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#TrainYourBrainDay NJ’s Finest Escape Rooms!

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Today is #TrainYourBrainDay! Looking to put your brain power to the test? An escape room is the perfect way to actively engage in some brain puzzles with your closest friends and family! The concept is simple—you are locked in room and must solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategies to escape in under 60 minutes. I’ve had the pleasure of partaking in a few escape rooms with my family. It was a lot of fun—I highly recommend!

The first escape room I did was The Dorm Room at Amazing Escape Room in Princeton, NJ. As a college student, I thought it was really neat being able to do puzzles in a place that felt a lot like my college home! My first experience in an escape room was tough but definitely a great learning experience for future escape rooms. It laid the groundwork for being able to decipher clues and come up with strategic ways to solve the puzzles and riddles. Unfortunately, my group and I fell just short of escaping. We still had a great time!

The next escape room I did was Lost Jewel of Zanzibar at Escape Room Center in my hometown of Bridgewater, NJ. Set in Africa in 1930, the objective is to find a mystical gem from  a powerful warlord before time expires. I really liked the safari-adventure feel to this room. It almost felt like a Disney attraction! With a little more experience under our belts, my family and I were able to escape this room under 60 minutes. Woohoo!

My most recent escape room experience took place in Power Surge at Escape Garden State, minutes down the road from the #HipNJ HQ in Fairfield, NJ. This room takes place in Thomas Edison’s secret office. The goal is to access his secret work before time expires or else it will be gone forever. Personally, I thought this was the most challenging of the three I’ve done. It took a lot of ideas, guessing, and yes some clues from the Game Master, but we were able to escape! It was definitely my family’s most impressive escape yet!

If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to test your puzzle-solving skills, check out any of the locations I mentioned. The staff was very accommodating and the whole experience was seamless, fun, but definitely a challenge!

New Jersey escape rooms can be found in Princeton, Bridgewater, Fairfield, Hoboken, Atlantic City, Cherry Hill, Hackensack, and Freehold.

#HipNJ’s Hudson Restaurant Week Guide

Hudson Restaurant Week is returning July 23rd, and #HipNJ is here to make sure you don’t miss out on any of it. Check out our restaurant guide and try to hit as many spots as possible!

Anthony David’s, Hoboken

 

Juicy steak sandwich.

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Bin 14, Hoboken

Ani Ramen House, Jersey City

For a full list of participating restaurants, click here. Enjoy!

How to explore New Jersey in 24 hours

How to Explore New Jersey in 24 Hours

We are all so busy living our lives that sometimes we forget to try unfamiliar places to eat, drink and visit in our beloved #HipNJ. There is no better way to attain a fresh look at our home city than by seeing it through the eyes of a tourist. Imagine that you had just 24 hours to spend in New Jersey – how would you spend it? Why not check out our handy go-to guide to exploring the Garden State in just one day and night?

Brunch time!
First agenda of the day is brunch! You can’t beat a great brunch either people watching by yourself or with friends. We love Amanda’s in Hoboken where you can enjoy an efficient and polite service in a stylish setting. Diners can enjoy a classic French toast or a delicious Eggs Benedict. For the more adventurous amongst us, you could swap your espresso for Amanda’s Bellini.

Get Arty
If you are into your culture, why not channel your inner tourist and visit a local gallery featuring art from local artists? A trip to The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is a must-do and you can experience great exhibitions such as ‘Oh, What a World! What a World’, which has been listed as a presentation of work that “addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, politics, gender identity, race relations, feminism, and the state of our democracy.”

Making elefriends!
For a quirky twist to your day out, take a wander over to Margate which is just six miles from Atlantic City. Here you can find the Lucy the Elephant – a 65-foot-high building in the shape of the elephant. This is not only a fun way to while away an hour or two, but it is a protected National History Landmark, too.

Dinner by the Ocean
It’s time for dinner! There are so many incredible restaurants to visit throughout the state but one of our favourites is by the ocean. 2nd Jetty in Sea Bright ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a cool restaurant that truly represents the fun side of Jersey.

From the Sea to a Showboat
Who doesn’t love a night out playing the slots and other games at the casino? Showboat is one of the coolest casinos in the state and as well as playing poker, you can also enjoy events like the ‘House of Blues Party Pit’ on the gaming floor on Friday and Saturday nights. One of their most popular games for people to play is Texas Hold’em and one of the reasons for this is because it’s one of the simplest.

Whether you favour Hold’em, Omaha Hi or Lo or even Badugi, it is important to undertake your research to make sure you know what hand to play. The player with the highest-ranked poker hand is the winner, so it is crucial to understand the correct hand rankings.

Seeing the Stars

One of the best ways to fall in love with New Jersey time and time again is to view it from a relaxing vista or from a fabulous rooftop bar up above. The SkyLab in Newark is one of the coolest places to vibe out and see the city and beyond. In fact, you can even see the New York city skyline whilst enjoying a sublime cocktail at the same time.

We are sure that exploring our wonderful State and seeing it through the eye of a tourist will help you fall in love with New Jersey all over again. Whilst there is something very comforting and familiar about revisiting your favourite places to eat and drink, sometimes we all need a little bit of extra encouragement to try somewhere different. Where will your New Jersey journey take you next?