New Jersey January 09, 2020
10 Underrated Places In New Jersey That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
New Jersey is home to so many incredible places, from beautiful beaches to powdery ski slopes and world-class restaurants to one of the world’s largest planetariums (at Liberty Science Center). There’s never any reason to be bored here. Even if you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. I was born and raised in New Jersey and I’m always discovering something new. I love sharing my finds with you and today I
dug deep to find destinations that will surprise even the most experienced natives.
1. The James Rose Center, Ridgewood
The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design was once the home of landscape architect James Rose. Now, you'll find unique exhibits on Suburbia Transformed, gorgeous gardens, and fascinating guided tours. They are open to the public from mid-May through the end of October.
2. East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway
This village is a collection of authentic 18th and 19th century structures, along with reproductions, that recreates life in central New Jersey over a century ago. You'll find historic interpreters, fascinating exhibits, and fun special events. It's a fun day trip for all ages, just call (732) 745-3030 to make sure that it's open.
3. Air Victory Museum, Lumberton
I'd heard of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and The Aviation Hall of Fame, but not this little gem. It features over two dozen aircraft, engines, and missiles, along with memorabilia. The plane seen here is an experimental aircraft that generated lift through the aerodynamics of its lozenge-shaped fuselage.
4. Matchbox Road Museum, Newfield
This massive miniature car collection offers occasional open houses. You can also call (856) 697-6900 to set up a visit. It got its start back in 1992, when owner Everett Marshall III started collecting Matchbox Cars.
5. Stacy Park, Trenton
Stacy Park isn't just a picturesque park along the Delaware River in Trenton, it's home to the Shaky Bridge. Designed by John Roebling, the creator of the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a miniature version of the Niagara Falls Bridge, once used for demonstration purposes.
6. Princeton Cemetery, Princeton
There are many reasons to visit the historic and charming town of Princeton. If you're in the area, stop by this cemetery. It is the final resting place for some of New Jersey's most famous residents including Grover Cleveland and Aaron Burr.
7. Flexible Flyer Museum, Moorestown
If you've ever dreamed of having (or you had!) a Flexible Flyer sled, this little museum in the Moorestown Library is a must-visit. It isn't much but it is free and fascinating!
8. Clara Glen Pet Cemetery, Linwood
Minutes from the Jersey Shore you'll find one of America's oldest pet cemeteries. Many famous pets have been buried here including Petey from “Our Gang” and Rex the Wonder Dog. It is the final resting place of nearly 4,000 precious pets but the only interments allowed today are those of K-9 police dogs from neighboring Atlantic City.
9. The Bat Cave at The Wildlife Conservation Center, Garfield
Welcome to the ONLY zoological facility specializing in bats and bat conservation in the Tri-state area! They've got live bat exhibits and a mini-zoo with exotic and native wildlife. Learn about these incredible animals at their location, or yours.
10. Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Teaneck
Once a wasteland, this nature preserve and non-profit organization got its start in 2006. It offers hiking trails, unique eco-art exhibits, and special events like guided bird walks.
Did you discover a brand new Garden State destination to visit? Let me know in the comments. You can also
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