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New Jersey: Home to the Best and the Brightest

May 9, 2023

Nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey sometimes gets overshadowed by its big city neighbors. But this perfectly situated mid-Atlantic state is brilliant in its own right – as home to Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein as well as Princeton’s classic campus. Add in 130 miles of sandy shoreline, amusement parks, landmarks and attractions, and you’ll discover why New Jersey is the ideal student touring destination!

The Fun Side of Science
From the depths of the sea to the top of the tallest roller coaster – and all points in between – New Jersey tends to get ALL kids excited about science. At Adventure Aquarium, your students can cross a rope bridge suspended high above a shark tank and pet friendly sting rays. Apply the laws of physics to the thrill rides at Six Flags Great Adventure. Dive into innovation in the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Explore a vibrant ecosystem in the Pine Barrens. And get hands-on with STEM at Liberty Science Center.

One-of-a-Kind Museums
Opportunities to learn about the past thrive at living museums up and down the state – including Historic Cold Spring Village, Batsto Village and The Historic Village at Allaire. Sports score big with edutainment at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Students can discover what it feels like to be a termite at Insectropolis, The Bugseum of New Jersey. And get a colorful eyeful of fluorescent minerals in The Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Awe-Inspiring Arts
Masterworks rendered larger than life break out of the four walls at the outdoor art park Grounds for Sculpture. Students can gain clarity on the fine art of glassmaking at The Museum of American Glass. And world-class performances are brought to the stage at NJPAC, Mayo Performing Arts Center and even more independent theaters all around the state.

Unique Culinary Journeys
Treat your group to memorable meals at distinctive venues. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament serves up dinner with two hours of live jousting and swordsmanship. Stunning views are on the menu at Alice’son Lake Hopatcong and McLoone’s Boathouse, nestled into the South Mountain Recreation area. While the serve staff at fusion restaurant Dragonfly is actually a fleet of robotic-assisted cats. It’s all aboard for New Jersey’s famed dining culture at the Clinton Station Diner. Or you can treat your group to the freshest catches in The Lobster House’s harbor-front dining room or on its docked schooner.

For multi-day visits, New Jersey also offers a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from budget to luxury, with competitive rates in comparison to NYC and Philadelphia.

For assistance in planning your educational tour – including guidance on building a customized itinerary, call 609.292.4239 or go to VisitNJ.org/travel-agent-resources.