New Brunswick is a historic district city in central New Jersey. The thriving city of 55,000 people is home to Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Families with young children can spend several days exploring the history of the city and participating in local events and attractions. Art museums, restaurants and music bring the city alive with culture.
George Street Playhouse
The George Street Playhouse (georgestreetplayhouse.org) in New Brunswick, NJ is a nationally recognized theater. The playhouse was founded in 1974 and has produced several acclaimed performances. In addition to in house performances, the touring theater visits more than 250 schools in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. More than 60,000 students witness plays such as Peacemaker, New Kid and Cyberbullying. George Street Playhouse also features traditional performances that children will enjoy such as The Nutcracker during the winter season.
New Brunswick Historic Downtown district (cityofnewbrunswick.org) is best seen on foot. Take children on a walking tour around the city to explore three centuries of history. Along the tour are sites such as the New Brunswick Train Station (no website; 570 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-246-0015), which was built in 1903. Another tour site is Monument Square (no website; 1 Penn Plz, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2162; 732-249-1684) which honors soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Several historic churches, like Mt. Zion AME (mountzioname.org) and First Reformed Church (firstreformedchurch.net) are featured on the walking tour. Children may enjoy a stop for lunch at The Frog and the Peach Restaurant (frogandpeach.com) which resides in a building dating back to 1876.
The New Jersey State Theatre (statetheatrenj.org) is a non-profit organization which promotes diversity and the performing arts. Since 1921 the theatre has been home to events such as the New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival, the Urban Arts Festival and the Hub City Carnivale. The 1,800 seat venue features performances by acclaimed actors, operas, comedies and dances. Children will enjoy performances of Beauty and the Beast, Sing-a-long Sound of Music and Yo Gabba Gabba Live.
Lawrence Brook in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a 10-mile stream branching off into four lakes: Davidsons Mill Pond, Farrington Lake, Mill Pond and Westons Mill Pond. Lawrence Brook also flows into five cities. Families can canoe along the stream and witness the wildlife, like bald eagles, beavers and coyotes. Native orchids also grow along the wild grassy areas. Children can also explore lily pads along the freshwater canoeing tour.
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