East Brunswick is a New Jersey suburban community which forms part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Ideally located midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia, the town offers day-trippers a variety of fun attractions. Nature lovers can explore the beautiful Rutgers Gardens, go apple and vegetable picking on the Giamarese Farm or go walking and fishing at Thompson Park or Davidson’s Mill Pond Park. If you enjoy shopping you can spend a few hours at the Brunswick Square Mall where you can shop, dine and watch a movie. Patrons of the arts can visit Playhouse 22 or catch a performance of the Center Stage Dance and Theatre School. When hunger strikes you can make your way to European Homemade Provisions for the largest selection of old-fashioned European delicacies and legendary sandwiches. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Giamarese Farm and Orchards

Giamarese Farm and Orchards
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The land on which the Giamarese Farm and Orchards stand has been cultivated by a succession of European migrants since the 1860’s. The farm has been in the Giamarese family since 1941 and has seen a succession of hard working family members transform the farm into a successful and popular “pick your own” business. When you visit the farm you can choose from a seasonal selection of over 15 apple varieties, ripened to perfection in the orchards. From late May to June you can pick lovely fresh strawberries, peas and spring greens while July and September offer peaches and nectarines. Halloween pumpkins can be selected in September and October. Xmas trees are the main “crop” closer to Christmas.

Giamarese Farm and Orchards, 155 Fresh Ponds Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-821-9494

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2.Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, New Jersey

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, New Jersey
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Run by a band of enthusiastic volunteers, Playhouse 22 is an East Brunswick community theatre which has been entertaining the community for more than 60 years. Originally housed in an eclectic collection of buildings, Playhouse 22 found a permanent home in 2009 when the company moved into a state of the art Community Arts Center. Today locals and visitors can anticipate being entertained by a variety of theatrical arts including musicals, dramas and comedy shows. To encourage local talent the theatre also hosts their Third Thursday Play Reading, when budding playwrights get the chance to present their work to live audiences. Other entertainment includes music concerts, festivals and Children’s Theatre.

East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-254-3939

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3.Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey

Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey
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Brunswick Square Mall is a popular indoor shopping mall which offers a wide selection of retail stores, eateries and entertainment. The mall has seen several renovations and additions since it originally opened in 1970 and today’s visitors can expect to find an inviting bright and modern shopping mall. The ever-popular JC Penney and Macy’s are the anchor tenants, supported by a long list of outfitters, shoe shops, home and décor outlets and much more. When you need a break from the shopping you can relax over a meal or coffee at one of several restaurants. Just about every service you need is covered including pampering spa treatments, electronics repairs and a 13-screen movie complex.

Brunswick Square Mall, Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-238-3601

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4.Center Stage Dance and Theatre School, East Brunswick, NJ

Center Stage Dance and Theatre School, East Brunswick, NJ
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The performing arts scene is alive and thriving in New Jersey. Budding young performers can have the time of their lives learning how to become stars at the Center Stage Dance and Theatre School in East Brunswick. The theatre school brings together some of the best theatre and dance artists who dedicate their professional lives to teaching the next generation of New Jersey performing artists. This is great news for both locals and visitors to the town, who can anticipate enjoying a full calendar of stellar stage performances each year. The school produces modern and innovative dance performances, classical ballet shows, professional Broadway musicals and children’s dance performances. Check their website to see what’s on.

Center Stage Dance and Theatre School, 10 Alvin Court, Suite 104, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-238-7890

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5.European Homemade Provisions, East Brunswick, NJ

European Homemade Provisions, East Brunswick, NJ
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Established over 70 years ago, European Homemade Provisions is a landmark deli/restaurant located in the heart of East Brunswick. Celebrating the Polish and Eastern European foods which were brought to New Jersey by Eastern European settlers, the deli makes a wide variety of mouth-watering European-style smoked sausages, meats, cheeses and baked goods. In addition to stocking up your pantry you can also drop by for a memorable lunch. You get to choose from an exceptional choice of hot and cold sandwiches (on home-made breads and rolls), salads, soups, wraps and hoagies. Specialties include a variety of Pierogies (stuffed savory pastries) and traditional wood-smoked meats.

European Homemade Provisions, 301 Old Bridge Turnpike, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Phone: 732-254-7156

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6.Rutgers Gardens, East Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers Gardens, East Brunswick, NJ
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Rutgers Garden covers 180 acres of ground belonging to Rutgers University, where it offers all garden enthusiasts and nature lovers a wonderful botanical garden to explore free of charge. 60 acres of the gardens contain beautifully designed flower beds, themed gardens, tree and shrub collections and walking paths. A further large section of the gardens encompasses the beautiful Frank G. Helyar Woods where you can follow a number of scenic trails along the river and through a bamboo forest. Highlights of your visit will include the Display Garden, the serenely beautiful Shade Garden and the flower-filled bee and butterfly friendly Pollinator Garden. On Fridays you can visit the thriving Cook’s Garden to stock up on freshly picked farm produce.

Rutgers Gardens, 130 Log Cabin Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Phone: 848-932-7000

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