Tourism

May 16, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Visitors looking to take a tour of Morristown and neighboring historic sites can now do so with the free, digital walking tour app from the Morris County Tourism Bureau.  The app, called “Morristown Walking Tour and Beyond,” provides information, photos and audio clips for 27 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism ...

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Ocean County, NJ - New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) held their annual Advocacy Day event online May 6 in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Held via zoom, NJTIA continued this important tradition recognizing the impact tourism has as one of the leading industries within the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — New legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday will expand access to livable wages and affordable health care for Newark Liberty International Airport workers. The Healthy Terminals Act signed into law by Murphy creates new minimum wage and benefits requirements for certain ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kicked off an $84.2 million capital project this week to renovate and upgrade one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s major runways.  The project is planned to generate more than $144 million in economic activity for the region and ...

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LBI REGION, NJ -  With a million acres of forests, farms, towns and rivers, the beauty of the NJ Pinelands is legendary. However, it's importance to our region is undeniable, celebrating four decades of preservation, the Pinelands Commission is spotlighting their achievements that all New Jerseyans ...

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CAMDEN NJ – Art can affect how we see the world around us. That’s precisely what sponsors of a new, large-scale city art exhibit hope happens. On Earth Day – April 22 – the city is to unveil six one-of-a-kind, family-friendly art exhibits at various prominent venues. The six-month exhibits, ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Sunbathers heading to the Barnegat Bay Beach this summer will find tons more sand to plant their umbrellas and lay out their blankets. Barnegat township officials announced today they are holding to their promise to replenish the beach, a popular attraction among local ...

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TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health issued new COVID-19 travel guidance this week, which follows updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month. “While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Crack open the Turtle Wax and start polishing your sweetest ride, the second annual Totowa Car Show takes place Sunday, April 25.  Response to the 2020 event, despite the restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a tremendous success. This year, the event is expected to be ...

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COLUMBUS, NJ – Another Garden State tradition will not be taking place for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic.  Organizers of the Burlington County Farm Fair announced on Friday night that the 2021 event has been officially canceled.  Wring that she had a "heavy heart after ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- While spring is in bloom all across Hamilton Township, sadly, the annual spring Azalea festival will not be opening this year. Hamilton Township announced on Monday that the 2021 Azalea Festival, which has initially been scheduled for Saturday, May 8, has been canceled due to the ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. “The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ann Taylor shuttered its store on East Broad Street last year, leaving yet another storefront vacant in Downtown Westfield, it was the last thing the community wanted — especially Westfield’s Ward brothers, who own the commercial space. Seven months later, the Wards have a ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new art installation at Crane Park displays the work of local artists. On March 25, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to display the work of Montclair residents Nina Cooke John and Charlie Spademan. The temporary installation is called Point of Action. The ...

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CLEMENTON, NJ — An anonymous buyer has bid $2.37 million to rescue one of our nation's oldest amusement parks, 12 miles south of Camden, from being dismantled and sold for redevelopment. Pieces of Clementon Park and Splash World, which closed in 2019, were being sold off in a virtual auction ...

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey residents do not need to travel far to view historical sites, learn about diverse cultures, and glean information on history-making individuals under a measure sponsored by Burlington County Assemblywoman Carol Murphy. The bill is designed to familiarize residents with the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A new Bald Eagle Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo opened on Wednesday. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced the opening and also welcomed Freedom, a 4-year-old Bald Eagle, to the Turtle Back animal family. Freedom was rescued from a tree in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey moved one step closer to advancing a $2 billion plan to replace Newark Liberty International Airport’s aging monorail following the release of a draft environmental plan last week.  Upon the publication of the environmental report on ...

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YARDLEY, PA -- For the first time in 10 years, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) has announced a system-wide toll increase deemed necessary to fund planned capital projects throughout the agency’s Pennsylvania-New Jersey service region and meet financial obligations.  The ...

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NEW JERSEY - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an order regarding all air passengers arriving in the United States from an international destination. The order, which requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19, is now in effect. The order ...

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BELMAR, NJ — When Belmar author Merry Brennan first got serious about a family road trip to 20 national parks, a few friends called her crazy. How could she stay cooped up in a car or campsite with a trio of teens? At the mercy of their adolescent moods? For a whole summer? After she told them ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Almost 25 years after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey established the E-ZPass system to allow vehicles to pass more easily through the Holland Tunnel, a new cashless toll has been installed to make it even more seamless. Authorized in 2019 and scheduled to go into ...

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New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo officially led the ribbon cutting this week to announce the grand opening of the new, $1.6 billion-dollar, Moynihan Train Hall that passengers accessed New Year's Day. The new train hall represents a significant milestone for passenger rail travel in New York, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Every New Year's Day, state parks offer free and guided hiking events in every state across the U.S. It's the perfect way to introduce individuals and families to both the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle.  But 2021 is different, thanks to COVID-19 — all organized First Day Hikes have ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be closed for the entire month of January, the county announced this week. The current COVID-19 data precipitated the decision to keep the zoo shut until Feb. 1, although the zoo will remain open through the end of December. "As a precaution ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar seasonal beach badges for 2021 are now available to purchase online. Cost per badge remains at $70 for persons age 16 to 64 and $30 for seniors age 65 and over. However, this year there is a processing fee for each purchase — $2 for a regular badge and $1 for a senior badge ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is decorated for the holidays. Visitors are invited to stop by and take pictures on the front porch or make an appointment to tour the museum. "This year the decorations that are normally inside, were brought outside, so the community can enjoy ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Camuso Holiday Display, a favorite winter attraction for residents of Livingston as well as neighboring towns for more than half a century, will be lit  through Jan. 2 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. With so many other traditions being canceled due to the pandemic, ...

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