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North Jersey’s Meadowlands Region Springs Into The Season With Things To Do, Eat And See!

It’s time to come out of hibernation! The Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau in North Jersey has something for everyone from families with small children, to couples doing date night, to large groups looking for a unique corporate retreat. Start planning your Meadowlands Live experience for Spring by visiting www.mlcvb.com.

History Buffs:

  • The Bergen Historical Society offers events and exhibits about the area’s history including its new March to the Vote exhibit leading up to the 100 year anniversary in 2020.
  • Statue Cruises offers tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.
  • Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey at Teterboro Airport, founded in 1972, is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State’s distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage.

Nature Lovers:

  • New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Bergen County Audubon Society host free guided bird walks the first Sunday and Third Tuesday of each month. There are also free public parks throughout the region for hiking, bird watching, and some water activities.
  • The Hackensack Riverkeeper is celebrating 20 years of clean water advocacy this season with special programming to complement its eco-cruises, kayaking and canoeing.

Family Entertainment:

  • Visitors to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Lyndhurst will travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love. Its electrifying show features heroic knights on spirited horses displaying astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay that have become hallmarks of this unique entertainment experience. Enjoy a “hands-on” feast as the dynamic performance unfolds before you.
  • At RPM Raceway in Jersey City, everyone gets the high-RPM experience. Drive go-karts that introduce you to the craft of real racing. Cut corners on tracks designed off formula speedways.
  • Field Station: Dinosaurs: Travel back 90 million years in time just nine minutes from Manhattan! The park is open rain or shine on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10am to 6pm:
    May 26 through June 24; also open Memorial Day, May 28.
  • Liberty Science Center features the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Only four others in the world. On the third Thursday of every month, after hours, guests 21 and over are invited to explore the building and enjoy drinks, food, music, dancing, laser shows, and more.

Music Lovers:

  • MetLife Stadium‘s summer line up will include Luke Bryan on Sat., June 3rd.
  • The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood is hosting performers including Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar & Nil Giraldo, and Tom Jones as well as a Tribute to Tom Petty & David Bowie.

Kids-Free Entertainment:

  • Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is open for racing and dining on weekends throughout the season. Be sure to check out the Camel & Ostrich Races in June.
  • Banana’s Comedy Club at the Holiday Inn in Hasbrouck Heights has a great line-up throughout the Spring season.

Expos:

  • The Meadowlands Exposition Center hosts events throughout the year including the upcoming New Jersey National College Fair on April 25th, The East Coast ComiCon on April 27-29 and the World Dog Expo on June 9th and 10th.

Dining and Hospitality:

  • The Meadowlands cuisine offerings are as diverse as its residents with everything from delis for fast food to multi-course French, Italian and Spanish restaurants.

It also offers more than 10,000 hotel rooms at many price points just minutes from all the entertainment that The Meadowlands has to offer.


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For more information about all the events happening throughout the season in the Meadowlands Liberty Region of North Jersey, visit www.meadowlandslive.com or call 877-MLCVB US.

About the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the comprehensive destination-marketing channel for travel to the metropolitan New Jersey region. The MLCVB presents its unique sports, entertainment, ecological, cultural and transportation assets as an emerging primary destination as well as an alternative to New York City to attract new and extended visits. The MLCVB played crucial roles in bringing the 2014 Super Bowl to the region, and it continues to lead the public debate surrounding issues that will affect the growth of the region. For more information, please visit the MLCVB at www.mlcvb.com or call 201-939-0707.


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Visitors to The Palm Beaches Discover Secret Gardens of Art

Abundant arts districts, ecological experiences, museums, galleries, theaters and art festivals attract cultural tourists to The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. When travelers arrive to this culture-rich paradise, they discover a lesser-known artistic frontier – parks and gardens graced with works of art. Art lovers who travel here are delighted to find beautiful gardens and relaxing seating areas that feature sculptures, murals and lush vistas to explore at their leisure.

Visitors who seek to explore the artistic gardens of The Palm Beaches will find —

The Four Arts Botanical Gardens and Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden– Palm Beach
Open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach is home to a beautiful botanical garden tucked away just off Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach. Strolling through the lush greenery, visitors will find demonstration gardens originally designed in 1938 to display the diversity of tropical plants suitable for landscaping in the South Florida climate. The adjacent Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden is an elegant park where you will find in-the-know locals enjoying the lovely gazebos as they take a moment to escape into a world of art.


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The Norton Museum Central Courtyard – West Palm Beach
Open Tuesday-Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Norton Museum of Art Central Courtyard is a hidden gem and a welcoming place to relax among sculptures and lush plantings. In early 2019, the museum’s much-anticipated expansion will reveal additional outdoor vistas. A “museum within a garden” setting with verdant spaces for art and programming and works by Keith Haring, George Rickey and Mark di Suervo, will be the first public garden designed by architect Lord Norman Foster,


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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Delray Beach
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a place to explore the ancient art of Japanese garden design, music and art. Visitors enjoy breathtaking views with places to sit, contemplate and become one with nature while taking in Roji-en, the six distinct gardens called Roji-en. An open-air Japanese eatery that overlooks the tranquil gardens, an authentic teahouse for learning the art of tea, art and music exhibitions, and a shop offering beautiful Japanese objects, complete the experience.


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Restoration Hardware Gallery at CityPlace – Downtown West Palm Beach
Open every day 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Downtown trekkers exploring the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District can relax in style at the unexpected and unique outdoor public seating area at Restoration Hardware Gallery building. The outdoor space features a 14-foot-high wall of water and a tropical garden with pergolas and chandeliers where guests are welcome to relax among the store’s outdoor furniture collections and take in the 70-by-140-foot ancient-text-based installation by renowned contemporary muralist RETNA that covers the building.

Flagler Drive Waterfront– Downtown West Palm Beach
Walk along Flagler Drive to experience spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and its lovely bridges to Palm Beach. It is a tradition to take selfies at the outdoor murals and interactive art installations that dot the waterfront, including “Stages of Love,” an iconic six-paneled mural by WRD SMTH at the Kid’s Art Park.

Pan’s Garden – Palm Beach
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This treasure is located at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Pan’s Garden is a whimsical delight, from the bronze statue of Pan of Rohallion created by Frederick MacMonnies in 1890 to the 1920s-era Casa Apava tile wall. This half-acre garden contains more than 300 species of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers.


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Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County – West Palm Beach
Open every day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mounts Botanical Garden is a 14-acre living plant museum with 23 spectacular gardens including a water garden, butterfly garden, a rain garden and a fragrance garden. 2,000 species of native Florida plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms and bromeliads await visitors. The Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea exhibition through June 3 presents stunning giant sea life sculptures made from marine debris collected from the world’s beaches.

Project Space at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County – Lake Worth
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the heart of artsy Downtown Lake Worth, visitors to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County art galleries will find Project Space – a grassy arts venue just around the corner from main street Lake Avenue. The site is home to an original “Love Wall” installation by global street artist WRD SMTH and a two-ton 25-foot replica of a paper airplane by Los Angeles-based welder Griffin Lupe. The space offers a bird’s-eye view of a giant, spectacular Martin Luther King, Jr. mural by Brazilian street artist KOBRA that covers the rear wall of the Cultural Council building.


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For a complete calendar and information on visiting Palm Beach County cultural venues, please visit events.palmbeachculture.com.

About Florida’s Cultural Capital®
The Palm Beaches is a collection of 39 cities and towns stretching from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, with 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches and sophisticated art and culture. The destination has more than 200 cultural organizations that produce 42,000 events, exhibitions and performances annually.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. Headquartered in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in Downtown Lake Worth, the Council presents exhibitions and performances featuring artists who live or work in Palm Beach County. The building also serves as a VISIT FLORIDA-designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center, a helpful resource for visitors. The Council’s complimentary Cultural Concierge program provides visitors with expert recommendations, custom itineraries and enhanced access to local events, talent and venues.


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Shake Off Those Winter Blues and Jump Into Springtime at Jekyll Island

Spring is in bloom on the Georgia coast, making Jekyll Island the place for families eager to slough off the winter blues and jump into their favorite outdoor activities.

Located midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is an ideal springtime getaway. With something to satisfy virtually every interest, this extraordinary barrier island has been entertaining visitors for generations. From enchanting journeys through Jekyll’s historic past to present-day wildlife encounters and no shortage of recreational sports available, the island offers plenty of opportunities for everyone in the group to get outside and get moving this spring.

“Jekyll Island is the perfect spot for families looking for a vacation with lots of outdoor fun, especially if they are looking for warm weather and a variety of activities,” says Meggan Hood, senior marketing director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “This little island is wonderful year-round, but springtime is special, because of the unique events and opportunities to explore. This year, we’re offering an insider’s perspective on the season’s best activities and have created recommended itineraries.”


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The 20-plus miles of bike trails weaving through the island’s distinct geographies and captivating historical sites provide hours of exploration and exciting discovery. Stop along the way to learn more about various points of interest and wildlife found on Jekyll Island, through interpretative panels located along the paths.

With five distinct beaches, visitors have plenty to discover along Jekyll’s pristine oceanfront. Springtime favorite, Glory Beach – known as a key filming location for the movie “Glory” – has wide-open space perfect for shaking off cabin fever, splashing in the surf and letting the kids run wild.

A quick jaunt south to the Mary Ann mast – all that remains from a sunken shrimp boat on the south end of Jekyll Island – is sure to remind visitors of the adventure and challenges of life at sea. In 1995, following a long day on the water, the Mary Ann became stranded close to shore, flooding with the incoming tide. No lives were lost, and over the years the shipwreck has been swallowed by the sands. Its mast is the only part that remains visible today. Photographers often pause here to capture breathtaking shots of the unusual landmark.

In addition to beautiful beaches, Jekyll Island boasts awe-inspiring vistas of saltmarshes teeming with wildlife and ready to be explored by kayak or paddleboard. A designated park ranger also leads guided tours of the acres of maritime forest through the end of March.

A hands-on “Gatorology 101” eco-experience – offered by the internationally acclaimed Georgia Sea Turtle Center – is sure to captivate every member of the family. The program serves up fascinating facts about the biology and behavior of the American alligators that call Jekyll Island home and features up-close interaction with a juvenile alligator.

History buffs will enjoy a tour of Hollybourne Cottage, one of 11 former winter residences remaining from the period when Jekyll Island served as an exclusive private club and vacation getaway for some of the nation’s most-powerful families. As an ongoing preservation project, the magnificent character of this unique home – nearly 130 years removed – is still on display, including the innovative bridge-building techniques used to achieve open and airy rooms without impeding columns. Tours of Hollybourne Cottage are only offered on Saturdays in May.

Family members can challenge each other in a rousing game of mini-golf on two unique miniature golf courses. Golf fans may also enjoy a competitive round of championship-level play on one of Jekyll Island Golf Club’s four courses. The courses accommodate all skill levels and feature their own idyllic views of the island’s natural surroundings.

Jekyll Island plays host to three exciting annual spring events. Begin the season early with the Jekyll Island Arts Association Festival (March 9-11), featuring handcrafted creations from approximately 300 talented artists from around the country. Immediately following, is “Caffeine and Octane at the Beach” (March 16-18), which brings North America’s largest monthly cars-and-coffee event to the beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center. Rounding out the season is the much-anticipated Turtle Crawl Weekend (May 11-13), to kick off sea turtle nesting season. With two triathlons plus a 10K and a 5K event, Turtle Crawl Weekend is a not-to-be-missed family “racecation” activity that benefits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

With such a variety of activities, Jekyll Island is the ideal destination for springtime adventures and family vacations. Parents will find a selection of dining, lodging and shopping choices on the island, to fit their budget and travel style.

For more information about all Jekyll Island has to offer, as well as a recommended springtime itinerary, visit www.jekyllisland.com.


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Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part Three: Virginia to Delaware

October and early November is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out Virginia to Delaware…

Beginning in Fredericksburg, Virginia and northward to Washington, Baltimore, Maryland and Wilmington, Delaware you’ll find wonderful displays of color all around. The topography of I-95 is relatively flat along this route so you won’t get those panoramic views like you do in the mountains, so your best bet is to tour all those rural roads just off I-95 exits. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

In Northern Virginia, check out the fall colors along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Designed for recreational driving, it links sites that commemorate important episodes in American history and preserve habitat for local wildlife. The parkway and its associated trails provide a scenic place to play and rest in the busy Washington, DC metropolitan area.

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Parkway begins approximately 10 miles from I-95, exit 161 (US Route 1). Take US Route 1 north to the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (VA Route 235) east to the George Washington Memorial Parkway. From there, the Parkway is approximately 25 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the George Washington Memorial Parkway begins approximately 16 miles from I-95, exit 27 (I-495). Take I-495 north to exit 43. From there, the Parkway is approximately 25 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) to drive this route or one full day to visit attractions along the way.

Maryland’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway is designated as an official America’s Byway. It’s an autumn road-trippers heaven providing an awe-inspiring fall displays.

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway begins approximately 31 miles from I-95, exit 19 (US Route 50). Take US Route 50 east to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. From there, the Byway is approximately 85 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway begins approximately 9.5 miles from I-95, exit 109 (MD Route 279). Take MD Route 279 south to MD Route 213 south to Chesapeake City. From there, the Byway is approximately 85 miles long. You should allow about two and a half hours (without stopping) to drive this route or 2-3 days to stop and visit various attractions along the route.

Take an unforgettable journey through the rolling hills of Delaware’s Brandywine Valley landscape via the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway. The route leads to an unparalleled concentration of historic sites, magnificent estates, glorious gardens and mesmerizing museums all wrapped around splendid fall foliage colors. The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway is designated as an official “America’s Byway“.

The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway is easily accessible from I-95, exit 7 (Delaware Avenue, DE Route 52) inWilmington, Delaware. From there, the Brandywine Valley Scenic Highway is approximately 12 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) or 2-3 days to visit attractions along the way.

Next stop… Part Two – New Jersey to Massachusetts.

Check out this handy fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.


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Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part Two: New Jersey to Massachusetts

October is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out New Jersey to Massachusetts…

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway | I-95 Exit Guide
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway

Cool crisp autumn days usher in the breathtaking colors of New Jersey’s fall foliage. New Jersey’s state parks and forests provide endless opportunities to experience the brilliant transformation of the leaves. New Jersey’s Millstone Valley Scenic Byway, an official “America’s Byway“ has some of the most picturesque autumn foliage scenes. Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is approximately 28 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) or 2-3 days to visit attractions along the way.  Located in the narrow Millstone River Valley in north central New Jersey, the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway offers you a glimpse into the past where well-preserved pieces of the canal era, the revolutionary war era, and early Dutch and American heritage live on.

While New York’s portion of I-95 traverses thru mostly urban areas, if you head north on I-87 you’ll discover some of the best panoramic fall foliage views anywhere. Peak fall foliage can be seen along I-87 “The Adirondack Northway” northward from New York City thru Newburgh, Kingston,  Hudson and  Albany.

Almost all of Connecticut is showing peak fall foliage colors in late October. While I-95 in Connecticut is much like New York in that it traverses thru urban areas. The Merritt Parkway, CT Route 169, I-84 and I-91 offer remarkable fall foliage views.

Merritt Parkway | I-95 Exit Guide
Merritt Parkway

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Merritt Parkway begins approximately 6 miles from I-95, exit 21 (I-287). Take I-287 north to the Hutchinson River Parkway east to the Merritt Parkway east. From there, the Merritt Parkway is approximately 37 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the Merritt Parkway begins approximately 2.5 miles from I-95, exit 38 (Milford Parkway). Take the Milford Parkway north to the Merritt Parkway west. From there, the Merritt Parkway is approximately 37 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) to drive this route.

Connecticut CT Route 169 is designated as an official America’s Byway. The byway begins approximately 19 miles from I-95, exit 76 (I-395) in East Lyme, Connecticut. Take I-395 north to exit 83A. From there, Connecticut State Route 169, is approximately 32 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping), or one full day to visit attractions along this route.

Connecticut State Route 169 | I-95 Exit Guide
Along Connecticut Route 169

While Rhode Island is small, there’s no shortage of fall colors here and this state shows its brightest colors in late October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded and are exploding with color this time of year. Get of I-95 just about anywhere and you won’t be disappointed.  Blackstone Valley region including Pawtucket are great places to start. Check out Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence;  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum in Bristol and at Colt State Park on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay.

Like Connecticut, just about all of Massachusetts is in the midst of peak color in late October. I-90, I-91, and I-84 offer great panoramic vistas without wandering off an exit.  What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive one way on I-90, I-91 or I-84, turn around and head back and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can also easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

Try the Massachusetts North Shore Loop for a fall foliage roadtrip from a seaside perspective. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, the coastal towns along Massachusetts’ North Shore were home to the production of magnificent wooden ships that set sail for ports in Asia and Africa, and returning great wealth to the area. Many of the majestic homes and buildings constructed during that era, still stand against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful coastline on the Atlantic. Add a brilliant fall foliage background to an already picture perfect setting and you have memories to last a lifetime. The North Shore Loop passes thru Salem, Beverly, Gloucester, Rockport, and Newburyport.

In case you missed it, visit Part One of our fall foliage series: New Hampshire and Maine.

Check out this handy fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.


For more I-95 information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.