New Jersey is a very diverse state; from the ski slopes of the northwestern counties to the more urban areas of coastal New York City to the world famous casinos of Atlantic City, New Jersey has a distinct and proud history all its own. However southern New Jersey is known for more than just his casinos; southern New Jersey has all manner of things for folks to do both individually, as a couple, or with the entire family. If you’re visiting southern New Jersey these are things you should be aware of before you hop over Pennsylvania or Delaware.
Southern New Jersey is generally regarded from Ocean County and the North’s to Cape May County in the Southeast to Salem County in the west up to Burlington County. There are many things to do all over this area which run the gamut of arts, history and culture.
Atlantic City: more than just casinos. While Atlantic City is known for its entertainment and nightlife and gambling scene, the fact is that Atlantic City is more than just one thing. If you’re starting your visit to southern New Jersey in Atlantic City you should definitely visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum. If you want to take in a show outside the casinos then the Dante Hall Theatre of the Performing Arts in Atlantic City which is a great 250 seat theatre to visit. For an artsy afternoon you can take in a visit to the Lifeguard Art Photo Gallery in Atlantic City with pictures taken by Rusty Silverman.
Outside of Atlantic City you can head to Brigantine, New Jersey and visit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and see how the folks here have helped dozens of whales, sea turtles and dolphins get off the shore and back to the safety of the water. Take the kids to Margate, New Jersey and see the “World’s Largest Elephant” Lucy the Elephant the statue that brought dignitaries and presidents to the area in the late 1800’s. For an educational venture with the kids visit the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
For many years the Cape May section of lower New Jersey has been home to lovers and families alike. For art and culture in the Cape May region you should see the Historic Cold Springs Village in Cape May, New Jersey where the town is a living museum with costumed educators and life on the farm. A great way to start the trip to Cape May, New Jersey and see what you might like to do would be to take a trip on Atlantic City’s trolleys. The Atlantic City trolley will take you and your family to the Absecon Lighthouse, Historic town of Smithville, Atlantic City Aquarium, Caesar’s Pier shops, The Walk and more of beautiful Cape May.
New Jersey often gets a bad wrap. Atlantic City often gets overlooked as just casinos. We must remember that there are beautiful beaches, great museums and tons of history in southern New Jersey that can lead to a great vacation that does not take you too far from home yet you will feel miles and miles away. Rethink southern New Jersey.