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 SHORE BIKING: For cycling enthusiasts, Southern New Jersey is as good as it gets – picturesque places with easy pedaling along the beachfront or quiet country roads. Many towns have designated bike paths, boardwalks and promenades, great for early morning exercise before the crowds.
15 MINUTES OF FAME: The lowly lima bean has its 15 minutes of fame every Columbus Day Weekend in West Cape May’s Wilbraham Park when lima bean lovers gather to celebrate the proud tradition of lima bean farming in this little town at the annual Lima Bean Festival. A queen is crowned – and there’s always homemade lima bean soup, baked limas, lima bean salad and more – limas in chili, barbequed, in salsa and even lima bean ice cream.
Rock the nights away in October at the Wildwoods Convention Center during the Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend. Friday night it’s a Dance Party with a live band at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Saturday there’s a free street fair at Fox Park, with classic cars, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, Doo Wop bus tours and more! The Saturday night concert is in the Oceanfront Arena. Tickets and information updates: Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, 609-729-4000 or
The Bayshore Center in Bivalve hosts Second Friday by the Bay each month with a variety of family-oriented events and entertainment featuring local artists, authors, birding experts, music and food. The Oyster Bay Café housed in one of the historic shipping sheds serves up dishes with a local taste, especially oysters – on the half shell, chowder, fried oysters, oyster po’ boys and more, plus local beers and wine – definitely a unique meal in an historic setting. 856-785-2060;
CALLING ALL MIBSTER FANS: For over 90 years, the National Marbles Tournament has featured scores of mibsters, ages 8-14, in battles of wits and skill during the four-day tournament in June at Ringer Stadium on the Wildwood beach. A mibster uses his or her shooter – yup, girls play, too! – to knock 13 target marbles out of the circle. And, unlike many sporting events, there are no fancy uniforms, expensive equipment or instant replays – just good, old fashioned fun. 800-WW-BY-SEA.
Arts and culture, music festivals, concerts on the pier, tours of historic sites, train and trolley rides, special events at living history museums, self-guided tours, glassblowing and pottery demonstrations, special exhibitions, dance performances from ballet to modern and live music from symphony to jazz are all available in Southern New Jersey. Composed of eight culturally diverse counties – Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem, - the area is home to superb arts centers, museums, symphonies, and theaters. For ticket information or ideas for cultural, arts adventures, the SJCA has up-to-the-minute information. Check the SJCA’s Cultural Calendar at
THE BRIDGETON & MILLVILLE RIVER- F R O N T S : The beautiful Cohansey River runs through the Bridgeton City Park and is the site of many of the city’s special events throughout the year. In Millville, the Maurice River is a perfect accent to the Glasstown Arts District with a 700-foot river walk for pedestrians to enjoy the water and Captain Buck Riverfront Park, which is a great spot for picnics.
BLUEBERRIES, THE STATE FRUIT OF NEW JERSEY: The Red, White and Blueberry Festival in Hammonton encourages everyone to eat anything made of blueberries on the Sunday before the Fourth of July holiday. The festival pays homage to the state fruit of New Jersey as thousands of berry lovers flock to Hammonton to enjoy the unmatched taste of blueberry delights. An antique car show, arts and crafts, blueberry pie-eating contests, a live stage show, and more add to the red, white and blueberry fun.
NATURE AT ITS BEST: Lake Lenape offers 2,000 acres for boating, canoeing, rafting, camping, hiking, biking or just enjoying a spring, summer or fall outing. Cedar-lined shores are bordered by lush mixed-oak and pine trees, and blueberry and laurel bushes. Since the time when Native Americans inhabited the area, Lake Lenape in Mays Landing has provided fishermen with some excellent large- mouth bass action, catfish and pickerel catches.
A TASTE OF HISTORY: Hungry for history? The Cumberland County Historical Society operates six museums on Ye Greate Street in Greenwich. The Warren and Reba Lummis Library is a genealogical and historical library containing resource and genealogical materials. The John DuBois Maritime Museum houses a large collection of Southern New Jersey maritime artifacts and the Gibbon House, built in 1730, is furnished with items from the 18th and 19th centuries. Also on the grounds are the Barn Museum featuring 19th century agricultural artifacts and the 1650 Swedish Granary. The Alan Carman Museum of Prehistory from Cumberland County houses Native American artifacts from the local area. All museums are free; for information call 856- 455-8580; or follow them on Facebook.
GONE FISHIN’: Southern New Jersey has some of the best fishing locations along the East Coast. Three rivers... the Mullica, Great Egg and Maurice, branch off into ponds and lakes filled with abundant fresh water species. Then there's the big, beautiful ocean out there – and the Delaware Bay – offering striped bass, drum fish, weakfish, bluefish and more. Don’t have a boat? Not a problem. Check out a variety of fishing charters from Cape May to Atlantic City as well as along the bayside in Cumberland County. Avalon has nine public docks, all free. The 8th Street Pier is a fun place with plenty of fish of all sizes. The Ventnor City fishing pier charges $10 a day to fish or crab, Grassy Sound Marina in North Wildwood charges a nominal fee and has boat rentals, bait, etc. Ocean City and Margate also have fee-based piers.
A WALK THROUGH HISTORY: The Cape May County Historical Museum in the John Holmes House, one of the oldest structures in the county, c. 1755, displays furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries. Period rooms include an 18th century kitchen and bedroom with its collection of samplers, the pre-1820 dining room and the Victorian sitting room along with the Doctor’s Room, the Military Room, the Native American Room and maritime exhibits of swords, guns, uniforms and other memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. Also see the vintage 1800s barn that houses an assortment of authentic carriages, including a stagecoach. 540 Route 9, Cape May Court House; 609-465-3535.
SHOP-A-HOLICS WEEKEND: Looking for the right something to the right price of course? Then visit Avalon in early March. The largest winter shopping event at NJ’s Southern Shore hosted by Avalon’s business community features the very best boutiques on the Seven Mile Island showcasing the largest variety of merchandise in one location with deep discounts in clothing, house wares, shoes, accessories and more.
Once you start humming those Jimmy Buffet lyrics, you need to head for Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, the only place in town for Parrotheads that includes a LandShark Bar and Grill, retail shops and other beachfront attractions. Inside, visitors can enjoy a tropical island makeover from the Roaring 20s, flappers and bathtub gin with a Margaritaville Cafe and a re-themed area on the gaming floor.
THE LARGEST BOAT PARADE – IN THE WORLD: The Night in Venice boat parade on July 18 is considered the largest boat parade in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors who line the bayside in Ocean City to cheer as hundreds of beautifully decorated boats float by the Longport Bridge and head south to Tennessee Avenue along the bay. 800-BEACHnj.
HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE: The 1800s come to life when you visit 27 restored, historic buildings on a 30-acre site where interpreters in period clothing demonstrate blacksmithing, wood- working, printing, broom making, bookbinding, pottery, tinsmithing, and basket weaving. The Village is also home to a farm complete with a horse, chicken, sheep and more! Enjoy special weekday family activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts and historic games. In addition to the craft buildings, visitors will find a Welcome Center, Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Cold Spring Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. Special events are held every weekend from early June through mid- September. 609-898-2300.
BRING YOUR APPETITE AND HEAD TO SEA ISLE: Sea Isle City Foodie Weekend rolls into Sea Isle City Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 and again Sept. 11 and 12 with more than a dozen food trucks from around the Northeast, representing multiple cuisines so bring your appetite and head to Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave., Sea Isle. 609- 368-4504;

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