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Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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Do not miss out on all the abundant attractions situated all over the county. Culture, art and entertainment are plentiful with a plethora of venues showcasing talented performers. Musical concerts, plays, museums, comedy acts, art galleries and pottery studios all bring the arts to life. Community events like vintage car shows and annual celebrations bring together the people of Middlesex County. Cheer for your favorite sports team or go horse-back riding; there will never be a shortage of fun activities during your stay in Central Jersey.

Alfa Art Gallery
108 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-296-6270
www.alfaart.org
Located in the heart of New Brunswick, Alfa Art Gallery welcomes artists, fine art collectors and visitors. Open Tuesday-Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m. This space is also available to rent for your special occasion!

American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet
80 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-249-1254
www.arballet.org
American Repertory Ballet is New Jersey's leading dance company and one of the state's major arts organizations. Since 1987, it has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, also receiving a Citation of Excellence for 1998-2003 – the only dance company to receive both honors.

Barron Arts Center
582 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-634-0413
www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/barronarts/
Musical performances in a variety of styles, a forum for poets, readers and audience alike known as PoetsWednesday and art exhibitions by nationally recognized artists and craftsmen in addition to the work of notable New Jersey artists have graced the gallery of the Barron Arts Center.

Cabaret Theatre
Corner of Nichol and Suydam Streets
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-846-2134
www.cabarettheater.org
The Cabaret Theatre is a nonprofit organization located on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University. Entirely student managed, the Cabaret Theatre receives no financial assistance from the university, and is dependent upon receipts from previous events to fund its new productions.

Crossroads Theatre Company
7 Livingston Avenue • P.O. Box 238
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-8100
www.crossroadstheatre.org
Crossroads Theatre Company, recipient of the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States, is the nation's premiere African American theater.

Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum
37 Christie Street
Edison, NJ 08820
732-549-3299
www.menloparkmuseum.com
A 131-foot tower by a 13 1/2-foot-high electric light bulb stands at the birthplace of recorded sound. Museum contains some of Edison's inventions, including phonographs and light bulbs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fairway Golf Center
1650 Stelton Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-819-0111
www.fairwaygolfcenter.com
Fairway Golf Center's Adventure Mini Golf features 18 holes of mini golf fun for the whole family. Also has a driving range and a 3-par golf course.

Rutgers Geology Museum
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-8451
geology.rutgers.edu/museum.shtml
Rutgers’ Geology Museum features exhibits in geology and anthropology with an emphasis on the natural history of New Jersey. Open Monday 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon.

George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-846-2895
www.gsponline.com
George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been represented by numerous productions both on and off Broadway.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-7237
www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu
The collection at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Museum totals some 50,000 works of art with particular strength in Russian and Soviet art, French 19th century art, American art, and 20th century and contemporary prints. Open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; weekends noon- 5 p.m. and now open late on Wednesday until 9 p.m. It’s $3 per person for adults who are not members of the museum. Entrance to the museum is free at all times for members, all children under 18, and Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff with a valid I.D. In addition, the first Sunday of each month will be free to all.

Lakeview, The Buckelew House
203 Buckelew Avenue
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
732-521-2040
www.jamesburg.net/jhistory.html
This historic house has a rich magnificent history related not just to Jamesburg but to the state and the nation.

Rutgers University Mason Gross Performing Arts Center
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-7511
www.mgsa.rutgers.edu
At Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, almost every night of the week is filled with performances and exhibitions: Classical music, opera, jazz, and music of the 20th century; art exhibits by talented students, faculty, and guest artists; modern dance performed by talented faculty, students, and guest artists; and a theater series that rivals those of the best repertory theaters in the country.

Middlesex County Museum / Cornelius Low House
1225 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-745-4177
www.museumregister.com/US/NewJersey/Piscataway/
CorneliusLow/Info.html
The Cornelius Low House was built in 1741 by a prominent merchant, Cornelius Low. The house sits on a bluff overlooking what was the Colonial port community of Raritan Landing. The house was purchased by the County of Middlesex in 1979 from the last of five private families to own it since it was built. It remains today as it stood then and is one of two remaining structures from that community. The Low House is used as a state and local history museum, displaying changing exhibits, which run for 12-15 months.

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture
103 College Farm Road
P.O. Box 7788
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
732-249-2077
www.agriculturemuseum.org
The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture's mission is to tell the story of the Garden State's agriculture – past, present, and future. The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on select Sundays for weekend programming.

Raceway Park
348 Pension Road
Englishtown, NJ 08857
732-446-7800
www.etownraceway.com
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is a complex consisting of a 1/4 mile NHRA dragstrip, a 1/8 mile junior dragstrip, paved road courses and ovals for karts, offroad facilities for motocross and ATVs, and a 1.35 mile, 13 turn road course. The facility is located near Englishtown, New Jersey.

Plays-in-the-Park
Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater
Roosevelt Park
1 Pine Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
732-548-2884
www.playsinthepark.com
Plays-in-the-Park has been cited for the excellence of its theatrical productions, making it the pre-eminent Community Theater in Middlesex County. The theater has produced three or four full-scale musicals each summer for 10 performances each, complete with large Union orchestras for 45 years.

Proprietary House / Royal Governor’s Mansion
149 Kearny Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
732-826-5527
www.proprietaryhouse.org
Built between 1762 and 1764, this was the home to William Franklin, last Royal Governor of New Jersey, and is the only remaining official governor's residence in the original 13 colonies. Individual and group tours are available, and it’s open all year.

Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-932-8451
rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu
Rutgers Gardens encompasses over 50 acres of flowering trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials. The gardens offer classes about plants and garden design along with spring and fall plant sales, tours, and other educational opportunities. Open 8:30 a.m. - dusk.

Somerset Patriots
Minor league baseball
1 Patriots Park
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-252-0700
www.somersetpatriots.com
The 6,100-seat ballpark is the home to 70 Somerset Patriots games during an Atlantic League season. Single tickets or group packages available, along with special theme nights to add to the fun.

State Theatre
11 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-247-2700
www.statetheatrenj.org
The historic State Theatre is a magnificently renovated 1921 vaudeville and silent film palace that has become a premier, nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. Credited as a major factor in New Brunswick’s return to economic vitality, the State Theatre offers something for everyone, including international orchestras, Broadway musicals, world-class dance, opera, stand-up comedy, Pop, Jazz, children's theater, world music, educational programs, and more—annually attracting some 300,000 patrons.

Stress Factory Comedy Club
90 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-4242
www.stressfactory.com
Stress Factory Comedy Club has been entertaining New Jersey for over 10 years with the best stand-up comedians the industry has to offer! Comedians such as Dave Attel, Jim Breuer, Kevin Pollack, Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, Charlie Murphy, Brian Regan, Jim Norton, Bill Burr, Patrice O’Neal, Vinnie Brand, Gilbert Gottfried, Doug Stanhope, Aires Spears, Artie Lang, Chris Rock, Denis Leary, Rich Vos, Ralphie May, Gary Gulman, Andrew Dice Clay, and many other comedians you can't find anywhere else have performed here. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

Washington Riding Stables
3701 Bordentown Avenue
Sayerville, NJ 08872
732-249-2471
www.washingtonstables.com
Washington Riding Stables in New Jersey is conveniently close to New York City, Pennsylvania, and all points in New Jersey. For 39 years, Washington Riding Stables has provided a full range of recreational Horseback Riding programs and activities for youths and adults with both beginner and advanced level riding experience. Reservations are never necessary for public riding on Saturday & Sunday.

Parks

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Natural beauty shines through the terrain. Much preserved space ensures that while development will continue, these sanctuaries will remain. Recreational opportunities are endless with parks and natural attractions like the Raritan and Rahway Rivers. The streams and woodlands of Middlesex County add to the lush landscape. The Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation is a vital player in the recreational abundance present in the county with nearly 20 parks made up of about 7,000 acres.

The parks in the county are equipped with amenities such as boat ramps, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, picnic groves, playgrounds, ponds, tracks and paths for walking, running, biking, street and roller hockey rinks, football fields, bocce courts, performance and observation gazebos, theaters, handball courts and cricket pitches.

Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park
Cliff Road, Woodbridge
Key Feature – scenic overlook

Ambrose and Doty’s Brooks Parks
S. Randolphville Road, Piscataway
Key Feature – brooks and natural areas

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
Riva Avenue, South Brunswick
Key Feature – picturesque pond and waterfall

Donaldson Park
Second Avenue, Highland Park
Key Feature – Raritan River

Edison Park
Mill Road, Edison
Key Feature – park systems sports complex

Fords Park
King George’s Post Road, Woodbridge
Key Feature – street hockey rinks

Ireland Brook Park
Riva Avenue, East and South Brunswick
Key Feature – conservation area

James Park Conservation Area
Helmetta Boulevard-Old Stage Road, East Brunswick, Helmetta and Monroe
Key Feature – first conservation area purchased by Middlesex County

Johnson Park
River Road, Piscataway
Key Feature – Raritan River

John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve
Pleasant Valley Road, Old Bridge
Key Feature – conservation area

John A. Phillips Park
Maple Street, Old Bridge
Located within the John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve

Medwick Park
Post Boulevard, Carteret
Key Feature – Rahway River

Merrill Park
Middlesex Turnpike, Woodbridge
Key Feature – Rahway River

Old Bridge Waterfront Walkway
Bayview Avenue, Woodbridge
Key Feature – Raritan Bay views

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
O’Leary Boulevard, South Amboy and Sayerville
Key Feature – Raritan Bay views

Roosevelt Park
Route 1, Edison
Key Feature – 8-acre lake, ice skating rink, plays-in-the-park

Spring Lake Park
Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield
Key Feature – 5-acre lake

Thompson Park
Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg/Monroe
Key Feature – 30-acre Manalapan Lake

Warren Park
Florida Grove Road, Woodbridge
Key Feature – playing fields

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Golf Courses

Raritan Landing Golf Course
491 Sidney Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-885-9600

Rutgers University Golf Course
777 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854
golfcourse.rutgers.edu

Tamarack Golf Course
97 Hardenburg Lane
East Brunswick, NJ
732-821-8881/8884

The Meadows at Middlesex Golf Course
70 Hunters Glen Drive
Plainsboro, NJ
609-799-4000

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