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New Jersey, the Garden State, gets its nickname because back in the 18th century, it had some of the most fertile lands in the US. Since then, though, it has massively industrialized, becoming a major hub of transport in the Greater New York area. This is why the majority of tourist attractions in this northeastern state are urban. Enjoy Travel is available for you to pre-book your rental car so you can explore the state with ease.
Guide to New Jersey
To the east and north, New Jersey is bounded by New York. To the south, it borders Pennsylvania, and to the west, Delaware. The state is divided into four major regions: the Ridge and Valley, Highlands, Piedmont, and Atlantic Central Plain. Most of its major cities are in Piedmont.
Climate in New Jersey
On the whole, New Jersey has humid, warm summers and cold winters. Temperature differences are most pronounced during winter, with the northwestern part of the state being much cooler. The best time to visit is in spring or early summer (May/June) when it doesn’t get hotter than 62°F.
Stereotypically, New Jersey locals tend to be loud, energetic, and expressive. This is often made fun of in https://www.enjoytravel.com/us/car-rental/usa/new-york-based TV shows, reflecting a casual rivalry between the two states.
Other than English, Spanish and Italian are the major languages spoken in New Jersey.
Things to do in New Jersey
Learn more about aquatic life
With over 2 million gallons of water and tons of exhibits, the Adventure Aquarium in Camden is one of America’s most loved zoological preserves. It is home to almost 15,000 aquatic animals, including sharks, turtles, piranhas, and stingrays. It also happens to be the only aquarium in the world with hippopotami. Don’t be afraid to walk on the Shark Bridge, which hangs above the Shark Realm, a tank with more than 20 sharks and 200 other marine creatures.
Remember the Revolution
In 1777, a force led by George Washington cornered and defeated a British army at Princeton. This was the first time the fledgling US had beaten British Regulars on the field. Today, you can visit the 200-acre site of this battle. You can also visit the Clark House Museum, which preserves artifacts from the old estate on which the battle was fought.
Appreciate the NJ skyline
Being on the New Jersey-New York border, the Liberty State Park offers great views of both Jersey City as well as Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Spend an evening admiring the skyscrapers on both sides of the border, then head to the Liberty Science Centre, which includes, among other things, the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.
Eating out in New Jersey
New Jersey is famous for its classic American diners. While in Jersey City, grab a bite at White Mana, a flying saucer-shaped restaurant whose burgers are definitely otherworldly. For French dishes presented beneath a New American veneer, visit Cafe Chameleon in Bloomingdale. Chew on some foie gras while you admire the Impressionist art on the walls! Yellow Submarine, in Maple Shade, serves amazing chicken cheesesteaks and sandwiches. At Shipwreck Grill, on the banks of the Manasquan River in Brielle, tuck into fresh and savory seafood.
New Jersey Transport
New Jersey has 53 airports. Two of these – at Atlantic City (ACY) and Newark (EWR) – are international.
Most of the buses and local railways in New Jersey are operated by the New Jersey Transit Corporation, or NJT. Try and book your tours in advance. Although public transportation is available, most people take their own vehicles or rental cars to drive down to New York City and other surrounding attractions. The most commonly used car rental agencies are Sixt, Avis, and Enterprise.