places to go in Central New Jersey

it’s all about the location

location, location!

For centuries, Central NJ’s position midway between New York and Philadelphia was a strategic asset for farming, industry, and in our nation’s struggle for independence.

Today, Central New Jersey’s farms, wineries, parks, and historic sites are just one small hour away for millions of visitors seeking to relax, reconnect, and rediscover.

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Places To Go - Farm with Red Tractor and American Flag in Central New Jersey

farms & orchards

We’re not the Garden State for nothing! You might be surprised to see the thousands of acres of preserved and productive central New Jersey farmland, many offering on-farm markets, u-pick opportunities, hayrides, and other family-friendly activities. Come out to Central Jersey and see for yourself!

Places To Go - Photograph of a Delicious Plate of Farm-to-Table Food in Central New Jersey


Rich agricultural tradition and the discerning palates of Central NJ are the perfect recipe for amazing farm-to-table dining experiences. We’ve got everything from fine European and American-style dining to burgers and ice cream made from local beef and dairy cows. Thrill your palate with healthy, locally grown meals!

Places To Go - Photograph of Grapes Hanging From a Vine in Central New Jersey

beverage makers

You could spend weeks sampling all the wine, hard ciders, beer, and distilled spirits being made in Central Jersey! But that might be getting carried away. To make it easier for you, we’ve selected some of the best. Enjoy hand-crafted beverages made on-site with wholesome, local ingredients.

Places To Go - Photograph of Dining Room - Abraham Staats House in Central New Jersey

historic sites

Central Jersey has played a central role in American history, from early settlement in colonial times, to the Revolutionary War.  We also were leaders in the agricultural and industrial revolutions, which helps to explain a popular slogan, “Revolutionary New Jersey.” Come see for yourself!

Places To Go - Photograph of the Front of a Canoe Floating in the Water on a Sunny Day in the D&R Canal

hiking, biking, kayaking

Central Jersey offers some of the best hiking, biking & kayaking you’ll find within an hour of New York and Philadelphia. Whether you prefer easy and relaxing or more challenging, you’ll love our scenic waterways and trails, and you’ll enjoy rewarding yourself afterwards with great food, beverages, and hospitality.

Places To Go - Photograph of the inside of State Theater New Jersey

arts & entertainment

Central Jersey is a leader in arts & entertainment, thanks to our educational institutions of Princeton University and Rutgers that attract the best artists, musicians, and theatrical performances. Spend your days enjoying the great outdoors, followed by the stimulating night life of our college towns.

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