I grew up in Somerset County and didn’t spend much time in South Jersey. But I recently visited Historic Smithville and started to get a taste of what South Jersey had to offer.

I reached out to some locals on Facebook and shared with them that I am trying to get to know South Jersey better and I asked them for suggestions of places to check out. They came back with loads of ideas!

One of the top suggestions was Basto’s Village, which dates back to 1766. One local, Beth Haviland said, “Batsto is a great place to learn about the Pine Barrens and bog ore that was throughout the Barrens and used to make cannonballs.”

Basto’s Village is located in Wharton State Forest, along with other locations that were recommended, including Atsion Lake.

The Red Bank Battlefields was also a popular recommendation. The attack on Fort Mercer also known as the Battle of Red Bank occurred during the Revolutionary War and was a huge victory for Americans. The site still has the trenches and cannons used by American soldiers.

Next time you are planning a trip to South Jersey, make sure to check out these recommendations:

Diana Thomas
East Point Lighthouse

Cheryl Ann Leonard
In the fall there's a lighthouse challenge where you can visit all of the lighthouses in New Jersey starting at Sandy Hook and working your way all the way to Cape May. It's a great two-day trip if you take your time and enjoy the lighthouses and life-saving stations.

Laurie Mason-Pacella
East Point Lighthouse for the very best sunset ever

East Point Lighthouse via Google Maps
East Point Lighthouse via Google Maps
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Casey Palmer
Wharton State Forest has a ton of old buildings that are preserved.

Wharton State Forest via Google Maps
Wharton State Forest via Google Maps
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Bastos Village on Google Maps
Bastos Village on Google Maps
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Beth Bullen Haviland
Batsto is a great place to learn about the pine barrens and bog ore that was throughout the barrens and used to make cannonballs.

Ann Leight
Look up images of Batso... I love walking around and taking fun pics. I work in Haddonfield. That's a great place also.

Bastos Village on Google Maps
Bastos Village on Google Maps
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Shanel Amique
Atsion Lake. The water is cedar red in color!

Lake Atsion via Google Maps
Lake Atsion via Google Maps
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Gayle Palefsky
Haddonfield/Collingswood is worth the walk around.

Nina Murphy
As a native, Haddonfield has lots of HISTORY and shops.

Casey Palmer
Dinosaur park in Haddonfield, Kings highway in Haddonfield has historic markers at every mile going up to Elizabeth Haddon's house.

Captain-Joe Kornsey
Downtown Haddonfield is great

Nicole Marie
Haddonfield, Collingswood, Redbank Battlefield

Captain-Joe Kornsey
Collingswood

Collingswood via Google Maps
Collingswood via Google Maps
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Nicole Marie
Red Bank Battlefield

Red Bank Battlefield via Google Maps
Red Bank Battlefield via Google Maps
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Gayle Palefsky
Wheaton Arts Village in Millville is a great afternoon.

 

Casey Palmer
Blueberry Hill trail in Gibbsboro has an old Air Force base at the top of the hill.

Quarry by Blueberry Hill Trail via Google Maps
Quarry by Blueberry Hill Trail via Google Maps
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Brenda Conrad
Cape May Point lighthouse.... WWII bunker, tower, sunken concrete ship.

Cape May Point State Park via Google Maps
Cape May Point State Park via Google Maps
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Cape May Point State Park via Google Maps
Cape May Point State Park via Google Maps
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Megan Lamond-Roberts
Mullica Hill is a cool little town with antique shops, etc.

Mullica Hill via Google Maps
Mullica Hill via Google Maps
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Janeen Hovnanian
Rancocas Woods Events and Shops

Korrine Morris Rudderow
Rancocas Woods on the 4th Saturday of any month

Captain-Joe Kornsey
Rancocas Woods has a lot of craft fairs and some nice stores

Captain-Joe Kornsey
Downtown Moorestown

Downtown Moorsetown via Google Maps
Downtown Moorsetown via Google Maps
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Casey Palmer
Lake Worth park is an old park in Lindenwold that use to have concerts, the speakers are still up in the trees and old signs are all over the woods.

Nicole Tiley
Cowtown Rodeo

Andrea Juchniewicz-Lurie
Bordentown and Princeton have nice main streets. Cowtown Rodeo very unique experience

Cowtown Rodeo Via Google Maps
Cowtown Rodeo Via Google Maps
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Jackie Lavine
If you want “real” South Jersey (according to us!) come to Atlantic and Cape May counties! So many gems. Nature reserve in Egg Harbor Township (you won’t believe how beautiful it is)

Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve via Google Maps
Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve via Google Maps
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Jackie Lavine
Stone Harbor/Avalon and Sea Isle are all such great beach towns to visit; Brigantine farmers market in the summer (Brigantine overall is fantastic)' Wildwood and Ocean City boardwalk as always a good time, and we have some awesome campgrounds and beaches!

Cindy Gardner Massey
After Smithville be sure to go to Leeds Point, which is a little down the street from Smithville. You may see the Jersey devil. Also, you should have dinner at Oyster Creek. It's a famous restaurant. A little further down on Route 9 you can drive the Brigantine Wildlife or called Refuge Forsythe Wildlife which is not on the beach but off of Route 9 in Leeds Point.

Leeds Point via Google Maps
Leeds Point via Google Maps
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Oyster Creek Inn via Google Maps
Oyster Creek Inn via Google Maps
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Gayle Palefsky
Bordentown is charming — shops, bars, restaurants.

Gayle Palefsky
In Burlington City — lots of antique shops, great spots to eat, Promenade on the Delaware. Events all summer long - but check out the Wood Street Fair on Sept. 10.

Gayle Palefsky
Johnson’s Farm — 2 locations, lots of activities.

Johnson's Farm via Google Maps
Johnson's Farm via Google Maps
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Gayle Palefsky
Laurita Winery & many others… you can do a wine trail. Lots of great wineries.

Laurita Winery via Google Maps
Laurita Winery via Google Maps
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Misty Jay
I'm in Pilesgrove and there are wineries and several animal rescues. Freedom and Funny Farm are the two I can think of.

Stove Fisher
Noyse Museum of Art is pretty cool and also near the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. I think the refuge has an 8-mile auto trail and a bunch of other bike/walking trails.

Debbie Simons McGee
Edwin Forsythe wildlife refuge. You'll enjoy the wildlife and hiking trails.

Nicole Tiley
Amico Island

Amico Island Park via Google Maps
Amico Island Park via Google Maps
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Nicole Tiley
Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park via Google Maps
Island Beach State Park via Google Maps
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Nicole Tiley
Lucy the Elephant in Margate

Lucy the Elephant via Google Maps
Lucy the Elephant via Google Maps
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Captain-Joe Kornsey
Cape May Washington mall

Washington Street Mall Google Maps
Washington Street Mall Google Maps
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Teresa A Finn
Cape May Zoo: It's free. Google "Medford lakes NJ" — gorgeous. I love Cherry Hill and so close to Philly.

Jessica Small
Best wings are at Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Tabernacle

Pic-A-Lilli Inn via Google Maps
Pic-A-Lilli Inn via Google Maps
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Rosalie Francis Tassone
Medford NJ and Pitman have cute little main streets

Dawn Szeker
Estell Manor Park

Estell Manor Park via Google Maps
Estell Manor Park via Google Maps
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Randi Rosen- Kamen
Grounds for Sculpture In Hamilton Twp. (Mercer) and eat at Rat's Restaurant

Grounds for Sculpture, Photo by Jordan Jansson
Grounds for Sculpture, Photo by Jordan Jansson
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Michele Baumgardner
Fort Mott in Salem County.

Fort Mott State Park via Google Maps
Fort Mott State Park via Google Maps
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Fort Mott State Park via Google Maps
Fort Mott State Park via Google Maps
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Gayle Palefsky

Ocean Grove — especially in Summer when the tents are up! Lovely!

Ocean Grove via Google Maps
Ocean Grove via Google Maps
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Amber Danielle Worley
If you like really old towns, go to Greenwich, NJ

Greenwich via Google Maps
Greenwich via Google Maps
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Pam Coverdale
Tuckerton Seaport

Tuckerton Seaport via Google Maps
Tuckerton Seaport via Google Maps
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Jen Lafferty
Morning Glori Farmette is an alpaca farm. The owners and alpacas are super friendly. They offer alpaca walks, picnics, you can even have the alpacas come to your house/location. They offer other services… check out their website, Facebook & Instagram. You will not be disappointed!!

Lissy Mel
Camden City: Battleship NJ, Rutgers U. Camden Campus, Wiggins Waterfront Park, Harleigh Cemetery (Walt Whitman is buried there), Adventure Aquarium, Pomona Hall (Camden County Historical Society), Walt Whitman House.

Walt Whitman House via Google Maps
Walt Whitman House via Google Maps
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Donna Alu Cooper
I'm in South Jersey and need to check out some of these places! Many small towns will have their summer concerts, food trucks, festivals and street fairs coming up! Also, many county and state parks are great for walking, biking, hiking and taking photos. And don't forget the shore!

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