New Jersey is a pretty unique state and there are certain things you can only find here – Ellis Island, for example. If you’re a true New Jerseyan, you know that 90% of the historic island is owned by our state. You may not know however that the following 10 interesting things exist only in New Jersey.
1. A monument to a Martian landing site
Based on the 1938 radio broadcast detailing an alien landing 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.
2. A beach community consisting entirely of tents
Located in Ocean Grove, this summer resort is more laid back than luxurious. Though most tents do have cooking and lavatory facilities, they don't have much else. Still, they rent for over $4000 per season.
3. The mysterious tripod rock
This highly unusual glacial erratic on Pyramid Mountain lines up perfectly with the setting point of the sun on the summer solstice.
4. A fully intact WWII bunker on the beach
Located in Cape May, right near the visible wreckage of a sunken ship.
5. The fourth largest clock in the world
It may not be the largest, but it sure looks lovely lit up at night. The Colgate Clock is located on the Jersey City waterfront.
6. The worlds largest model railroad
You can enjoy this massive marvel at Northlandz in Flemington. It is also home to the world's only toothpick farm.
7. Luna Parc, a psychedelic wonderland in the woods
This whimsical private home in Sussex County is occasionally available for public tours. It is the home and studio space of artist Ricky Boscarino.
8. Lucy, the world's largest elephant
Located in Margate, this massive mammoth was once part of a hotel. Built in 1881, she still serves as a popular tourist attraction.
9. A tribute to a lost loved one in the form of an over-sized gorilla
Mighty Joe in Shamong currently serves as a memorial to Joseph "Mighty Joe" Valenzano.
10. A vintage pinball museum on the beach
There are at least 3 other vintage pinball museums in the world, but I can vouch for this one! It is tons of fun and right on the beach!
Haw many of these one-of-a-kind attractions were you aware of? Are there any other unique things you can only find in New Jersey? I’m sure there are! Please share your favorites in the comments below.