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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Where to Go in NJ

By Robert Vrabel

Like many of the New England states, New Jersey is a winter wonderland. Many people think of New Jersey as nothing but city but there are many activities to take part in both in town and on the Jersey shore. Here are a few things that take place in February that are great for the weekend or a family vacation. From the glacial lakes to the cross-country skiing trails, you will find something for everyone in Kittatinny Valley State Park in Newton. In February here are several state park programs including “Tracking the Mammals of NJ: Animal Awareness.” This even is for adults and children ages 10 and up. The park offers pelts, skulls, bones, teeth and tracks that allow you to learn about the fascinating wildlife that call New Jersey home.

At Rutgers University in New Brunswick, you will find the annual New Jersey Film Festival. The film festival looks at various new documentaries and movies that are both heart wrenching and thought changing. The festival is held on campus at Scott Hall and Loree Building. There are several films hosted each year. It’s winter in New Jersey and that means its time for Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Center in Basking Ridge. This is excellent for children, as they will love seeing how maple syrup is made from the sap of the trees. In Basking Ridge you will also find the annual Nature Through a Child’s Eyes Exhibit. This exhibit features Somerset County kindergarteners through sixth graders who have expressed their love of nature.

Hudson Restaurant Week is an annual event that allows guests to try several different restaurants throughout New Jersey. Participating towns include Hoboken, Jersey City, North Bergen and Weekawken. The participating restaurants offer pre-fixed meals for reduced prices. Many restaurants open both lunch and dinner while others may offer only dinner. This is a great way to try out several restaurants that you have been tempted to visit but have remained uncertain. The event is presented by Get Out Hudson! and promotes Hudson County as a premier place to dine, particularly during this part of the year which tends to be slow for many restaurants. Get Out Hudson! is a local magazine for Hoboken and Jersey City that promotes all the events and activities that are available in the county.

Adventure Aquarium in Camden celebrates Black History Month with a variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. The aquarium features performances by African Drum and Dance Ensembles as well story telling. Not only is this a great event for February but the aquarium also features educational exhibits with many water creatures.

Rob Vrabel is the co-owner of, the largest directory of fun things to do in New Jersey. Visit this great directory at

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