Before you start planning your family vacation to New York or Connecticut, it’s worth considering going to the south of the Tri-state region. New Jersey’s regions of Skylands, South Shore and the Western Delaware River; with their snowcapped mountains, amazing New Jersey amusement parks, and rich historical culture are some of the best places to visit year round.
High In The Sky-Lands Region
The highest point in the Skylands region soars at 1,803 feet. Marked by the towering monument in the High Point State Park, the surrounding areas offer dozens of walking trails to explore during the warmer months and of course plenty of world-class skiing in the winter.
One of the best resorts in the region is the Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon valley. Its proximity to New York (it’s only an hour from the George Washington Bridge) makes it a very popular destination for those in the other tri-state regions. There are over 170 acres for ski sports with 19 terrain park trails, numerous tubing lanes and a gigantic SuperPipe complete with stadium lighting.
Wild About Wildwood
For fun in the sun, head down south to Wildwood. The top Wildwood attractions that should be on any visitor’s list are the Doo-Wop hotels, Wildwood beach, and of course Wildwood’s offering of the finest New Jersey amusement parks.
To ensure that you have all your energy to go wild on the amusement rides, check into a nice hotel. Before you start looking for the latest 5 star cookie cutter complex, immerse yourself in the culture of Wildwood and check into an authentically preserved Doo-Wop hotel.
The plastic palm trees of the Doo-Wop hotels are Wildwood attractions in their own right. However, for a bit more authenticity, head down to Wildwood beach — recently voted the best beach in New Jersey. Wildwood has some of the widest beaches on the coast. The beach at Wildwood is patrolled during the summer and is very kid-friendly. The best thing about the beach has to be that it’s free — no beach tags required.
The selection of New Jersey amusement parks in Wildwood is enough to make your head spin. Located right off the beach there are rides for everyone. Tots will love the Kiddie Train and Mini Teacups (just like Disneyland), bigger kids will go nuts at the Formula One Raceway, and the whole family will love a ride on the Ferris wheel.
When you’ve covered all you can of the New Jersey amusement parks take a stroll along the many boardwalks and pick up some Saltwater Taffy for a sugar hit with a good dose of nostalgia.
The Wicked West
If the New Jersey amusement parks just aren’t your thing, go west for a journey through time. The Western side of New Jersey in the Delaware River region has plenty to offer the history buff. Known as the “Crossroads of the Revolution” the region saw nearly 300 Revolutionary War battles from 1776-1783. The Delaware River was also the famous site of George Washington’s overnight crossing from Pennsylvania to surprise the Hessian soldiers in New Jersey. At the site of the crossing, today is the George Washington Crossing State Park. The park has many historical exhibits that will entertain young and old.