Natural beauty abounds in New Jersey. We have our spectacular Pine Barrens in the southwest, stunning beaches in the southeast, magnificent mountains up north, state parks throughout, and even impressive urban waterfalls. While these are some of New Jersey’s greatest treasures, we have some pretty inspired man-made wonders, as well. Here are some of our state’s most enchanting:
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1. Statue of Liberty
This architectural icon was a gift from France. A truly spectacular statue, this is one of New Jersey's most wonderful man-made gems.
2. Speedwell Dam, Morristown
This scenic dam lies on the Whippany River.
3. Sandy Hook Light, Sandy Hook
Built in 1764, this sturdy lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States.
4. Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton
This 150-foot column and statue commemorates the December 26, 1776 Battle of Trenton, an instrumental victory for the Continental forces during the American Revolutionary War. Building of this monument was completed in 1893.
5. High Point Monument, Sussex County
At the peak of High Point Mountain stands this 220-foot obelisk. It was built in 1930 as a war veteran's memorial, and visitors can climb to the top.
6. World War I Memorial, Atlantic City
This Greek-style memorial was built in 1922 and houses a 9-foot bronze sculpture entitled "Liberty In Distress."
7. Woodrow Wilson Hall, West Long Branch
Located on the campus of Monmouth University, this incredible structure was built in 1927 as a private residence. The magnificent mansion was designed by Julian Abele. Abele is regarded as the first professional African American architect. The building has also been featured on film - it was used as Daddy Warbucks' mansion in the 1980 film version of Annie.
8. Edison Memorial Tower, Edison
A memorial to famed inventor Thomas Edison, a 14' Pyrex glass light bulb sits atop this 131' monument. It was built in 1938.
9. Lucy The Elephant, Margate
This massive mammoth was originally built as a hotel and now serves as a popular tourist attraction. The lovely Lucy stands six stories high.
10. Tinicum Light, Paulsboro
This unique-looking lighthouse was first lit on New Year's Eve, 1880.
11. USS New Jersey, Camden Waterfront
This powerful ship is one of the most highly decorated Iowa-class battleships. She was launched on December 12, 1942 and served 21 active years between 1943 and 1991.
12. Navesink Twin Lights, Highlands
The magnificent Twin Lights now serve as a museum. Built in 1862, each tower stands 246 feet above sea level.
13. Luna Parc, Montague
This whimsical wonderland is even more magical in person. The private home and studio of artist Ricky Boscarino, Luna Parc is open to the public on select days for special events.
14. Kips Castle, Verona/Montclair
This 9,000-square-foot castle was completed in 1905. It was built in the medieval Norman style and also offers a 6,000-square-foot carriage house.
15. Breidenhart Castle, Moorestown
This Burlington County castle was built in 1894 as a private residence and now serves as an assisted living center. What a beautiful place to retire to.
16. Princeton University, Princeton
The campus of this ivy league institution is filled with incredible architecture, sculptures and statues. It is truly a gem that everyone should visit at least once. The area surrounding the school is lovely, as well.
17. George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee
This double-decked suspension bridge spans the Hudson River at 4,760 feet long.
18. Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Camden
This 9,573-foot steel suspension bridge has 7 lanes, 2 sidewalks, and 2 PATCO railroad tracks.
19. Gingerbread Castle, Hamburg
Definitely an enchanting man-made wonder!
20. Lambert Castle, Paterson
This 1892 castle was constructed in the Medieval Revival architectural style. President William McKinley once visited.
21. Tear Drop Memorial, Bayonne
Entitled, "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism," this 10-story sculpture was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
22. Empty Sky, Jersey City
Located in Liberty State Park, this memorial is dedicated to the 746 New Jerseyans killed in the World Trade Center in 1993 and in the September 11 attacks.
23. Battle of Princeton Monument, Princeton
This 50-foot monument commemorates the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, and depicts General George Washington leading his troops to victory. Unveiled in 1922, it was inspired by carvings on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
24. Women's Federation Monument, Alpine
This charming tower stands atop the Palisades Cliffs, offering incredible views of the Hudson River and New York City.
25. Cape May
The entirety of this Victorian beach town is a man-made wonder. The architecture is simply enchanting.
26. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark
This beautiful building is the fifth-largest cathedral in North America.
27. Camp Merritt Monument, Cresskill
Camp Merritt was a WWI military base, decommissioned in 1919 after a terrible influenza outbreak. The 65-foot-tall monument is inscribed with the names of 15 officers, 558 enlisted men, four nurses, and a civilian who died at Camp Merritt during the outbreak.
How many of these man-made wonders were you familiar with? What others would you add to this list? For even more magical man-made wonders, check out Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton. They offer a rotating selection of truly incredible pieces and an unforgettable experience complete with whimsical dining options.