New Jersey is a wonderful state, but we pack in our fair share of weird. We’re home to a wide range of strange spots, though personally I’m proud of it. Normal can be boring, embrace these quirky attractions and repeat after me: eccentricity makes the world go round!
1. Luna Parc, Montague
This weird and whimsical work of art is the private home and studio space of Ricky Boscarino. Generally closed to the public, it is occasionally available to tour.
2. Martian Landing Site, West Windsor Township
According to a 1938 radio broadcast, Martians landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey. The Halloween broadcast was fictional, based on H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds". Many took it as fact, inciting panic. Now it makes for a fun story.
3. Tripod Rock, Kinnelon
This highly unusual glacial erratic on Pyramid Mountain lines up perfectly with the setting point of the sun on the summer solstice. The strange formation is believed to have occurred naturally.
4. Insectropolis, Toms River
Though this isn't my favorite place, if you like bugs, you'll love this unique museum! Exhibits include Caterpillar Cafe, Bug University, The Mud Tube, and more! Suitable for all ages, kids tend to love it!
5. Lucy, Margate
A local favorite, she's a shore staple. Though a popular tourist attraction, a six-story elephant is a bit strange. I wouldn't have it any other way!
6. Bunker on the Beach, Cape May
This abandoned WWII bunker is a strange sight to see on a sunny beach, but it sure is interesting. You can also see the wreckage of the SS Atlantus sticking out of the water.
7. Burial Site of "Elsie" the Cow, Plainsboro
A moo-morial to "the most famous cow that ever lived", this is a loving tribute to Elsie, Borden Dairy's mascot. A fictional character, beloved by fans, she was brought to life in the 1930s and 40s by a Jersey Cow named Lobelia.
8. Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Atlantic City
This quirky museum celebrates all things strange and obscure. Best of all, it's right by the beach. Enjoy the "odditorium" where you can find the world's smallest production car and a table made entirely of jelly beans!
9. The Chair House, West Creek
When driving down Route 9, you'll notice a uniquely shaped house. Look up to see what makes this home so strange!
10. The Steampunk World's Fair, Piscataway
Let your imagination run wild at this wacky event. Steampunk is all about the strange, but in the most magical of ways. It combines history, fantasy and the macabre, making for a mysterious festival that can't be missed. Check it out next May, from the 13th -15th.
We’re also home to the mysterious “blue hole” which, according to legend, is always cold, and the stone living room – a man-made rock formation. What other weird locations would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments.