Camping in New Jersey is literally the best
of all worlds. There is just about nothing you
cannot do while you camp in New Jersey. You have
your choice of over 120 campgrounds and State Park
facilities to choose from not to mention thousands
of acres of public land to explore.
about every one of the privates campgrounds in the
state have craft activities, pools, fishing ponds,
sports activities and so many other amenities I
can't even count. Most of them are clean, modern
and well suited to just about any type of camping.
They are all within a decent driving distance of
dozens of cultural, sports, historical,
recreational and children related attractions.
Having said that let me give you the all
time Top 10 Reasons to camp in New Jersey:
1. Atlantic City and its world-famous
beach and boardwalk, luxurious casino, non-stop
gaming action, the hottest entertainers, the best
in dining, and quality sporting events.
Revel in bay heritage along a scenic waterfront in
Somers Point or visit the landmark mansion of
original harbormaster Richard Somers, the oldest
home in all of Atlantic County, it remains a
museum today. Marvel at the world's only 63-foot
pachyderm with a visit to Lucy the Margate
Elephant. Or have your children experience their
favorite nursery rhythm characters in life size at
3. There's the
760,000-gallon open-ocean tank at the New Jersey
Academy for Aquatic Sciences At Adventure Aquarium
in Camden, just one of the fascinating exhibits
depicting sea life from around the state. Or
Trenton, the nations second-largest state capital
in continuous use and the site of one of George
Washington's greatest Revolutionary victories.
Today, you can visit the spot where he crossed the
Delaware and tour the Old Barracks, used by
soldiers in the French and Indian War. Or, stroll
through the New Jersey State Museum and its
impressive art galleries.
4. The Delaware
Region is home to most of New Jersey's Pine
Barrens, a million acres of preserved forests and
waterways. It is, in fact, the largest wilderness
area east of the Mississippi.
Thomas A. Edison's home and laboratories, where
you will see some of his greatest inventions. Stop
by a museum solely dedicated to the history of
flight. Known as one of the cultural capitals of
the United States, the Gateway Region is the home
of people from all over the world, whose cultures
mingle to produce a rich fabric of life. Here,
you'll find theater, dance and the best in
classical music. Included is New Jersey's state
theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Diversity characterizes the many playtime
activities you'll find in the Gateway Region, plus
being just minutes away from New York City. It
houses the Meadowland Complex with its colorful
tapestry of sports and entertainment. Restaurants
of all types for all tastes, extensive shopping
centers with the best of everything, and
activities for children of all ages round out a
vivid, exciting region. This is truly a gateway to
many vacation alternatives. That's why when people
experience all the Gateway has to offer they keep
coming back again and again.
the Shore Region, and certain images immediately
pop into your head: over 60 miles of pristine
beaches from Sandy Hook to Holgate; surf fishing
off Seaside Park; perhaps some bodysurfing off Bay
Head; or maybe a moonlit walk in Surf City.
8. On the northern fringe of the Gateway
National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook stands the
nation's oldest operating beacon, the Sandy Hook
Lighthouse. Several miles to the south are the
Twin Lights of Navesink, the site of Marconi's
first ship-to-shore broadcast. Further south is
Barnegat Light; affectionately know locally as
"Old Barney," built by Civil War hero George
Gordon Meade in 1857. And now the newly
reconstructed Tuckers Island Lighthouse in the
9. Gentle mountains,
Skiing, Rock climbing, and Horseback riding. Can
you really do all this stuff in New Jersey? Yes
you can - and more can be found less than an
hour's drive from New York City. The opportunities
of the Skylands Region have always been one of New
Jersey Camping's best-kept secrets.
its amusement park that make you happy, check out
Mountain Creek in Vernon. Somewhat more genteel
diversions can be found during the region's
numerous winery festivals or at the Sussex Farm
and Horse Show in August.
11. Walk along
30 miles of wide sandy beaches, experience the
warmth of a Victorian inn, take a stroll through
history and enjoy the fresh bounty of the sea at a
12. All along the
ocean, the beachfront towns of the Southern Shore
Region offer great fishing, boating, beaches and
whale-watching cruises, plus fine restaurants and
accommodations - not to mention the wonderful
campgrounds in the area, to pitch your tent or set
up your RV. Cape May County boasts itself as one
of the premium camping areas of the country. It
all adds up to marvelous fun.
Okay, so I
I couldn't stop at 10 things, I had
to give you 12!
In this article I just
barely scratched the surface of what New Jersey
has to offer and it can all be done from the back
of your RV or the middle of your tent!
Eric Stephenson is an avid camper and publisher of http://www.njcampinginfo.com/.
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