Today, New Jersey Family, the go-to source for NJ parents, announced its 2nd Annual Ultimate Bucket List. The list reveals its readers’ musts in and around the state—the places New Jerseyans have to see and experience and the food and drinks they've got to try, and Hackensack landmark made their list. 

“We're so excited to share this list of awesome things to do and see in New Jersey,” said Dina El Nabli, New Jersey Family’s editorial director. “We're also thrilled to be introducing some fun new categories to the mix, like most Instaworthy photo spot for family photos and most gorgeous hidden gem." 

Hackensack's own Cosmo’s Italian Salumeria was Editor's Pick for Favorite Deli. The other results are below:

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Favorite Zoo
Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

Top Family-Friendly Museum
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

Best Vacation Spot Outside the Tristate Area
Disney World, Orlando, FL

Coolest Arcade
Editor’s Pick: YESTERcades, multiple locations

Favorite Boardwalk Destination
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant

Favorite Indoor Play Place
Sky Zone, multiple locations

Prettiest Hidden Gem
Editor’s Pick: Sussex County Sunflower Maze, Sandyston

Favorite Playground or Park
Verona Park Playground, Verona

Favorite Pick-Your-Own Farm
Alstede Farms, Chester

Best Lake
Lake Hopatcong 

Favorite Bike Path or Hiking Spot
Tie: Liberty State Park, Jersey City; Manasquan River Reservation, Howell; Watchung Reservation, Union County

Most Instaworthy Photo Spot
Paterson Great Falls, Paterson

Most Picturesque Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point

Favorite Snow Tubing or Skiing Spot
Mountain Creek, Vernon

It’s Not Winter Until You’ve Visited... 
Tie: Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.; Skylands Stadium, Augusta

Best Halloween Haunt
Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest, Jackson

Favorite Holiday Train Ride
The Polar Express, Whippany

Favorite NJ Beach
Tie: Ocean City; Sandy Hook

Favorite Fair or Fest
Sussex County Fair, Augusta

Prettiest Garden, Nature Center or Arboretum
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton

Best Downtown
Red Bank

Favorite Ice Cream
Applegate Farm, Montclair

Best Diner
Tops Diner, East Newark

Best Pizza
Star Tavern World Famous Pizzeria, West Orange

Best Burgers
Tie: Five Guys, multiple locations; Zinburger, multiple locations

Best Bagels
Editor’s Pick: Bagel Nook, Freehold

Must-Try Food Truck
Empanada Guy, multiple locations

Top Seafood Spot
The Lobster House, Cape May

Best Donut Shop
Duck Donuts, multiple locations

Sweetest Pancakes
Brownstone Pancake Factory, Edgewater

Favorite Kid-Free Getaway
Crystal Springs, Hamburg

Most Fun DIY Night Out
Editor’s Pick: AR Workshop, multiple locations; Board and Brush, multiple locations; MADE at the Park, Midland Park

Favorite Winery
Laurita Winery, New Egypt

Best Spa Experience
SoJo Spa Club, Edgewater

Favorite Flea Market
New Meadowlands Market, East Rutherford

Favorite Outlet Mall
The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Elizabeth

For more on the winners, go to and share your favorite things to do in NJ on social media using #njfamilybucketlist