Being one of the oldest states in the Union, New Jersey is not lacking when it comes to historical landmarks. There are plenty of places there that are tied, not just to the history of the state but to the history of the rest of the country as well. But the past isn’t the only thing that New Jersey has that would make it interesting. The state has something to offer to each member of the family.
When you think of gambling and casinos in America, there are only two places that would come to mind. Las Vegas and the other one is a city in New Jersey. Yes, that’s right! Atlantic City! If you’re feeling lucky then this is the place to test it. With its casinos and bars you would never run out of fun things to do while you’re in the city.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
If you’re interested in history and a little sightseeing as well, then you ought to visit Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Located in the town of Sandy Hook, this lighthouse is very significant because it is generally agreed to be the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. It was built in 1764 and still in excellent condition after it was rebuilt and restored in 2000. The lighthouse has endured attempts to destroy it early on its history and has withstood the ravages of time quite well.
Lucy the Margate Elephant
If you like odd structures and examples of architecture, then you would be delighted to know that there is a perfect example of that sitting in New Jersey and it’s been there for over a hundred years now. I’m talking about Lucy the Elephant, which is a six story high structure made in the shape of an elephant. The animal or the building was made from wood and tin sheets in 1882. There were other examples of this type of architecture which thankfully did not catch on, but all of those are long gone now, all except for Lucy.
This building was the largest in New Jersey at the time of its construction. Now it is the oldest structure in Princeton University of which it is a part. The building suffered heavy damage during the Battle of Princeton, but was brought back to its former majesty.
These are just some of the most famous landmarks that you could find within the state of New Jersey.