Bridgeton Zoo: The First Zoo in New JerseyFree Admission Open to the PublicThe Bridgeton Zoo is, to our knowledge, one of the only remaining free public zoos. A pair of White Tigers are on loan to the City zoo and have been here since they were cubs. Brought to us by our sister city in Sweden, they have been virtually raised here. Everything from...more
Take a drive in downtown Bridgeton (lock your doors) and enjoy all the fantastic historic architecture! Although many of the homes in downtown Bridgeton are run-down they are still magnificent!!! I took a drive down Pearl Street (Route 77) and couldn't believe that at one time Bridgeton was such an affluent city as to been able to build and inhabit...more
The Cohanzick Zoo is located in the sprawling Bridgeton City Park. The zoo is small, but it's free, so you get what you pay for! Major exhibits include 'Ben & Holly' the black bears and 2 white Siberian Tigers. The zoo is preparing a new primate house this summer. You must visit the park when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom! Hours of...more
The Country Rose is located in the cute little shopping village and arborateum called Dutch Neck Village. The food and service are ok and you won't find any suprises on the menu. I don't go out of my way to eat at the Country Rose because it's a bit on the remote side and the food isn't inspiring (but I have an adventerous palate!) Most people end...more
I work in Bridgeton at night, so by the time I get in town all the restaurants are closed. But I am totally curious about the several Mexican eateries that are located downtown. Bridgeton has a substantial population of Mexican migrant workers and a couple little places have sprung up to cater to them. According to my several of my co-workers the...more
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Bridgewater Pub used to be my favorite place to hang out in Bridgeton, when it was actually a pub. It was quiet, had open mike night and was a place for hippies to hang out. Guess that wasn't profitable because they ripped out a bunch of tables, put in a dance floor and a stage. Now the place caters to people who want to party. They have live bands...more
If you are from an area where authentic ethnic food items are difficult to find, you may just want to hit the grocery store while you're in the area. Cumberland County has a large contingent of people from Spanish-speaking countries and you'll find easy access to lots of interesting items. In Bridgeton, local mom and pop shops with names like "Casa Reyes" and "los Puentes" sell Mexican toiletries, domestic and imported Mexican foods and produce, Mexican periodical literature, music and more. If you aren't brave enough to visit one of these places, you'll even find a decent selection at the chain grocery store the Hopewell Shop Rite on Pearl Street.
What to buy: Mexican items that have worked their way into regular rotation at my house are:
nopales (canned dethorned cactus)
Cotija cheese (feta-like flavor, grateable like Parmesean)
Sidral (apple soda)
Suavitel (Mexican fabric softener, very popular here)
Crema by Nestle (fantastic canned liquid creamy sour creamish product, great for burritos, etc. YUM!!)
What to pay: Cheap
The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians have their Cultural Center in Bridgeton. If you have any interest in Native American culture every year the Nanticoke host a Pow Wow in June at the Salem County Fairgrounds on Route 40 in Woodstown. This year the Pow Wow is scheduled for June 11th and 12th. Gates open at 10am and there is worship service on Sunday...more
The Terrigno family is the first family of Bridgeton. They're a friendly family of businessmen and doctors who are well loved in the community. You can be sure if you see a business with the name Terrigno attached you'll be treated well and get what you paid for. The favorite Terrigno business has to be Terrigno's Bakery. There's nothing fancy...more
Bridgeton is a gorgeous town, but like many historic towns throughout our country it has its areas within the town which are still in transition. So, I would recommend sticking with the truly residential parts of the town located on West Commerce Street and those neighborhoods tucked in behind it following alongside of the city park.
Many visitors enter Bridgeton from one of its main roads, Route 77 (Pearl Street). This is definitely an area in transition. In fact, many travelers may get 'turned off' by Bridgeton just by passing through it. However, if you take a right onto West Commerce Street you will enter the downtown. Not much in terms of shoppes but it is an example of what a Victorian era downtown once looked like...so many of the original buildings are in tact. It will be gorgeous once it has come into its own.
Continue traveling westward on Commerce Street and you will enter the residential portion of the historic district. Many visitors to this town are usually quite shocked to learn that they can puchase a Victorian mansion for under $400,000.
There are several small museums and historical sites located in Bridgeton. One of them is the quaint Nail House Museum located on Mayor Aitken Dr nesteled in the Bridgeton City Park near the zoo. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.For information about the other museums and historic sites in Bridgeton, go to...more
On the outskirts of Bridgeton, in Hopewell Township, Shiloh, etc, major roads are skirted by farm markets selling locally grown produce. The Bridgeton area is especially known for it's orchards- apple and peaches especially. DeCou's peaches are a local favorite.DeCou's Farm Market860 Main Street (Route 49), Shiloh(856) 451-7908Adamucci Farms152...more
The New Sweden Homestead is a small homestead museum in Bridgeton/Cohanzick park next to the zoo. I've never been, although I've driven past it a ton of times. It's a popular destination for local school field trips. Frankly looks boring, but if you have Swedish Heritage the experience may be meaningful for you.A quote from the website:In 1983 the...more
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