Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Things To Do In Jersey When You're Cold

My Youngest Younger Sister is coming to visit in a week.

She's coming to visit her boyfriend's east coast relatives (he's coming with her for that leg of the trip) and had a little extra leave so she'll come swing up to Nueva Jersey to visit us sans boyfriend. I guess he didn't have as much annual leave to burn as she did.

In addition to vacuuming the generic Coco Puffs out of the couch cushions, I kinda need ideas as to what to do with her.

Moochie is damn cute but he's only so entertaining and unfortunately Chunky will be in school for most of her visit.

Friday Chunky is off of school (President's Day Weekend) and Dr. Mad Scientist doesn't have class so we're planning a trip to NYC. But we'll have three full days of time to kill before that.

So I'm soliciting ideas from you dear readers as I know many of you:

a.) Have lived here at one point in your life;
b.) Live here currently, be it in South Jersey, Central Jersey, The Shore, or even At My Own Exit; or
c.) Have visited the lovely splendor they call the Garden State.

I've googled "fun things to do in New Jersey" and they come up with many things that are either pricey or more summer-related.

Now weather isn't a big deal for a couple of Alaskan girls.

Crazy Birdie

That would be my Youngest Younger Sister there in the bikini at the very far left.

But we'll be dragging a Moochie around with us and I felt guilty enough popping him in the Snuggli this afternoon to walk to school to pick up Chunky from school in the 49 degree weather!

I'll probably take her for a spin too Noorick (that's how you say Newark if you're Chatty Cathy) and show her the "ghetto" I work in.

Maybe we can even walk around and I can show her my favorite homeless person--I call him Friar Fuck as he's always muttering obscenities to no one in particular and he's got a large bald spot like a monk.

But above and beyond that I'm stumped. What's the "must see/do" thing you know of in New Jersey?

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Blogger Amy said...

Go check out Jersey Shore Jen--she wrote a book about the Shore last year:

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well since I have never been to NJ I really can't tell you what to do with your sister.
And to quote your other sister..."That is all!"
Love, Mom

9:20 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

If your car is up to some off road travel, you can drive the Quaker Bridge road through the Wharton State Forest. Beautiful even this time of year. Or take her to Batsto and see the worker cottages. The Ranger center there is pretty interesting. It's right off 206.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Wow, ghettos and homeless peeps. What more can you want :).

But having never lived out your way, I will keep quiet.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

Well with my youngest younger sister, it would be impossible to take her anywhere besides the couch in front of the TV or out to dinner, but...
There is the ski resort up in North New Jersey. The forest around is very pretty with snow. (I lived in Hamburg, NJ, right at the quarry, for one year.) Historical sites abound. If you are interested in such things, google and choose. One in particular is a house in Morristown where George Washington spent some time during the Revolutionary War. They have Martha's teeny tiny silk slippers in a case there. I enjoyed it and and will never forget it, but then I like historical stuff. Is there anything going on at Rutger's that could be interesting? And there is always the uber-famous Elizabeth NJ chemical farms. Stunning in their post apocalyptic cheesy sci-fi movie ambiance.
Google New Jersey tourism for more ideas.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Genovese's book ("New Jersey Curiosities") is great for odd-ball attractions. Sadly, Lucy the Margate Elephant is closed until spring (except President's Day weekend). It would be a shame to go down the shore without seeing it.

And speaking of Genovese, if you are looking for food options, try the Munchmobile's archive (http://www.nj.com/munchmobile/).

1:04 PM  
Blogger whichendisup said...

I'd say to check your county's website under Calendar of Events in the Parks & Recreation section, they usually have a bunch of stuff that's relatively inexpensive and locally relevant. For example, if you and your sister share a love of all things Blacksmithing, well come on down to Monmouth County as they are having a demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel this Sunday! There's also the Monmouth Museum touted as a family museum, they have awesome activities for the Chunk-man and then more adult-type stuff for you and your sis (http://www.monmouthmuseum.org/home.html). The only bummer is that it'll be a hike for you. The Liberty Museum has just been renovated, and that shouldn't be too far, but I'm not sure how much admission is. Yeah, I'm not much help -- sorry! =) oops, one last thing, someone just told me that there is supposed to be a museum somewhere in the vicinity of Edison, NJ dedicated to it's namesake, Thomas Edison.

1:08 PM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

your sister looks just like you from afar.

have a great visit!

i've never been to jersey unfortunately. at least not on purpose.

3:27 PM  
Blogger lisa said...


i have no suggestions, i'm just amazed at you people who feel no cold.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Spacefarm! Lots of fun and not too much a rip off. Or check the Morris County Parks website, as they have lots of outdoor crap to do. Or wander aorund Montclair. Lots of yarn too.
I'd recommend White Mana hamburgers in Hackendsack. A Jersey tradition.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I don't think I could go outside in -38 degree weather dressed in a full body burqa. You Alaskans are crazy!

Other than gambling in Atlantic City or apple picking (which is the fall), I have no idea what to do in Jersey.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

hehe..wild... -38!! Sorry, no ideas here!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Akknitter said...

You've already gotten some good ideas...

If you want to introduce her to the world's best donuts, head over to Judicke's in Bayonne (that shouldn't be too far for you)

Other ideas:
Duke Farms, a day in Princeton (go to Thomas Sweets), there's the State Theatre in New Brunswick, a day in Lambertville/New Hope, that big statue that might be in NY..

5:26 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

-38! I cant even imagine going out in +38!

As for Jersey, I got nothin'

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't help you since I've never been to NJ. I'm sure you will come up with things to do.
Love the pic of your sis. She does the family proud.
Love, Aunt Susan

7:00 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I've never been to the Garden State either, so I won't be any help.

Your visit will be great no matter what you decide to do. Would she be interested in learning to knit or spin?

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like old movie palaces, tours of Stanley Theater in Jersey City are given daytimes by the Jehovah Witnesses, who now own it. The Loew's still shows movies + organ music (2/14 = City Lights). White Mana on Tonnele Ave (not to be confused with the White ManNa in Hackensack) is not too far away!

Although this is no good for your sister's visit, in spring Hackensack River boat trips (through the Meadowlands) and the Sterling Hill Mining Museum are quite unique.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

My NJ experience is limited, but Princeton is beautiful and you can ogle the cute guys (yes, they're young, but I'm stall a woman!), and the Grounds for Sculpture are beautiful, some friends got married there last summer.

Your sister seems just as nuts as you, it's awesome!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Never been there. Is there an art museum?

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the Newark Museum. Van Saun Park zoo in Paramus. Van Saun also has outdoor ice skating if it is still cold enough. Mitsuwa (Japanese) market place in Edgewater.




9:58 AM  
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