Jersey Arts Road Trip highlights 10 cities across New Jersey that are must-see destinations for visitors with a perfect blend of dining, nightlife, shopping and lodging, as well as theater, visual arts and cultural experiences. The Jersey Arts Road Trip initiative aims to help visitors plan a fun day or overnight trip in New Jersey with an easy-to-navigate guide.
“Locals and visitors don’t have to travel far to have everything. The Jersey Arts Road Trip showcases unique New Jersey wine, food and downtown destinations and wraps them in incredible arts and cultural attractions to deliver the perfect experience,” said Adam Perle, President and CEO of ArtPride New Jersey. “The Road Trip Guide answers visitor questions from ‘Where should I go?’ in “How soon can I get there?”
In Morristown you will find venues such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the Morris Museum and the outdoor summer stage at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Plus, dine at one of the many restaurants like the South + Pine or the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, and for visitors unfamiliar with the area, stay at hotels like the Madison Hotel and the Westin Governor Morris.
New Brunswick is home to the newly renovated State Theater of New Jersey, NBPAC (home of the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater Company and American Repertory Ballet) and the Zimmerli Art Museum. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy local restaurants including The Frog & The Peach or Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe and to spend the night at The Heldrich, Hyatt Regency or any of the New Brunswick area hotels.
If it’s the coast that fills your sails, consider a trip to Cape May and join one of the many historical tours and special events organized by Cape May MAC, stroll through the open-air living history museum at historic Cold Spring Village and indulge in a show at the Cape May Stage or the East Lynne Theater Company. Dine at one of the many restaurants including The Blue Pig Tavern and the famous Mad Batter. Recover from a full day of exploring at one of Cape May’s historic inns or bed and breakfasts.
The Jersey Arts Road Trip features popular cultural attractions in 10 New Jersey cities and towns, making it easy to plan the perfect getaway:
− Cape May
− Long Beach Island
− New Brunswick
− Red Bank
“Participating in local arts events and attractions not only provides fun, engaging experiences, but also supports the state’s economy,” said Jeffrey Vasser, executive director of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism. “Although the tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector has made a strong comeback and remains key to New Jersey’s economy. Last year, 96.6 million visitors spent $37.3 billion, supported 270,566 jobs and $4.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. Cultural tourism is a big part of this equation.”
Allison Tratner, executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, agrees that art is big business. “While COVID has had a major impact on the arts industry, theatres, museums, galleries and performing arts centers continue to welcome people with great enthusiasm – and this is good news for everyone. Our inner cities and communities are once again thriving on artistic activity that draws millions of people to shop, dine and stay in hotels and generates more than $662 million for our state’s economy.”
ArtPride New Jersey is presenting the Jersey Arts Road Trip as part of its ongoing Discover Jersey Arts initiative, which aims to increase arts audiences in New Jersey. The program is presented in association with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is supported in part by funding from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.
To learn more about the Jersey Arts Road Trip Guide and see specific locations, visit jerseyartsroadtrip.com.
DISCOVER ABOUT JERSEY ARTS
Discover Jersey Arts is an ArtPride New Jersey Foundation program dedicated to raising awareness and participation in the arts nationwide. JerseyArts.com showcases New Jersey’s creative community with seasonal event content, as well as feature stories, video packs and podcasts that tell the stories behind New Jersey’s robust arts scene. Discover Jersey Arts was co-founded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is supported by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTPRIDE NEW JERSEY FOUNDATION
The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement and defense of the arts as essential to the quality of life, education and economic vitality of New Jersey through research and a variety of programs and services . For more information on ArtPride, visit ArtPrideNJ.org
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