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New JerseyOnce 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 City resorts.

Other major attractions include Liberty State Park in Jersey City, sightseeing in and around Princeton University, beach resorts at Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and the entire Jersey Shore.

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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.

2024 New Jersey special events and festivals

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Get your eats 'n treats at the Jersey Shore Food
Truck Festival on Memorial Day weekend,.

Just up ahead, check out our 2024 New Jersey travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.

Happy travels!

May 24 - May 27, 2024 -- Wildwoods International Kite Festival Wildwoods -- Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the convention center for giant kite exhibits, the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, indoor kite exhibits and free workshops for kids. 

May 25 - May 27, 2024 -- Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival, Monmouth Park Race Track, Oceanport -- More Memorial Day weekend fun includes 40 food trucks to choose from with everything from lobster rolls to mac & cheese to fried Oreos, plus pony rides and other fun kids' activities.

June 1, 2024 -- Cape May Strawberry Festival Cape May -- Head for Wilbraham Park for the annual kickoff to summer including crafts, handmade jewelry, pottery and more, plus festival food and drink and (what are we forgetting?) STRAWBERRIES.

August 2 - August 3, 2024 -- Highlands Clam Fest Huddy Park, Highlands -- Fresh seafood is on the menu along with land-lubber favorites at a vareity of food trucks plus arts & crafts vendors, and kids' activities.

August 2 - August 10, 2024 -- New Jersey State Fair Augusta -- The horse show is the big calling card at NJ's annual agricultural fest including fried fair food, carnival rides, woodchopping contests, a llama show and lots, lots more.


also see -> 2024 NJ Fall Foliags Guide  |  This Christmas in New Jersey

New Jersey Wineries & Vineyards   |   New Jersey Beach Guide

Kid-friendly New Jersey

Besides Liberty 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 aren't allowed to pump their own gas. When stopping at a gas station, sit tight and 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.


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