ABC’s of NJ: Your Guide to Attractions & Apartments

New Jersey has many interesting things to see and explore. From the shore to the skylands, there are also plenty of places to find your ideal apartment or townhome. Here are some of our favorite attractions in New Jersey, along with apartments and townhomes that put you in the middle of the action.

A is for Action Park

Located on the same grounds as the Mountain Creek Ski Resort (formerly known as “Mountain Creek Waterpark,”) it was renamed to its original alias thanks to a two-part video series from Mashable. This year, Action Park will be debuting a new water slide featuring a loop and rollercoaster like restraints.

B is for Boardwalks

One of the most iconic features of the Jersey Shore is the boardwalk. The boardwalks in Seaside Heights, Ocean City, Point Pleasant, and Wildwood are known for their amusement parks, games of chance, and salt-water taffy. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant (conveniently located one town over from our Brick apartment rentals) is a bit smaller from the bunch but still offers large amounts of fun.

Castaway Pier at Night

Castaway Cove in Ocean City. Source: TripAdvisor

C is for Cedar Manor Luxury Rentals

Located in Somerset, our Cedar Manor Luxury Rentals Apartment Rental Community features 136 one and two-bedroom apartments, a clubhouse, volleyball court, an onsite laundry facility, and more. The complex is also close to nature trails and public transportation.

Cedar Manor Luxury Apartments

D is for Diners … (and plenty of them!) Delicious.

Whether you say Pork Roll or Taylor Ham, New Jersey is known as “the diner capital of the world.” Some popular diners include the Tick-Tock Diner in Clifton, the Rainbow Diner in Brick, and the Blue Swan Diner in Oakhurst.

Tick-Tock Diner Clifton NJ


E is for Edison

Located in Middlesex County NJ, Edison is known for Tastee’s Sub Shop and its wide variety of Indian restaurants. You can catch Amtrak and NJ Transit trains to New York or Philadelphia from the MetroPark train station. For shoppers, the Menlo Park Mall is popular with locals, as well as the nearby Woodbridge Mall. If you’re a fan of golf, the PGA tour will be hosting The Barclays tournament at Plainfield Country Club in August.

Edison Township

Source: NYU

F is for Fitness Centers

New Jersey was recently ranked the eighth healthiest state in the U.S. by Health Magazine. Many of our properties, including Windsor Woods and Skyline Ridge, feature fitness centers right on-site.

G is for Golf

New Jersey hosts two professional golfing tournaments each year. The PGA Tour’s Barclays Tournament makes a stop every year at North Jersey golf courses. In South Jersey, the Shoprite LPGA classic is held every year at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

H is for Hoboken

One of the most popular places to live in the state, this Hudson County community houses a plethora of young professionals, bars and restaurants.


Source: Wikimedia

I is for Island Beach State Park

Located just a short drive away from Toms River and Seaside Heights, this Ocean County coastline is a great place to go to the beach if you are looking to save money. You can bring a carload of people for six dollars on weekdays, and ten dollars on weekends.

Island Beach State Park

Source: Yelp

J is for Jersey City

Similar to Hoboken, Jersey City is one of the most popular cities for young professionals in New Jersey. It offers apartments that are typically more affordable than ones in Hoboken or New York City, but still has easy access to lower Manhattan.

Jersey City

Source: Wikimedia

K is for Kinnelon

Ranked as one of the thirty safest towns in New Jersey, Kinnelon is located in Morris County approximately 45 minutes away from New York. Kinnelon is a great choice for affordable housing and has apartment complexes like Kinnelon Heights or Kinnelon Ridge.

L is for Laundry on Site

Avoid the hassle of bringing clothes to the Laundromat. Many of our New Jersey townhomes and apartments come with on-site laundry facilities for your convenience.

M is for Mercer County

Right in the middle of New Jersey is Mercer County. TCNJ, Rider University, and Princeton are located in this county along with the state capital, Trenton. Communities like Ewing and Princeton are great because they are easily accessible to all areas of Mercer County in addition to communities in Middlesex, Monmouth, Burlington, and Bucks Counties.

N is for Neighbors

The great thing about New Jersey is that you can choose between urban and suburban areas. Towns and cities in the Northern part of the state have dense populations, while towns in the central and southern part of the state tend to have less dense populations.

O is for Ocean County

Located approximately one-and-a-half to two hours from New York and Philadelphia sits Ocean County – home to many popular summertime attractions. In addition to visiting the county’s 45 miles of coastline, you can catch a Lakewood BlueClaws game or ride some rollercoasters at Six Flags Great Adventure.

P is for Pet Friendly Apartments

Did you know that Garden Communities offers Pet Friendly Apartments at select complexes? We understand that pets can boost your mood and quality of life!

Q is for The Quarter at Tropicana

The Quarter is a shopping center located inside of the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. It features shopping, dining, nightclubs and an IMAX movie theater.

R is for Resident Login

Find out what is going on at your apartment community or townhouse complex and find instructions on how to use your appliances with our Resident login

S is for Spacious Floorplans/Specials

Apartments with space can be a premium in some parts of the state. Garden Communities features spacious apartments throughout New Jersey. Ask about our one month free rent specials on select apartment rentals.

T is for Tubing on the Delaware River

If you’re looking for family fun, there are multiple places in Hunterdon and Warren counties where you can rent a tube and relax while being sent down the Delaware River.

U is for USS New Jersey

Currently docked in Camden, this battleship was built in 1942 and was used in World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, & in the Middle East. Tours are available for individuals and group on weekends year-round.

V is for Venues for Music

There are tons of places to catch a show in our great Garden State. The PNC Bank Arts Center and the Starland Ballroom bring in many top acts from rock, country, pop and rap. The Stone Pony is also a world-famous venue known for being the place where Bruce Springsteen began his career.

W is for Walk Score

This is a score calculated by proximity to daily errands without a need for a car or public transportation. In New Jersey, Hoboken has the highest ranking with a walk score of 95 percent.

X is for Xylophagous and Other Insects

If you know someone who isn’t bugged out by xylophagous termites or other insects, check out Insectropolis in Toms River. It has 12 exhibits with over one thousand exotic insects. Children are allowed to hold tarantulas and learn about ant colonies in this interactive and educational museum.

Y is for You Only Live Once

New Jersey residents are lucky to have beaches, mountains, forests, and farms all within a two-hour drive. In addition to being able to check out New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey has many unique attractions and cities that gives the state its character. With so much to do in our great state, there is no time for sitting around!

Z is for Zoos

Located in the heart of the Pine Barrens, the Popcorn Zoo Park provides a home for wildlife that would not be able to survive in the wilderness because of illness or old age. The zoo received national attention for Princess the Camel, who accurately picked the winners of various football games. There’s also the Six Flags Safari Offroad Adventure, the Bergen County Zoological Park, and more.

Popcorn Park Zoo