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.
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.
Late summer is state fair time, and its no exception in the Garden State. The Sussex Country Fairgrounds is home to the fair, which features livestock competitors, great music, and a never-ending supply of food. Carnival rides along with a swimming pig race are a part of the fair tradition.
The beach and the ocean are the perfect backdrop for what has become one of the largest airshows in the U.S. This June event features jets from all branches flying in tight formations. Spectators can revel in the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor, the F-18 Hornet, and the Harrier Jet. Daredevil stunt pilots excite those of all ages. A salute to the military commences the single-day event. Free concerts follow the day's performances.
- Vasa Park 1 Wolfe Drive Budd Lake, NJ 7828 in BUDD LAKE, NJ
This day-long event in the late Summer is a perfect way to wrap things up before the "back-to-school" frenzy. The festival celebrates all things Scandinavian, and the cultures and histories of seven nations are featured. They are: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Estonia, and Greenland.
- Salem County Fairgrounds 735 Rte. 40, Harding Hwy Woodstown, NJ 08098 in WOODSTOWN, NJ
The "Headless Horseman" arrives ignominiously to usher in the arrival of the Halloween and harvest season. This three-day October event features over a hundred artists, landscaping displays, seminars, and more. Check out the Little Miss Pumpkin Show. There's also the "Boo Barn" for kids.