Camping in the Delaware River Region
It's where history was made. And where nature rules. It's where the arts come alive and stately mansions reign.
New Jersey's Delaware River Region is all of these and more. It's a unique region that can provide you with many things to do and see on your next vacation
There's the 760,000-gallon open-ocean tank at the New Jersey State Aquarium at Camden, just one of the fascinating exhibits depicting sea life from around the state. Or Trenton, the nation's second-largest state capital in continuous use and the site of one of General George Washington's greatest Revolutionary victories. Today, you can visit the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware and tour the Old Barracks, used by soldiers in the French and Indian War. Or, stroll through the New Jersey State Museum and its impressive art galleries.
Nearby is historic Princeton, with one of the nation's oldest universities, art and culture in abundance, and a wealth of ivy-covered Georgian mansions. Visit Nassau Hall, site of the First Continental Congress.
And the Delaware River Region has been home to some of history's greatest Americans. Today, you can visit the homes and workplaces of such luminaries as James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Stockton, Walt Whitman and Albert Einstein.
Perhaps most impressively, the Delaware River Region is home to most of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, a million acres of preserved forests and waterways. It is, in fact, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.
Inside these forests you can camp, hike, fish or paddle a canoe. You can visit the historic town of Batsto, a preserved 19th-century bog-iron town where craftsmen still ply their trades today. And you can tour a working cranberry bog and celebrate the annual Cranberry Festival each October in Chatsworth. However you choose to enjoy it, you'll marvel in the magnificent natural beauty that is the Pine Barrens.
If you enjoy the arts, they flourish in the Delaware River Region. From open-air theaters to first-class dramatic production to music, dance and opera festivals, there is always an exciting cultural event happening here. If it's fast-paced excitement you're after enjoy the hard-riding thrills of real cowboys at Cowtown Rodeo, the largest weekly rodeo on the East Coast.
A drive through the Delaware River Region will always bring you near one of the many historic towns - like Burlington, Haddonfield, Medford, Salem, and more - where resident strive to preserve yesterday's wonderful architecture for today's visitors...and tomorrow's.
The Delaware River Region combines history, culture and nature to create a wide array of vacation possibilities. And a chance for visitors to enjoy the diversity that is New Jersey.