Discover New Jersey: Active Adults

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It is the gateway to New York. It encompasses Liberty State Park, offering dramatic views of Manhattan and the Statute of Liberty. It is home to a famous turnpike that allows visitors to travel across the state quickly and easily. But slow down. Get off the turnpike. “America in Miniature” awaits.

New Jersey is bordered by New York on the North, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay on the South, and Pennsylvania and the Delaware River on the west. The state can be divided into six, distinct regions: Delaware River, Gateway, Greater Atlantic City, Shore, Skylands, and Southern Shore. Each of these regions offers various attractions, unique geography, and local flare. The Gateway region may be the most heavily traveled, but the Delaware River, Greater Atlantic City, and Southern Shore regions are excellent examples of all this unique microcosm has to offer.

The Delaware River Region is one of the largest areas in New Jersey. Trenton, the region’s most prominent city and the state capital, is anchored by the gorgeous, gold-domed statehouse and, like most of this region, is steeped in the history of the American Revolution. Historic Haddonfield has its own set of revolutionary stories, which may seem out of synch with the bronze dinosaur in the center of its Main Street. The dinosaur commemorates the discovery of the first, nearly complete dinosaur skeleton by William Foulke in 1858. The main street district in Collingswood is home to fine dining establishments and an eclectic variety of shops. These are just a few of the many charming small towns and exciting cities throughout the region.

Not surprisingly, this riverfront region offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Salem County is a 2,800 acre, internationally recognized wetlands and shorebird reserve that welcomes visitors. Covering parts of Atlantic, Burlington, and Camden counties, Wharton State forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System. Countless recreational opportunities are available, including: mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and wildlife observation.

The 30 million visitors who travel to Atlantic City each year may do some gambling, but they are not spending all their time at the black jack table. In addition to the twelve resort casinos, this region is also home to the world’s first boardwalk, museums, a lighthouse, and, of course, the Miss America Pageant. Make the most of the city’s four miles of boardwalk by taking in the entertainment on the piers while snacking on salt water taffy or freshly roasted peanuts. After a day on the beach, visit the local museums, including “Lucy the Elephant” in Margate, the museum inside an elephant. Climb to the top of the 171-foot Absecon Lighthouse for a spectacular view before heading back to the tables.

History and landscape gracefully combine to make this region a traveler’s dream and a resident’s source of pride. With the Delaware Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, shoreline activities and scenery dominate the area. Cape May, a quaint town known for its restored Victorian houses; Ocean City, with its famously busy boardwalks; and Wildwood, another great beachside town, are just a few examples of all that the Southern Shore has to offer.

Retiring in the Garden State. As residents age in place and seniors move from nearby areas, the senior population in New Jersey is burgeoning. State and Local governments and area professionals have answered the demand of this population growth with new and innovative programs for seniors. In addition, a growing number of retirement communities offer a full range of amenities and care options. Senior-serving professionals are also available to help with everything from moving and downsizing to administering a care plan.

Seniors in New Jersey can fully enjoy the “Garden State” knowing that any care they may need in the future is readily available. From acres of natural parkland to exciting cultural attractions and from rolling inland countryside to world-class beaches, they will quickly discover a beautiful, miniature America-complete with spacious skies and shining seas.

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