Growing up in New Jersey is kind of like dating a sweet and sensitive guy with a rough exterior. You don’t need the rest of the world to understand your love, and in fact, that’s part of what makes it so special. When people have negative things to say about my
boyfriend home state, I don’t pay much attention to it because I know that a bad rep helps maintain New Jersey’s best kept secrets.
And look, I get it. When I was a kid, I was always looking out of my window and imagining living my life in the Big Apple. I always had one foot out the door. But then once I actually got to the city, I’d find myself thinking of Jersey. I developed a sweet spot for its oddities and came to appreciate the many beaches, mountains, restaurants, movie theaters, malls and everything in between. Now I know that the Garden State truly has so much to offer. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of some hidden gems that make New Jersey such a special place to visit.