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Places In New Jersey You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should Visit)

There's a lot of hidden treasures in the Armpit of America. So, maybe stop calling it that.

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Twin Lights Lighthouse

No, this isn't Medieval Times. It's actually a lighthouse. It rests atop the Atlantic Highlands with breathtaking views of Sandy Hook, NJ and faraway Manhattan & Brooklyn.
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No, this isn't Medieval Times. It's actually a lighthouse. It rests atop the Atlantic Highlands with breathtaking views of Sandy Hook, NJ and faraway Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Manhattan skyline from Twin Lights (2011).
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Manhattan skyline from Twin Lights (2011).

A ton of history took place there, too. It was the first American lighthouse to use a Fresnel lens. It's still on display there. It weighs 10 tons and is 9.5 feet in diameter.

A ton of history took place there, too. It was the first American lighthouse to use a Fresnel lens. It's still on display there. It weighs 10 tons and is 9.5 feet in diameter.

The Twin Lights from Sandy Hook, NJ pretending to be some sort of freaky castle.
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The Twin Lights from Sandy Hook, NJ pretending to be some sort of freaky castle.

Paterson Great Falls

**Disclaimer** this is not a screenshot from The Lord of the Rings (especially not The Hobbit - but who really is following that series???). This is a 77 foot tall waterfall in Paterson, NJ. It's so spectacular that it's a national park.
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**Disclaimer** this is not a screenshot from The Lord of the Rings (especially not The Hobbit - but who really is following that series???). This is a 77 foot tall waterfall in Paterson, NJ. It's so spectacular that it's a national park.

In 1793, two years after the society's foundation, the falls was the site of the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in New Jersey.
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In 1793, two years after the society's foundation, the falls was the site of the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in New Jersey.

The Falls are a great reminder that New Jersey was a major player in early American history. Here's an engraving of it in the 1700s made by some dude. Do you see a McDonald's in the distance or is that just me?
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The Falls are a great reminder that New Jersey was a major player in early American history. Here's an engraving of it in the 1700s made by some dude. Do you see a McDonald's in the distance or is that just me?

Oh, and the Sopranos filmed here, too. You can catch The Falls in Season 1, Episode 6 when a drug dealer is tossed off from the top.
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Oh, and the Sopranos filmed here, too. You can catch The Falls in Season 1, Episode 6 when a drug dealer is tossed off from the top.

Historic Cold Spring Village

"The village is an Early American open-air living history museum that brings to life the day-to-day activities of southern New Jersey residents from 1790-1840." (from Press of Atlantic City)
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"The village is an Early American open-air living history museum that brings to life the day-to-day activities of southern New Jersey residents from 1790-1840." (from Press of Atlantic City)

It's like a miniature Colonial Williamsburg, VA. You can visit shops, learn how to churn butter, and ride horses.
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It's like a miniature Colonial Williamsburg, VA. You can visit shops, learn how to churn butter, and ride horses.

It's 30 acres, so it's pretty big. Here's a map of it, complete with colonial stuff like a "blacksmith shop."
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It's 30 acres, so it's pretty big. Here's a map of it, complete with colonial stuff like a "blacksmith shop."

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It's located at the very tip of New Jersey in Cape May.
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It's located at the very tip of New Jersey in Cape May.

Northlandz

Located in Flemington, NJ, Northlandz is the world's largest model railroad.
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Located in Flemington, NJ, Northlandz is the world's largest model railroad.

It took 16 years to build Northlandz and it contains 100 trains, 400 bridges, and 3,000 miniature buildings.
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It took 16 years to build Northlandz and it contains 100 trains, 400 bridges, and 3,000 miniature buildings.

The tallest points are around 30 feet tall.
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The tallest points are around 30 feet tall.

Some of the residents of Northlandz, in a pre-NJ Transit time.
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Some of the residents of Northlandz, in a pre-NJ Transit time.

River Horse Brewing Company

This brewing factory is located in Ewing, NJ. Once a local New Jersey staple, River Horse is now making a name for themselves beyond the state. It's shipped to PA, CT & NY.
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This brewing factory is located in Ewing, NJ. Once a local New Jersey staple, River Horse is now making a name for themselves beyond the state. It's shipped to PA, CT & NY.

It's a hip beer palace.
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It's a hip beer palace.

You can get intimate tours of how the beer is made and distributed.
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You can get intimate tours of how the beer is made and distributed.

...and after your tour, you get to taste all of their awesome beers on tap! Some favorites include: Hipp-O-Lantern: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Tripel Horse: Belgian Style Tripel & the Oatmeal Milk Stout.
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...and after your tour, you get to taste all of their awesome beers on tap! Some favorites include: Hipp-O-Lantern: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Tripel Horse: Belgian Style Tripel & the Oatmeal Milk Stout.

Cowtown Rodeo

Located in Pilesgrove, NJ, this is *actually* the home of the United States' oldest weekly running rodeo show.
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Located in Pilesgrove, NJ, this is *actually* the home of the United States' oldest weekly running rodeo show.

Some classic rodeo favorites take place here, like: bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and bareback riding.
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Some classic rodeo favorites take place here, like: bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and bareback riding.

It's been around since 1929 and kept together by the Harris Family.
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It's been around since 1929 and kept together by the Harris Family.

It's pretty amazing that something so seemingly non-New Jersey has held onto success as long as it has.
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It's pretty amazing that something so seemingly non-New Jersey has held onto success as long as it has.

Papa's Tomato Pie

Located in Robbinsville, NJ, this is the oldest family-owned pizza restaurant in the entire United States.
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Located in Robbinsville, NJ, this is the oldest family-owned pizza restaurant in the entire United States.

It first opened in 1912 in Trenton, NJ. It moved to Chambers Street in Trenton in 1945 and then recently moved to Robbinsville, NJ in 2013.
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It first opened in 1912 in Trenton, NJ. It moved to Chambers Street in Trenton in 1945 and then recently moved to Robbinsville, NJ in 2013.

And if you don't care about the cool history of the place, then rest assured you will be served insanely good pizza. It was voted the best in the entire state of New Jersey and ranked 18th in the United States.
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And if you don't care about the cool history of the place, then rest assured you will be served insanely good pizza. It was voted the best in the entire state of New Jersey and ranked 18th in the United States.

Look at that cheesy goodness.
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Look at that cheesy goodness.

Lakota Wolf Preserve

Located in Columbia, NJ, this is a safe haven for not only wolves, but bobcats and foxes, too.
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Located in Columbia, NJ, this is a safe haven for not only wolves, but bobcats and foxes, too.

A bobcat, lurkin'.
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A bobcat, lurkin'.

You can take up-close-and personal tours of the wildlife - even photography tours, so you can snap some Nat Geo-level close-ups of the pups.
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You can take up-close-and personal tours of the wildlife - even photography tours, so you can snap some Nat Geo-level close-ups of the pups.

Don't you want to cuddle!?
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Don't you want to cuddle!?

Unionville Winery

Located in Ringoes, NJ, this is considered one of the finest vineyards in the Northeast.
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Located in Ringoes, NJ, this is considered one of the finest vineyards in the Northeast.

The tasting room.
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The tasting room.

The vineyard sits on 88 acres of preserved farmland.
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The vineyard sits on 88 acres of preserved farmland.

...in fact, it's so beautiful that....
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...in fact, it's so beautiful that....

weddings are held here all the time.
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weddings are held here all the time.

...so the next time you're in New Jersey...

...and are annoyed by the traffic, smell, people, and everything else you (sometimes maybe) should be legitimately annoyed about, check out these unknown spots.

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