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New Jersey

Posted 5/22/2002

INFORMATION

Atlantic City Visitor Information Center, 2314 Pacific Ave., (800) 262-7395.

Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, (609) 884-5508.

Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, (609) 399-2629, www.oceancityvacation.com.

New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, 20 W. State St., Trenton, (800) 537-7397, www.visitnj.org.

Sea Isle City Tourism Commission, (609) 263-8687, www.seaislecity.org.

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, 265 W. Ninth St., Ship Bottom, (800) 292-6372, www.discoversouthernocean.org.

ATTRACTIONS

African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers, 23 Bliss Ave., Tenafly, (201) 894-8611. This collection of African arts and crafts is courtesy of the American Province of the Society of African Missions.

Atlantic City, (800) 262-7395. It's appropriate that Atlantic City has a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (New York Avenue and the boardwalk, [609] 347-2001). Believe it or not, people flock to this seaside resort to spend hours and hours indoors, throwing their hard-earned money away at the casinos. If you're among the gamblers, do take at least a little time out to learn how once-proud Atlantic City, home of America's first oceanside boardwalk, came to be the way it is today by visiting the Atlantic City Historical Museum (the boardwalk and New Jersey Avenue, [609] 347-5839).

Cape May, (609) 884-5508. Take a trolley or hoof it for a tour of this Victorian town by the sea--contact the Cape May Historic District/Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, (609) 884-5404, for information. Don't miss the historic, gingerbread-trimmed Chalfonte Hotel at 301 Howard St.

George F. Boyer Museum and National Marbles Hall of Fame, Holly Beach Mall, 3907 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, (609) 523-0277. You've been to Cooperstown--now visit Wildwood, N.J., home of the marbles hall of fame. Nope, this is not a joke. And neither is the George F. Boyer Museum, which documents the history of the Wildwood ocean resort.

Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark, (973) 353-5595. Learn about and listen to all the jazz you can stand at this center, home to more than 100,000 recordings, books, and periodicals.

Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate, (609) 823-6473. Once a hotel, this six-story-tall wood-and-sheet-metal structure shaped like an elephant is now a roadside oddity.

Museum of American Glass, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, (800) 998-4552, www.wheatonvillage.org. Dedicated to the history of glassmaking in the U.S., this museum includes the world's largest bottle (7-foot-8, 188 gallons). You break it, you buy it.

New Jersey Children's Museum, 599 Industrial Ave., Paramus, (201) 262-5151. This is one museum in which toddlers and preschoolers won't get fussy--its hands-on activities are designed for their amusement.

New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center, West Trenton, (609) 882-2000. The Jersey state cops' headquarters is also a museum about their work, which includes info on the famous Lindbergh-baby kidnapping.

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Education Center, Holmdel, (800) 648-8387. Expanding on the idea behind Washington's Vietnam War memorial, this one features a black stone bearing the names of New Jersey's dead, plus an education center and a larger-than-life statue representing the soldiers.

Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, (973) 596-6550, www.newarkmuseum.org. OK, cool it with the jokes. The Newark Museum holds a very serious collection of Asian, American, classical, and decorative arts. Plus there's a planetarium, a sculpture garden, a restored 1885 mansion, and a small zoo.

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, (732) 928-1821, www.sixflags.com. This amusement park offers . . . well, you know: rides, games, shows, food. Oh, and an animal park too.

Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, 37 Christie St., Edison, (732) 549-3299. It was here that Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, and it is here that a 13-foot replica stands today (of the bulb, not Edison), as well as an exhibit about the man's other inventions.

EVENTS

Freehold Raceway July Fourth Celebration, July 4, Freehold Raceway, routes 9 and 33, Freehold, (732) 946-2711, free admission. Independence Day at the auto races--what could be more American?

Miss New Jersey Pageant, June 10-15, Music Pier, the boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, (800) 232-2465. New Jersey makes a week-long event out of its state pageant, starting with a parade of contestants at 7 p.m. June 10.

Polka Spree by the Sea, noon-midnight June 20-22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 23, Wildwoods Convention Hall, Wildwood, (908) 359-5520. Dance to live polka performed by bands from across the country while eating lots of Polish and German food and buying lots of crafts.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Bob Jackson's Surf Fishing Center, 719 Broadway, West Cape May, (609) 898-7950, www.fishcapemay.com. Bob can get you going on some surf- and fly-fishing.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanville, (609) 652-1665. Salt marshes and woodlands are what you see by hiking (or driving) through this 43,000-acre refuge.

Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, (732) 793-0506, ww.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks. Salt water and fresh water meet on this barrier island to create 3,000 acres of bogs and marshes that are home to a large osprey colony and many waterfowl species. The park's hiking and biking trails guide you through them, and there are wheelchair-accessible beaches too.

Lakewood BlueClaws, GPU Energy Park Stadium, Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire avenues, Lakewood, (732) 901-7000, www.lakewoodblueclaws.com. Don't you just love these minor-league-baseball-team names?

Pine Barrens Golf Club, 540 S. Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, (877) 746-3227, www.pinebarrensgolf.com. A par-72 championship golf course, Pine Barrens can be a challenge, so plan to relax afterward in the restaurant/bar.

SHOPPING

Deerfield Village Antiques Mall, Deerfield, (856) 451-2143. Antique furniture, collectibles, books, and so on fill this 15,000-square-foot facility.

Garden State Flea Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, Route 70 and Cornell Avenue, Cherry Hill, (856) 665-8558. This big flea market is open all summer long.

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, 35 Broad St., Red Bank, (732) 758-0020, www. viewaskew.com. Yup, it's the Jay and Silent Bob of movie fame, and this is their "geek-free comic-book outlet."

Six Flags Factory Outlets, 537 Monmouth Road, Jackson, (732) 833-0680. Seventy stores selling shopping-mall shit--at super savings, supposedly.

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