When you think of New Jersey, you probably think of Northern New Jersey right across from New York with its big metropolitan feel, or Southern New Jersey down the shore with great beaches. However, Central New Jersey is the breadbasket of the state. Ever wondered how New Jersey got the nickname “The Garden State”? We’ll a quick trip to the Somerville area can show you why. Here are 5 things in the Somerville area you need to see.
James Buchanan Duke transformed more than 2000 acres of Farmland and woodlots into an amazing landscape called Duke Farms in 1925. The property has nine manmade lakes, over 18 miles of roads, and over 45 buildings. Duke Farms is a statement of J.B.’s ingenuity. There are a number of different experiences visitors can partake in ranging from Subtropical Orchid habitats to the Lake Stream Habitat created by a system of 7 Lakes covering 75 acres, and even waterfalls.
The Raptor Trust is a wild bird rehabilitation center located in Millington New Jersey surrounded by the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Raptor Trust started In 1964 when Len Soucy became interested in hawks. In 1968 he acquired 14 acres in Millington and started to take care of injured raptors in their back yard. In the ’70s a bird hospital was added and by the end of the 70’s hundreds of species were annually brought to Raptor Trust to be cared for. For the nature lover, this is a must-see location.
This is an experience straight out of the golden age of gaming. Whether you want to relive your teenage years by playing classic arcade games for hours or you what to have a unique gaming experience Yestercades has something for you. They have pinball machines and classic arcade cabinets covering everything from Pac-Man to NBA-Jam to Street Fighter 2. Yestercades also houses a number of gaming consoles available for play from Atari 2600, NES, to XBOX ONE and Nintendo Wii U. The Library is stocked with top titles for each system for your gaming pleasure.
It’s the ultimate adult art class. BYOB learn to paint and have a few drinks with other artistic people. The Somerville studio houses classes for all ages and skill levels giving you the chance to explore your creative side.
When it comes to wine craft, the folks at Unionville Winery know what they’re doing. The Unionville team manages to source its grapes from six vineyards across three New Jersey Counties. The range of soil types, microclimates, and topography allows the Unionville team to craft a diverse selection of wines which are nearly impossible to replicate anywhere else. The vineyard started off making hybrid French – American wines with American grapes and European Varietals, now with 6 proprietary vineyards to choose from, the tradition of creating unique wines is stronger than ever.
While New Jersey is known for Its shore locations and Proximity to New York central New Jersey is why they call it the Garden State. Check it out for yourself and see.