New Jersey Local Destinations

Arts and Culture
Arts and Culture
Great Outdoors
Great Outdoors
Incredible Edibles
Incredible Edibles
Luxury Escapes
Luxury Escapes
Sight Seeing
Sight Seeing
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Arts and Culture

Garden State Discovery Museum

The Garden State Discovery Museum is for children up to 10 years old and offers children and adults the chance to interact and learn together through hands-on exhibits.  Admission is $12.95. Open Sunday- Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  More Information

Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture is a sculpture garden consisting of more than 270 sculptures by contemporary artists. Within the grounds are four restaurants/cafes. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (609) 586-0616. 18 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08619 More Information

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Located on the campus of Princeton University is the Tony-Award winning McCarter Theatre, which puts on more than 200 performances of theatre, dance and music each year. Their world class Theatre Series includes performances of Anthony & Cleopatra, The Understudy and A Christmas Carol this fall. More Information

New Jersey State Museum

The New Jersey State Museum features four museums in one: archaeology and ethnography, fine art, cultural history and natural history. The museum also includes a hi-def planetarium. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and free for children. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. More Information

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark but also regularly performs at five other venues throughout the state. There is a performance most weekends. Prices range depending on seats. More Information

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey offers exhibits throughout the year open to the public as well as art classes and workshops in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and more. They also offer summer camps, classes and birthday parties for kids. The Art Center is devoted exclusively to contemporary art. More Information

Great Outdoors

Garrett Mountain Reservation Hiking

Before the all the leaves have fallen, be sure to visit Garrett Mountain Reservation for a hike, walk or run. The three trails total more than 8 miles in length and offer panoramic views of the New York City skyline. The reservation also hosts The Lambert Castle and Lambert Observation Tower. 1 Mountain Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424, More Information

New Jersey Botanical Gardens

The New Jersey Botanical Garden features 96 acres of formal gardens that form a beautiful venue in any season. Open year-round from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. More Information

Pine Barrens Camping

Stretching across seven counties in Southern New Jersey, the Pine Barrens offers both private and state park campgrounds. Many of the campgrounds are lakeside and feature swimming pools and campfires. There are also cabins available for rent. The Pine Barrens provides many opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and canoeing. More Information

South Jersey Pumpkin Show

The 11th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show takes place from Oct. 10-12 at the Salem County Fairgrounds. The festival includes the Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off, N.J.’s largest baked pumpkin pie, and the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show. Free admission. More Information

Spring Valley Equestrian Center

The Spring Valley Equestrian Center offers English and Western horseback riding lessons. They also provide scenic trail rides along the Paulinskill Valley Trail. The company accommodates scout badges and birthday parties. More Information

The Field of Terror

Make your way through 120 acres of haunted fields and try to avoid running into zombies. This field of terror features a haunted hayride, corn maze, and two walk-through attractions. Open weekends from Sept. 20 through Nov. 2. Prices range from $15 to $40.  Call (609) 758-7817 for more info. More information

Incredible Edibles

Cream Ridge Winery

Come sample their wines, go on a tour or enjoy the 14 acres of vineyard at Cream Ridge Winery. The wines include some uncommon pairings like almond berry and java berry infused with espresso. $5 to sample up to 10 wines. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More Information

Hackleberry Farm Cider Mill

Hackleberry Farm Cider Mill offers its own wood pressed apple cider and homemade baked goods made daily on the farm.  The menu includes the farm’s famous cider donuts, cider hot dogs, hot and cold cider, and various pies. They take orders for Thanksgiving and holiday pies. Open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More Information

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

 This New Jersey farm offers plenty for children including the option to feed farm animals, pony rides, hayrides and a giant corn maze. They also have lots of pick-your-own options such as pumpkins, apples, and tomatoes. Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. More Information

Pig & Prince

Pig & Prince is known for its French cuisine used with local Jersey ingredients. The restaurants chef Michael Carrino was named “Chopped Champion” on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Open for dinner daily and Sunday brunch. Closed Mondays. More Information

River Horse Brewery

The River Horse Brewery offers brewery tours Saturdays and Sundays as well as private brewery tours which require requests in advance. The tour is $5/person and includes four sample tastings. Be sure to try their seasonal fall beers such as the Imperial Pumpkin Ale! More Information

That Fondue Place

That Fondue Place offers a three-course meal with your choice of cheese fondue, hot broth to cook meat, and chocolate fondue. They recommend reservations and also book private parties. BYOB. More Information

Luxury Escapes

Bungalow Hotel

Bungalow Hotel is the Jersey Shore’s only boutique luxury hotel. All the rooms are oversized with king beds, kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and a fireplace. The hotel’s distinguishes itself with original artwork in every room. The Bungalow is also home to Le Club Beach Club. More Information

Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort is the ultimate resort getaway right in New Jersey. The premier golf destination features 7 golf courses, as well as two day spas, many restaurants and a wine cellar. For adventurous types there is an adventure center with activities like canoeing, kayaking, hot air balloon rides and skeet shooting. More Information

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hunterdon Ballooning Inc. offers you the chance to fly above Hunterdon and Warren counties. Experience the views of the rolling hills and scenic fall countryside below as well as plenty of wildlife from an aerial platform. Reservations required. More Information

Shop Haddonfield

Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as Best of Philly for Main Street Shopping, downtown Haddonfield is where to go for boutique and luxury shopping. Shops include jewelry, running, yarn, pet, book and clothing boutiques. The downtown consists of over 200 shops and galleries plus many restaurants and cafes.  More Information

The Gentle Healing Wellness Spa

The Gentle Healing Wellness Spa offers every spa service you can imagine including stone massage therapy, hydrotherapy, exfoliations, manicures and more. They offer bridal, couples and party packages that are available with gourmet lunches, dinners or hors d’oeuvres. More Information

Sight Seeing

Cape May Autumn Birding Festival

The Cape May Bird Observatory hosts the Cape May Autumn Birding Festival every year in October. This year the event takes place from Oct. 24-26 and includes field trips, workshops and boat excursions. Fall is the ideal time to see thousands of migrating birds pass through Cape May. More Information

East Point Lighthouse

The second oldest lighthouse in New Jersey, East Point Lighthouse is located where the Maurice River meets the Delaware Bay. Monarch butterflies often stop near East Point Lighthouse between September and November on their way south, often taking shelter in the trees. More Information

Leaf Peeping Along the Delaware River

Take a scenic drive along Route 29 in Central Jersey to see the changing fall foliage along the Delaware River. In the fall this area shows a spectacle of crimson and gold that is a nice change of scenery from the New Jersey Turnpike. Route 29 begins in Trenton and you can follow it north through Lambertville and Frenchtown.

Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park offers dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. The park features the “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial, as well as biking, kayaking, picnic pavilions, fishing, and boating. There is ferry service from the park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. More Information

The Highest Point in New Jersey

High Point Monument, rests 1,803 feet above sea level and offers a panorama of three states and includes views of the Pocono Mountains, Catskill Mountains and the Wallkill River Valley and all their fall foliage. If you climb the monument’s more than 200 stairs, you’ll find yourself at New Jersey’s highest point. The monument is part of High Point State Park, one of the most popular hiking spots in the state. More Information

Walking Tour of Princeton University

Named by Travel+Leisure as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, Princeton University is spread out on 500 acres in downtown Princeton. The campus is known for its collegiate gothic style, gardens and courtyards that make it beautiful to see in the fall. While in the area be sure to check out downtown Princeton’s boutique shopping and upscale restaurants. More Information