NOTE: Entries for the 2021 Scavenger Hunt are no longer being accepted.
Welcome to the Great New Jersey Monthly Scavenger Hunt 2021, presented by Walter Bauman Jewelers. We’ve created six categories, each with six iconic New Jersey destinations. Submit a selfie from all six destinations in any one category, and you’ll be eligible for a prize drawing. Complete all six categories (36 destinations), and you’ll be eligible for a drawing for our Grand Prize—a $250 Walter Bauman Jewelers gift card and more!
Remember, it’s free to play and there’s nothing to buy. All you have to do is register here. To help you on your way, the guide below provides descriptions and photos for each of the 36 locations. You can also click here to download a printable checklist.
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
Walter Bauman Jewelers
This family-owned, New Jersey-based business traces its roots back to 1868. For your selfie, head to the West Orange location and step inside to the special Scavenger Hunt display. 653 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange.
Demarest Railroad Depot
The Romanesque Revival-style station, with Gothic elements, was built in 1872 from a design by the same architect as the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York. 38 Park Street, Demarest.
Alexander Hamilton Memorial
A bronze bust of Alexander Hamilton sits atop a pillar marking a cliff-top spot above the duelling grounds where Aaron Burr fired the shot that killed Hamilton on July 11, 1804. Alongside the pedestal is a boulder on which Hamilton legendarily rested his head after suffering the mortal wound. You’ll come for the history, but stay for the view of New York City. Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton Park, Weehawken.
Officially called “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,” Bayonne’s 9/11 memorial was a gift from the Russian government. The 10-story sculpture stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal. 51 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne.
Hot Dog Johnny’s
A New Jersey landmark in the community of Buttzville since 1944, this colorful roadside attraction is still run by the founders’ daughter. Come hungry. 333 Route 46, Belvidere.
This 9,000-square-foot replica of a medieval Norman castle was built between 1902 and 1905 by industrialist Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his wife, Charlotte. Now the property of the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, it provides extraordinary views of New York City to the east. 22 Crestmont Road, Verona.
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
The Orchid Range, Duke Farms
This ornamental building was the first to be constructed at Duke Farms, the vast estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke. Today, the Orchid Range is home to an impressive array of subtropical and tropical orchids. Take your selfie outside the building or inside with the blooms. 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough.
Light Dispelling Darkness fountain
Unveiled in 1938, this park fountain was created by sculptor Waylande Gregory. The unique sculpture, centered around a 15-foot pillar holding the earth, is meant to depict a reality where science, industry and education prevail over war, famine, pestilence, death, greed and materialism—each of which is depicted by a figure on the fountain. 151 Parsonage Road, Edison.
Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge
This 84-foot-long, one-lane passage over Wickecheoke Creek is New Jersey’s last authentic covered bridge. Built in 1872, it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. For your selfie, drive through the bridge and turn right on Upper Creek Road to find turnoffs for parking. 707 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton.
The Bent Spoon
Gabrielle Carbone and Matthew Errico opened this popular ice cream shop in 2004. Their selection rotates through over 550 flavors, with 24 available at a time—including such unique offerings as Sun Gold Saffron sorbet (made with tomatoes) and even shiitake mushroom. If you have a sweet tooth, pick up a treat to co-star in your Bent Spoon selfie. 35 Palmer Square West, Princeton.
Red Bank Station
The three-story Victorian-stick style building dates to 1875. Notable visitors over the years include presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt. 175 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.
The museum documents the engineering innovations of the Roebling family, whose paternal head, John A. Roebling designed the Brooklyn Bridge. Take your selfie at the vintage museum building or with any of the giant steel artifacts in the outdoor exhibit area. 100 2nd Avenue, Roebling.
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
Walt Whitman House
Constructed in 1848, the old abode of poet Walt Whitman now serves as a New Jersey State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark. The wood-framed Greek-revival house is the only home Whitman ever owned. 328 Mickle Boulevard (or MLK Jr. Boulevard), Camden.
Indian King Tavern
Built in 1750, this classic tavern is the site where New Jersey transitioned from colony to state. It became New Jersey’s first historic site in 1903, and to this day functions as a museum. 233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.
Delsea Drive-In Theatre
Once one of many, the Delsea is the last drive-in theater in New Jersey. Opened in 1949, the modern-day Delsea offers two nightly features during the warm-weather months. Take your selfie in front of the marquee at the theater’s entrance. Please park on the apron in front of the entrance driveway or on the shoulder of Route 47. 2203 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland.
The oldest existing train station in New Jersey, this modest structure was built in 1856 for the Camden & Atlantic Railroad. It served as a depot until 1969 and is now used as a meeting place for local groups. 65 Washington Avenue, Berlin.
Mighty Joe the Gorilla
This fearsome, 25-foot-tall statue originally ruled over the Wildwood boardwalk as Kongo-Pongo. Later, he ambled over to a South Jersey go-kart track. He’s now at home inside a fence at the appropriately named Mighty Joe’s Gas, Grill and Deli. 1231 US Highway 206, Shamong.
Greenwich Tea Party Monument
We all know of the Boston Tea Party. New Jersey’s patriots had a tea burning of their own on December 22, 1774. The monument, dedicated in 1908, celebrates the 23 local men who were believed to have taken part. 1027 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich.
DOWN THE SHORE
Tillie the Clown, Wonder Bar
Tillie, or at least a version of him, was brought to Asbury Park by Coney Island developer George C. Tilyou in 1913. Today’s Tillie—now in storage—originated at Asbury Park’s Palace Amusements building in the 1950s. A Tillie replica smiles down from the side of the must-visit bar and music venue Wonder Bar, where artist Lelsie Steigelman painted his famous grin. 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park.
Sea Girt Lighthouse
This lighthouse’s beacon was first lit on December 10, 1896. The lighthouse, whose light filled the void between the lights of Navesink and Barnegat, became the first shore-based beacon to be outfitted with radio signal transmitting-towers in 1921. Today, the restored structure is open for tours. 9 Ocean Avenue, Sea Girt.
Springsteen Guitar sculpture
Located on the corner of E Street and 10th Avenue, this 8-foot-tall replica of Bruce Springsteen’s Fender Esquire guitar commemorates Springsteen’s Belmar connection. This is the E Street where Springsteen got the name for his band, and some believe the 10th Avenue that inspired his song “10th Avenue Freezeout.” 517 10th Avenue, Belmar Public Library, Belmar.
The Chicken or the Egg
This Beach Haven staple opened its doors for the first time on Memorial Day Weekend 1991 before upgrading to a larger venue in 1993. Commonly known as “Chegg” to adoring fans, this seasonal, 24/7 eatery is famously a big after-the-bar snack spot. 207 North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven.
This bright-yellow trackless train service started trucking passengers along the two-mile stretch of Wildwood boardwalk on June 11, 1949. The 2021 opening date is May 7; after that, you are free to snap a selfie. 5300 Boardwalk, Wildwood.
Emlen Physick Estate
There are dozens of restored Victorian homes in Cape May; this is the only one open to the public as a museum. Built in 1879, it is now owned by the city of Cape May and operated by Cape May MAC. 1048 Washington Street, Cape May.
Standing 28 feet tall, the Firemen’s Monument depicts a local firefighter holding a small child in his left arm. The bronze statue was erected in Church Square Park in May 1891 to honor the local volunteer fire department. 401 Willow Avenue, Hoboken.
Located just east of downtown Elizabeth, Boxwood Hall is a centuries-old house museum, originally constructed in 1750. Today the home is a National Historic Landmark for its association with lawyer, politician and president of the Continental Congress, Elias Boudinot. 1073 East Jersey Street, Elizabeth.
Here’s your chance to be “in the room where it happened.” This large, Georgian-style home was built in the 1770s and served as the headquarters for General George Washington and his aides-de-camp, including Alexander Hamilton, in the winter of 1779–80. 30 Washington Place, Morristown.
Monmouth Battlefield sign
Visit the state park at the site of one of the biggest battles of the American Revolution. The June 1778 clash—considered a standoff—gave us the legend of Molly Pitcher, a local woman who took her husband’s place at his cannon after he was mortally wounded. 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan.
Trenton Battle Monument
The Battle of Trenton in December 1776 was a significant victory for Washington’s army in the American Revolutionary. The Trenton Battle Monument, created in 1893, towers over an area called Five Points, where American artillery defeated Hessian soldiers. 348 North Warren Street, Trenton.
Peter Mott House
Named for an African-American preacher, this Lawnside home served as a station along the Underground Railroad. Inhabited by Mott and his wife, Eliza, who helped escaped slaves seek refuge, the house is the oldest property within the township. 26 Kings Court, Lawnside.
Whitney Houston mural
The legacy of music great Whitney Houston lives on in 1,000 pounds of colorful hand-cut glass on a radiant mosaic in Newark’s Central Ward. The mural looks down from the side of a luxury apartment complex in the city of the singer’s birth. 45 William Street, Newark.
Jersey City Wave mural
The most prominent mural from Jersey City’s public art program, this massive wave is meant to symbolize themes of the town’s growing cultural influences, the strength of nature, and its waterfront location. 121–125 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.
Raritan River Ways mural
Curated from anecdotes of those who have been utilizing and tending to the Raritan River for years, this mural overlooks state Route 18 and reminds passersby to “look toward the river.” 1–399 Memorial Parkway, Boyd Park, New Brunswick.
Global Fiesta mural
This slender downtown mural is a celebration of the human experience, done in admiration of cultural diversity through the portrayal of vibrancy and motion in anthropomorphic figures. 424 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park.
Ruthie & Andre mural
Created by local artist Mike “Porkchop” LaVallee, the 20-foot-tall Asbury Park seascape depicts a seal (Andre) and a mermaid (Ruthie) bubbling underwater. It’s one of 28 murals created for the city’s Wooden Walls Project. South end of the Sunset Avenue Pavilion, Asbury Park.
City Invincible mural
“In a dream, I saw a city invincible” is a line from poet Walt Whitman, who lived his final years in Camden. It’s now the city’s official proverb. The mural is a collage of all things beautiful in Camden, creatting a sense of hope and perseverance for all observers. Market Street and Haddon Avenue, Camden.Click here to leave a comment