Give your wallet a workout in the town of Elizabeth, offering no sales tax on clothes or shoes and half the tax on big-ticket items including personal goods and home electronics. With an entire exit off the New Jersey Turnpike devoted to mega shopping centers like IKEA, the super-sized Swedish home store and The Outlet Collection, Jersey Gardens, the state’s largest outlet mall, Elizabeth has your shopping needs covered.
When you are ready to cool off your credit card, head to downtown Elizabeth to enjoy the town’s diverse cultural setting. With 35 languages spoken within its borders and named one of New Jersey’s largest cities, Elizabeth takes diversity to a whole new level in the Garden State.
Elizabeth is within easy driving distance to a few golf courses in Union County, such as Ash Brook Oak Ridge and Galloping Hill. During the off-season, Galloping Hill is transformed into a winter wonderland with sledding, cross-country skiing and ice-skating. For those who prefer to ride horses, Union County’s Watchung Stables is about a 20-minute drive from Elizabeth, and it offers bridle paths, lessons and rentals.