Our Exciting Adventures Since Living in New Jersey!

Living in the sleeping bag of New York City…New Jersey, we have been able to visit many places since moving here in August. Like mentioned in my blog, “8 Things I Love About New Jersey,” (click link to see blog) New Jersey is surrounded by many great tourist attractions and we have very easy access by car or train to a variety of places.

So far we have been able to travel out of state to New York City, Dover, Delware, and New Hope, Pennsylvania along with other small towns around our area. I love how much there is to do around where we live. Brent and I love looking places up and seeing what all the area has to offer and then make weekend plans to travel around. We have a few places we want to visit in the near future such as Washington, D.C., Boston, Niagra Falls, and The Hershey Factory in Pennsylvania.

I would like to share with you some of the adventures we have embarked on so far!

New York City

We have been to New York City three times now, Grayson and I. We both had our first train ride experience with my mom, I am thankful she was there to help me on my first run with a baby. When I stepped out of Penn Station and onto the streets of New York I am not going to lie, I was very overwhelmed. The amount of people on the streets and the buildings that stood so tall were all quite crazy. I had always dreamed of visiting the Big Apple, but to be there first hand was so surreal. The first trip to New York we enjoyed lunch with my husband Brent at a little al’ a carte place called Cafe R. They have every food you can think of for a good price. He and his work buddies eat there 3 of the 5 days of the week.  If you are looking for Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, American, Korean and other foods for a reasonable price; so you can spend your money elsewhere in the city, go to Cafe R. We made our way to Times Square and enjoyed going to some of the stores there such as the Hershey’s Store, M & M World and Toys R Us. Brent and I along with Grayson went back to the city on our wedding anniversary, but this time around we took the Subway and traveled down to the Freedom Tower and to see the Statue of Liberty. We got to see the reflection pools where the Twin Towers once stood and even took a tour of the World Trade Center Museum; which I recommend doing. You have to pay to go through, but it is totally worth the goosebumps and chills of seeing artifacts and other things from Sept. 11th. We also went and took a look at the Statue of Liberty. We were going to take a ferry to Ellis Island, but had trouble finding the ferry. That is another thing on our to do list! New York is full of so much to see and do and I still have a long list of things on my bucket list.

My family in front of Madison Square Garden.
My family in front of Madison Square Garden.
Grayson was not enjoying Times Square at this given moment!
Grayson was not enjoying Times Square at this given moment!
Grayson's first train ride.
Grayson’s first train ride.
We enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty even from afar.
We enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty even from afar.
Yes, we tipped them for a picture!
Yes, we tipped them for a picture!
My mom in the Big Apple!
My mom in the Big Apple!
Looking at the Statue of Liberty in the background.
Looking at the Statue of Liberty in the background.
Times Square
Times Square
Brent looking up at the Freedom Tower
Brent looking up at the Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower

 

Dover, Delaware

We were invited by some friends to go to Dover, Delaware for the Nascar Race at Dover International Raceway. Dover was a little over an hour and half from our house, so the drive was not bad. It was pretty hot this day; so we did not end up staying for the race since we also had Grayson, but we did have prerace tickets to visit the track and look around. We walked around to some of the vendors and even got to see Colt Ford play in concert. It was nice to meet up with some old friends who live only a state away in Pennsylvania.

Brent, Grayson and I at Dover International Speedway.
Brent, Grayson and I at Dover International Speedway.
Grayson was wore out before we even hit the track!
Grayson was wore out before we even hit the track!

New Hope,  Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey

This weekend we actually had the chance to go to New Hope, Pennsylvania and a walk across the bridge into Lambertville, New Jersey. I think I found my new favorite place to visit! First off it was absolutely beautiful, but there are hundreds of shops to visit. It reminded me a lot of Brown County back in Indiana. The two towns are separated by the Delaware River. We drove from Lambertville over the bridge to New Hope and was able to walk across the bridge to visit either side. My Grandma Sharon was with us and we enjoyed walking and seeing all the shops. I plan to go back and take my mom! They even have a train that will take you around, Grayson however heard the train whistle and immediately was startled and began crying! We loved the scenic view on our way back home. Lots of beautiful trees and homes. I can not wait to go back.

Brent and I on the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge on the Delware River.
Brent and I on the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge on the Delware River.
Grayson enjoyed the walk over the bridge too.
Grayson enjoyed the walk over the bridge too.
I was standing in two places at once, so I took a picture!
I was standing in two places at once, so I took a picture!
Delaware River
Delaware River
An old train track in New Hope.
An old train track in New Hope.
I loved this view in New Hope.
I loved this view in New Hope.
The train you can take around the area.
The train you can take around the area.
My Grandma Sharon and I. Isn't it beautiful?!
My Grandma Sharon and I. Isn’t it beautiful?!

 

We have also enjoyed visiting Terhune Orchard in NJ. A great place to get pumpkins, apples, listen to music, enjoy some food and shop the farm store! This was Grayson’s first trip to the pumpkin patch.

At Terhune Orchard
At Terhune Orchard
My family at the Terhune Orchard
My family at the Terhune Orchard
At Terhune Orchard
At Terhune Orchard

 

Our county park also has a lot of activities throughout the year. We attended Food Truck Fiesta at the Mercer County Park and we enjoyed trying a few different foods from a few different trucks.

Food Truck Fiesta
Food Truck Fiesta

 

 

2 thoughts on “Our Exciting Adventures Since Living in New Jersey!

  1. Looks like you and your family are making the most of living in the area. I also love New Hope (my fiance and I are getting married there soon). If you haven’t already been, you should check out Peddler’s Village. They have lots of fun shops and there’s usually something going on for kids too. It’s really pretty at Christmas with lots of lights and decorations.

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