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Ranked by the total number of visitors in 2012
By Danielle Mack
1 | NR
|Liberty State Park|
|nj911memorial.com||James "Rick" Cahill, Faith Miller, Rosanne Hughes, Mery-Mayo Marshall|
"Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and New Jersey Central Railroad station
2 | 2
Sky Ride, Thrill Rides, Kiddie Rides, and American-made classic carousel
2 | 2
|www.iplayamerica.com||Robert McDaid, Gary Foley|
iPA Speedway, Cosmic Battle, Kite Flyer, Scy Scraper, Mini Bowling, Spin Zone, Kiddie Rides, 200 + redemption games and restaurants
4 | 4
|Liberty Science Center|
|www.lsc.org||Paul Hoffman, Connie Claman, Daniel Menelly, Christine Arnold-Schroeder, Jeff Sasson|
IMAX Dome Theater, Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Communication, Eat and Be Eaten, I Explore, Our Hudson Home, Energy Quest, Wildlife Challenge, Wonder Why, Breakthroughs, and 3D theater
5 | 5
|Turtle Back Zoo|
20 acres with wild and domestic animals, train ride, petting zoo, playground and carousel
6 | 6
|Barnegat Lighthouse State Park|
Maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail
7 | 8
|Playland's Castaway Cove|
Bumper Cars, Ferris Wheel, Flitzer, Balloons, Magic Ring, Merry-Go-Round, Scream Machine, Sea Dragon, Tilt-A-Whirl, Classic Train, Raiders Arc, Helicopters, Surf Shack, Rockin Tug, Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Happy Swing, Beach Buggies, Kite Flyer, Pirates Gold Rush, Air Race, Spin Zone, Tropical Storm, Orange Julius
8 | 9
|Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Inc.|
Diversified racing, special events and swap meets, drag racing on two tracks, motocross racing, NHRA championship races, go-cart racing, and thrill shows
9 | NR
|Arm & HammerPark / Trenton Thunder Minor League Baseball|
Trenton league baseball team - Double A affiliates of the New York Yankees
10 | 10
|New Jersey Performing Arts Center|
|www.njpac.org||John Schreiber, Bobbie Arbesfeld, Peter Hansen, Warren Tranquada, Ross Richards, David Rodriguez, Donna Walker-Kuhne, Laurie Carter, Sandra Bowie, Jeffrey Norman, Stephanie Hughley, Catrina Boisson|
Hosts national and international performers plus touring companies
11 | 11
|Cape May County Park Zoo|
|www.capemaycountyzoo.org||Michael Laffey, Hubert Paluch, William MacQueen|
More than 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Open daily, year round
12 | 12
|Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park|
|www.saharasams.com||Ilya Girlya, Sam Girlya, Yan Girlya, Betty Girlya|
Mount Kilimanjaro, Snake Eyes, Congo Bongo Adventure River, Tim-Buk-Tu, Lizard Lagoon, Sam£s Slamdunker, Crocodile Flats, Flowrider, Samazon Ropes Adventure, one-of-a-kind retractable roof, full-service cafe, 3,000 square foot family arcade. New for 2013: 2-acre outdoor water park the Beach Club.
13 | NR
|The Newark Museum|
80 beautifully designed galleries including American Painting and Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Africa, The Americas and The Pacific, Classical Art, Arts of Asia, Numismatics and the Sciences. The Ballantine House, a restored 1885 mansion which is a National Historic Landmark, is also on the premises. In addition, the Dreyfuss Planetarium, a mini zoo, gift shops, a cafe, an auditorium and a sculpture garden are on the grounds
14 | 13
|Clementon Park & Splash World|
HellCat, Laguna Kahuna, King Neptune's Revenge, Sky River Rapids, Sea Dragon, Vertical Limit Racer Slide, Flying Pharoah, Black Viper Water Slide, Thunder Bolt, Lazy River, Inverter, Vintage Carousel, Victorian Railway, Giant Ferris Wheel
15 | 16
15 | NR
|Bergen Performing Arts Center|
|www.bergenpac.org||Edmondo Schwartz, Dominic Roncace|
Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. BergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC - the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually.
15 | 13
|www.freeholdraceway.com||Howard Bruno, Mark Rosenthal, Karen Fagliarone|
Live harness racing September to May, plus simulcasting from thoroughbred and harness tracks throughout North America
15 | 16
|Garden State Discovery Museum|
|www.discoverymuseum.com||Roree Iris-Williams, Kelly Lyons, Beverly Pak|
Tour the museum, join in our many educational workshops and performances, visit the Discovermore Gift Shop, host a party in one of our private party rooms, snack area, free parking
19 | NR
|Mayo Performing Arts Center|
|www.mayoarts.org||Allison Larena, Ed Kirchdoerffer, Joseph M. Goryeb|
200+ events on stage
20 | 19
|Thundering Surf Water Park|
|www.thunderingsurfwaterpark.com||Julie Mesanko, Chris Mesanko|
The first Flowhouse at the Jersey Shore, featuring a Flowrider double, 8 water slides, Lazy Crazy River, Cowabunga Beach, toddler area, Dancing Fountains, Super Soaker bucket of Water Drop, Cowabunga Beach Barbecue Grill and sundeck & Cabana rentals
21 | 21
|www.statetheatrenj.org||Mark W. Jones|
Theater, music, dance, performing arts, comedy, Broadway, lectures, educational programs, performances for young audiences, opera, HD presentations and films
22 | 26
|Grounds for Sculpture|
|www.groundsforsculpture.org||Rob Gross, Bonnie Brown, Rhonda DiMascio, Coby Green-Rifkin, Tom Moran|
42-acre sculpture park and arboretum; hundreds of large-scale outdoor sculptures and thousands of exotic trees and flowers
23 | 22
Water slides, lazy river and children's play structure
23 | NR
|Skylands Ice World|
Ice skating, figure skating, hockey, stick n puck, family open hockey, birthday parties, corporate events
25 | NR
|Delaware River Railroad Excursions|
River train, steam train, mine train, Thomas train, dinosaur train, winery train, and The Polar Express
26 | NR
|Field Station: Dinosaurs|
|fieldstationdinosaurs.com||Guy Gsell, Jayne Powers, David Waggett|
32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, shows/games/workshops
27 | 22
|Atlantic City Aquarium|
More than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. The aquarium's eight tanks total 29,800 gallons of live exhibits. Highlights include the fish of the New Jersey coast.
28 | 27
|Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial|
|www.battleshipnewjersey.org||Jack Willard, Phil Rowan|
Guided tours, overnight encampments, onboard classes, group packages. special events
29 | NR
|Bounce U West Windsor|
30 | NR
|The New Jersey Children's Museum|
31 | 38
|Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlo|
|www.coolscoops.com||Paul P. Russo, Lori A Russo|
50's memorabilia, Great Ice cream, famous guests
31 | NR
|South Jersey Cultural Alliance|
over 120 Attractions- visit www.sjca.net
33 | NR
|www.delseadrive-in.com||John A. DeLeonardis|
New Jersey's only drive-in movie theater
34 | NR
|Bayshore Center at Bivalve|
|www.ajmeerwald.org||Meghan E. Wren|
A. J. Meerwald NJ's Tall Ship, Bayshore Center, Delaware Bay Museum and Folklife Center, Oyster Cracker Cafe
34 | NR
|rebounderzedison.com||Kenneth L. Yeglinski II|
Indoor Trampoline Arena
34 | 51
|Wall Stadium Speedway|
Modified, Stock, Midget, Legend and 4 cylinder,demolition Derbymonster trucks, drifting
37 | NR
|Sterling Hill Mining Museum|
|www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org||Richard P. Hauck|
The museum offers a 30- minute presentation in the exhibit hall followed by a 90-minute mine tour
38 | NR
|Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University|
39 | NR
|Newark Bears Professional Baseball (Riverfront Stadium)|
|www.newarkbears.com||Danielle Dronet, Luis Gouveia, Frank Giasone|
1) BOYS & THEIR TOYS (Monday home games)
Do you love all types of cars? Classic cars? Sports cars? Show cars?
Come out to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for a Monday game this summer and enjoy both an action-filled baseball game and a car show featuring some of the hottest cars, motorcycles and more!
2)TAKE 2 TUESDAYS (Tuesday home games)
Looking to see great baseball, but sick of over-priced tickets and food? Then Take 2 Tuesdays are perfect for you!
Come see any Newark Bears’ home game on a Tuesday and receive a 2-for-1 discount on:
• Hot Dogs
3)WISDOM WEDNESDAYS (Wednesday home games)
Looking to bring children on a trip where they can have fun AND learn at the same time?
Then gather your group and head to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for one of the Newark Bears’ Wisdom Wednesday games this season!
Wisdom Wednesdays will feature:
• Educational, informative and/ or empowering events for students, professionals, and more (please refer to our schedule online for specific attractions)
• 50% off any suite rental (Food and beverage not included)
4)THROW DOWN THURSDAYS (Thursday home games)
Wish you could enjoy a baseball game and a beer without putting a huge dent in your wallet?
Throw Down Thursdays offer fans $1 BEER NIGHTS at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark! Come to any of the Newark Bears’ Thursday home games and enjoy a cold beer for just ONE DOLLAR. There will also be an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet during the early innings of each game, and special giveaways throughout the season on select Thursdays!
5) FANtastic Fridays (Friday home games)
Nothing is better than weekend baseball! On FANtastic Fridays, bring the whole family to the stadium for a night of affordable fun, when as the Bears take on opponents like the Rockland Boulders, Quebec Capitales and Wichita Wing Nuts!
***The action will not just be on the field, either…*** Take part in an exciting auction, as Locker Wars gives you an opportunity to take home hidden treasures, just like on the popular television show, Storage Wars!
Searching for something fun to do over the weekend? Head over to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium (on select Saturdays) and enjoy SIZZLING SATURDAYS!
Included in the price of admission are performances, mini-concerts, guest appearances, pre-game Fan Pitch N’ Catch, and BBQ’s…along with some great Newark Bears baseball, of course!
-Pre-game Fan Pitch N' Catch
Ready to close out your weekend with some great Newark Bears baseball along with tons of entertainment? Then Funday Sunday is the perfect answer.
Head to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for a Sunday Bears game and enjoy:
-Fireworks (night games only)
-Kids 12 and under eat free
-Fan Pitch N' Catch (day games)
-20% of all store merchandise
8)BARK IN THE PARK
Are you a baseball fan who also has a dog? We thought so! Grab your tickets for June 16 (Bears vs. Trois-Rivieres Aigles) and Aug. 11 (Bears vs. Quebec Les Capitales) and bring your pup with you, as the #NewarkBears host "Bark in the Park" at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium!
Want a shot a digging up a buried treasure? Head over to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for the Newark Bears special DIAMOND DIGS, where fans get a chance to find a real diamond somewhere on the field!!!
10) FIREWORKS NIGHTS
One of the BEST fireworks shows in all of New Jersey, the Newark Bears Fireworks Nights makes its return for the 2013 season!!!
The Bears have scheduled 10 games that will feature the fan-favorite post-game Fireworks Shows. And the fun kicks off onFriday, May 17 following the Bears home-opener against the Rockland Boulders at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium!!!
Stick around after the game and enjoy an amazing fireworks display...right from your seat!!!
40 | NR
|www.monmouthmuseum.org||Avis H. Anderson|
The Monmouth Museum presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.
40 | 40
|Tucker's Island Lighthouse|
A re-creation of an Atlantic Ocean lighthouse that fell into the sea in 1927.
40 | 40
|Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum|
Welcome to the Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton NJ, brings the Jersey Shore£s maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore£s unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. Experience the rich traditions of the Jersey Shore and its baymen through the Seaport£s recreated and historic buildings, demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, events and more. Decoy carvers, boat builders, basket makers and baymen entertain, educate and delight visitors of all ages. Catch the Spirit of the Bay and experience the Jersey Shore£s unique maritime heritage for yourself at the Tuckerton Seaport. Annual festivals, folk life classes, workshops, boat rides.
43 | NR
New Jersey's tallest lighthouse, The country£s third tallest Lighthouse, 154 years old
44 | NR
|Robert J. Novins Planetarium|
|www.ocean.edu/campus/planetarium||Gloria A. Villalobos|
Offers multimedia shows and space science using a new fiber-optic Zeiss star projector under a 40 foot dome, Digistar 4 full-dome video system, Audio Visual Imagineering full-dome laser system. Children's programs, adult programs, laser concerts and much more!
45 | NR
|Lakota Wolf Preserve|
View wolves in a natural surrounding
45 | NR
|Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center|
Permanent and rotating exhibits about baseball and Yankee history as well as Yogi Berra's storied career
47 | 49
|InfoAge Science/History Center|
WWII Historic site, Wireless and Radio Technology Museum, NJ Shipwreck Museum,
Vintage Computer Museum, Five buildings of exhibits on 37 acre site
47 | NR
|Red Mill Museum Village|
|www.theredmill.org||Eileen K. Morales|
Historic Mill, 19th Century Quarry, Museum Exhibits, Family and adult programs
49 | NR
|The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College|
50 | NR
|American Labor Museum|
|www.labormuseum.net||Angelica M. Santomauro|
a diversity of public programs on the heritage of the working people, sponsors outreach talks to schools, unions, and civic organizations, offering changing exhibits, monthly cultural events, free lending library, Saturday Labor Art Classes and tours.
51 | 70
|Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range|
Par 3 golf, driving range, golf clinics, golf instruction, golf outings, golf camps
51 | NR
|Liberty Hall Museum|
10 minute orientation film, museum shop, picnic area, firehouse, museum
53 | 55
|East Lynne Theater Co.|
|www.eastlynnetheater.org||Gayle Stahlhuth, Lee O'Connor|
Mainstage Production Season in Cape May, Touring Shows throughout the Country, and Educational Outreach for all Ages.
53 | NR
|Gloucester County Dream Park|
Event facility that host various community events, as well as Horse Shows, Dog Shows and Festivals
53 | NR
|River Belle & River Queen Dinner Boats|
80-foot replica of a Mississippi River paddle wheel cruiser sails up the Manasquan River and Barnegat Bay daily. Luncheon, dinner, twilight and starlight excursions with DJ
53 | NR
|USGA Museum & Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History|
Home to the world's premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia. The greatest champions and greatest moments in American golf history come to life through entertaining and engaging exhibits.
53 | 57
|Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center|
provides a comprehensive history, from news photos and film footage to a collection of letters written to and from Garden State servicemen
58 | 57
|Silver Bullet Speedboat|
Exciting speedboat and dolphin watch cruises
59 | 59
|Historic Burlington County Prison Museum Association|
|www.prisonmuseum.net||Janet L. Sozio|
Prison Haunt every October and Battle of Iron Works Hill second Saturday in December
60 | 63
|New Jersey Repertory Co.|
|www.njrep.org||Gabor Barabas, SuzAnne Barabas, Jane E Huber, Adele Sammarco|
61 | NR
Specializing in First-Time Art Buyers, Designers & Architects, Custom Art Commissions, Corporate Art Consulting, Framing & Installation, Art Staging & Leasing, Private Events
62 | NR
|Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey|
Over 400 models
Annual air expo
63 | NR
|www.princetonfestival.org||Richard Tang Yuk|
Opera: Wagner, The Flying Dutchman. June 22 and 30. McCarter Theatre, Princeton
Dance: LustigDanceTheatre, June 8. McCarter Theatre, Princeton.
World Music: Steelpan & Percussion. June 14, Clark Music Center, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville NJ.
A cappella vocal jazz: June 15. Clark Music Center, Lawrenceville NJ.
Jazz: Bruce Barth Trio. June 9, Clark Music Center, Lawrenceville NJ.
Organ recital: Matthew Middleton. June 23, Princeton University Chapel, Princeton.
Medieval Music ensemble: Bernardus "Visions of Love throughout the medieval world" June 16, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton.
Piano recital: Gulsin Onay, June 21, Clark Music Center, Lawrenceville, NJ
Choral concert: June 28, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton.
Chamber Music: Concordia Chamber Players. June 29, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton
64 | NR
|M.T. Burton Gallery|
64 | 65
Five exhibit galleries on the life and work of John A. Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, his company and the company town of Roebling, NJ.
66 | 73
|www.Lakeviewdocks.com||Claudia Alejandra Garcia|
Boat Rentals, Jet-ski Rental, Kayaks rentals, Fishing on Pier, Power Boats Rentals, Bait & Tackle, Fishing Rods Rentals, Crabbing, and Crabbing equipment Sales & Rentals
67 | NR
|Hancock House State Historic Site|
|www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/hancockhouse/hancockhouse-index.htm||Vince Bonica, Alicia Bjornson|
1734 pattern brick house. Site of Rev. War massacre
68 | NR
|African Art Museum of the S.M.A. Fathers|
Changing collections and loan exhibits of traditional arts and crafts of sub-Saharan Africa. Concerts, lectures, group tours.
69 | NR
|Barnegat Light Historical Society Museum and the Edith Duff Gwinn Gardens|
|www.bl-hs.org||Karen Larson Ms|
displays the original Fresnal lens
that once graced the top of the Barnegat Lighthouse. It also has many photographs of
Barnegat City (Barnegat Light) during the first half of the twentieth century
70 | NR
|Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion|
|www.ellarslie.org||Bob Sands Jr.|
Exhibits, lectures, gallery talkes and concerts
71 | 73
|Beach Haven Parasailing|
72 | 72
|Clifton Arts Center & Sculpture Park|
A triple treat awaits art, architecture, history and cultural appreciation enthusiasts at the Clifton Arts Center. There's art, sculpture and an eyeful of historic barns.
73 | NR
|Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art|
|www.aljira.org ||Victor L. Davson Mr.|
74 | NR
Eversole-Hall House circa 1753, Wade-Wyckoff Barn, Cold Brook School
75 | NR
|Snowmobile Barn Museum|
|www.snowmobilebarn.com||Dan E. Klemm |
The country's largest, private collection which traces over 95 years of snowmobiling history with a rare and magnificent collection of over 200 sleds and thousands of assorted collectible items such as toys, ornaments, jewelry, advertisements, and much more. The entire collection numbers over 400 unique sleds. Many of the sleds on display are one of a kind snow machines such as a wooden replica of a 1924 Eliason motorized toboggan, a 1951 12 person Bombardier B12, Play Cat and Ridge Runner which can be driven over the snow and in the water. Children will enjoy feeding the farm animals which include pygmy goats, sheep, a llama, emus, rabbits, guinea hens, chickens and "Frick" the duck.
76 | 77
|Essex County Kip's Castle Park|
A magnificent 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle. The estate spans eleven acres of land, resting in both Montclair and Verona, and provides spectacular views of New York City.
77 | 80
|Phillipsburg Railroad Historians Museum|
|www.prrh.org||Paul M Carpenito, Meg Carpenito, Steven Winter, Bill Marz, Glenn Terminelli, John Boner, Earle Brotzman|
miniature train ride
historic equipment on display
museum, library and yard tours.
78 | 81
|Tea 4 U LLC|
|www.tea4u.com||Kirsten H. Kristensen|
Historic house, The White House in Oakhurst
79 | NR
|Hunterdon Ballooning Inc.|
80 | 84
|American Balloon LLC|
Hot air balloon rides
81 | 85
|North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference|
Speakers, Workshops, Manuscript Evaluations, Writing Contests, Free Headshots, Banquet
82 | NR
Hot Air Balloon rides
NR | NR
|Memorial at Harbor View Park|
|www.911monument.com||Christopher L. Patella|
To the Struggle Against World Terrorism. Monument honors 9/11 victims and was a gift from Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli and the Russian people.