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 that falls in the middle of winter. 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.
During the second weekend every May, male and female athletes attending over 100 institutions of higher learning from around North America compete in 2,000-meter rowing races on the Schuylkill River. Corporate organizations also have the chance to compete in a 500-meter race. A localized food court provides food and refreshments.
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.