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.
- Upper Township Community Center in TUCKAHOE, 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.
- Sommerset, New Jersey in LAMBERTVILLE, NJ
This springtime event celebrates the area's arts community, the activities afforded by the Delaware River, and the ubiquitous river fish, the shad. The festival is now a nationally-recognized, juried arts event. Don't miss the rubber duck races.
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.
- 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.