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New Jersey Things to Do

  • Beach

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    There are several beaches in the area that one can view. In the summer bars are setup and one of them Sammy's has a small dance floor. The music is so loud you can be anywhere on the beach and dance. The other beach bar is Trumps which is for the more reserved crowd.

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  • Beaches

    Cape May Things to Do

    When touring Cape May be sure to take the time to visit its 2 1/2 mile wide, welcoming beach. Rates are $4.00 daily, $13 for the week, $9 for three consecutive days or $25 seasonally. Children under 11 are free. There are restroom facilities along the beach, but no changing rooms. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am-5:30 pm. A boardwalk is nearby...

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  • Ocean City Boardwalk

    Ocean City Things to Do

    the Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the most famous Boardwalks around the world, in fact, Travel and Livinv Channel voted it the number one boardwalk in 2005. The Boardwalk stretches for 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) facing the atlantic ocean and it host a large number of commercial activities like a giant ferris wheel, assorted shops selling...

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  • Boardwalk

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    The boardwalk stretches a couple of miles along the ocean, and gives folks a chance to walk relatively easy from casino to casino. There are a few desolate stretches along the way, but during the day, I wasn't too nervous (I've heard at night, it becomes a different place, but did not have a chance to witness this for myself.) I did enjoy the walk,...

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  • Cape May Lighthouse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cape May Things to Do

    The lighthouse at Cape May is seldom open but the park around it is very nice. There are three trail segments that total anywhere from .7 to 4.5 miles. The first section takes you through the wetlands section and is on dry boards mounted above the water. There are two bird watching lookouts along the route. The second section is along dirt paths...

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  • Casinos and Gambling

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    The Resorts Hotel and Casino is a bit of a run down dive in my opinion. The place just got taken over by Mohegan Sun after filing for bankruptcy. The decor is dated and the carpet stinks of smoke. Hopefully they will clean this place up. They have the usual slot machines and table games that you find in any casino. We were only here because we...

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  • Victorian Houses

    Cape May Things to Do

    While not the only terrific thing about Cape May, the Victorian architecture at Cape May is definitely a highlight. These cottages, while not nearly as large as the "cottages" in Newport, Rhode Island, are substantial structures. The ones pictured here have the added feature of facing directly on the oceanfront. These cottages are privately owned,...

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  • Trump Taj Mahal

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    Trump Taj Majal is one of the many casinos that line the boardwalk area. I had never been here before so my wife took me inside for a look around. Despite having the name Trump attached to it; this place is pretty shoddy. The fact that they used the name Taj Mahal is a disgrace as it looks nothing like the beautiful sight in India I have seen for...

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  • Whale Watching

    Cape May Things to Do

    Our Dolphin Cruise was exceptional! Not only did we see several dolphin, but a mother with her baby, as well. It was thrilling to watch them cavort in the waves! Cape May Whale and Dolphin Research Center is the only research facility permitted in the state of New Jersey to allow public participation on vessels at sea. The Center was founded in...

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  • Caesar's Casino

    4 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    the Ceasars Atlantic City is the Flagship Brand of the Ceasar Entertainment Group (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) and is a Sister Company of Harrah's and Bally's nearby. The Ceasars Hotel and Gambling resorts are known all over the world for their sheer opulence hence the famous luxe shops of Ceasars here at the Pier Shop at Ceasars is a luxe...

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  • Biking

    Cape May Things to Do

    There are several places in Cape May to rent surreys or bicycles--Cape Island Bicycles is one of them. If you have leisure time, why not see Cape May at your own speed! Rates are $4.00 per hour to rent kid bikes or $9.00 for the day; a single speed bike is $4.00 per hour or $10 for the day; tandem bike $10 per hour; adult tricycle $6 per hour;...

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  • Malls and Outlet Malls

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    like what i've said in my shopping tips, most Factory outler stores are located far away from major cities mostly in the exurbs about 20 or more miles away and the come on for people to shop at the factory outlets is the very low and discounted rates of the goods which are mostly off season or real bargains but the best deal of the Factory Outlets...

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  • Cape May County Zoo

    5 out of 5 stars

    Cape May Things to Do

    Cape May County Zoo started as a child's petting zoo in the mid-1970s but has since grown to become a significant attraction in the area, although somewhat surprisingly entry to it is still free of charge though a donation is requested and is well-deserved). There is a surprisingly large collection of animals which despite what I’d read I felt...

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  • Tropicana

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    the main shopping and Dining Area of Tropicana besides the Marketplace and the Boardwalk but is less luxurious than the Pier Shops at Cesars. The Quarter again is the main Shopping and Dining Area of Tropicana Hotel and leads directly to the Casinos hehehe. The ambiance here is latin american inspired, particularly cuban and patterned after old...

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  • Trolley Tours

    Cape May Things to Do

    See Cape May by trolley! Trolley Tours of Cape May are offered every day--it's a great way to see the town. There are l/2 hour tours to the East end of town or the West end of town which cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 3-12. There is also a 2 hour combo trolley/Physick Estate tour costing $12 for adults and $6 for children 3-12. Tickets...

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  • Bally's

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    Bally's is located at the center of attraction in The Boardwalk of Atlantic City and is nearby it's Sister Casino Complex of Ceasars. Bally's is one of the Original Casino Complexes that started in Atlantic City when Gambling was legalized here in 1976 and had several ownership changes and is presently owned by Ceasar's Enterntainment Group (merged...

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  • Emlen Physick House.

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cape May Things to Do

    The Emlen Physick Estate is said to be the only museum of Victorian living around. It's a magnificent example of what Cape May has to offer! Dr. Emlen Physick came from a distinguished family. His grandfather, Philip Syng Physick, known as the American Father of Surgery (1768-1837) was the inventor of the stomach pump. Two of his famous patients...

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  • Steel Pier

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    We went to Atlantic City several times, but I don't remember whether we visited the Steel Pier or not. I've seen the movie about the diving horse (Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken), and my father took some photos of it and surrounding areas but I just don't remember whether we went or not. My first thought when I saw his photos was - " Is that thing...

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  • Historic Town Center

    Cape May Things to Do

    The old firehouse holds a vintage firetruck and interesting items related to Cape May's history. As you investigate this historic structure, browse through the old photos and fire equipment. Our grandkids always love dropping by this site! There is no charge to tour this historic firehouse. The doors are almost always open for a look-see and it...

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  • Borgata Hotel and Casino

    4 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    Borgata is one of the newest casino/hotels in Atlantic City. It is located a bit away from the boardwalk strip, near Harrah's and has the reputation for being a hangout for twenty and thirty-somethings from the Philadelphia area. It's structure is reminiscent of Wynn or the Palms in Vegas: chic and sophisticated. Aside from the gambling and usual...

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  • Carriage Rides

    Cape May Things to Do

    The Cape May Arcade is conveniently located right on the boardwalk, so it's not hard to find. If the kids are a little weary of peering at Victorian homes and somewhat tired out from a day in the sand or water, take them to the arcade. Video games, skee ball and other activities will be waiting for them. They can play to their little hearts...

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  • Ripley's Odditorium

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    A lot of strange unusual amazing collection of factual events and artifacts. With the exception of the fortune telling which is a waste of money. At the end there are some fun games that one can play such as avoiding the lasers and walking through a rotating room. The price is a little steep so make sure you get a coupon from the website or from...

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  • Birdwatching

    Cape May Things to Do

    When moving to New Jersey, we learned that our state is located on the migratory route of countless bird species, so it was no surprise to hear that Cape May County is one of the top bird watching locales in the state. It is also a gathering spot for monarch butterflies in the Fall before their departure for Mexico. Spring and Fall bird...

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  • Trump Plaza

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    Trump Plaza is a nice casino. You can build up your comps a lot. If you want to know the secret for building up your comps. Play the slots, and play them a lot! Put cash in the machine, and print out your ticket, when you go to cash your ticket, even if it is only like 10 bucks, go to a machine to do it and dont put your card in. You dont want to...

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  • Cold Spring Village

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cape May Things to Do

    Cold Spring Village is an open air living history museum located a couple of miles north of town. The Village “brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during the age of homespun” (1790-1840). There are 26 antique restored buildings on a 22 acre wooded site, nearly all of which have been moved here from...

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  • Absecon Lighthouse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    My father took a couple of pictures of the lighthouse in 1959 from one of the oceanfront hotels, so the view is not toward the ocean but is toward the north or NNE. The water we see is Absecon Inlet, and that's Brigantine on the other side. Although the colors are blue and white and not the way the lighthouse is painted today the lighthouse was...

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  • Art Shows

    Cape May Things to Do

    I'm not sure if it is still a yearly event, but Cape May used to host art shows every spring on the oceanfront boardwalk (promenade). You'll see pictured here a "soft-sculpture" of an elderly couple that almost looks real! I once passed up buying an interesting little painting which was unusual but so appealed to me---I always regretted my decision...

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  • Harrah's Casino

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    ~1630 rooms and suites. ~127,000 square foot casino floor. Impression: Pleasant. The casino is spread over a large area making it quite spacious. The restaurants are clustered together in a central atrium. Theme: None. Parking: Enter on Harrah's Blvd (off route 87), $4. ~65 Table Games: 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean...

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  • Turdo Vineyards

    Cape May Things to Do

    This is THE BEST vineyard I have ever visited. The owner is not a full time resident in Cape May, but he is very passionate about his winemaking. If he is there he will be more than happy to talk to you about the whole process. The last time we got to meet with his son, who is also knowledgeable about the wines. Sal Turdo grew up in Italy (and...

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  • Ocean Life Center

    Atlantic City Things to Do

    Go visit the Ocean Life Center, lots of ocean oriented things to do. They have an aquarium, not very big but nice, almost 30,000 gallons of tanks. Good rainy day trip or sunny day if you want to picnic, then walk around the marina. seniors $5.00 adults $7.00 children & students $4.00 3 & under free

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  • City Hall

    It is now the oldest City Hall still in use in the United States. this is my first home in the USA; Perth Amboy. 13 years of my life and a big taste of Americana. Right around the traffic circle in front of it you have a park in the middle its the G Washington park with a replica of liberty bell;the bell that sound off American independance in...

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  • VISIT CARLO'S BAKE SHOP IN HOBOKEN

    Carlo's Bakery or CARLO'S BAKE SHOP was founded in 1910, in Hoboken New Jersey, by Carlo Guastaferro. In 1964 it was purchased by Bartalo "Buddy" Valastro Sr. Bartalo "Buddy" Valastro Jr. currently runs the bakery with help from his La Famiglia - his four older sisters, three brothers-in-law, and other assorted family members and friends.The Bakery...

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  • Propietary House

    Built in 1764, The Proprietary House served as the home of the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin. Remaining loyal to the crown, he was arrested there in 1775 at the outbreak of the War for Independence. The house was almost lost to fire after the war, but was rescued by John Rattoon and sold to John...

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  • Art Lessons

    There is a great art studio in Denville that has classes for kids and adults. In the summer there are art camps for kids. I highly recommend it!

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  • St. Ann's Festival

    At this festival, women carry the very heavy statue of St. Ann through the streets of Hoboken. The festival also has fun food, games, and live music at night. Definitely get the zeppoles (fried dough balls covered in powdered sugar). Yummy.

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  • Mitsuwa Market Summer Festival

    This is a fun and educational Japanese festival. You get to play wheel-of-fortune Japanese style, eat Japanese snacks, and watch taiko drum group.

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  • Sandy Hook and the northern NJ beaches

    Sandy Hook is a unique sand spit that consists of beaches and an old fort, within sight of New York City's skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Fort Hancock operated on Sandy Hook from 1874 to 1974. Its main purpose throughout the years has been defense of the vital New York Harbor. The fort was home to America's first disappearing gun battery, and...

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  • Duke Island Park

    Duke Island Park is part of 2, 700 acres of land which consists of public park, estate park and gardens. It is owned and developed by James Buchanan Duke who later on transformed this once farmland into an extraordinary landscape.He donated Duke Park Island to the government years back which the people of New Jersey are now enjoying right now.Lush...

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  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

    Ellis Island played a vital role in American history and heritage. It served as the immigrants passage way when they entered the United States date back 19th century. The museum houses photos, letters, immigrant records, memories, life stories and other memorabilias of the immigrants of the United States of America.There were families, male,...

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  • Take A Day Out To Ellis Island and...

    Without exception every single American I have met during my trip has, on hearing that I intended to visit New York, recommended visiting Ellis Island, which also takes in a visit to The Statue of Liberty. Following these recommendations I enjoyed a fascinating day out taking the Circle Line Ferry from New Jersey's Liberty State Park.If you do no...

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  • The Bergen County Zoo in Van Saun Park

    The Bergen County Zoo is one of America's best small zoos, and a great place to take small children on a summer day. Their animal collection is focused on North America, Central America and South America. It includes bison, prairie dogs, elk, tapirs, capybaras, guanacos, mountain lions, ocelots, a condor, anteaters, tortoises, alligators, spider...

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  • Van Saun Park

    Van Saun Park is a pleasant place to spend a summer afternoon with the kids. It has a very good small zoo, a carousel, a miniature train, playgrounds, picnic areas, pony rides, tennis courts and a baseball field. If you want to use the picnic shelters, you will need to get a permit in advance, as they are very popular for group outings.

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  • New Jersey State Aquarium

    New Jersey State Aquarium was pretty nice but since we were there, they are under going some heavy renovations and will not reopen until May 2005. There will be alot more exibits and things to do. You can spend many hours here exploring around, they also have a restaurant with a deck to eat outside with a great view of Philadelphia. They also have...

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  • Storybook Land- Toddler Fun

    Storybook land is a great place for toddlers and small children. From an adult perspective, it's a poorly maintained rip-off, but little children love the place. Recently there have been some renovations, but SBL still leave a lot to be desired. Rides are geared to the very young and many of the attractions are just dioramas and...

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  • Grounds for Sculpture, a surreal place.

    Grounds for Sculpture near Trenton, NJOutdoor/indoor sculpture gardenMust see sculpture garden even for non-art lovers. Not stuffy at all. Very surreal as a matter of fact. Great cafe with outdoor garden seating. Very classy restaurant on site but too expensive for my tastes. I love just finding a secluded spot here and enjoying the atmosphere. For...

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