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Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Montclair is known for many things, among them its many amazing writers. That's what happens when you become the suburb of choice for so many former Manhattan and Brooklyn-nites. Tucked on a side street, the Little Free Library is just one in a...
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1 Liberty Island - Ellis Island, New York, NY 10004, USA
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a unique and thought-provoking place to visit for locals and visitors alike. While this spot is significant to American history in general, for many it is a special experience to visit an important piece in their...
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11 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ 08530, USA
Please tell me: who doesn’t like fireworks? Even better- free entertainment? Lambertville (NJ) and New Hope (PA) combine the two and collectively ignite the warmer months with a fifteen minute firework show displayed over the Delaware River every...
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555 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
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This Irish-style pub and restaurant is an elegant version of your traditional sports bar, with a private bar area (Curragh) where you can get some quiet time too. Dorrian's on Washington Boulevard has been in existence for over ten years, and...
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140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
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Multimedia mavens can shop for art, glass in hand, at one convenient, stylish lounge in Jersey: LITM. Small but sleek, it's the perfect venue for local artists to show their work while patrons to sip seasonal cocktails. Pop in for a beverage or...
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Stan's Square Records is a local music institution—for new music and old hits this is the place to go. Stan has a passion for the pure sound of vinyl and is a great resource for music knowledge. As I stared at brand new records of Adele and Amy...
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146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
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Skinner's Loft has a classic North American feel as well as local flavor. Committed to farm-to-table eats and crafted drinks, everything here is well worth the visit. From the gourmet dishes to a unique beverage selection, you'll find seasonal...
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133 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
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Discovering a consistently good pizzeria is a bit like stumbling into a good watering hole: it's the gift that keeps on giving. At Two Boots, the options range from the traditional to the cheeky and quirky. The "Earth Mother" is vegan with five...
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84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
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If you're a naturalist, you'll love the eco kayaking options at the Hudson River Estuary. Expect to see marshes, egrets, and cormorants and get a deeper appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding the estuary. Tours are given at the south side...
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200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Liberty State Park is an ideal way for families to spend the afternoon or evening overlooking Manhattan's landmark triumvirate (including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York City skyline). The long boardwalk/pier is a great...
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Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
From May through December, head down to the Grove Street PATH Station (between Grove and Newark Street) for a taste of true local flavor. Here, the Historic Downtown Jersey Farmers' Market blooms with fresh produce, spices, pastries, and other...
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506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Even if you're not a vegan, Subia's Organic Cafe and Market's fresh juices and organic fare offer healthy alternatives for a mid-day snack or lunch. The juice bar churns out smoothies and juices for every ailment, but you can customize your own if...
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888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
The concept behind Mana Contemporary is a work of art itself. A hub for artists and art aficionados, the venture brings together artists of every medium with art enthusiasts and service providers. Housed in an cluster of old warehouses and factory...
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172 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
One of the best ways to experience a place is to view it from the ground floor. For those who prefer a little more speed than their own two feet can afford, Grove Street Bicycles provides half-day and full-day bike rentals at reasonable rates....
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303 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Hudson County Art Supply brims with the colorful organized chaos of an artist's studio. Stacked floor to ceiling with high quality art supplies, the corner store prides itself on friendly service that welcomes customers new and old to the...
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3854, 804 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
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Run by two brothers from Andhra Pradesh, Sapthagiri specializes in flavorful Southern Indian dishes (though a few Northern favorites appear on the menu, too). There's nearly 20 varieties of dosas, the thin, rice crepes signature to the region, and...
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222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Home to 12 exhibition museums, hurricane and tornado wind simulators, a live animal collection, and the nation's largest IMAX, the Liberty Science Center makes science palatable, if not downright enjoyable, to kids and adults alike. Don't miss the...
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Belmar Boardwalk, Belmar, NJ 07719, USA
I keep hearing that New Jersey is back. Well, as far as the beaches and beachfront go, almost all are open for the summer season of 2013. As you can see in the photo, Belmar's new boardwalk is very nice and there are little shops and restaurants...
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Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742, USA
While traveling in Italy with her family, Bella saw small carts from which vendors sold their items. She thought about the carts and what a great thing it would be to get a cart and sell gelato to make some money for charity. Bela immediately...
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74 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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Fans of Mediterranean cuisine are well-served in Princeton, especially if they decide to patronize a restaurant by local favorites the Terra Momo Restaurant Group. Which establishment you opt for depends on what you’re craving. For an exquisite...
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Undoubtedly one of the best things to do when visiting Princeton is to spend an afternoon walking around the university campus. One of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in the United States, Princeton is also among the most architecturally...
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25 Palmer Square E, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
The mobiles hang from the ceiling and the display windows flaunt small-scale architectural wonders at JaZams, a toy store geared toward mini Ivy-Leaguers. The children’s book section is one of the more extensive I’ve seen, with innumerous...
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21 Spring St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Say you’ve been invited to an esteemed professor’s house for roast beef, and you want to show up with an appropriate bottle of wine. The only problem is that you know more about Welch’s sodas than you do about good vintages or regions in France....
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
If you have some free evenings during your visit to Princeton, it may be worthwhile to check if there are any athletic events or student theater productions going on while you’re in town. Princeton folks are especially spoiled when it comes to the...
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242 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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You’ll never want to visit another Subway after you’ve experienced the bliss that is a sandwich from Hoagie Haven on Nassau. Not only do the portion sizes put its corporate competitor to shame, but the taste of some of the Haven’s more inspired...
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Carnegie Lake, New Jersey 08540, USA
On sunny days, you could do worse than pack a picnic and head down to the banks of Carnegie Lake, the three-and-a-half-mile expanse of water that serves as the training site for the Princeton University rowers. Created in 1906, the Lake was a gift...
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252 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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As Princeton’s main drag, Nassau Street features an eclectic mix of restaurants, from the higher-end spots frequented by visiting dignitaries, to reliable and affordable student favorites. Tiger Noodles falls into the latter category. Come here...
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Elm Dr, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
When vising the campus, it would be a sin not to stop by the Princeton University Art Museum. Directly adjacent to McCormick Hall, not only does this building contain one of the most impressive university art collections in the world, but there’s...
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66 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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The “e” may be lower-case, but the cuisine is capital at elements, chef Scott Anderson’s farm-to-table restaurant on Bayard Lane. This is the place for those who value fine dining without haughty attitudes or prices that require you to mortgage...
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33 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
The blustery Northeast can be pretty dire during the colder months, when you may want to brighten your spirits with a tropical juice infusion at this Princeton oasis. Then again, Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar is also a pretty ideal destination for...
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35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Few, if any, foodie destinations in Princeton have gotten as much press as The Bent Spoon, a homemade ice cream shop and “good ingredient” bakery on Palmer Square. The attention is well-deserved, as anyone who samples the creamy mascarpone gelato...
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483 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
If you’re visiting during the warmer months, Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rental at 483 Alexander Street offers a chance to satisfy your inner Winklevoss Twin. No, you won’t get to act out vindictive desires on a duplicitous nerd billionaire but, if...
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122 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
There were many dismayed bibliophiles around here when Micawber Books closed a few years ago. Luckily, this famous university town didn’t have to go long without a stellar independent bookstore to bolster its reputation. Labyrinth Books on Nassau...
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138 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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Occupying the space of a former bowling alley, the Princeton installment of the Triumph Brewing Company (two other locations exist in New Hope and Philadelphia) has a deceptively subtle façade on Nassau Street. A narrow entryway descends into a...
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154 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
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What’s an old-fashioned college town without a proper hotcake joint? Maybe it’s that I’ve seen too many movies, but for me the image of a tweedy (and slightly cracked) professor having an informal diner breakfast with an ambitious underclassman is...
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1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
Established in the late 1800's/early 1900's, the mysterious Duke family estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey provides for voyeuristic ventures into past riches, free of charge. One of the largest privately owned properties in the state, Duke Farms...
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260 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07105, USA
The Ironbound section of Newark in New Jersey is largely a Portuguese area. In 1910, immigrants from Portugal arrived in Newark. By the early 1920's they founded in the Ironbound the Sporting Club de Portugal. By the late 1950's, the greatest...
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1480 NJ-23, Sussex, NJ 07461, USA
High Point State Park's distinctive obelisk-like structure could make you think for a minute that you are in Washington D.C. The tall slender monument was generously dedicated to the State of New Jersey by the Kuser family, and turned into a State...
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2 Light House Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA
When Henry Hudson sailed into this area in 1609, the highlands were mentioned in the ships logs and diaries. Since 1828, the Twin Lights have stood 200 feet atop the Navesink Highlands to give warning to ships at sea of land ahead. This was a...
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305 MAST Way, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA
Plodding down the (long) path to the beach at Sandy Hook, I happened to look up and see the Verrazano Bridge over in New York. The day was hazy but I could see the bridge as she majestically joined two parcels of land. On Sandy Hook at the beach,...
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Belmar, NJ, USA
It was a cloudy Saturday morning, but I still decided to go for a jog from Avon and into Belmar. This is my usual routine. I got to Avon and there were no parking spaces for three blocks. This is late September and usually in September, the crowds...
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Belmar, NJ, USA
For several weeks, I had noticed a sign on the fences in Belmar at the beach. As I was jogging every day on the boards, I kept reading about this MudManX Obstacle Race. I thought about this several times and figured it was just a race along the...
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923 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, USA
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Here’s a concept that feels long overdue: a wine and burger bar. That’s the idea behind Zinburger, which specializes in pairing excellent, mostly American, wine with gourmet hamburgers. All wines are available by the glass, which is helpful if you...
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104 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Mac Attack serves truffled mac and cheese, manchego and apple grilled cheese, and just about everything in between (there's even a dessert). Open until 3 a.m. on Saturday, it's also the perfect stop for late-night munchies.