well upon coming to NJ USA from Madrid Spain, this is the first thing I did, and here I grew up American. Just got a photo from an old High School buddy and memories came back so nice.
this is for the memories of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Playing Soccer in New Jersey
Equipment: all was given and some like the letter and the varsity jacket kept and still guarded.
Congratulations to the New Jersey Devils on winning the Stanley Cup!
Check out their official webpage for more info.
Home games are played in the Continental Airlines Arena, The Meadowlands, Secaucus, NJ.
Fishing in New Jersey is a year round opportunity. During the summer, warm gulfstream water flows close enough to our shore to bring nutrient rich water to our coast. The ultimate prize for your efforts is the elusive Blue Marlin. During the months of July, August and September many Palegic species like the Blue Marlin will venture in as close to 30 miles off our coast but the majority of marlin are caught along the edge of the continental shelf. This is known as the canyons. A boat must travel between 60 and 100 miles to reach these offshore canyons.
Here are a couple pictures of my first Blue Marlin in NJ waters.
Equipment: To reach these off-shore Canyons a very sea-worthy boat with enough range is recommended. You will be trolling between 4 and 12 rods between the 30 and 80 class. Either artificial lures or natural baits or both will be used.
Equipment for off-shore fishing can get expensive so a reasonable alternative to buying a boat and all of the fishing equipment is to Charter one of the many Sport-Fishing boats. Most of them include all of the tackle and bait along with a qualified Captain who knows the water and a mate or mates to make your fishing experience as fun and safe as it can be.
One of my favorites is "Little Debbie" out of Wildwood.
The Delaware River, which serves as the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, provides outdoors-oriented residents of the Garden State with plenty of opportunites for fun. These include rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Much of the river bordering the northwestern part of New Jersey lies within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.
The Meadowlands sports complex is comprised of a football stadium that is shared by the New York Jets and New York Giants football teams and the Metrostars soccer team, an arena that is shared by the New Jersey Nets basketball team and the New Jersey Devils hockey team, and a horse racing track that features races with both thoroughbreds and trotters.
In the cold winter months, we usually go bowling at least once a year. Last year Anna was finally big enough to roll the ball down the lane. She had a great time and we did too. You have to like a sport where the whole family can participate at the same time, and where you can drink beer and eat food while you are doing it! The place where we go to bowl is Brunswick Fair Lawn Lanes in Fair Lawn, a town in Bergen County about 5 miles south of Ridgewood, where we live.
Campgaw Mountain is a little ski area with some killer snowtubing!
Campgaw is great for beginners. It's a very small mountain with only 2 "trails" so to speak. They give lesons not only for skiing, but for snowboarding as well. Here is where I had my 1st ski experience, I was awful! I never thought I would ever be able to ski (I did learn eventually)
The Tubing on the other hand takes no skill whatsoever! Lou and I went a couple years ago and had a blast! The tubing trails are fulls of bumps and jumps as you slide your way down the very large hill. When you're done, grab your tube, hook it to the automatic pull, and hike your way back up to do it all over again! You pay $14 for 2 hours of unlimmited tubing.
Monday - Thursday 2pm - 8pm
Friday 1pm - 10pM
Weekend & Holiday 9am - 10pm*
*8pm closing on Sunday
Monday-Thursday: 4-6pm, 6-8pm
Friday: 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-8pm, 8-10pm
Weekend and Holiday: 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-8pm, 8-10pm*
Equipment: $cbTube is provided.
If you're skiing, rental is available, otherwise bring your own!
A fun way to spend a hot summer day (we played hookie from work!) Mountain Creek, formerly called Action Park, has tons of waterslides, rafting rides, cliff diving, a wave pool and my personal favorite "High Anxiety", a tube rides that washes you through an enormous funnel and spits you out into a pool. There are lockers for your stuff and some changing rooms so you don't have to drive home all soggy. There are also a bunch of places to grab a snack. Definately hop onto their website before you go. You can get great discounts. Two tickets for the price of one! If you can go on a weekday, it's far less crowded so the lines aren't really long at all. Perfect for going on a ride more than once!
Equipment: Bring a swimsuit and maybe a towel. Everything else is provided
Ironically, both of New York's NFL football teams (the Giants and Jets) play at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Before this bit of irony, the Giants used to play at New York's Yankee stadium and the Jets played at Shea Stadium, also home to baseball's New York Mets. In 1987, after the Giants won the Super Bowl, there was controversy on why the mayor (then Ed Koch) did not have a ticker tape parade for the victorious Giants. He pointed out, with some reason, that the Giants play in New Jersey and are, therefore, a New Jersey team.
Metuchen's Roosevelt Park is a great place for families, couples, joggers, bikers and anyone who likes the great outdoors in the New York suburbs of northern New Jersey. The park has two sections. In the first, there is an ampitheatre where they do excellent family productions such as Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and the like. There are also some basketball courts where you can jump in on a pickup game on Saturday mornings. The area has a lot of greenery,and some parts are wooded. Warning and danger: Don't stray too far from the beaten path because you are likely to run into a few ticks and Lyme disease is common in this part of the world. In the second section, there is a children's playground, tennis courts, and a pond where folks enjoy feeding the ducks and some fish even though it's frowned upon. There is also a kiosk where one can buy refreshments such as soft drinks, hot dogs, pretzels, Italian ices (chocolate, blue raspberry, and tutti fruity flavours). For those who like to cook, there are public grills throughout the park. Come on over, run, play, feed the ducks, have a picnic, watch the kids play (or folks in general), but please tidy up before you go.
The New Jersey Nets are one team the state can call its own. The Nets are a basketball team and the Devils are an NHL hockey team. At least in terms of sport franchises, New Jersey is asserting itself over the two large cities just outside its borders.
Vehicle access is allowed at the south end of the beach for those vehicles with appropriate tires for the sand. Many people take their vehicles out on the beach and surf fish from there. A permit is required for access.
We get a lot of snow here (especially this past winter!) If you are in NJ in the winter I would recommend skiing at Hidden Valley. It is not as well known as Vernon Valley, but I prefer it. Shorter lift lines and less crowded. Vernon Valley is not worth it to me because I like to get a lot of runs in for the price of my lift ticket!!
Try to ski during the week--it's cheaper and less crowded.
Equipment: You can rent ski or snowboarding equipment.
Long ago, canoeing was an important means of transportation for the tribes that inhabited New Jersey. If you are in the mood for some real peace and quiet, take a canoe out into the Pine Barrens. The Wading River is especially peaceful and you don't need any experience. Many places will rent you a canoe. I personally prefer a kayak as they are less likely to tip and I like being level to the water.
I recommend the book "Exploring the Little Rivers of New Jersey" by James and Margaret Cawley. It's a wonderful guide to the rivers with maps: great reference book.
Equipment: a boat, life vests, bug spray, bottled water and lunch, of course!
If you are in the Shore area, nearby Howell has many horse farms, and you can go horseback riding. I went to Circle A where a guide takes you through beautiful Allaire State Park. You get a crash course in commands and off you go! It's really a lot of fun and no experience is necessary. There are many stables, you will notice them as you drive throught the back roads and see the beautiful horses. I see them on my drive to work everyday. It's really an unconventional commute in New Jersey, where most commuters are on the Parkway or the Turnpike in the morning!
P.S. The best time of year would probably be spring or fall--avoid the heat of the summer as it can really stress out a horse!
Equipment: None needed, but wear long pants for Pete's sake! It may be buggy depending on the time of year, so wear bug guard.
It will probably cost around $23/person for an and hour and a half ride.
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