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Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Staycation in New Brunswick, NJ, and Middlesex County

Outside View of Redd’s BiergartenAmid being cooped up inside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and individuals may feel the need to get away. Thankfully, the numerous hotels, restaurants, and local attractions of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the rest of Middlesex County are doing what they can to ensure a safe and memorable guest experience. If you are looking for your next great staycation, Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to explore everything our area has to offer.

Safe Travel in the Age of COVID-19

In the age of COVID-19, travelers are more focused on safety than ever before. Just because we are experiencing a pandemic, though, doesn’t mean you should stop caring about your mental health and wellbeing. According to Allina Health, vacations are important for the following reasons:

  • Improved physical and mental health and overall wellbeing
  • Increased mental power
  • Improved familial relationships
  • Decreased burnout and stress

Getting away – even for just one night – can go a long way towards rejuvenating your mental and physical wellbeing. Central NJ has hotels that fit any budget and allow you to enjoy a socially distanced staycation, as well as a host of dining, entertainment, and recreational opportunities.

Socially Distanced Dining Opportunities

Jazz Performer Playing Trumpet in RestaurantMiddlesex County is home to some of the most exciting dining venues around. Wherever you choose to stay in the New Brunswick area, you are sure to find a delicious bite to eat nearby. Italian, Chinese, or Mexican? You won’t have to choose because Central NJ has it all.

Long known as a destination for foodies, downtown New Brunswick has always been committed to maintaining a safe and business-friendly environment for restaurant operators and guests. In response to the pandemic, downtown New Brunswick has transformed into a district filled with outdoor, socially distanced eateries. Here are some of the downtown New Brunswick establishments offering outdoor dining:

  • Catherine Lombardi
  • Delta’s Restaurant
  • Esquina Latina Restaurant & Lounge
  • Fat Cactus Cantina
  • Filippo’s Famous Pizza
  • Freshii
  • George St. Ale House
  • Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
  • Ramen Nagomi
  • Panico’s Restaurant + Bar
  • Steakhouse 85
  • Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar
  • Stage Left Steak

Caricature Artist Making a Sketch of Diner in Outdoor Area

 

With so many socially distanced outdoor dining options to choose from, you are sure to find something that strikes your interest. Our extensive restaurant guide has even more suggestions on where to dine in Central NJ.

Exploring Downtown New Brunswick and Beyond

There is always something to do in Central NJ. Whether you are interested in historical sites, shopping, or nature, the New Brunswick area has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained during your next staycation. Consider visiting one of the following local attractions during your visit to Middlesex County:

 

  • State Theatre New Jersey
  • Stress Factory Comedy Club
  • Rutgers University
  • New Brunswick Cultural Center
  • Children’s Museum of NJ
  • Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College
  • Proprietary House
  • Peter’s Episcopal Church
  • Bill of Rights Arch
  • Brunswick Square Mall
  • Six Flags
  • Crystal Springs Family Waterpark
  • Topgolf

Plan Your Next Staycation in Central NJ

The businesses of downtown New Brunswick and the surrounding areas have been working around the clock to ensure the health, safety, and satisfaction of every customer. When planning your next staycation, Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages you to keep Middlesex County top of mind. For more information about visiting Central NJ, contact us today and sign up for our email blast to receive emails about upcoming events, shows, and activities throughout our area.

Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division, Travel & Tourism.

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