New Jersey is the most densely populated state in America and one of the most historically important. The East Coast tourist hub is home to sprawling national parks, gorgeous coastline, seasonal adventure and 18th and 19th century artifacts and marvels. New Jersey recreation is plentiful and beautiful, and among the many things to do here, locals and tourists alike will not want to miss out on the following:
Round Valley Recreation Area
Boasting one of New Jersey’s largest and deepest waterways, it is hard to believe that Round Valley Reservoir was made by man. The reservoir spans 2,000 acres and is 180 feet deep filled with trout and serving as a stunning visual for campers and visitors of the popular outdoor area. Visitors of Round Valley Recreation area may enjoy a true wilderness experience, hiking steep trails, fishing, boating and skiing or sledding in the winter months.
Wells Mills County Park
New Jersey nature enthusiasts have long respected the area of Pine Barrens, a heavily forested area that is home to Ocean County’s sprawling park, Wells Mills. Wells Mills is comprised of 900 glorious acres of forest filled with various hiking opportunities and boasting a three-story Nature Center offering educational opportunities for conservationists and tourists. The park’s vast lake tops its myriad of offerings allowing tourists to enjoy picnicking, fishing and canoeing.
Island Beach State Park
A barrier island known for its swimming and fishing offerings, Island Beach State Park has become a relaxing reprieve for New Jersey vacationers. The park’s relaxing offerings include miles of sand dunes, a vast array of exotic plants and wildlife and the opportunity to have a seaside experience at one of New Jersey’s naturally persevered landmarks.
Columbia Wildlife Management Area
The vast and nature dense area of Columbia Wildlife Management Area is an adventurer’s dream offering 1,260 acres filled with two lakes, wetlands, forest and grassland and boasting the perfect landscape for a myriad of seasonal activities. Winter travelers may enjoy cross-country skiing while spring visitors will enjoy bird watching among the native birds including brown thrasher and black-billed cuckoo. Summer travelers will enjoy fishing and boating on the vast and serene lakes.
The Red Mill Museum
The history of New Jersey dates to 1524, when Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano traversed the Jersey Shore. The state is filled with historic sites recounting the stories of days gone by. Originally built in the year 1810 and operating as a wool mill, The Red Mill Museum is a historic marvel that will make visitors feel as though they have stepped back in time. The museum displays the mill’s rich history and boasts an impressive collection of 40,000 artifacts that showcase a glimpse into the working community of the 19th century.
Washington Crossing State Park
Serving as an American historical relic as well as a functioning park, Washington Crossing State Park’s name is derived form George Washington’s famous crossing during the Revolutionary War from Delaware River. The 500-acre park is often visited by history buffs who enjoy perusing the park’s outer lying 19th century homes and shops.
New Jersey boardwalks are top destinations for fun, and Wildwood Boardwalk is no exception. An impressive boardwalk featuring 38 blocks of pure fun for families and individuals, the Wildwood Boardwalk is an iconic New Jersey tourist destination. One thing is for sure, visitors will not be bored as they peruse the boardwalk’s 100+ rides, enjoy various eateries and dance to live entertainment. A quintessential boardwalk experience, a visit to Wildwood Boardwalk is sure to be memorable.
While you’re in Wildwood, you may wish to stop in to eat at LaPiazza Restaurant.