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20 Amazing Hidden Gems in New Jersey   U.S.A

Started Jul-21 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 131 views.

20 Amazing Hidden Gems in New Jersey

New Jersey, the Garden State, the land of Jersey Shore and Atlantic City, has so much more to offer its visitors. A myriad of activities ranging from family friendly locations to scenic drives will keep you entertained when you leave the metropolitan areas. Hop in the car and get ready to explore the countryside as well as the coast. You’ll see some historic parks and buildings, and maybe even a giant elephant, so be ready to be impressed. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun places to stop to eat and recharge as you go on your way! 

Diggerland, USA, West Berlin

Diggerland is not your average amusement park, ladies and gentlemen. It is actually the only construction themed park in the United States, and chock full of inventive rides. Instead of bumper cars, why not try driving construction vehicles and enjoying a whole new interpretation of what makes an amusement parks.

Take a spin on the Spin Dizzy, which is a 20-ton excavator modified to carry passengers for a spin-tastic experience. If you happen to be in West Berlin in October, they offer “Diggerfest”, a family-friendly festival. Take a hay ride or race the mazes, or check out the stunt shows. You might never go back to standard amusement parks after this hidden amusement park gem!

Old Mine Road

Old Mine Road is one of the oldest continually used roads in the United States, and crosses both New Jersey and New York. It runs a length of 104 miles, from the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area to Kingston, New York. The road has been modernized in New York, but a large portion is untouched in New Jersey, where corresponding Dutch buildings and other historic sites have been preserved in honor of the Dutch settlers to the area.

Hop in the car and explore the stretch of road between the Delaware Water Gap and Port Jervis. You can even stop to camp at Worthington State Forest and extend your trip. Enjoy the quaint two-lane roads and the chance to retrace some early Dutch American colonial history as you explore this historic hidden gem.

Rutgers Garden

Tucked away between the Turnpike and Route 1 is a little garden that not even all New Jersey locals always know about. Stretch your legs and stop off in Rutgers Garden, the university gardens for Rutger, if you find yourself in New Brunswick.

Rutgers Garden has the second largest collection of holly in the United States. Enjoy wandering the gardens and experiencing the flowers, and don’t miss out on their farmers market! It is sourced directly by the fruits and vegetables grown in the gardens, all of which are fresh and delicious! This is a little heavenly corner of the Turnpike and well worth the time to experience.

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