Although New Jersey is often overlooked in favor of its northern neighbor, New York, the Garden State offers a wide selection of attractions and activities. Visitors can enjoy the glittering lights and exciting casino games of Atlantic City, tour and hike through old Revolutionary War battlefields, or enjoy the beauty of New Jersey's rural rivers and farmlands. With so many different options, there's something for everyone in New Jersey.
Not surprisingly, the annual Polar Bear Plunge is a February event. Participants must raise at least $100 for NJ's Special Olympics. The reward is a dip in the mid-30 degree water of the Atlantic Ocean. Over 100,000 spectators arrive to watch the spectacle.
This springtime beer festival feature over six dozen craft breweries form all around the country. Thousands of beer-tasters swarm the Convention Center to try out the latest sudsy creations. Live music and food add to the festivities.
- Douglass College Campus New Brunswick, NJ 8901 in NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
The Douglass campus of Rutgers hosts this outdoor, April event. It is actually organized and promoted by Rutgers students. A juried craft show, live music, kid's activity area, and fine food are all to be experienced.
- Salem County Fairgrounds 735 Harding Hwy (Rtes. 40 ) Woodstown, NJ 08098 in WOODSTOWN, NJ
The fairgrounds is the site of this popular spring event. The activities are very diverse, from concerts to flower arranging contests. There's a home show component that attracts over 150 vendors. There's the "Little Miss & Master Pageant" as well. If you're too old for to enter the pageant, try the Corn-on-the-Cob Eating Contest.
- Marie Park Riverview Rd Red Bank, NJ 07701 in RED BANK, NJ
Riverfest is one of the state's biggest and best food and music festivals. This late spring, multi-day event offers free admission and an endless variety of music. Bring your lawn chairs.
This mid-summer ballooning event is the largest of its kind in the country. Over a hundred hot-air balloons launch in the evening, thrilling kids and photographers alike. Concerts, food, and fun are all a part of the three-day experience. Browse among the exhibits of over 200 crafters and vendors.