Southern New Jersey, the nearby Delaware Valley, and the surrounding Northeast Corridor provide more entertainment, natural beauty, and culture than most of its residents are able to explore or absorb in a lifetime. The winding Delaware River and various lakes around the immediate region provide an abundance of water-oriented recreation, while vast forests beckon outdoor enthusiasts and nature students. The New Jersey shoreline offers a wide selection of weekend excursions and nationally famous vacation destinations, from the family-oriented Ocean City and Victorian charm of Cape May to the posh resort hotels and gaming thrills of Atlantic City.

Playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, golf courses, swimming pools, and skating rinks are available in local parks. Professional intercollegiate 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. Regional parks and forests encourage every imaginable outdoor adventure, from hiking and biking to extreme sports.

Center City Philadelphia and the entire surrounding countryside is a veritable hub of historic sites, fine museums, cultural attractions, and fine-art venues. Brandywine Valley to the southeast offers the nationally recognized Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum, the Hagley Museum, and Winterthur. To the northeast are such unique diversions as Sesame Place expressly for the children and the shopper’s delight of New Hope and Peddler’s Village. Even further north, the glistening ski slopes and celebrated resorts of the Pocono Mountains offer four-season recreation.

In addition to surrounding attractions, Southern New Jersey offers residents a number of outstanding amusements and important museums right in their own backyard. The Southern Jersey Expo Center in Pennsauken has become one of the area’s most popular showplaces, while the incredible New Jersey State Aquarium was quickly recognized as an international attraction from its inception. From professional to community performances, the calendar is filled each and every day of the year with some glittering production or special event. Even the intimate boroughs and small towns are known for colorful festivals and celebrations that feature live music, home-baked food, and unique crafts.

In addition to its own impressive regional shopping malls, Southern New Jersey provides easy access to the shops and stores available in America’s fourth largest city. Throughout the Philadelphia area, historically significant department stores and shopping districts blend timeless classics with the latest trends and modern merchandise. Around every corner is another ethnic marketplace, exclusive boutique, antique treasure house, vintage clothing store, or exotic grocer. Farmers markets can be found in the heart of the city or in the countryside, where u-pick orchards and roadside stands add rural charm while they offer farm-fresh produce.

Few areas in the country can match Southern New Jersey for sheer diversity. Whether you prefer a stately farmhouse in a sprawling rural section of Salem County or the ultramodern architecture and upscale amenities of a residential haven like Vorhees Township, your dream home is waiting somewhere in this vast region. Suburban living can take the form of magnificent estates with meticulously groomed landscape, generous parcels of land ideally suited for owning and breeding horses, charming older homes nestled along tree-lined streets, or new construction in upscale enclaves.

Life in Southern New Jersey truly excels in every major aspect, from the luxuries of recreation, culture, and art to the necessities of commerce, business, government, and housing. From bustling urban centers to the tranquil countryside, you are sure to discover a quality of life that grows richer with each passing year.

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