Area Attractions

Area attractions.

The campuses of Medford Leas rest inside the large and lush Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve, surrounding residents and dedicated staff in the beauty of nature as we live, work, and play.

But that does not mean we are cut off from the world at Medford Leas – far from it. In fact, our location provides easy access for day trips to the culture and history of Philadelphia, shopping and dining in quaint New Jersey towns, and the sights and sounds of the shore. These are among just a few of the area attractions within a short drive:

Nature

Longwood Gardens – Experience exquisite gardens that elevate the art of horticulture amid more than 1,000 acres, in Kennett Square, PA.

New Jersey Wildlife Trails – Showcasing natural New Jersey habitats as a partner of the New Jersey Audubon family; includes municipal parks, private reserves, state forests and natural wildlife refuges.

Burlington County Parks System – Whether it’s history or hiking, there is something for everyone to enjoy: natural settings, recreational water access, picnic facilities, and play areas all close to home. More than 1,000 acres of developed parkland, 3,500 acres of land slated for park development, and a regional trail system that will provide a link between the parks. 

Garden State Gardens Consortium – Seeks to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the beauty and horticultural, educational, artistic and historic value of New Jersey’s public gardens. This is accomplished through the collaboration of allied public garden professionals as they work to promote public garden visitation, development, stewardship and support.

State Parks of New Jersey – Discover New Jersey’s wealth of state parks, forests, and recreation areas. From the coast to the mountains, New Jersey offers an impressive array of outdoor activities. 

Theater

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – A world-class performing arts center operating three venues that engage and serve a broad and diverse audience throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Host to eight resident companies including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Walnut Street Theatre – America’s oldest theatre, and with more than 55,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world.

McCarter Theater Princeton One of the most active cultural centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, dance, music and special events each year. McCarter’s audience is truly a regional one, with over 200,000 people each season from all twenty-one counties in New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and twenty-three additional states.

Art

Philadelphia Art Museum – A landmark building, world-renowned collection, the Philadelphia Art Museum is one of the nation’s foremost destinations in which to see world-class art. 

The Barnes  – One of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings as well as old master paintings, American paintings and decorative arts, African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles. 

Rodin Museum – Housing one of the most comprehensive public collections of work outside Paris by one of the world’s most renowned sculptors, the Rodin Museum offers a retreat from urban life in the heart of the city. 

Princeton University Art Museum – One of the world’s leading university art museums with collections of more than 97,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States and Latin America

History

Independence National Historical Park – Includes famous landmarks and icons like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, celebrating our nation’s birthplace in Philadelphia, PA. 

National Museum of American Jewish History – Located on Independence Mall and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, it is the only Museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. 

The National Constitution Center – Located on Independence Mall, the Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.

Burlington County Historical SocietyThe campus of the Burlington County Historical Society is comprised of 4 buildings, the Bard How House (home of the interactive children’s exhibit), the James Fenimore Cooper House, the Captain James Lawrence House and the Corson Poley Center (home to the Delia Biddle Pugh Research Library and the Society’s museum galleries). 

Battleship New Jersey – Aboard America’s most decorated battleship, not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded.

Medford Leas is ideally located for access to the cultural opportunities of Philadelphia, Princeton and New York City (within 30 to 90 minutes). Close to New Jersey’s famous shoreline—just 45 to 90 minutes away. Easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 295, and bus and train stations.

Sports

Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating back to 1883. Games are played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.

The Trenton Thunder is an American Minor League Baseball team based in Trenton, New Jersey, that is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Thunder plays in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.

Basketball

The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Home games are played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Football

The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference East division playing at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.

The New York Jets are a professional American football team competing in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference East division. Games are played at Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The New York Giants are a professional, American football team competing in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference East division. Games are played at Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Horse Racing

The Meadowlands Racetrack offers thoroughbred and harness racing in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Freehold Raceway is a half-mile racetrack in Freehold Borough, New Jersey, and is the oldest racetrack in the United States. Horseraces have been taking place at Freehold Raceway since the 1830s.

Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport is also a popular spot for thoroughbred racing in New Jersey and the Northeast.

Ice Hockey

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. The Flyers home games are at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils home games are at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Soccer

The Philadelphia Union are an American professional soccer team based in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union competes in  Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league’s Eastern Conference. The club began play in 2010 as an expansion team of the league. The club plays their home matches at Talen Energy Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Delaware River.  

Beach Areas

Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is the coastal region of the state of New Jersey. Geographically, the term encompasses about 141 miles of the Atlantic oceanfront from Perth Amboy in the north to Cape May Point in the south.

The Jersey Shore area includes Middlesex, Monmouth, Atlantic County, Cape May, and Ocean counties.

To many New Jersey residents, it is simply referred to as “The Shore.” Famous for its many boardwalks with arcades, water parks, and amusement parks boasting hundreds of rides and attractions, the Jersey Shore is a popular vacation spot.

The Jersey Shore is lined with over 40 communities, each with a different character and flavor.bSome cater to summer tourists and visitors, others are completely full-year residential communities, and others still are a mix of both. Below are some of the most notable shore points.

   Point Pleasant Beach    

The Point Pleasant boardwalk is approximately one mile long, spanning the coastline from the Manasquan Inlet at the north to New Jersey Avenue in the south. Point Pleasant Beach is also the northern terminus of the East Coast’s Intracoastal Waterway.

   Seaside Heights  

Seaside Heights is famous for its amusement-oriented boardwalk, situated on piers extending approximately 300 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.

   Long Beach Island  

Long Beach Island is a barrier island and collection of several shore communities. Long Beach Island is approximately 18 miles in length, which includes three miles of nature reserve located on the southern tip. The island includes the communities of Surf City, Harvey Cedars, Barnegat Township, Long Beach and Beach Haven. The Barnegat Lighthouse was regarded as one of the most crucial “change of course” points for coastal vessels. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.

   Brigantine  

Brigantine is an island community, the northernmost in Atlantic County. The Brigantine Lighthouse is a central identifying symbol of the city. Brigantine is home to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern end of Brigantine Island.

   Atlantic City    

Atlantic City is a nationally renowned resort city and served as the inspiration for the board game Monopoly. Atlantic City is considered the “Gambling Capital of the East Coast” and is second to Las Vegas in number of casinos, yearly gaming revenue, and number of rooms. The Atlantic City Boardwalk was one of the first boardwalks of its type in the United States, having opened on June 26, 1870. The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet and runs along the beach for four miles to the city limit. An additional one and one half miles of the Boardwalk extend into Ventnor City.

   Ocean City 

Ocean City is home to a boardwalk with several shops and amusement areas. Known as a family-oriented seaside resort, Ocean City has prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages within its limits since its founding in 1879. Ocean City has miles of guarded beaches, a 2.5-mile boardwalk, and a downtown shopping and dining district.

   The Wildwoods  

The Wildwoods is used as a collective term for the four communities that have “Wildwood” as part of the municipality name — the Borough of Wildwood Crest, City of Wildwood, Borough of West Wildwood and the City of North Wildwood — together with Diamond Beach, a portion of Lower Township situated on the island. Its most notable features are its beach and 1.8 miles boardwalk.

   Cape May  

Cape May is at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations. With a rich history,
award-winning beaches, designation as a top birding location, and many Victorian structures, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May is home to the third documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey. It has always been an attention-getting landmark as well as an aid-to-navigation for mariners. It was built in 1859.

 

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