10 Weird & Wonderful New Jersey Attractions

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Looking for something to do that's out of the ordinary, off the wall and completely unique? New Jersey aims to please! The state offers a collection of weird and wacky attractions that will surprise, amaze and delight. Download and print this fun infographic of 10 "got-to-see-it-to-believe-it" attractions in New Jersey.

  1. Stroll through a pachyderm We love Lucy! The 65-foot Lucy the Elephant in Margate is a National Historic Landmark and the only elephant "you can walk through and come out alive"! She just celebrated her 135th birthday, and she's looking fine! Tours every half hour.
  2. Creep through a glow-in-the-dark tunnel Take a 1,300-foot underground walking tour of one of the oldest mines in the U.S., Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg. Its mesmerizing Rainbow Tunnel glows bright green and red, thanks to fluorescent zinc ore lit by ultraviolet light.
  3. View a monument to a wizard Pay homage to the "light bulb moment" at the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Listen to century-old Edison phonographs, stroll the wooded grounds and gaze up at the newly renovated Edison Memorial Tower (featuring a light bulb, of course!).
  4. Be a pinball wizard Take a break from Pokémon Go, and check out classic pinball, arcade and video games. With 600 games* in rotation (like Frogger, Pac-Man, Captain Fantastic and Dr. Who), the Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park is sure to offer a favorite from your youth. Open daily. *Contact museum for current game availability.
  5. Listen to a 10' mechanical one-man band Located in historic Morristown, the Morris Museum features a permanent collection of over 40,000 items, ranging from a real dinosaur egg to model trains. But maybe the most unusual exhibit is "Musical Machines & Living Dolls," one of the nation's largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata. Besides the one-man band, this array of mechanical marvels includes a self-playing violin and a life-size flute player! Live demos at 2 p.m.
  6. Rock 'n roll back to the '50s For a blast from the past, check out nifty neon signs and cool mid-century furniture that characterize Wildwood's "doo wop" architecture at the Doo Wop Experience in Wildwood.
  7. Catch up with a baseball legend Yogi Berra, the much loved (and much quoted!) Yankees catcher, once said, "I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine." Learn more about the legend, who passed away in 2015, and his inspiring values at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, located on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls.
  8. See how WWII sailors snoozed The bridge, communications rooms and gun turrets of the Battleship New Jersey, docked at Camden Waterfront, are fascinating—but it's the opportunity to see what life was like for the crew that makes this gigantic museum a memorable, interactive experience. Consider purchasing a "Fish 'n Ship" combo ticket, which gets you into the Big J and Adventure Aquarium.
  9. Drive a full-size backhoe Drive, ride and operate real, full-size machinery at Diggerland USA, the only construction-themed adventure park in North America. Located in West Berlin, Diggerland also features a daily stunt show with heavy machinery acrobatics and a full-service café called "The Dig Inn."
  10. Attend bug university Learn bug basics, watch ants work, see a tarantula, even touch a bug! Insectropolis in Toms River, the "bugseum of New Jersey," showcases thousands of insects, from the beautiful to the bizarre—and if that isn't a little weird and wonderful, what is? (Appropriate for all ages and interest in insects!)

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