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Atlantic City, NJ
Plenty to See in Atlantic City
Attractions and Casinos - From penny slots to high stakes poker, there are plenty of casinos in Atlantic City to scratch that gambling itch. Bally's Wild West Casino is the only themed casino in Atlantic City and contains hundreds of table and thousands of slot machines. Trump has two properties, Trump Marina and Trump Taj Mahal, and Harrah's and the Borgota are great casinos too. Attractions include the Steel Pier with its large Ferris wheel and carnival games, the popular Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the Garden Pier featuring some fantastic art and the city's historical museum.
 
Atlantic City, NJ
Being Escorted in a Rolling Chair
Atlantic City Boardwalk - The 4 mile long Boardwalk in Atlantic City is one of the highlights of the city. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of the fancy beach-front hotels, its popularity grew and is now synonymous with "America's Favorite Playground". A great way to see everything along the Boardwalk is to leisurely stroll down its diagonal planks, but it is also fun to hop a ride on the famous rolling chairs and have someone push you. Along the way you'll be entertained by street performers, be able to eat a sausage sandwich, or do some high-end shopping.
 
Atlantic City, NJ
Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail
Monopoly - Without ever having visited here, I bet you can name at least 10 streets in Atlantic City (and no, numbers and Presidents don't count). Just think of the Parker Brother's game Monopoly. Yes, Boardwalk, Park Place, Ventnor Avenue, and even the lowly Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues are all here. Monopoly is the world's most popular game, with over 500 million people having played it, so it is a pretty safe bet. There is even a Monopoly iPhone app. It's fun to walk around and see the familiar streets and there's even a Monopoly Monument.
 
Belmar, NJ
Where's Snookie? Oh, in Miami
The Jersey Shore - The 115 mile stretch from Sandy Hook to Cape May along the Atlantic Coast contains over 50 gorgeous beaches. Picking the best one is just a matter of taste. Personally I like beaches with boardwalks (luckily New Jersey has a bunch of them), Avalon, Cape May, Atlantic City, Avon "by the sea" Ocean City and Belmar to name a few. For the young monkeys there are amusement parks at Wildwood, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City and Long Branch. Without a doubt, the Jersey Shore is the best place to be in the state no matter what beach you choose.
 
Caldwell, NJ
Red Rover, Red Rover Send Grover Right Over
Grover Cleveland Birthplace - Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) was our 22nd and 24th President of the United States and is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. His father, Reverend Richard Falley Cleveland, was a Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell and so Grover Cleveland was born in the Pastor home. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is a two story house built in 1832 and is furnished to represent his childhood years. It contains several original pieces including the future President's cradle, fishing equipment, White House chair and family portraits.
 
Cape May, NJ
Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May - Containing hundreds of beautifully restored Victorian cottages, fantastic beaches, and a storied past, Cape May is one of the most charming towns in America. Take a tour of the turn-of-the-century historic homes or stay the night (many have been converted to B&Bs) and step back time. Then step outside to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sunset Beach is a Socko favorite, not only for its colorful sunsets, but for the "diamond" hunting, ceremonial flag lowering and the concrete ship. Cape May is named after Cornelius Mey, who while working for the Dutch West India Company in 1621, first explored the area.
 
Edison, NJ
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Edison Memorial Tower - Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) the "Wizard of Menlo Park" patented approximately 400 inventions while conducting research from here from 1876 to 1884. It's here where the phonograph was invented and improvements to the incandescent light bulb and the telephone mouthpiece were made. At the location is a light bulb topped Edison Memorial Tower and the Menlo Park Museum. Still can't get enough of Thomas Edison? Well, head over to the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange to see the legendary inventor's house and laboratory.
 
Farmingdale, NJ
The Historic Allaire Village
Allaire State Park - Allaire State Park contains the Historic Allaire Village, a living history museum dedicated to James P Allaire. Allaire founded the Howell Works Company in the early 1800s, a small and prosperous community which produced cast and pig iron. Many of the buildings from the 1800s have been restored including the blacksmith shop, general store, carpenter's shop and church. Costumed interpreters carry out chores and demonstrate cooking, cleaning and sewing skills from the 1800s. Train rides are also available through the New Jersey Museum of Transportation.
 
Hamilton Township, NJ
I Better Get More Than a Quarter
Grounds for Sculpture - Without a doubt one of the best sculpture gardens in the states; Grounds for Sculpture is a fantastic mix of sculptures created by famous and up-and-coming artists. The 35 acre park consists of a museum, amphitheater, indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibits, and exquisitely landscaped gardens (containing 100 species in its 2,000+ trees). Guided and self-guided tours are available to see the more than 250 works of art. This is a sculpture garden which begs a monkey to slow down, enjoy the art, and smell the roses. Speaking of which, there are thousands of gorgeous rose bushes on site.
 
Highlands, NJ
A Fancy Twin Light Lighthouse
Navesink Lightstation - There are lighthouses up and down the coast, but dual lighthouses are a different story. The Navesink Lightstation was originally built in 1828 on a 250 foot hill overlooking the town of Highlands. After falling into disrepair another two tower lighthouse was built (the one we see today) in 1862. The unique design with one tower light flashing and one tower light fixed provided sailors with a positive idea of their location. Decommissioned in 1949 the lightstation is now a museum where you can walk the grounds, climb the north tower, and get a close-up view of the Fresnel lens used in the towers.
 
Lakehurst, NJ
Oh the Humanity!
Hindenburg - "Oh the humanity!" are the devastating words spoken by on-scene reporter Herbert Morrison as flames ripped through the Hindenburg and the zeppelin came crashing to the ground. The tragedy took place on May 6, 1937 during the landing of the Hindenburg on its maiden transatlantic voyage from Germany to the USA. Thirty-six people died that day (35 on the ship and 1 on the ground). On site is the historic Hanger 1 containing a control car mock-up, the exact crash site commemorated with an outline of the ship, and a small museum. For security reasons you must book your tours at least two weeks in advance - don't be a monkey-head and expect to get in without reservations.
 
Margate, NJ
Lucy the Margate Elephant
Lucy the Elephant - For a pachyderm built way back in 1881; Lucy the Elephant looks fantastic today. Originally built by real estate developer James Lafferty to draw attention to his business, Lucy has also been used as a residence, restaurant and tavern. She is built from wood with a tin-skin, weighs over 90 tons, and stands 65 feet tall. Guided tours are available where you climb through a door in the hind leg, up to the belly of the beast and finally to the howdah (the canopy on the back of Lucy). There is a small area inside detailing the history of the structure.
 
Millville, NJ
Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center - The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center exhibits thousands of glassworks in it Museum of American Glass. There are unique paperweights, beautifully designed and etched pieces along with a room full of antique bottles. Art studios on site demonstrate various techniques in glasswork. Additionally, every year the Wheaton Arts welcomes the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade to the area. On display are dozens of award-winning vintage fire trucks, an assortment of firefighting equipment, and of course a Dalmatian or two.
 
Morristown, NJ
Washington and Fort Nonsense
Morristown National Historical Park - If a sign were posted outside the Morristown National Historical Park it would state, "Washington Slept Here". Actually George Washington and his Continental Army slept here for nearly six month from December 1779 to May of 1780 during the Revolutionary War. His stay was at the Ford Mansion, one of three sites that make up the park. The other two sites are, Jockey Hallow where a Continental encampment site is located, and Fort Nonsense (possibly named because its sole purpose was to keep soldiers busy doing nonsensical things).
 
Oceanport, NJ
Historic Fort Hancock
Gateway National Recreation Area - The Gateway National Recreation Area contains miles of outstanding beaches, the Historic Fort Hancock, and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. The white sand beaches of Sandy Hook run for 6 miles and are excellent for walking and sun bathing. After enjoying the beach, drive to the north end of Sandy Hook to visit the Historic Fort Hancock, a coastal defense Army fort which operated here from 1895 to 1974. The fort contains over 100 structures, one of which is the Fort Hancock Museum. Located on the fort is the oldest continuously operating light house in the nation. The Sandy Hook lighthouse has been lit since 1764.
 
Princeton, NJ
Henry Socksworth Longmonkey Went Here
Princeton University - The small town of Princeton, New Jersey with a population of around 14,000 is host to one of the nation's most prestigious colleges, Princeton University. Established in 1746, Princeton University (formerly the College of New Jersey) moved to the town of Princeton in 1756. The sprawling 600 acre campus contains historic buildings, picturesque archways, the largest college chapel in the world, and even gargoyles. One of the most notable residents of the town of Princeton and honorary degree recipient was Albert Einstein, who lived here from 1933 to 1955.
 
Seaside Park, NJ
Chillin' on the Jersey Shore
Seaside Heights Boardwalk and Piers - One of the most popular beach destinations in the state, the Seaside Heights Boardwalk and Piers is a great place to spend a weekend. The mile long boardwalk is flanked by a 300 foot pier on each end, Fun Town Pier and Casino Pier. Both piers contain a Ferris wheels, roller coasters, games and food; in addition to that the Fun Town Pier has a great go-kart track and the Casino Pier has a vintage 1913 carousel. The Seaside Heights beach has been popularized by several MTV reality shows.
 
Titusville, NJ
Where Washington Landed
Washington Crossing State Park - On Christmas Night, Dec 25, 1776, George Washington and his Continental Army of 2,400 men crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Then they marched nine miles, to surprise and defeat the Hessian Troops in Trenton. The victory turned the tide of the American Revolution in Washington's favor and from there he went on to win another battle of Trenton, the battle of Princeton, and eventually the war. Here's a joke for you: What was the first thing Washington did after he crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey? Paid a toll. (You'll see when you visit New Jersey).
 
Trenton, NJ
The Garden State Gilded Dome
State Capitol Building - Designed by Jonathan Doane and constructed in 1792, the New Jersey Capitol Building is the 2nd oldest statehouse (continuously occupied) in the USA. The interior features a rotunda surrounded by the state's early governors and stained glass windows, a "painted ceiling room" where workers uncovered fragments of a long forgotten ceiling, and the grand senate and house chambers. The exterior or plaza, contains beautifully manicured trees, flowers and shrubs intermixed with a fountain entitled "Confluence". From here you can see the capitol's gilded dome.