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) 399-1412, 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.
African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers, 23 Bliss Ave., Tenafly, (201) 894-8611. The American Province of the Society of African Missions operates and makes it headquarters at this museum, which has a collection of some 1,000 pieces of traditional African art and crafts.
Atlantic City. (800) 262-7395. Atlantic City is the home of America's first oceanside boardwalk, but you're probably going for the casinos, such as the Sands Casino Hotel at Indiana Avenue and Brighton Park, (800) 227-2637--visit the Copa Lounge to celebrate your winnings or cry over your losses. But try to make a little time for nongambling activities--maybe see the Atlantic City Historical Museum (New Jersey Avenue and the boardwalk,  347-5839), or the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (New York Avenue and the boardwalk,  347-2001).
Cape May, (609) 884-5508. At southern tip of New Jersey, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Delaware Bay to the west, Cape May is pure Victorian. Embark on a walking or trolley tour from the Cape May Historic District/Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts ( 884-5404), or say hello to the birds, reptiles, and mammals at the Cape May County Park and Zoo ( 465-5271). The town hosts an arts and crafts show June 30-July 1.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanville, (609) 652-1665. Take an eight-mile drive through this refuge's 43,000 acres of coastal habitats, or hike along the Leeds Eco-trail for a closer look at the salt marshes and woodlands. The self-service visitors information center can help you get started.
George F. Boyer Museum and National Marbles Hall of Fame, Holly Beach Mall, 3907 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, (609) 523-0277. The Boyer Museum houses artifacts, memorabilia, and photos documenting the history of Wildwood; the Marbles Hall of Fame is just that.
Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark, (732) 932-4636. This internationally known and respected institute has an extensive archival-jazz collection that includes more than 100,000 recordings plus thousands of books and periodicals.
Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, (732) 793-0506, www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks. This barrier island's 3,000 acres of freshwater bogs, saltwater marshes, and sand dunes are home to a large osprey colony and many species of waterfowl, which you can spy from the wheelchair-accessible beaches, nature trails, and bike paths.
Leaming's Run Gardens and Colonial Farm, 1849 Route 9 N., Swainton, (609) 465-5871. August is hummingbird season at this 30-acre garden, which includes a replica of a late-18th-century colonial home. But go for the hummingbirds.
Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate, (609) 823-6473. Who is the lucky wood-and-sheet-metal elephant that can be seen from eight miles out to sea? It's Lucy! Built in 1881 by a developer to draw potential real-estate buyers to Margate, Lucy's six stories took a turn as a hotel and a tavern but fell into decline in the late '60s. Today she is restored to her natural majesty and serves as a unique photo-op for tourists.
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, (973) 596-6550, www.newarkmuseum.org. The Newark Museum has the world's largest collection of hairspray cans, tight Guess jeans with ankle zippers, and artifacts from Tiffany's 1987 mall tour. Oh my gawd! Just kidding--the Newark's galleries hold Asian, American, classical, and decorative works. Also on the site is a planetarium, mini-zoo, sculpture garden, and restored 1885 mansion.
New Jersey Children's Museum, 599 Industrial Ave., Paramus, (201) 262-5151, www.njcm.com. This hand's-on children's museum caters to the toddler and preschooler crowd.
New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center, West Trenton, (609) 882-2000. When they're not out fighting crime, ticketing speed demons on the turnpike, and racially profiling, Jersey state cops are operating this museum at their headquarters in Trenton. See just how morbidly fascinatingly the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping case is, and find out just what coppers do with confiscated guns.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Education Center, Holmdel, (800) 648-8387. This open-air memorial honors New Jersey residents who gave up their lives during the Vietnam War with a larger-than-life statue representing the soldiers and a black stone that bears their names. Inside, at the education center, exhibits document that time from the perspective of those who lived it.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, (732) 928-1821, www.sixflags.com. Besides rides and games and shows and food, this Six Flags has an animal park.
Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, 37 Christie St., Edison, (732) 549-3299. Guess what marks the spot where the first incandescent light bulb was invented? That's right, a 13-foot replica, along with an exhibit of Edison's other inventions.
Wheaton Village, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, (800) 998-4552, www.wheatonvillage.org. It's a requirement of summertime motor travel that at least once you must see the biggest this or the oldest that. Wheaton Village's Museum of American Glass is the country's largest museum dedicated to the history of U.S. glassmaking, with more than 6,500 pieces, including the world's largest bottle (7-foot-8, with a 188-gallon capacity). There are also exhibits of contemporary glass and special glass events, such as the Wheaton Village Glass Weekend on July 14-15, when exhibitors from as far away as Australia show off their glasswork and demonstrate their techniques, plus there are lectures and panel discussions. It's a glass glass glass.
Freehold Raceway July Fourth Celebration, July 4, Freehold Raceway, routes 9 and 33, Freehold, (732) 946-2711, free admission. This Independence Day fest is much like any other, 'cept it's at a raceway. If you like fast cars, that's makes all the difference.
Miss New Jersey Pageant, June 12-16, Music Pier, the boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, (800) 232-2465. This five-day contest kicks off with a parade of young female bodies at 7 p.m. June 12 and continues until the tearful finale on the evening of June 16.
Polka Spree by the Sea, noon-midnight June 21-23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 24, Wildwoods Convention Hall, Wildwood, (908) 359-5520. This four-day polka party includes music from 16 bands from all over the country, polka dancing, and Polish and German crafts and food.
Biscayne Suites, 820 Ocean Ave., Ocean City, (800) 542-1003, www.biscaynesuites.com. A block and a half from the boardwalk, the Biscayne Suites offer apartment-size accommodations with complete kitchens and private balconies, and there's a rooftop pool and sun deck.
Candlelight Inn, 2310 Central Ave., Village of Anglesea, North Wildwood, (800) 992-2632, www.candlelight-inn.com. Judging by its name, this B&B sounds romantic, doesn't it?
Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May, (609) 884-8409. The historic, gingerbread-trimmed Chalfonte is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Cape May.
Grand Hotel, Philadelphia Avenue and the ocean, Cape May, (800) 257-8550, www.grandhotelcapemay.com. Judging by its name, this hotel sounds, well, grand, doesn't it?
Guesthouse at Frenchtown, Brown's Old Homestead, 85 Ridge Road, Frenchtown, (908) 996-7474, www.frenchtownguesthouse.com. This 1780 Colonial field house is now a B&B.
Queen Victoria , 102 Ocean St., Cape May, (609) 884-8702, www.queenvictoria.com. Judging by its name, this place sounds royal, doesn't it?
Serendipity, 712 Ninth St., Ocean City, (800) 842-8544, www.serendipitynj.com. Judging by its name, it sounds like you could get lucky at this B&B, doesn't it?
SPORTS & RECREATION
Bob Jackson's Surf Fishing Center, 719 Broadway, West Cape May, (609) 898-7951, www.fishcapemay.com. Surf- and fly-fishing equipment, and tips on what to do with it.
Gotcha/Heritage Memorial Pro-Surfing Tournament, July 30-Sept. 1, 41st Street and the beach, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-3033, www.heritagesurf.com, free. Ooh and aah as hang-tenners compete in this long- and short-board competition.
Lakewood BlueClaws, GPU Energy Park Stadium, Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire avenues, Lakewood, (732) 901-7000, www.lakewoodblueclaws.com. Check out the Philadelphia Phillies' brand-spankin'-new Class A affiliate at its eloquently named ballpark.
Pine Barrens Golf Club, 540 S. Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, (877) 746-3227, www.pinebarrensgolf.com. This par-72 championship golf course offers 420 acres of bent-grass greens and challenging rough areas. The clubhouse has a pro shop, locker rooms, a restaurant, and a bar.
Deerfield Village Antiques Mall, Deerfield, (856) 451-2143. Looking through all of the antique furniture, collectibles, books, and trinkets at this 15,000-square-foot, multidealer facility should keep you busy for quite some time.
Garden State Flea Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, Route 70 and Cornell Avenue, Cherry Hill, (856) 665-8558. Vendors hawk stuff at garage-sale prices, and you haggle with them.
Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 35 Broad St., Red Bank, (732) 758-0020, www.viewaskew.com. The Buddy Jesus statue from the movie Dogma greets you outside this "geek-free comic-book outlet," which also sells memorabilia, films, and T-shirts under the auspices of Jersey-bred indie auteur Kevin Smith.
Six Flags Factory Outlets, 537 Monmouth Road, Jackson, (732) 833-0680. You probably don't have enough money to shop at this 70-store outlet center and visit the nearby Six Flags amusement park, so pick one.
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