Newcomers to Central New Jersey can look forward to exploring virtually endless attractions that excel in cultural value, entertainment, and natural beauty. The winding Delaware and Raritan River Park and various lakes around the region provide a plethora of water sports, while vast forests beckon campers and nature lovers. City, county and state parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, golf courses, swimming pools, and skating rinks abound. Glimmering Atlantic City and miles of pristine beaches invite vacation fun and frequent weekend getaways.

Professional, collegiate, and amateur sporting events take place in and near the region throughout the year, including golf and tennis tournaments, football, ice hockey, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and roller hockey teams. Nearby New York and Philadelphia are home to such teams as the New York Mets, Yankees, the Knicks, and Rangers well as the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, Flyers,  and Wings. Even closer to home at the dazzling Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, world-class teams like the New Jersey Nets, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets pack the stadiums with screaming fans.

The Meadowlands also serves as a regional center for the performing arts, hosting a myriad of world-class special events and the biggest names in entertainment throughout the year. In spite of the fact that Central New Jersey is so conveniently located to enjoy the cultural attractions of New York City and Philadelphia, many of its communities are noted for their visual and performing arts. Symphonies, a variety of musical concerts, ballets, opera, nightclub talent, comedy clubs, theatre, children’s theater, poetry readings, studios, galleries, and museums are all available.

While the first-rate anchors and specialty shops of regional shopping centers and factory outlet centers meet the needs of residents for quality goods and services, charming shopping districts tucked away in small villages and quaint antique districts make Central New Jersey a shopper’s paradise. Whether your pleasure is picking garden-fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmers market or sampling the ethnic food at a local celebration, Central New Jersey serves up every experience with a generous helping of style, grace, and old-fashioned fun.

Housing options are as varied as the terrain and the lifestyles of those who call the region home. Single-family residences are the rule, from modest Cape Cods and ranches to vintage Colonials and elegantly restored mansions. Acres of panoramic horse farms set in lush, rolling hills contrast with older homes in compact neighborhoods shaded by massive trees. Areas where new construction is prevalent also provide handsome condominiums and townhomes for a maintenance-free lifestyle.

With a progressive government, widespread revitalization, a highly educated and well-trained work force and some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and top research corporations — this region is enjoying a prosperous present and looking forward to a bright future. When you fold in the ingredients of excellent schools, attractive housing, first-rate medical care, strong civic spirit and cultural resources, Central New Jersey has the perfect recipe for an outstanding quality of life.

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