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New Jersey Family Announces3rd Annual Ultimate Bucket List

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SUMMIT, NJ, ( June 25, 2019 – Today, New Jersey Family, the go-to source for NJ parents, announced its 3rd Annual Ultimate Bucket List. The list reveals our 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. New Jersey Family editors tallied votes from across the state to come up with top picks from readers. Some categories, like beaches, amusement parks and ice cream, had such a huge response from readers that the magazine listed the top five favorites. “We’re so lucky to live in a state that has it all—beautiful beaches, exceptional food and so many fun places to take the kids,” said Dina El Nabli, New Jersey Family’s editorial director. “Thanks to our readers, we’ve compiled many of these gems in our third annual bucket list.” The editors also chose a bunch of their favorite spots.Here are the winners featured in the July/August issue:FUN STUFFFavorite Beaches, Boardwalks and Lakes
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
Morey’s Piers, Wildwood
Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City
Lake Hopatcong
Round Valley Reservoir, Clinton Twp.Best National Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, PatersonMost Fun Aquarium
Adventure Aquarium, CamdenFavorite Amusement Parks
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson Twp.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis, West Berlin
Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.
The Land of Make Believe, Hope
Diggerland, West BerlinBest Zoos
Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May Court House
Bergen County Zoological Park at Van Saun County Park, Paramus
Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River
Cohanzick Zoo and Splash Park, BridgetonGOOD EATSBest Pizza
Chimney Rock Inn, Bound Brook, Flemington, Gillette
Ah’ Pizz, Harrison, Montclair, Wayne
Talula’s, Asbury Park
Kinchley’s Tavern, Ramsey
Star Tavern, OrangeTastiest Burger
Arthur’s Tavern, Morris PlainsSweetest Ice Cream
Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Little Silver, Long Branch, Point Pleasant Beach, Spring Lake Heights
Curly’s Ice Cream, Riverdale
Denville Dairy, Denville
The Bent Spoon, Princeton
Van Dyk’s Ice Cream, RidgewoodFavorite Diner
Tops Diner, East NewarkMost Delish Deli
Town Hall Delicatessen, South OrangeME TIMEBest Spa
SoJo Spa Club, EdgewaterFavorite Winery
Willow Creek Farm & Winery, West Cape MayMost Fun Night Out
Topgolf, EdisonMost Popular Kid-Free Getaway
Crystal Springs Resort, HamburgFavorite Outlet Malls
Jackson Premium Outlets, Jackson Twp.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Tinton FallsEditors also shared their own personal Bucket List picks on STUFFFavorite Independent Shop
The Farmhouse, Westfield Best Escape Room
Escapology, GarwoodBest Rock or Ninja Warrior Gym
High Exposure, Northvale

Best Thrift Shop
Top ’O the Barn, Califon Fave Place to Go on a Rainy Day
iPlay America, FreeholdFavorite Children’s Bookstore
The Curious Reader, Glen Rock GOOD EATSTastiest Cookies
Bang Cookies, Jersey City Best Brunch
Raymond’s, Montclair and RidgewoodFave Al Fresco Dining Spot
Rat’s Restaurant, HamiltonFavorite NJ Brewer
Czig Meister Brewing Company, HackettstownMost Delicious Tacos
Surf Taco, multiple locationsBest Hot Dog
Rutt’s Hut, CliftonBest Farm to Table Restaurant
Agricola, PrincetonME TIMEMost Luxurious Gym
Life Time Athletic, multiple locationsFavorite Hair or Nail Salon
DePasquale the Spa, Morris Plains

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NJ Sharing Network, New ProvidenceFor more on the winners, go to and share your favorite things to do in NJ on social media using #njfamilybucketlist. For nearly 30 years, New Jersey Family has been the #1 trusted authority on what to do, where to go and where to raise a family for more than half a million parents in New Jersey. We know what families in the Garden State need to live happier, healthier, more involved lives—and we deliver it. Find us at, on Facebook at and on Instagram at