Off The Beaten Path | New Jersey
New Jersey is a beautiful state. Visitors can enjoy pine forests and mountains, as well as rivers and ocean. Travelers in New Jersey can enjoy all types of recreation, while also exploring the cities, monuments and much more.
Ellis Island National Monument
Ellis Island was at one point the premiere federal immigration station in the nation. In operation from 1892 through 1954, over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island as the came to the United States. In fact, many citizens can trace at least one ancestor through Ellis Island. Opened in 1990, Ellis Island is a destination where visitors can learn about their own history as well as the history of our country. Visitors can take both guided and self-guided tours, as well as hear some stories from those who passed through Ellis Island.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The beautiful Middle Delaware River flows between low mountains, when it passes between the Mt. Tammany in New Jersey and Mt. Minsi in Pennsylvania, the river forms the Delaware Water Gap. This is an amazing natural wonder, and visitors have many opportunities to enjoy its beauty. There are overlooks that can be enjoyed when driving on Interstate 80 and while recreating in the area. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of water recreation, including kayaking, fishing, swimming and more. Those that wish to enjoy recreation on land can hike, bike, horseback ride, rock climbing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Batsto Village is a historic destination located in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. The history of the village can be traced all the way back to 1766, and today it is recognized throughout the nation for its historical significance. Visitors to Batsto Village can explore the history of the village by stopping at the museum, or taking a guided or self-guided village tour. Batsto also provides visitors with the opportunity to see a Saw Mill Demonstration, explore the variety of industries that residents of Batsto practiced throughout history, including the Iron Works, the Glass Works and more. In addition to the fascinating history, travelers can enjoy recreating in the surrounding Wharton State Forest.
Cape May is a beautiful resort community, that welcomes thousands of visitors looking to enjoy the beaches and small town feel during the summer. However, it is a great destination year round, with plenty to do and see. Cape May is actually a cape stretching into Delaware Bay, but a canal was dug from Cape May's Harbor to Delaware Bay making it an island. Visitors to Cape May can of course enjoy the water and beaches, as well as resorts, but there are many other things to do during a visit. There are many options for delicious dining, and opportunities to enjoy antiquing and small shops. The whole town has a very historic feel, with Victorian architecture and even ghost tours. Cape May also has nature trails, dolphin watching tours, fishing and much more.
Strauss Mansion and Museum
Strauss Mansion is an excellent example of a Queen Anne style house. Built by a wealthy New York businessman, the mansion was originally used as a summer or vacation home. Throughout its history it has been used for many different purposes. Today, visitors can tour the home to enjoy the restored architecture. In addition, the mansion is used as a museum, with a variety of exhibits for visitors to explore. Exhibit rooms include a Victorian parlor, a tool room, a Native American and Lenape room and much more. The Strauss Mansion grounds also feature a beautiful Victorian style garden.
Howell Living History Farm
The Howell Living History Farm provides visitors the unique opportunity to experience farm life in 1900. There are demonstrations of 25 different horse-drawn field operations; all different types of farm animals such as horses, oxen, cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and more; various styles of barns, and much more. After starting at the visitor center, and exploring farming during the early 1900s, visitors can purchase some of the crops produced at the farm to take home, including flour, honey, maple syrup, and more.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
These botanical gardens are New Jersey's official state botanical gardens and it is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The gardens are located on 96 acres surrounding the Skylands Manor. Visitors can take a variety of tours, including a tour of the Manor. The New Jersey Botanical Garden also have a variety of specialty gardens, including wildflower gardens, rhododendron and hosta garden, lilac garden, peony garden, the Magnolia Walk, an Octagonal Garden and much more.