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Off Elizabeth's Beaten Path


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Elizabeth, New Jersey is one of the oldest towns in the United States! It was founded in the late seventeenth century by settlers from England who named the town after Sir George Carternet's wife. It was originally called Elizabethtown and it was the first town in the new colony that was English speaking. Elizabeth, New Jersey was also the original home of Princeton University!

Today, Elizabeth is a bustling community of roughly one hundred and twenty six thousand residents. It is the home of the state's largest Urban Enterprize zone, largest mall (the Jersey Gardens Mall) and the fastest growing airport in the region. It is also home to a revolutionary war cemetery, the last Royal Governor's mansion and the Bonnell House. The Bonnell House is the oldest house in Elizabeth, which makes it one of the oldest houses in the colonies!

For those looking for “off the beaten path" attractions when they visit Elizabeth, New Jersey, here are a few places to investigate:

The Olympia Diner: The Olympia Diner is on Maple Avenue (460 Maple Avenue to be exact) and is the best eatery in the area for people on a budget. This is a casual, family friendly restaurant that makes sure you are full when you are ready to pay the check!

The Mara Bakery: This Bakery is at 501 Elizabeth Avenue is a must stop for families all over Elizabeth, New Jersey. The staff treats customers like family and is so affordable you will feel like you are stealing! If you are in the mood for a sweet treat, you must stop in at the Mara Bakery.

Coco Bongo: This is one of the best night clubs in the area! The DJs are amazing and do not plan on having a stimulating conversation while you were here. When you are at Coco Bongo, you do not talk, you dance! This club can get crowded so make sure that you are comfortable with close contact and low lighting.

1 and 9 Billiards: If you want to simply hang out and play some pool and take a break from all of the history tours and cerebral culture in Elizabeth, visit the 1 and 9 Billiards club. This laid black pool hall is on Spring Street and can offer a great respite from the rest of the day!

Weequahic Park: This is the largest park in Essex County and features a lake that is eighty acres big. There is a rubberized track for joggers. Historically, early American colonists would meet at the area to trade farm equipment and socialize. There are ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and even a couple of monuments to explore.

Elizabeth, New Jersey-in spite of its historical status-often gets looked over for the neighboring New York City. While New York City is certainly exciting and glamorous, Elizabeth, New Jersey has plenty to see and do and is definitely worth poking around!

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