We were bursting with Garden State pride after hearing Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa belt out Jersey Girl during the pandemic relief concert on Wednesday night, and now NJ officials are giving us even more reasons to be proud of our home state. While we still can’t hop on the parkway and head to the shore with the stay-at-home order, the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism has launched New Jersey in the House!, a new digital hub that brings the best of NJ right into your home.
From virtual playlists to field trips to live streams, the new hub celebrates the sights, sounds and spirit of our beloved home state, #NJStrong. “With ‘New Jersey In the House!’, we’ve created one digital hub that integrates all of the tremendous work produced statewide by our top attractions, museums, libraries and restaurants, allowing residents and prospective travelers to stay virtually connected to and engaged with our great state,” said New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way.
Called “New Jersey in the House!,” the hub is a home to a wide variety of very Jersey virtual experiences including:
- The “Ultimate New Jersey” Spotify Playlist: Downloadable for free on Spotify, the playlist has more than 70 songs from Jersey icons including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Count Basie and The Smithereens.
- Video Conference Backgrounds: You can choose from six New Jersey locales.
- Virtual Tours: Check out some of the state’s coolest museum exhibits, get storytime at a local library, or go behind-the-scenes at Adventure Aquarium. You can also watch the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park via live cam (it’s SO relaxing).
- Live & Daily Streams: Some of our fave NJ spots like Diggerland, Liberty Science Center and the Cape May Zoo, are hosting regular livestreams. Watch the animals at the zoo or choose from one of more than 40 livestreams showcasing Jersey Shore cities and towns like Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Cape May and Ortley Beach.
- Garden State Games: Prove once and for all who the REAL New Jersey expert is in your family with New Jersey Travel Bingo and a state-inspired edition of, “This or That.”
“The goal of the campaign is to not only serve as a valuable resource and online tool, but also to provide entertainment and inspiration for future travel,” said New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Jeffrey Vasser. “We are very much looking forward to the time when we can welcome everyone back to visit.”
Follow NJ Travel and Tourism on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for more events. Until we can visit the Jersey Shore and other favorite spots in person, this will definitely make our days at home a little brighter. Where will be the first place in NJ you visit when this is over? Tell us in the comments!