Family travel in New Jersey: the 50 state series
Yes, I know how to search for travel ideas on a destination or attraction Web site, but a tweet or a Facebook Wall recommendation is a much more engaging and public way to spread the word.
Please don’t email suggestions to me; that’s nice but it is one-to-one communication. Tweet me and/or Facebook me, so that all of our networks can see what’s cool about your state.
We’re going in alphabetical order but started with the end, so our first state for the series was Wyoming, then we investigated Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico and now we’re moving on to….New Jersey!
I could not find the NJ state tourism organization on Twitter. Only one region of the state appears to be “holding down the fort” – @VisitSJersey. The tweets at @JerseyTourism are for Jersey in the UK’s Channel Islands.
The state tourism organization is not on Facebook either, that I could find, although I did locate a Facebook Fan Page for Atlantic City NJ.
In the absence of much of any official tourism presence (which seems odd, given the very competitive Mid-Atlantic tourism market) I offer you Down the Shore with Jen, an excellent blog written by Jersey Shore guidebook author Jen A. Miller.
When I asked for NJ ideas, here’s what came in….
Twitter Travel Tips for New Jersey
*** From Wendy Perrin via @WendyPerrin on Twitter: Family-friendly New Jersey activities: 1. Riding the AirTrain around EWR! 2. Liberty State Park, including Liberty Science Center. 3. Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University. 4. Garden State Discovery Museum (& Lakeshore Learning store) in Cherry Hill. 5. Fall season at Wightman’s Farm in Morristown (hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin toss, etc.) 6. annual balloon festival in Readington. 7. The IKEA in Elizabeth for its supervised playroom + kid-friendly cafeteria with view of planes taking off & landing at EWR…But our favorite NJ kid-friendly spot is actually just over the border in Easton, PA: The Crayola Factory & Nat’l Canal Museum. 🙂
*** From Chris and Robert Clark via @travel_notebook on Twitter: Delaware Water Gap (PA/NJ State Line) is a great National Recreation area with good hiking. Princeton would be good for families who want to get their kids thinking Ivy League. Finally, NJ overall has way more agriculture than you would think. Good opportunity for u-pick farms, horses, cows, etc.
Facebook Travel Tips for New Jersey
*** From Scott Keir on Facebook – I would toot my ol’ hometown’s horn: Asbury Park. Its going thru a rebirth and the beach is one of the best on da Shore. Check out the Asbury Park Boardwalk website (there’s a fan site on Facebook.)
*** From Jeremiah McEnerney on Facebook: I’m almost afraid to mention Stone Harbor, New Jersey. We’ve returned to vacation there for over 10 years. No boardwalk, a nice little shopping village, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Peace-a-Pizza and Springer’s ice cream. So very, very relaxing. https://www.stone-harbor.nj.us
*** From John Holmes on Facebook: Not too far outside of Atlantic City is Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge. Not as famous as Cape May for birding, but excellent nonetheless. Lots of trails and different habitats to explore, and you can just drive through it if you don’t want to get out and walk around.
Thanks so much for the contributions, everyone!
The next state in the series is New Hampshire.
My purpose for this series is not only to highlight worthy kid-friendly vacation destinations in all 50 states, but by using Twitter and Facebook I want to also encourage tourism organizations to learn more about connecting with their visitors using social media and online networks.
Please add your own New Jersey suggestions in the comments below, if we’ve missed anything. Thanks!