Advice for trip to NJ please

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  1. dobbin macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to everyone who has replied to my questions about New York

    I'm also visiting New Jersey after NYC - we're staying in a town called Point Pleasant Beach. If anyone lives near here, then please can you tell me about any good places to visit around that bit of the NJ coast?

    I thinking about travelling to Atlantic City if I have time - is it worth a day-trip?

    I'd really like to go to Washington DC, but I think its probably too far to go for a day.

    I've also heard about the Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park - I read in the Sunday Times over here that they have a new ride called Kingda Ka which is the highest, fastest, rollercoaster in the world. Has anyone tried it yet?
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Washington D.C. is a bit far. It's around 3 hours drive from where you'll be staying. Philadelphia is a better choice and it's got the food and the history.

    You might check with local people about casino buses to Atlantic City. For minimal cost, you are driven to a casino (or the general area) and you get coupons for shows, meals, etc. in hopes that you will gamble your small fortune away.

    Great Adventure is reasonably close, due to the Garden State Parkway. I haven't been there but lots of people go each year.

    http://www.philly.com/
    http://www.sixflags.com/
     
  3. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Don't go? :) *nervously looks over shoulder while dreading the sound of a blackjack whistling through the air*

    Seriously, DC is a bit of a haul from NJ. Philly is definitely more do-able, and has lots of history and flavor. If you want to stay local to NJ, you might try:
    Cape May, a quaint seaside town with some great old Victorian houses, or Wildwood, a typical boardwalk environment with all the lousy food and hucksters that brief description suggests.

    Six Flags was a great amusement park when we went there about 8 years ago. Can't imagine it's changed all that much, other than having added a few wild rides.
     
  4. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    DC is a bit of a haul from New Jersey. Beside DC is a week in itself.

    New Jersey has some of the most difficult driving in the country. I found driving around in Manhattan and the Bronx easier than NJ.
     
  5. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Point Pleasant has a nice boardwalk with rides and amusements. Seaside Heights, which is the town after PP has an even better boardwalk. Seaside also has the best shore dance club called Temptations.
    http://www.pointpleasantbeach.com/

    Great Adventure is definitely worth a trip. Great rides, water park and animal safari. It gets very crowded there so if you can go on a weekday that is best. When you are NJ, buy a can of Coca Cola. Printed on the back of the can they usually have a coupon, buy one ticket--get one free (weekdays only.) Weekends I think they give you a discount.

    Atlantic City is good if you are into casinos and gambling, but frankly it is not the greatest town. But if you like to gamble then its okay.

    Oh and welcome to the Guido state :D
     
  6. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Yes Cape May and Wildwood/Wildwood City are top shore towns in NJ. Wildwood has the best boardwalk, just keep in mind both towns are almost 100 miles from Point Pleasant. Other than that they are great shore towns!
     
  7. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    Atlantic City is good if you want to go to the casinos. Other than that it's a real crappy town. We're talking crappy like as soon as you leave the Casino parking garage. Cape May, and Ocean City are much better choices to spend the day with the family- Ocean City is a dry town with a nice beach and boardwalk, perfect for a day with the kids minus all the riff-raff... It's only a short drive from AC, so you could spend the day with family in OC, and spend the night, and all your money, with the wife in AC.

    Philly's a must... Especially this time of the year... If you happen to be there on the first Friday of the month make sure to make your way to Olde City- (Market Street area and surrounding blocks) and enjoy the First Friday festivities- don't plan on driving though, just walk from block to block, and place to place.
     
  8. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget the beach in Wildwood is about a mile from the boardwalk- lol- I seriously have never seen a beach that big in my life... I haven't been to Wildwood in a while because, like you said, it's so far, and the last few times I went it seems to have turned into a much less desirable crowd than it used to be...
     
  9. dobbin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone- some great advice here. Much better than I could find elsewhere on the web or in guidebooks. There's nothing better than real experience, and being Mac-users, I know you all have good taste!
     
  10. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    HAHAHAH!!! WEAK!! Try driving in Boston. Driven in a couple countries and 40 of our states, good ol Boston is still the worst (tho I'm seeing WA drivers trying hard with all their accidents).

    BEN
     
  11. RalfyRojas macrumors newbie

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    Here's some useful advice:

    If you happen to find yourself in or around North NJ, make sure to avoid these areas at all cost, as they are inhabitted by primitive anthropoids that would turn your trip into one you wish you never planned:
    Paterson, Newark, Camden, Passaic, Jersey City, East Orange,... in fact, just stay OUT of North NJ in the first place, unless it's the wealthier (and naturally more civilized) Bergen County.


    Just enjoy the shore and stay out of NNJ! :)

    P.S. Ask me how I know all this.
     
  12. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    LOL... Camden's south Jersey though, so you shouldn't have to deal with that pit...;-)
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Funny how Bergen county used to be the murder capital of NJ and now, it's Camden. Bergen county is only civilised along the shore of the river.

    The worst driving I saw in NJ was with the cars that had Diplomat plates on them.
     
  14. dobbin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Go on then - how do you know all this?
     
  15. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Hey I live in Northern Jersey
    :rolleyes:

    But yes all the towns you listed are Hell Holes!
     
  16. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    6 Flags Great Adventure probably has some of the best coasters in the U.S. if not the world. They have been building a new one every year and they are world class coasters. If you like Roller Coasters NJ is the place to be. Cape May is a very nice beach, some of the best sand in the world, great for sand castles. Also we have quite a few Apple Stores scattered about the state so if your in the neighborhood be sure to see if there is one close by.
     
  17. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Kindga da looks like a great ride,and 6 flags is a good place to go.There is also a water park right next to it named hurricane harbor, if it hot out go therethere D.C. is to far, Alantic city could be worth it
     
  18. RalfyRojas macrumors newbie

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    I happen to live in one of the aforementioned cesspits.(Paterson, to be exact) No place for civilized humans at all.

    And knowing that my tax dollars keeps these dumps propped up is what gets to me... :mad:
     
  19. anthony113 macrumors member

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    i live in central NJ. hmm things to do. princeton is very nice, lots of shopping and food and stuff, really nice in the summer. down the shore, theres the boardwalk but at night it gets filled with teenagers wearing slutty clothes so try to stay away from there at night lol atlantic city is always fun.. you can give Donald a deposit. cape may is the very bottom of NJ and theres a lighthouse that my parents took me to when i was a kid. i youre into hiking there are some nice places in northern NJ up in the mountains. also in Edison theres a street called oak tree road, its not really a touristy kind of place but if youre into indian food its the best area to go because its like little india. Menlo Park mall not far from there also has a great apple store. have fun!
     

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