New Jersey’s Mecca For Fun

New Jersey’s mecca for fun, State Fair Meadowlands, continues at MetLife Stadium through Sunday, July 8. Spread out over 35 acres plus parking, this amusement oasis will delight fun seekers of all ages while not bursting anyone’s budget.

“This year we have more free entertainment than ever before,” State Fair Vice President Al Dorso Jr. said. “Not only are family favorites like the Sea Lion Splash, Belmont’s Festival of Magic and the Racing Pigs returning, we’re unveiling all-new shows including Extreme Illusions & Escapes Show, the largest assortment of epic illusions and spine tingling escapes and Cycle Circus Live, the largest FMX freestyle entertainment show of its kind in the world today. Plus we’re celebrating our country’s independence with a ginormous bang on July 4 with a spectacular fireworks show.”

The fairgrounds will feature hundreds of heart-pounding rides and attractions for all ages including the largest Kiddie Land in New Jersey. Comic book, pop culture and aviation enthusiasts alike can go airborne in one of the most famous helicopters of all time: N3079G, the original Batcopter from the 1960s Batman TV series and Batman movie. For a more relaxing flying experience, soar over the fairgrounds on the family favorite Sky Ride. While gliding from one end of the midway to the other, everyone can rest their feet and marvel at New York City’s iconic skyline.

For a more down-to-earth experience, fairgoers can meander through the midway where they can experience a wide variety of attractions ranging from having their face painted or posing for a cartoon caricature—this was the rage before cell phone selfies—to loads of shopping. Everybody will find plenty of vendors including jewelry, spa relaxation accessories, cell phone accessories, sunglasses, body art, mirrors, LED apparel, clothing for all ages and luxury items such hot tubs, outdoor furniture and that’s the tip of the iceberg.

Back to gastronomical thrills; get your taste buds ready for some of the most delicious food in the area. Showcasing the best food and beverage vendors in the country, everyone can find scrumptious treats and beverages ranging from corn dogs and cotton candy to donut burgers, fresh-squeezed lemonade and deep fried anything. For anyone who’s trying to keep in shape there’s no need to fear, there will be plenty of healthy foods here too including vegetables (e.g. broccoli, corn on the cob), salads, grilled chicken and Italian Ice.

State Fair Meadowlands has a slate of free entertainment, live music and attractions this year, more than ever before. And, all free with fair admission.

Visit for the full schedule of events, ticket options and directions.

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