Fun New Jersey
Fun New Jersey

Got a green thumb or an interest in horticulture? If so, devote a day and visit the Well Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray, New Jersey, nestled in the picturesque mountains of Warren County. Set on 120 acres, the Well Sweep Herb Farm is the home to one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. Whatever your level of interest in gardening and designing, you will find something to tickle your fancy at the Well Sweep Herb Farm, one of the numerous places to spend quality time in New Jersey.

Visit the 'Fun New Jersey' web site at http://www.funnewjersey.com/ for this and other fun-filled activities, including art museums, historic sites, horseback riding, 'Pick Your Own' farms, rainy day attractions and many others. Being bored is not an option!

Garden State Wine Growers Association
Garden State Wine Growers Association

It may come as a surprise to many people that New Jersey is home to approximately two dozen wineries. However, wine making and New Jersey have a long history. New Jersey has the distinction of being the first North American British colony to produce quality wine. Over 200 years ago the London Royal Society of Arts honored two New Jersey vintners for the wine they produced and shipped to the mother country.

Nowadays you can savor the wines of the Garden State by touring the New Jersey Wine Trails or attending one of the several annual wine-tasting events held throughout the state. These events often include live entertainment, an abundance of food, fireworks and activities for children (other than wine tasting!)

To learn more about wine in the Garden State, including festivals, a list of wineries and wine and food charts (to name a few), visit the Garden State Wine Growers Association's web site at http://www.newjerseywines.com/.

Lost In Jersey
Lost In Jersey

You are traveling through another dimension, a journey through wondrous lands whose boundaries are that of imagination. There's a signpost up ahead…and it says New Jersey!

Somewhere Rod Serling is smiling. His spirit is with you as you drive along one of the state's back roads and something simply feels odd. The structures are skewed, the road is weather beaten, a lone animal howls in the distance. You know you should hit the gas and get out of there, yet you linger, drawn by the magnetic power of something you cannot explain. Are those strange lights in the night sky? Does that building really look like a cookie jar? If this is you, welcome to the club. You have joined the legions of people who have been 'lost in Jersey'.

'Lost in Jersey' compiles many of the myths, legends and strange occurrences which have been documented and reported throughout the state. To get that Twilight Zone feeling, visit the 'Lost in Jersey' web site at http://www.lostinjersey.com/.
New Jersey Diners
New Jersey Diners

One of the required New Jersey experiences is eating at a diner. You may ask, "With all the fine and varied restaurants throughout the state, why would I want to eat at a diner?" The reason is simple. Atmosphere. History. Culture. Diners are the melting pot of the state, a place where people from all walks of life come with a single purpose - to eat a hearty, relatively inexpensive meal without worrying about reservations, how they're dressed or what's on the menu (and in most diners that's basically everything.) Where else can you go with a group of people at 3:00 a.m. and order pancakes, hamburgers, soup, an omelet, chicken potpie and carrot cake?

Want to learn more about diners in Jersey or just find a diner near you? Go to http://www.njdiners.com/ for all you want to know about this enduring Jersey tradition!

New Jersey's History's Mysteries
New Jersey's History's Mysteries

New Jersey has its fair share of history. Washington crossing the Delaware, the establishment of Paterson as America's first planned industrialized city, home to the first organized baseball game, the opening of the Holland Tunnel as the first world's first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel - all of these events are well documented. However, New Jersey also has little-known tales which tickle any history lover's fancy. For one, there's the story of Joe Mulliner, the Robin Hood of the Pine Barrens, an infamous Tory outlaw in South Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

Curious, entertaining and largely forgotten people, places and events that make New Jersey unique - including the tale of Joe Mulliner - can be found at the 'New Jersey's History's Mysteries' website at http://www.njhm.com/index.htm. Happy historical hunting!

New Jersey Travel and Tourism
New Jersey Travel and Tourism

With an abundance of activities to occupy your free time in New Jersey it can be difficult, even daunting, deciding what to do. With six regions providing a myriad of possibilities, New Jersey is a place to keep even the most active person busy.

Does a visit to the USS Battleship New Jersey in Delaware River Region sound intriguing? Perhaps a jaunt to Liberty State Park in the Gateway Region is in order. It could be a day of the unusual and bizarre which means the 'Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum' in the Greater Atlantic City Region should be on your agenda. Some folks trek up to High Point in the Skylands Region for a day of hiking and picnicking. Still others find the charm of Victorian Cape May in the Southern Shore Region to be a perfect destination. And, naturally, there is the thrill of the boardwalks and beaches in the Shore Region. In short, New Jersey has plenty to offer no matter where in the state you are or would like to go. The official New Jersey Travel and Tourism site (http://www.state.nj.us/travel/) provides multiple options for those who like to wander the state in search of enjoyable activities.

Roadside America - Online Guide to Off-Beat Tourist Attractions
Roadside America

If you have ever been to Margate City, a small shore town just south of Atlantic City, you have undoubtedly noticed the large pachyderm sitting near the coast. Her name is Lucy and she stands six stories tall, weighs 90 tons and is covered with 12,000 square feet of tin. More impressively, she is the only elephant in America designated as a National Historical Landmark!

James V. Lafferty, a savvy developer who understood the value of marketing, built Lucy in 1881. Over the years she has served as a real estate office, summer home and tavern before settling on her current calling as a singular tourist destination. Lucy is one of numerous unique attractions throughout the Garden State. Many can be found at Roadside America's web site at http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/nj.html.


USA City Link - New Jersey
USA City Link - New Jersey

Wherever city or town you visit in Jersey, there is something to do. Finding that information may not have been easy in the past, but thanks to the good folks USA CityLink, New Jersey, that problem has been resolved! Visit their web site at http://newjersey.usl.myareaguide.com/, pick a town and delve in to what it has to offer! This site provides insight on local tourist attractions, businesses, parks, attractions and other meaningful information designed to assist you in discovering the area in which you reside or choose to visit.


Weird NJ
Weird NJ

New Jersey is home to numerous wonderful tourist attractions - the Shore, Thomas Edison's labs, the Liberty Science Center and the Delaware Water Gap, among many others. New Jersey is also a state where the weird and unique often comes to life, like the Rocking Horse House.

The Rocking Horse House is a private residence in Kendall Park (Middlesex County). Adorning the front lawn of Richie and Leila Zorzi's home are dozens of children's rocking horses in various shapes, sizes and conditions. The Zorzi's front yard is the stuff from which local legends are made and a must-see for anyone in the vicinity. It is just one of the fascinating pieces of off-beat New Jersey folklore and legend you can find when you visit the 'Weird NJ' website at http://www.weirdnj.com/.

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