ith its location within a flourishing metropolitan region, those visiting the greater Woodbridge area are afforded access to a number of unique historical sites and museums displaying the vibrant heritage of the township. The community is also home to an array of entertaining festivals ideal for the whole family to enjoy.
Numerous historical buildings still stand today throughout Woodbridge Township’s communities, including beautiful Victorian mansions, the Parker Press (the Garden State’s first established printing press), the Barron Arts Center, the Cross Keys Tavern (a site where George Washington stayed) and original churches that were built in the 1600s, notably the Trinity Episcopal Church and “The Old White Church.” The Barron Arts Center is the jewel of the township. Be sure to stop in during the Christmas season to see the wonderful train show.
Several museums are situated within easy access to the township, perfect for guests of any age. The children-oriented Discovery House museum, located in East Brunswick, offers a great place for interactive, hands-on learning for children two years of age and up. Stimulating the curiosity of museum patrons are more than 100 activities and exhibits. Also positioned here is the Hungarian Heritage Center in New Brunswick, capturing the culture and history of Hungarian immigrants through 10,000 square feet of short- and long-term exhibits; the 30,000-square-foot New Jersey Museum of Agriculture in North Brunswick, which teaches of the evolution of farming in the state; and the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum in Edison, dedicated in February 1938. This site encompasses a 131-foot tower, which sits upon the original site of the Menlo Park laboratory, and a museum teeming with Edison’s inventions, images and memorabilia.
And don’t forget to catch one of the area’s annual events while in town. The Chamber of Commerce Main Street Festival features sidewalk sales, crafts, games, food vendors and live entertainment in downtown Woodbridge. Additionally, don’t miss the St. James Street Festival, showcasing more than 300 craft and food vendors, sidewalk sales, games and kiddie rides, and local holiday parades celebrating such occasions as Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Veterans Day and the Christmas season.
The township’s position within New Jersey also affords residents and visitors easy access to a wide variety of cultural attractions and entertainment venues through the major cities of New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. But one must not forget about the state’s winding beaches encompassing the New Jersey shore and both winter and summer leisure activities in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
A long day of sightseeing certainly works up an appetite. Numerous dining establishments line the streets of Woodbridge Township, with everything from quick fixes and local restaurants and pubs to fine dining and unique cuisine with a global kick. And for a good night’s rest, Woodbridge Township is in close range of more than 40 hotels and motels, sure to suit every pocketbook.
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel