Tourism

February 16, 2021

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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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The 48th Annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be held on March 7 due to the coronavirus. After days of speculation, parade organizers on January 6 officially announced the news on its Facebook page: “Unfortunately but not surprisingly, the 2021 parade ...

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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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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a 12-foot-tall elf! City residents were surprised Friday to look up and see Santa's not-so-little helper perched atop a roof at 37 Easton Ave. The Elf’s second annual appearance in New Brunswick was arranged by Saxum, a ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden's first hotel in over 50 years, the Hilton Garden Inn, will be ready to check-in guests this Friday - a milestone on the city’s ever-changing waterfront.  The 180-room hotel, which broke ground in May 2019, sits at 1 Penn St., what used to be the site of Campbell's ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Two playground pirate ships have been pulled from the Belmar beachfront and permanently docked after eight years of exposure to the sand and surf. Made from concrete and rebar, the colorful seven-ton structures were recently deemed unsafe by the borough’s insurance company, said ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Can't wait to say goodbye to 2020? Usher in the new year at First Night Morris County with live and virtual shows. This year marks the 29th annual celebration of the family friendly, alcohol free celebration. The event will showcase 100 artists in dance, theatre, comedy, music ...

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NEW JERSEY -  There are currently 46 states and U.S. jurisdictions that require individuals to quarantine. Maine and New Hampshire were added today. Travelers who are coming from the following states and territories are being asked to self quarantine for 14 days: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Tuesday is National Take A Hike Day, so grab those hiking shoes and find a trail to get away from it all. The American Hiking Society established National Take A Hike Day, each year falling on November 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The annual Gingerbread Wonderland will be going virtual for 2020. Individuals, families, and groups can design and build their creation and then submit photos online. The online show will run from December 5 until December 31. All gingerbread creations will be viewed on the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2020 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has been canceled due to ongoing fear of COVID-19.  “Because of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Holiday Lights Spectacular,” Essex County Executive Joseph N.

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WASHINGTON, DC - Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020 and going forward, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will receive lifetime passes  to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, the National Parks Service said. "The ...

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NEW JERSEY -  There are currently 43 states and U.S. jurisdictions that require individuals to quarantine. Travelers who are coming from the following states and territories are being asked to self quarantine for 14 days: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, ...

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Editor’s Note: October 29, 2012. It is a day that the Belmar community will never forget. Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore town, leaving a path of destruction that left an indelible mark on its residents, including John Walsh. While he is known for producing short comedy videos — many ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - With threats still overshadowing the historic Liberty State Park, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented its vision of a restored park interior on October 20. The plan would open 234 acres of the interior, 75 of them becoming saltwater and ...

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NEW JERSEY -  There are currently 41 states and U.S. jurisdictions that require individuals to quarantine. As of Tuesday, October 27, California and Massachusettes have been re-added. Travelers who are coming from the following states and territories are being asked to self quarantine for 14 ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Two new sculptures were recently installed at Laurelwood Arboretum, bringing the current total to five now on exhibit in A Sculpture Trail. The multiyear project, which will showcase 15 unique works of art, is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum to benefit the arboretum. It ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A new traffic bridge that connects downtown Jersey City with Liberty State Park is under construction. The bridge, a project by Jersey City and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, will connect Jersey Avenue to Phillip Street and moderate traffic that uses downtown streets as a ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Envisioned for years as a possible park-like setting similar to New York City’s High Line, the Sixth Street Embankment -- an abandoned freight rail line in Jersey City – may become part of a larger network extending into Essex County as part of the state’s Greenway program. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state's self-quarantine travel advisory list now officially includes 39 states and territories, although Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey itself would qualify as well, due to increases in coronavirus cases. However, the "interconnected nature of the region and ...

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