Explore Fun Activities In New Jersey’s Gateway Region
New Jersey’s Gateway Region begins at the northeastern border. The family-friendly area offers a variety of attractions for all ages and interests. Ellis Island & Museum in Jersey City pays tribute to the gateway that more than 12 million immigrants passed through from 1892-1954. Take the ferry from Liberty State Park. Historic New Bridge Landing Park in River Edge marks the spot where the Continental Army retreated across
the Hackensack River in 1776 during the Revolutionary War. Rutgers University Geology Museum in New Brunswick features exhibits on Native American artifacts, dinosaurs, gems, and minerals.
Tenafly Nature Center is a 400-acre nature preserve. Enjoy scenic views, hiking trails, bird watching and wildlife observation. Golfers can choose from 25 golf courses in the Gateway region ranging from modest nine-hole practice links to scenic 18-hole courses with clubhouses, pro shops, and restaurants.
Plays In The Park at Roosevelt Park in Edison features musicals, dramas, and comedies in an outdoor amphitheater setting. Browse more than 270 shops, eateries and attractions at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. The Meadowlands Flea Market in East Rutherford boasts more than 500 vendors.
Antique buffs won’t want to miss Summit Antique Center in Summit.
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Take a road trip to Giamarese Farm & Orchards in East Brunswick. Pick your own fruit and produce in the summer months or enjoy the year-round farm market. Take a tour of breweries and distilleries and visit tasting rooms in Hackensack, Fairfield, Edison, Middlesex, Jersey City, and Woodbridge. Treat yourself to a cruise on the Hudson River or board the ferry at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to see the Statue of Liberty.
Fort Lee Historic Park features Revolutionary War exhibits and offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City honors the 749 New Jersey residents who died at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Bergen County Zoological Park in Paramus spans 18 acres. See wildlife from all over the world and enjoy pony rides and an aviary.
The Newark Museum is the largest in the state. Wander through over 80 galleries, stargaze at the planetarium, visit the sculpture garden, and tour Ballantine House, a restored 1885 mansion. The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum in Teterboro features exhibits on New Jersey’s aeronautical history, historic aircraft and an aerospace library. The Long Pond Ironworks Museum in Hewitt offers exhibits on iron produced for various wars. See artifacts on a tour of the village.
Long Pond Ironworks State Park is home to Greenwood Lake. Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating. Norvin Green State Forest is part of the Wyanokie Wilderness Area. Engage in watersports at Lake Sonoma and hike along nature trails. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson boasts the second largest waterfall by volume east of the Mississippi River. Ramapo Mountain State Forest is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, and cross-country skiing.
Watch thoroughbred and harness racing at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford or see the New York Giants and New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium. The New Jersey Jackals play minor league baseball at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls. Stop by the Yogi Berra Museum to view exhibits on the baseball legend. Prudential Center in Newark hosts the NHL New Jersey Devils.
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is located at Liberty State Park. See hundreds of exhibits in 12 galleries and view special films on the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater. Interactive exhibits explore a broad range of topics from ocean exploration to animal encounters, weather phenomena, insects, and dinosaurs. View permanent exhibits and special presentations like Beyond Rubik’s Cube. The café offers healthy lunches and snacks.