Delaware River Region
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The Delaware River Region is an area in southwestern New Jersey.
- Camden — Located on the Delaware River east of Philadelphia. Home to the USS New Jersey, Adventure Aquarium, and Campbell's Field
- Cherry Hill — Regionally significant commercial and residential center, with lots of hotels, parkland (Cooper River Park), and shopping (Cherry Hill Mall).
- Haddonfield — Wealthy, vibrant town on the old King's Road in Camden County. Colonial history -- and the discovery site of the world's first dinosaur skeleton!
- Princeton — Home of Princeton University, as well as many research and technology organizations.
- Trenton — The state capital. Home the the New Jersey Capital Building (which is the second oldest capitol building in America)
- Bordentown — Site of the former homes of many famous New Jersey residents like Clara Barton and Joseph Bonaparte.
- Glassboro - Sizable community home to Rowan University.
- Burlington City - Burlington County's historic seat with a vibrant Main Street and colonial-era history.
Wharton State Forest, Winslow Fish and Wildlife Management Area, historic town of Mt. Holly, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Rancocas State Park, historic Moorestown, Parvin State Park, Salem/Gloucester County farm and winery region, historic Collingswood
The Delaware River region is the part of the state that is under the heaviest sphere of influence of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. This means that this is a region that serves as a bedroom community for those who work in Philadelphia and hence commute there. Moreover locals in this part of the state get their local television and radio from Philadelphia, as well as root for major sports teams based there.
The Mercer county area, which contains the state capital Trenton however is mixed between New York and Philadelphia media which means that locals get television and radio from both markets and it's also common to see sports fans from both areas converge side-by-side in this county.
Just as in other areas of the state, New Jersey Transit provides commuter rail and bus service within the region.
- Wharton State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Hammonton, NJ, ☎ (609) 561-0024. Explore the best of the pinelands region in this large preserve, which has miles of trails and rugged sand roads, unique pine forest and bog habitats, the Batsto Village historic site, Atsion Lake Recreation Area, and good views from Apple Pie Hill.
- Cowtown Rodeo, 780 Harding Hwy, Pilesgrove NJ, ☎ (856) 769-3200. This surprising venue hosts western-style rodeo events in the heart of rural Salem County. $20.
- Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton township, NJ, ☎ (609) 586-0606. 10 A.M.-6 P.M., closed Monday. This large outdoor sculpture park near Trenton has hundreds of pieces by a wide array of artists, plus indoor exhibitions. $16 (less for youth and seniors).
- Sagami Japanese Restaurant, 37 W Crescent Blvd, Collingswood, NJ, ☎ (856) 854-9773. hours vary, closed Monday. This longtime Japanese restaurant is beloved throughout the area for its excellent, traditional meals served in a lively, intimate space. $$.
- Sabrina's Cafe, 714 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ, ☎ (856) 214-0723. hours vary, open 7 days/week. Located on Collingswood's charming Haddon Avenue business district, this local outpost of a popular Philadelphia chain serves modern takes on traditional cafe food in an airy, family friendly establishment. $.
- Osaka, 720 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ, ☎ (856) 858-1888. hours vary, open 7 days/week. This casual Japanese restaurant in central Collingswood has hibachi meals and sushi. $.
- L'Oceano Ristorante, 833 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, ☎ (856) 833-9888. hours vary, closed Monday. This upscale Italian seafood restuarant is one of the classiest establishments in Collingswood. $$$.
- Cooper River Distillers, 34 Fourth St, Camden, NJ, ☎ (856) 295-1273. This is a craft brewery hidden in a garage on a side street in downtown Camden. The area is fairly safe, but always exercise caution when in Camden.
If traveling to Camden, stay close to the Rutgers-Camden and Riverfront areas, especially at night. Many parts of Camden have very high crime rates and are not safe for independent sightseeing.
Despite southern Jersey being far from New York City, traffic is still very congested - especially on major roads like 42 and 295 - and cars do speed well above the limit in the left lanes. Take extra caution driving. Stick to the right lanes on major highways if you feel uncomfortable.
The region is near the city of Philadelphia, which has many attractions. It is also near Delaware and the New Jersey shore. The cities of New York and Baltimore are both less than two hours away by car.
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