Across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan in New York lies a state that’s rich with historic parks, world-class art and history museums and lots of awesome tourist spots. It may look as if it’s the total extreme compared to ultra urban New York but trust us, it has so much to offer in terms of adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion and fun! Welcome to New Jersey, also known as The Garden State.
New Jersey is a northeastern state with some 130 miles of Atlantic coast. If you plan to take a Circle Line cruise across the Hudson, it’s the state on your right. At first glance, you may not see towering skyscrapers across the New Jersey skyline but it’s a busy state for sure so don’t hesitate to visit it even for a day (or two!). Here are some New Jersey Day Tour ideas for you:
Visit Liberty State Park
This is where ferries embark for Ellis Island (where you can find the historic Immigration Museum) and, of course, the commanding Statue of Liberty. Who doesn’t want to pay Lady Liberty a visit? A gift from the people of France, the copper statue remains to be a sight to behold. Also located within the state park are Communipaw Cove and the “Empty Sky” memorial. The former is a salt marsh nature reserve while the latter is a tribute to the victims of 9/11 who were from or had ties with New Jersey. Schedule a visit to Liberty State Park and don’t forget buy your tickets from Statue Cruises, the authorized National Park Service concessionaire.
Roam around Princeton University
A private Ivy League research university founded in 1756, Princeton is also a great place for a quick day trip in New Jersey. The university’s sprawling 1,600 acres worth of grounds are actually a favorite pitstop of tour buses especially those that are bound for Washington, DC from New York. The eastern side of the Washington Road Elm Allee, for instance, is full of age-old trees. The Nassau Hall, Princeton University’s oldest building, is also the original home of the New Jersey Legislature. Incidentally, the same hall also served as the capital of the USA back in the summer of 1783. Truly, lots of history lies here! Other picturesque buildings around the campus include the Murray-Dodge Hall, Blair Hall (which looks like a castle!) and Forbes College, which is just adjacent to a golf course.
New Jersey’s gambling laws are among the least restrictive in the USA and this has paved way for more and more casinos (some offering hotel accommodations as well) to offer services. Gambling in The Garden State is legal so why not try your luck? Here’s good news – you can actually try your hand at online casino New Jersey right at the comforts of your own home (or hotel room for that matter). So if, at the end of your New Jersey day trip, you just want to chill and lay back but have that aching need to see if your lucky stars are in place, you have the option to try online slots.
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