New Jersey may be the fifth smallest state (in land area), but that doesn’t stop travelers from wanting to visit and spend time here. In fact, just last year, visitors spent $37.3 billion in the Garden State. New Jersey’s tourism sector represents 2.8% of the state’s economy, and for a good reason. They offer everything from natural attractions, to spa day opportunities and casino fun. Today, we’ll cover the four cool and unique activities you can do in New Jersey:
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Hike through the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Unearthed over 100 years ago, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, is a must-see for travelers seeking a unique experience. A combination of history, nature, and geological wonders, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum is a 1300 feet cave that’s a surprising visual treat. From displays of mining tools in the past, visitors can feast their eyes on the Rainbow Tunnel through minecart tracks, where UV light shines to bring out bright, fluorescent colors thanks to the calcite and willemite. Officially the 4th oldest mine in America, the museum even has a collection of ancient fossils. Visitors are encouraged to wear jackets, as the tunnels can get cool. No climbing is involved, and the one-day trip is a visually enjoyable walk.
Visit Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Atlantic City is a great place for casino enthusiasts. In 2021, the amount of money won by casinos from players was near to $274 million. Arguably the best casino in the city, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is definitely a must-visit. Established in 2003 — a bit young and fresh, compared to other casinos in the area that were established back in the 70s — Borgata is all about the luxury experience, with spacious accommodations that feel otherworldly compared to the usual dingy casino lodgings. If the casino isn’t your type of hangout, however, Borgata also houses some of the best fine dining experiences in the city, such as their Old Homestead Steak House. It’s not an Atlantic City experience you might initially think of, but it’ll certainly surprise you.
Play online poker
The US has some strict anti-poker laws in place. However, for states where online poker has been allowed, these areas have become top destinations for players who may not enjoy hanging around the bustling crowds in real-life casinos. And if you didn’t know, New Jersey is one of the only states where online poker is legal. A day after they legalized online poker in Nevada, the Garden State followed suit, so it’s an excellent place for the traveler-gamer hybrids among you. In fact, New Jersey is one of only seven states where online poker gaming is allowed, including Michigan, which we’ve previously written about. Going to New Jersey for online poker gives you access to some of the largest tournaments on the East Coast, along with a vast selection of games and fantastic bonus prizes. Online poker may just be the thing to up the ante on your next trip to New Jersey.
Relax at King Spa
Finally, the King Spa in Palisades Park is a must-visit for those looking for a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Recognized as the largest Korean spa and sauna on the East Coast, King Spa is inspired by South Korean spas called jjimjilbangs or traditional bathhouses — albeit with a glamorous twist. With ten different types of sauna rooms, including an ice sauna and a 24K gold Egyptian pyramid sauna, visitors are sure to get their much-needed rest and rejuvenation at the King Spa. An immersive and once-in-a-lifetime spa experience, King Spa is a particularly excellent destination for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. You can enjoy a sauna, steam, scrub, and great food for a full-day visit without breaking the bank.
Ultimately, New Jersey is a lot to unpack — it’s a place filled with so much history, nature, wonder, entertainment, and relaxation. Whatever your purpose for traveling is or who you bring, you can be sure the Garden State has something for you.