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2018 Bucket List

NJ Family 2018 Bucket List

NJ Family gave an Ultimate 2018 Bucket List with must go to places in the New Jersey area.

New Jersey Family asked readers across the state to share their favorite things to do in and around N.J. Check out the must-see attractions, must-try restaurants, must-visit spots for kid-free fun and more at njfamily.com/bucketlist.

Outdoor Faves    

NJ Family listed Ocean City and Sandy Hook as two of N.J. favorite beaches. NJ Family says, “Ocean City, known for its pristine sand, 2 1/2 mile-long boardwalk and hoppin’ mini golf spots, is fun for day trips and family vacays. Sandy Hook, popular for shell collecting and calm waters, is the perfect place to go bird watching or biking with the squad.”

They also said that Essex County Sunflower Maze is one of the Prettiest Hidden Gem‘s in the New Jersey area. This maze makes people feel as if they have just walked into a field of bright yellow sunshine.

The Cape May Lighthouse was named one of the Most Picturesque Lighthouses in the N.J. area. People from all over the state travel here just to take a picture with this iconic lighthouse. NJ Family says, “It’s the third lighthouse to stand proud in that spot over the Atlantic since 1859. More than 21/2 million visitors have traveled up its 199 steps for a view of Cape May, Wildwood and Delaware.”

The Paterson Great Falls is definitely one of the most Instaworthy Photo Spots. “This National Historical Park in Paterson is one of N.J.’s most spectacular natural sites. Formerly the power source for a local mill, the falls are 77 feet high. Now, they’re part of the National Park Service, so visitors can feel the mist for themselves. The best time to visit is in the spring after the snow melts, or any time after a big rainstorm when the falls are rushing at full peak” says NJ Family.

Fun Stuff

Under the category of “Fun Stuff“, NJ Family listed Turtleback Zoo as the favorite zoo in New Jersey. It was named this for its amazing petting zoo interactions and scenery of the animals.

Liberty Science Center is the top family-friendly museum to visit in the N.J. area. On top of the countless awesome things to experience at Liberty Science Center, you don’t want to miss the massive new Planetarium.

YESTERcades is one of the coolest arcades in the area. With locations in Red Bank, Somerville and Westfield, it’s easy to get your Pac-Man on. Relive your arcade days with old-school games and beat the high score on a vintage pinball machine. You can also show the kids what Atari’s all about.

Good Eats

People from all over the state are always looking for new places to eat. One of the Top Seafood Spots is The Lobster House in Cape May. Guests can dig into lobster, oysters and clams at the raw bar. Also, they can climb aboard the Schooner American, a 130-foot boat that doubles as an outdoor cocktail lounge.

Star Tavern World Famous Pizzeria was named best pizza spot to try in New Jersey. The tavern might look like a typical bar and grill, but it’s home to thin crust pizza that they mastered over 65 years.

One of the favorite deli’s is Cosmo’s Italian Salumeria.  NJ Family says, “From homemade mozzarella and imported meats to fresh bread and a no-frills menu, this Hackensack spot is as authentic as it gets….If the food alone doesn’t kindle thoughts of your Nonna, they’re sure to come when the owner sends a regular home with spaghetti on the house.”

If you’re looking for the Sweetest Pancakes, Brownstone Pancake Factory takes the cake. Fluffy buttermilks get gussied up in every way imaginable. Toppings include peanut butter drizzle, house-made blueberry compote and sweet cinnamon apples. The kids will go wild for the deep-fried Nutella French toast sundae.

Me Time

If you’re looking for a great spa experience in the N.J. area, SoJo Spa Club is the place to be.   NJ Family says, “This reimagined Korean bathhouse in Edgewater boasts Manhattan views and internationally-influenced treatments. Take a dip in the Insta-famous rooftop infinity pool more than 100 feet above the street. Then, experience highlights like hydrotherapy, a hinoki silk bath, Korean body scrubs or a Himalayan salt sauna.”

DIY’s are on the rage these days. AR Workshop, Board and Brush, and MADE at the Park are some of the Most Fun DIY Night Out places in the N.J. area. People can embellish wooden signs, trays or frames with your favorite phrase or family name using gorgeous raw materials. People can either go on their own, or they can plan a night out with all their friends.

For more information on this Bucket List, Visit NJFamily.com

weekend report

#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 14th-16th

This weekend was a busy one for #NJ! If you were too busy having fun, #HipNJ has got you covered with the hottest happenings in the Garden State over the past three days!  

 

A little late, but last night was lit💥

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White Meadow Lake Festival Days: Rockaway, NJ

Last Friday, White Meadow Lake Country Club hosted White Meadow Lake Festival Days! Participants were able to participate in a volleyball tournament, go on a scavenger hunt and try their hand in sand castle building! This exciting day filled with good food and family fun ended with a fireworks show.

Boogie Board Races: Wildwood, NJ

This Saturday marked Wildwood’s annual Boogie Boarding Contest! Boys and girls ages 5-17 were given the opportunity to showcase their boogie boarding skills at 15th Avenue Beach in North Wildwood. Prizes were awarded for Most Creative and Longest and Best Overall Ride in each age category.

Summer in the Street: Toms River, NJ

This Saturday was an exciting day for downtown Toms River, as the town hosted Summer in the Street! This event included everything from live entertainment to crafts and food to loads of family fun!

Foodie Nightlife Experience: Jersey City, NJ 

This Saturday and Sunday, Jersey City hosted over 20 yummy food vendors from NYC and NJ at the Harborside Financial Center Platform! Not only were attendees given a wide selection of bites and brews, all produce was priced at five dollars or less!

 

possibly starting a theme ¿

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Freedom Fest State Fair: Allentown, NJ

This weekend also was home to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, NJ! This fair is the largest in Central Jersey and gives visitors to enjoy New Jersey heritage while providing endless entertainment. From tasty food to fun rides and games, the whole family was sure to be entertained!

 

#Hypothermia, nailing it for 30 years… #nottoocoldtorockandroll #BlackPotatoeMusicFest21 – photos: John Bohnel

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Black Potato Music Festival

On the music front, this weekend also marked the 21st annual Black Potato Music Festival. The festival gave visitors a unique musical experience by mixing rock and jazz classics with new emerging artists and sounds!

Belmar Movies on the Beach: Belmar, NJ

This weekend marked another movie night on the beach for 8th Ave in Belmar, NJ! This weekend, the featured movie was Rogue One. If you missed out this weekend, you can watch a movie with your toes on the sand every Saturday until September 9th!

Hip NJ’s Weekend Recap: July 7-9

If you were too busy having fun in the sun, #HipNJ has got you covered on what you missed in New Jersey this weekend! 

Comic fest (July 8 & 9), Morristown, NJ

Comic Fest hit Morristown this weekend! People had the chance to meet the actors who played iconic superheros such as Superman and The Flash. Vendors provided comics, art, vintage toys, and pop culture items.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, Wildwood, NJ

On Saturday, world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long hosted the 5th Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival! Participants competed for a variety of prizes and awards while spectators enjoyed live music, a magic show, beach games, and more!

Blueberry Bash, Princeton, NJ

Terhune Orchards in Princeton NJ gave a sweet twist to the weekend by hosting a Blueberry Bash! This event not only let participants taste some of New Jersey’s best blueberries, it also provided live music, wagon rides, wine tastings and more!

NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival, North Wildwood, NJ 

The NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival kicked off this weekend! The 3-day festival included live cooking demonstrations, top regional & national blues acts, and delicious food!

Promenade Art Show, Cape May, NJ

Cape May acted as a curator of New Jersey’s finest crafters this weekend! Participants enjoyed the opportunity to purchase everything from jewelry to leather goods to watercolor paintings at the Promenade Art Show!

 

Full moon beach camping is now in full effect

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Full Moon Beach Camping, Seaside Heights, NJ

On July 9th, North Beach in Seaside Heights invited families to bring their own tent and camp out for the night in the sand! Participants enjoyed an all night beach party that ended with an unbeatable view of the sunrise.

 

OPEN!

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By the Light of the Moon, Atlantic City, NJ

On July 9th, Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City gave participants the opportunity to experience a lighthouse tour like never before! The event allowed night time climbs of the lighthouse that included snacks and beverages!

Restaurant Week, New Brunswick, NJ  

This weekend also kicked off New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week! Starting July 8th and ending July 22nd, this event is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by the New Brunswick Restaurant Week website to view the list of participating restaurants and their respective special offers in honor of this event!

4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk, Roselle, NJ 

Warinanco Park in Roselle NJ combined fun and a good cause by hosting the 4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk! The Worthy Women’s Entrepreneurial Sisterhood is an organization that encourages feminine entrepreneurship! Participants were able to get in a good workout while supporting their own and others businesses!

Jeepers for Troopers, Hamilton, NJ 

July 9th also saw a day of fun for a good cause! The New Jersey Jeep Association organized a charity ride for the Alpha Corps Foundation.  The Alpha Corps Foundation strives to provide economic relief for the families of fallen New Jersey State Troopers.