October 29th, 2012. Unfortunately, this was the dreaded day Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. A category 3 hurricane, houses were left flooded and power lines were tangled everywhere. That week, everything felt unreal. For one thing, the electricity wasn't restored until 6 days later. Due to this, neighbors started to forget technology, build closer relationships with one another and pitch in to help clean the big mess. Little by little, New Jersey looked like itself again. Finally, people went from saying, "restore the shore," to "stronger than the storm." Even after Sandy, New Jersey has much to offer.
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Here in New Jersey, east is the new west. I encourage tourists to visit our shore, which we are more than proud of. Atlantic City, Wildwood, Seaside Heights, and Point Pleasant are a few of the many beaches located along the east coast. Seaside Heights is the setting of MTV's The Jersey Shore series. Fans, especially, are encouraged to visit; the cast is very friendly and can be seen around the area. Also, what is the beach without a boardwalk? Fortunately, most of the damage done to our boardwalks has been fixed in time for the summer season. Various boardwalks along the Jersey shore offer original treats such as Saltwater Taffy, Deep-Fried Oreos and Frozen Custard. However, if you're not fond of the sun, you could visit an aquarium. Jenkinson's aquarium, found on Pt. Pleasant, lets you explore the world below and for a great price too! Come feel the breeze; the Jersey Shore is the place to be.
Spend a day in New Jersey for an adventure you'll never forget! Make sure to stop by Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor! Located in Jackson, New Jersey, here's an amusement park for those who love the thrill. Six Flags Great Adventure is now known as the largest amusement park in the world. Better yet, it holds the tallest rollercoaster in the world. Kingda Ka breaks the record, measuring a height of 139 meters! In addition, Great Adventure offers other roller coasters and attractions for all ages! If heights aren't exactly your thing, it may be best to visit Hurricane Harbor, a water park. Hurricane Harbor includes a wave pool and plenty of water slides to help you stay cool throughout the summer day. Six Flags parks welcome the whole family, so I ask that tourists try to visit at least one. "Go big, go Six Flags!"
New Jersey is the place to cheer along with the crowd. There are several sport venues found throughout the state, including the IZOD Center and Blue Claws Baseball Stadium. Each hosts a wide range of sports including hockey, football, basketball, and baseball. The hardest decision for tourists would be which game to see first! Make sure you buy a jersey and some popcorn! New Jersey has a lot of pride in their sports teams, so take a seat in the stands and join us!
All fun aside, however, some of those residing in New Jersey are not through with Sandy yet. There is still damage along the shore, among homes and businesses. New Jersey makes sure no one is forgotten. As a community, we are continuing to help repair the damage. By setting up concerts, accepting donations, selling custom merchandise, we hope to raise money to help victims. If anything, I strongly suggest tourists to visit New Jersey and aid in restoring the shore. Many townships are in need of volunteers and victims are willing to share their story. In conclusion, New Jersey would like tourists to have fun but not forget.
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