Once a part of colonial New Netherlands when the Dutch ruled the New York area, New Jersey was granted its own identity following the Dutch surrender to England in 1664, and called New Jersey after the British island in the English Channel.
Although still associated in the popular imagination with its huge chemical industry in the northern part of the state - its nickname "The Garden State" still applies today to the acres of farmland devoted to growing tomatoes, blueberries, cranberries and peaches.
A prime travel
and vacation destination for inhabitants of New York and the rest of the East Coast, New Jersey offers an array of entertainment
and recreational opportunities - from springtime white water rafting on the Delaware
Water Gap to gambling and top entertainment at Atlantic
Among the Garden's State's most popular attractions include Liberty State Park in Jersey City (left); Atlantic City and Jersey Shore beaches (middle); and Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
Kid-friendly New Jersey
State Park (see above), family-friendly attractions can be found throughout the state, starting with one of its most popular - Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Plan to spend at least
a day here, or possibly two (or three!)
The sheer acreage devoted to amusement park rides make Great Adventure suitable for anyone from toddlers to thrill-loving teens, plus don't miss the unforgettable drive around the safari park.
If spending any time in Atlantic City with kids in tow, nearby Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township offers rides and attractions based on popular classic fairy tales. While the park is open year round, special treats are usually in store around Christmas and Halloween.
Heading further West towards Philadelphia, another top NJ kid stop has to be the Adventure
Aquarium in Camden for an astounding world-class interactive exploration of sea life that's fun for kids of all ages.
DID YOU KNOW? New Jersey Travel Fun Facts
Nothing like a New Jersey diner.
• In New Jersey you don't go to the beach. You go "down the shore."
• Eating out in New Jersey? Try a diner! New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the Diner Capital of the World.
• New Jersey residents never pump their own gas. When stopping at a gas station, wait for an attendant to fill 'er up.
• New Jersey has given us New Jersey tomatoes, salt water taffy, and PAAS Easter egg decorating kits. The light bulb, phonograph and motion picture projector were also all invented by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park.
• Famous people born in New Jersey include Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bon Jovi, John Travolta, Deborah Harry, Derek Jeter, and Kelly Ripa.
More information about New Jersey travel & tourism around the Web:
New Jersey Travel & Tourism - One-stop browsing for virtual tours to the entire state, hotel reservations, featured seasonal activities, shopping & dining, maps, pictures, driving directions, family fun.
Northwest New Jersey Skylands Guide - Explore the New Jersey countryside with facts, information and guides to hotels, farm visits, country inns and B&Bs, family-friendly attractions, a directory of state parks & recreation areas, maps & directions.