Known as the "Gateway to Freedom", The Gateway Region is home to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the magnificent Liberty State Park. New Jersey is home to immigrants whose history is a common thread in New Jersey's diverse tapestry of history, culture and the arts.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and the John Harms Center for the Performing Arts in Englewood showcase award-winning plays and headline entertainment. Union City hosts the acclaimed Passion Play each year and New Brunswick is alive with two renowned theaters, The State Theatre and the George Street Playhouse. From the African Art Museum in Tenafly to the Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick to the Newark Museum with its Tibetan, American and Oriental -collections, the visual arts shine bright in the Gateway Region.
Experience the excitement of science and history. Discover your roots with a ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Feel the mist from the spray of the Great Falls of Paterson, as you tour this Historic Landmark District where the first steam engine was built in 1837 and Samuel Colt invented the revolver in 1836. Thomas Edison developed and earned over 1,000 patents at his West Orange lab, which welcomes visitors for a tour. The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City thrills children of all ages with the nation's largest IMAX® dome theater. Visit the Crane-Phillips House in Cranford, one of the historic stops on The Underground Railroad.
Premium outlets flourish in Elizabeth and Secaucus. Boutiques of unique crafts and clothing -beckon from Westfield to Hoboken and outstanding shopping is an experience at the upscale Mall at Short Hills.
Enjoy the great outdoors and smell the flowers at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair or at the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens in Ringwood. New Jersey has its very own cherry blossom season at Branch Brook Park in Newark.
It won't take you long to discover why this region is your Gateway to history, adventure and family fun.
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