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Revision as of 04:48, 10 October 2010

East Brunswick is a large town in New Jersey.

History

When sections of North Brunswick and Monroe split away in 1860, East Brunswick was formed. It was a quiet, sleepy town until a century later when it became a bedroom community for commuters.

Get in

By bus

  • New Jersey Transit [11] buses have several stops in East Brunswick, connecting to New Brunswick and other places.
  • Suburban Transit [12] bus lines 400, (rush hour:) 500, 600 connect to and from New York City at the East Brunswick Transportation Center and the Tower Center.

By car

East Brunswick can be accessed by Exit 9 off of NJ Turnpike/I-95, U.S. Route 1, and NJ Route 18.

Get around

By bicycle

East Brunswick is somewhat friendly to bicycles. There are areas with bike lanes (which you probably will never get to see, due to rarity), however you will almost always be sharing the roads with cars.

By bus

Despite being a suburban town, it is possible, albeit somewhat inconvenient, to travel by NJ Transit[13] bus (lines 811, 815, 818). There are stops centrally located in key areas (residential, retail, public), but you still may need to walk a distance.

By car

As a suburban town that lacks much public or mass transit, cars are the best way to get around East Brunswick. Virtually every part of East Brunswick is readily accessible by car.

By foot

Although spread out in traditional suburban style, it is possible to walk around East Brunswick. This is particularly true on Route 18, where hotels are located. Nonetheless, walking can also be very dangerous because almost all main roads are county or state highways with high speed limits. BE CAREFUL! Fatalities while crossing these highways do happen.

By horse

In certain (more rural) parts of East Brunswick, locals occasionally travel by horse. It may be possible to rent a horse to travel around those areas, but don't plan to ride a horse when you visit.

See

There are many parks in East Brunswick.

  • Bicentennial Park.
  • Great Oak Park.
  • Municipal Pond.

Do

Although locals complain about there being "little to do", there is enough for outsiders to be interested in.

  • Brunswick Square Mall, 755 State Route 18, (732) 238-3600, [1]. M-Sa: 10-930 Su: 11-6. Dozens of shops, restaurants, and Mega Movies that cater to all needs. On Friday nights and Saturday nights, the mall can be packed, especially with tweens, and may be best avoided.
  • Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center (Crystal Springs), Dunhams Corner Road, (732) 390-6981. A municipal water park featuring several pools, slides, and a lazy river for all ages. Open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day $12-$23 for non-residents.
  • East Brunswick Museum, 16 Maple St., (732) 257-1508, [2]. Sat & Sun 1:30-4:00pm. See historical artifacts from the area, as well as rotating exhibits. FREE.
  • East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, [3]. Thousands of books, music, DVDs, and more. Computers are available, as well as wireless internet, vending machines, and other services.
  • Mega Movies, 755 Route 18, (732) 651-MEGA (6342), [4]. Located in the Brunswick Square Mall and features 13 screens showing current films of varying ratings. There is a food court and minor arcade. Adults $10, Other $7.75.
  • Middlesex County Fair, Cranbury Road and Fern Road, [5]. Held the first week in August, starting on Monday. Features rides, food, demonstrations, art exhibits, and much more. Well worth a visit. 0-2 FREE, 3-12 $1, 13-64 $3, 65+ $4.
  • Playhouse 22, (732) 254-3939, [6]. Features regular plays and shows.
  • Farrington Lake, Riva Ave. A manmade lake on the Lawrence Brook that allows canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. There are also areas nearby to go hiking and explore nature. (40°26′55″N,74°27′12″W)


Buy

Route 18 has dozens, if not hundreds of retail establishments. A chain or big box of every variety is on Route 18, as well as many smaller businesses. Beyond it, there are other retail places, but they are more spread out and not as centrally-located.

  • Brunswick Square Mall, 755 State Route 18, (732) 238-3600, [7]. M-Sa: 10-930 Su: 11-6. Dozens of shops, restaurants, and Mega Movies that cater to all needs. On Friday nights and Saturday nights, the mall can be packed, especially with tweens, and may be best avoided.
  • Mid-State Mall, West Prospect St and Route 18. Strip Mall with many big boxes, small businesses, and restaurants.

Eat

Noticeably, some of the best eats are to be found in or near the Route 18 Shopping Center. Nonetheless, there is great food up and down (what locals call) 18.

  • Bombay Gardens, 1020 Rt-18, (732) 613-9500. Indian
  • Brothers Pizza, 1020 Rt-18. Italian
  • Golden East Garden, 50 W Prospect St., (732) 257-3737. Chinese. Voted Best Chinese in the region.
  • Shogun 18, 1020 Route 18 Shopping Center, (732) 390-1922. Japanese. Hibachi and regular dining.
  • The Seville Diner, 1035 State Route 18, (732) 254-1125, [8]. Diner

Drink

  • Brunswick Grove, 327 Milltown Road, (732) 254-0495, [9].
  • Hooters, 195 Route 18 (Adjacent to Days Inn), (732) 565-9464. M-Th 11am-12am; F-Sa 11am-1am; Su 12pm-11pm.


Sleep

  • Best Western East Brunswick Inn, 764 Route 18. 105 guest rooms.
  • Comfort Suites, 555 Old Bridge Turnpike. 66 guest rooms.
  • Days Hotel Conference Center East Brunswick, 195 SR 18 S NJ Pkwy. 136 guest rooms. ***
  • Hilton East Brunswick, 3 Tower Center Boulevard, (732) 333-3610, [10]. Located in the Tower Center, the Hilton East Brunswick is on Route 18 and is a major bus connection point to New Brunswick, New York City, other parts of East Brunswick, and other places. It is right next to Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike. ****
  • Holiday Inn Express Tower Center, 4 Tower Center Boulevard. 100 guest rooms. **
  • Motel 6 East Brunswick, 244 Route 18. 114 guest rooms. *
  • Studio 6 East Brunswick, 246 Route 18. *


Contact

Public pay phones are available, but declining.

Wireless internet is available at the public library.

Get out


Routes through East Brunswick
New York CityNew Brunswick  N noframe S  HightstownPhiladelphia


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