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Bergen County: A Short Drive Brings You So Much to Do
Just about 30 miles from Orangeburg lies the most populous county of New Jersey, Bergen County, so it’s no wonder that it’s full of wonderful places to see and things to do.
Like so many counties of this area so close to the Hudson River, Bergen County’s first residents were members of the American Indian tribes, the Lenape. Dutch settlers came in the mid 1600s, with the eventual founding of the settlement called Bergen, from which the county gets its name (although the settlement was located in what is now Hudson County).
Due to its location, Bergen County was the site of many Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes. The county also was a hub for the Erie Railroad’s Erie Main Line beginning in the 1850s. The Main Line is still in use today.
The county became even more of a bedroom community for people who worked in Manhattan with the completion of the George Washington Bridge in 1931, but the county’s growth as a suburban home to NYC workers really exploded after World War II.
There’s a true wealth of things to do in Bergen County. You’ll want to visit the New Jersey Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndurst, of course., as well as the Tenafly Nature Center. Aviation buffs should stop by the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum at Teterboro Airport. U.S. Navy fans will want to visit Hackensack for the New Jersey Naval Museum and a visit to the ship USS Ling.
Bergen County has a great variety outdoor spots available for outdoor recreation and enjoyment, such as Ramapo Mountain State Forest, the New Jersey Palisades (now a National Natural Landmark) and, of course, the Hudson River.
The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, a Gothic Revival home built in the 1840, is a must-see for history and architecture fans. It’s a National Historic Landmark.
Shoppers will want to visit H Mart, a Korean supermarket and shopping plaza in Ridgefield, as well as some terrific malls, such as The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack; Paramus Park in Paramus; the Bergen Town Center, also in Paramus; among others. The Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater is a must-visit for anyone interested in anything having to do with Japan — this marketplace is a Japanese shopping plaza and supermarket.