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New Jersey: The Garden State

New Jersey: The Garden State

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While many newcomers arrive expecting New Jersey to be one ­bustling metropolitan area, they find two thirds of its land is still forest or ­farmland. The joint base lies amidst rural New Jersey agricultural lands. It’s a short drive from the city, but far enough to provide the luxuries of small-town living.

Settled more than 300 years ago, New Jersey has more historic sites than any other state. Among other events woven into the state’s history, the American Revolution has left lasting reminders tucked away in every corner. Washington Crossing State Park, where General Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessian troops outside of Trenton, is only an hour’s drive from the joint base.

Atlantic City, features a four-mile boardwalk and white sandy beaches for plenty of sunning, surfing, sailing, crabbing and surf fishing — and of course, the casinos.

Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park, just north of the base, is home to the world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. The park features thrilling rides, a 450-acre drive-through safari, and a 10,000-seat open-air arena for live musical entertainment.

A little farther north in Secaucus is the Meadowlands Sports Complex — the largest sports and entertainment facility in the East.

For a taste of the old west, just south of the joint base is the Cowtown Rodeo in rural Salem County, N.J. For more than 50 years Cowtown has been a highlight in the professional rodeo circuit. Performances are held every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through the last Saturday in September.

For those who love the outdoors, New Jersey boasts 40 state parks, more than 100 rivers and 800 lakes and ponds. Allaire State Park, the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge and Batsto State Park in the heart of the Pine Barrens is just a quick-trip from JB MDL.

 

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