17 Best Museums in New Jersey

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Be sure to check the websites of each of these museums, shortages in staff and volunteers have reduced hours for many museums. – NJ Spots Editor From art and history to science and technology, New Jersey is home to over a dozen museums that cater to diverse interests. These cultural hubs offer a gateway to […]

24 Abandoned Spots in New Jersey To Investigate

Concrete structure on beach with graffiti

New Jersey was one of the original colonies settled in America. Before that, Native Americans have called this land their home for thousands of years. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that New Jersey is home to some cool abandoned places. Here is a list of our favorite places to explore and connect with the past. […]

Ten New Jersey Winter Festivals to Spring You into 2024

Winter Festival

January 2024 is almost over, and we have already had two actual snow storms this year. Depending on where you live in the state, you may have seen anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow. To some, this is a call to huddle up and hunker down – but to others, this is all […]

What To Do in Princeton in the Winter

Outside view of Hamilton Jewelers garlands boarding door

Princeton is famous for many reasons; there’s the world-renown University, the downtown full of unique shops and restaurants, and, of course, all that history. Princeton is a town that must be walked to be enjoyed. Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean there isn’t much to explore in this unique Central Jersey town. Current […]

The Ultimate Guide To New Jersey Farmers’ Markets

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New Jersey is known as the Garden State for a reason. Home to over 9,000 farms, NJ is a prime location for producing bell peppers, peaches, tomatoes, and corn, to name a few. Visiting weekly farmer’s markets is a fantastic way to celebrate and support local farms, artisans, and many other unique vendors, businesses, eateries, and […]

The Best Crime Books of New Jersey – Kidnapping, Murders, & More

Picture of “the Rope” “The Real Lolita” and “Killing the Poormaster”

New Jersey is known for growing things, so it shouldn’t be surprising that our fertile soil has produced a thriving crop of authors and literature about our fair condition. Philip Roth, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, and Harlan Coben are just a few of the bestselling authors born in New Jersey. With these literary credentials in […]

The Best Fiction & Poetry Books From New Jersey

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New Jersey is known for growing things, so it shouldn’t be surprising that our fertile soil has produced a thriving crop of authors and literature about our fair condition. Philip Roth, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, and Harlan Coben are just a few of the bestselling authors born in New Jersey. With these literary credentials in […]

The Best Nature & Anthologies Books About New Jersey

New Jersey is known for growing things, so it shouldn’t be surprising that our fertile soil has produced a thriving crop of authors and literature about our fair condition. Philip Roth, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, and Harlan Coben are just a few of the bestselling authors born in New Jersey. With these literary credentials in […]

The Best Historical Books About New Jersey – From Revolutionary War to Our Diners

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New Jersey is known for growing things, so it shouldn’t be surprising that our fertile soil has produced a thriving crop of authors and literature about our fair condition. Philip Roth, Judy Blume, Janet Evanovich, and Harlan Coben are just a few of the bestselling authors born in New Jersey. With these literary credentials in […]

Visiting Historical Jockey Hollow

Entry of Jockey Hollow Area with building in background

Jockey Hollow in New Jersey offers a glimpse into American history and the Revolutionary War period. The site features reconstructed buildings, picnic areas, and trails for visitors to explore. Immerse yourself in history and appreciate the beauty of nature. Participate in educational programs and events for a fun and interactive learning experience. Take a step […]

Explore These 4 South Jersey Abandoned Spots

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Follow Our Writer One thing that New Jersey has a lot of is old buildings. As a result of being one of the earliest states in the United States, there are many places you can visit (check out our Top 5) with historical significance, like Princeton, Waterloo Village, and Allaire State Park.  Between the various […]

Exploring the Lambertville Graffiti Train

Graffitied inside of train car

Finding the train isn’t hard. There are two approaches you can take. This one is a little longer.  Parking in Lambertville is always a challenge, so park where you can, as near Lambertville Inn as possible.  Walk-behind the restaurant through the parking lot.

The Footbridges in Whitesbog Village

Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving; Whitesbog Preservation Trust is not just “a restored historic village in the Pine Barrens.” Originally founded in 1857 by the J.J. White Company as an active cranberry/blueberry production center, there’s so much more to see on these 3,600 acres located in Browns […]

Discover A Blue Hole in New Jersey

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails This diverse 3,500-acre preserve is not only the largest Nature Conservancy Preserve in NJ; it is also home to 32 rare plants and 15 threatened or endangered species of birds. The reason this area is so very special is due mainly to the pristine water quality and […]

Cedar Ridge Preserve

Stone wall in Forrest summer

Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails When we decided to hike Cedar Ridge Preserve we had no idea of the deep history of this location. We simply wanted a quiet place to walk with interesting topography and little or no other people – what we got was so much more. Cedar Ridge is […]

Money Island (Alloway Creek Wetland Restoration Site)

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails Here’s a place that’s remote in location and information – this one is for the explorers out there!  Money Island is one of the smallest and remote locations in rural Cumberland Co. This preserve sits on the area the Native Americans called “Wootsessunging.” In 1664 the Governor […]

Discover Waterfalls at Apshawa Preserve

The word “apshawa” translates to, “upon the mountain.” This is a very fitting name for this preserve in West Milford; because there certainly is magic in the mountains here.

Have You Heard of White Lake?

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Limestone Valley, you’ll find a 69-acre spring-fed body of water now called White Lake. Founded in 1997, this 394-acre preserve is a varied habitat comprised of fertile meadows, sinkhole ponds, and mature hemlock trees. It is […]

Abandoned Adventures at Jumping Brook Preserve

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails If you enjoy Franklin Parker Preserve, if abandoned cranberry bogs are your thing, or if you want to see beaver activity in NJ, I have a spot for you. Jumping Brook Preserve in Plumstead Township has 351 acres. I could only find one small mention on the […]

Bernadette Morales Nature Trails

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails You want to go for a hike on a beautiful Spring day after being cooped up all Winter; but you don’t want to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to secure a coveted parking spot. Thankfully, in NJ we have lots of other options. Fortunately, […]

Six Mile Run & An Abandoned Farm

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails Confession time – as someone who likes to take pictures along the trail and gaze up in the trees for birds, we usually try to avoid trails that include mountain biking. I don’t want to stir up the hikers/bikers debate here, just acknowledging the trails can sometimes […]

An Old Golf Course Turned Tall Pines State Preserve

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Founded in 2016, Tall Pines State Park is the only state-owned park in Gloucester County.   These 110 acres are pretty flat overall, we did walk up a couple slight hills in our travels.  The fact that this land is a former golf course explains the 4 miles of paved trails within the park.

Hiking the History of Voorhees State Park

Planetarium in forrest

One of the most visionary components of the New Deal was the Civilian Conservation Corps.; one of the local beneficiaries of this program was Voorhees State Park. In the early 20th century Hill Acres Farm in rural Lebanon Twp. was home to chickens, orchards and fields of wheat, rye and hay.

Exploring Laurie Chauncey Nature Trail Near Princeton

What most people aren’t aware of are the beautiful grounds surrounding the campus of this institution located just outside Princeton, in Lawrenceville, and the over 2 miles of trails that run alongside Stony Brook.

Roadside Photo Spots: North Jersey

New Jersey is a treasure chest filled with wonders – if only you have the spirit to look for them. Here’s a small sampling of amazing road-side attractions to photograph.

Hiking the Ruins of Estell Manor

Crumbling remains of concrete structure in forest

Nestled quietly in the forests of Atlantic County in South Jersey is Estell Manor, former home to over 8,000 employees of the Bethlehem Loading Company.