Vineland, New Jersey, has it all. Whereas the town itself is serene and peaceful, tucked into the forest, it’s only a 45-minute shot to the exciting Atlantic City. Even closer to home, Vineland boasts a wide selection of shopping, great restaurants, and outdoor recreation. In fact, shops are just a few minutes away.
Vineland also offers:
* Fun beaches and boardwalks nearby.
* Philadelphia, with its diverse museums, dining, theaters and shops is only 40 miles away.
* A quick 2 ½-hour drive to New York City.
* Strong civic and religious organizations.
* Two international airports nearby.
* A traditional downtown main street called Landis Avenue.
* Ample shopping and malls. Tip: Look for the “Urban Enterprise Zone,” where shoppers can take advantage of the reduced sales tax (3 ½ percent instead of 7).
* The Delsea Drive-In, the only drive-in theater in New Jersey -- the state where drive-in theaters originated!
* The historical Palace of Depression, also known as the Strangest House in the World and the Home of Junk.
* The Landis MarketPlace, a two-level indoor public market. Check out the Amish market here.
* The Vineland Public Library, which offers a variety of art displays, exhibits, book sales, free lectures and a writer’s society.
* The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, the oldest local historical society in New Jersey, founded in 1864. The history museum hosts many exhibits, lectures, book signings, films, and events, such as a Civil War ball and birthday celebration carnival.
* Don’t miss the stunning Glass Room in the historical museum, which pays tribute to the glass manufacturing industry.
* Multiple area golf courses, such as the Eastlyn Golf Course, a tree-lined executive course that’s a lot of fun to play. Practice your swing at Lincoln Falls, a golf learning and family fun center, with mini-golf and a driving range.
* Love the arts? Visit WheatonArts in Millville, where you can watch artists employ ancient techniques to make work out of hot molten glass. Also, peek in the ceramic studio, where you can see wheel-throwing, glazing, and decorating demonstrations.
* The 35.4-mile-long Maurice River system, a tie to nature that stretches across five municipalities.
* Rent a boat or kayak at Al and Sam’s, located at the headwaters of the Maurice River.
* Parvin State Park, at the edge of Pine Barrens. This park spans pine forests, a swamp hardwood forest and offers camping, cabins, This park spans pine forests, a swamp hardwood forest and offers camping, cabins, and is the home to the state-threatened barred owl and the endangered swamp pink.
* Go fishing at the Cedar Swamp Creek.
Fun fact about the area:
Vineland is the largest city in area -- 69 square miles -- in the state of New Jersey.