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9 Must-See New Jersey Roadside Attractions

New Jersey is home to a wide range of impressive attractions, and a selection of these prove to be truly unique, fun, and completely off beat. Check out Lucy the Elephant, the Hindenburg Crash Site, and even Fun Time America.


1. Fun Time America

Since 1995, Fun Time America has been thrilling families with a range of amusement park-style fun across its 40,000 square feet. Visit Cliffwood in the Gateway region – just minutes from nearby Hazlet – and check out this excellent site. As an indoor amusement park, you'll be guaranteed a good time no matter the time of year. Swing by the U.S.A Cafe for lunch, then get back to it!

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Spring is Ideal for a Trip to Rutgers Gardens

2. Paterson Great Falls NHP

Many people forget just how majestic New Jersey's outdoor landscape can be. Amid all the hustle and bustle, don't pass on your chance to explore the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. This site preserves one of the country's largest waterfalls, features a slew of hiking trails, and is a short drive from Ramsey in the Skylands region.

3. New Jersey State Museum

The next time you're cruising through Trenton, be sure to swing by the New Jersey State Museum. Established in 1895, the NJ State Museum is home to its own 150-seat planetarium, and a 380-seat auditorium. Check out the Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey. The drive in from nearby Bordentown is swift.

4. Rutgers Gardens

Plan a visit to East Brunswick for the spring or summer and make sure to explore the very lush and very popular Rutgers Gardens. Across its 50 acres, you'll find 11 different botanical garden collections. This site is open every day of the year, and you can find it on the campus of Rutgers University

5. Old Bridge Township Raceway Park

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Lucy the Elephant Will Delight All Members of the Family

Few destinations in New Jersey offer as much racing fun for visitors and locals alike as the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Found in Englishtown, a short drive from both East Brunswik and Monmouth Junction, this racing site NHRA events throughout the year.

6. Lucy the Elephant

Easily one of the most bizarre roadside attractions you'll find along the Jersey Shore, Lucy the Elephant a building found in Margate. She's got the look of an Elephant, but you can tour the inside – once you reach the top, few structures offer as impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean. Make the quick drive in from Atlantic City.

7. World's Largest Light Bulb

How many ways can one state honor the life and accomplishments of Thomas Edison? While there most likely no end in site, one of the most exceptional sites to visit in this regard is the Edison Memorial Tower, also known as the World's Tallest Light Bulb. The next time you find yourself in South Plainfield, make the short drive into Edison and check out this 131-foot tower and landmark.

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See the Hindenburg Crash Site Near Lakewood

8. Crash Site of the Hindenburg

When it crashed in 1937, the Hindenburg was a modern marvel of science and engineering. Today, airships of the sort have faded in style, but you can still check out the site where it crashed. Head for the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station near Lakewood to see for yourself. 

9. Giant Steel Hockey Player

Whether you're a die hard hockey fan, a casual on-looker, or maybe someone who doesn't care for the sport at all, the Giant Steel Hockey Player in Newark is certainly worth a pit stop. Found in the plaza next to the Prudential Center, the Giant Steel Hockey Player stands at 22 feet high, and is a whopping 6,000 pounds. It was made by a New Jersey Devils hockey fan, and installed in 2009.

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