New Jersey Summer Bucket List

New Jersey Meadowlands – Photograph by Eric Koppel via Wikimedia Commons

Why New Jersey?

The summer is a great time for exploring New Jersey.  This state seems to combine a little bit of everything.  New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S.  Yet, 42% of New Jersey is forest, from the Highlands in the north to the Pine Barrens in central and southern New Jersey.  The farms that gave the New Jersey the nickname — the garden state – are still here too.  Even my congested and developed New York suburb town has its own (two) small farms and farm stands.  The state also has major connections to the Revolutionary War.  For example, Washington and his troops camped in Morristown, NJ from December 1779 – June 1980.  In fact, any house old enough in New Jersey probably has a “Washington slept here” story.  There are plenty of other important historical sites that reflect American history since the Revolutionary War.  There is plenty of weird stuff too.  Every town has its own weird places, some that are easy to visit and some that aren’t. Of course there is also the Shore, with its miles of beaches, boardwalks and beachside attractions.  The waters are cold, but for me, a day in the ocean jumping the waves is exhilarating and nostalgic.  The Jersey Shore is still the best accessible summer get away for people all over the state.

…And the List

So my bucket list is not meant to be the most comprehensive.  In fact, it might be a little ambitious.  Some are things I need to do every summer: a relaxing day at the beach, a hike, and delicious homemade ice cream.  But most of thing that I haven’t done before.  I’ll keep track of what I do, and at the end of this summer (of 2017) I’ll give an update.

  1. Take a boat tour of the Meadowlands
  2. Relax on the beach at Sandy Hook
  3. Visit the Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park
  4. Watch a movie under the stars at Pier A Park in Hoboken
  5. Sample beer at a New Jersey brewery
  6. Go for a hike
  7. Visit the Great Falls in Paterson and the Paterson Museum
  8. Tour Lucy the Elephant in Margate
  9. Get creeped out by living dolls at the Morris Museum in Morristown
  10. Eat ice cream at Applegate Farms in Montclair

Leave a comment if you think there is anything I should add.

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