American Dream

It was a busy year in New Jersey. New water and theme parks opened all over the state. The first indoor snow park on the continent came to American Dream. You told us the restaurants, attractions and natural sites that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. Here are the top 10 most popular stories of 2019.

An Epic Christmas Pop-Up Bar Is Coming to Five NJ Towns

Miracle, an over-the-top holiday bar, made its way from NYC to Nutley last year. It came back in full force this season with locations in five NJ towns.

New Jersey’s Best Towns for Families

We crunched a ton of stats and numbers to figure out the best places to raise a family in the state. Montgomery Twp. took the top spot overall, but we also found the best town in every county, plus towns with the best commute to NYC and the most bang for your buck.

Holy Mac-kerel! A Mac and Cheese Festival Is Coming to NJ

Hoboken Happy Hours, the brains behind the beloved Hoboken Pizza Fest, launched its first ever mac and cheese festival last spring. Foodies in attendance got to sample decadent dishes from local restaurants like The Shepherd & the Knucklehead and the Brass Rail.

The First Indoor Snow Park in North America Is Opening in December in NJ

We spoke with the team at SNOW Operating to find out the details on the continent’s first indoor snow park. Big SNOW America is now open at American Dream in East Rutherford.

American Dream Is Opening (Finally!) in March 2019

The Garden State had been waiting for this Meadowlands attraction to open for more than 15 years. We talked to the senior vice president of marketing to get the scoop on American Dream’s bounty of attractions.

The Biggest Indoor Waterpark in NY Is About to Open!

The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark opened in Monticello last spring. We got to check it out for ourselves and loved the thrilling slides, ropes course and big arcades.

New Jersey Is Getting a New Aquarium

SeaQuest Woodbridge brings kids face to face with more than 1,200 animals from all over the world. They can meet reptiles, birds and sea critters alike.

Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Parks Are Already Breaking Records at American Dream

These two theme parks boast 16 acres of rides and attractions. At Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, you’ll find the world’s steepest roller coaster, the tallest and longest spinning coaster and the tallest indoor spinning drop tower. At DreamWorks Water park, take on the world’s biggest indoor wave pool, the longest hydro-magnetic coaster and the tallest indoor body slide.

New Jersey Family’s 2019 Ultimate Bucket List

We asked you to tell us your go-to spots for family fun, eating and kid-free downtime. Our list features state faves like Morey’s Piers, Tops Diner and SoJo Spa Club.

Time to Get Wet ‘N Wild! This NJ Town Has a New Inflatable Water Park

The kids had a whole new reason to hit Ocean County last summer. Lacey Twp. opened a massive inflatable water park on Lake Barnegat that had everything from monkey bars to obstacle courses to balance beams.

What stories of 2019 do you remember most? Tell us in the comments.