New Jersey’s Delaware River Region is a relaxing destination any time of year. Explore charming main streets and rural cranberry farms, hike through stunning forests, or tour dozens of historic sites. The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton offers fascinating exhibits on history, science and art. See historic artifacts, chat with scientists studying fossils in the Paleo Lab, or stargaze at the state’s largest planetarium. The Burlington Historic District features more than 40 historic sites, artifacts from the 1600s, specialty shops and eateries. Poetry fans won’t want to miss a tour of Walt Whitman House in Camden.
Indulge in retail therapy at more than 200 shops and galleries in downtown Haddonfield or shop for antiques in Hainesport, Mullica Hill, Sicklerville, Mount Holly and Mount Laurel. Treat the family to a day at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. The popular attraction offers over 200,000 square feet of marine exhibits including a 40-ft. walk-through tunnel.
Travel the Millstone Valley Scenic Byways, take a tour of wineries and breweries, or enjoy outdoor recreation along 157 miles of the Delaware Bay and River. Popular annual events include the Cranberry Festival in Bordentown (October) and the Fire and Ice Festival in Mount Holly (January).
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
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The Delaware River area is home to more than a dozen wineries. Sign up for a guided tour at New Jersey Wine Tours in Washington Township or take a self-guided tour starting in Atco and winding through Logan Township, Mullica Hill, Princeton and Robbinsville. Whitesbog Village in Browns Mills is located at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Take a guided tour of cranberry and blueberry farms and attend special events.
Battleship New Jersey in Camden is a U.S. Navy battleship used in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Take tours of the ship and view artifacts and exhibits at the museum. Explore Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton and view the two-acre park and arboretum with more than 270 sculptures on display. Browse the 4.5-acre Camden Children’s Garden. See educational exhibits and ride the train and carousel.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Woodland Township spans 37,000 acres. Enjoy hiking and nature trails, biking, horseback riding, fishing and cross-country skiing. Bird watchers won’t want to miss the winter swan migration. Stow Creek Viewing Area in Salem is a prime spot to observe bald eagles. View an eagle’s nest and enjoy a ranger-led program on eagle restoration efforts.