Around Town
Team Life Celebrates 20 Years
Fall Guide 2014 - The Art of Wine
School-Wide Coding Event at Rumson Country Day
Ask The Experts
Ask The Expert - Avra Karak
Company Profile - Shrewsbury Vascular & General Surgery Associates
Ask The Expert - Dearborn Market
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Physician Focus: Steven R. Berkman
Bay Wellness - Making Weight Loss a Family Affair
Bay Wellness - Health After Menopause
Best Bets
Best Bet - Dearborn Market
The Guide 2015 - Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler
The Guide 2015 - Mark Lauria Associates
Black Book
Cover Story
Coming Full Circle - Michael Pomarico goes back to where it all started and gives back
The Triple Crown
Calling The Shots
Daytripper
Day Tripper - Central Park
Daytripper: Central Park Zoo
Day Tripper - Momouth Park
Eats
Eats: Rosalia Italian Marketplace
Eat Beat - Surv Kitchen & Lounge
Eats: Delfini Italian Gourmet
Etc
Etc - Aspirin...please.
Etc - Tired, Busy, Distracted, and Resigned
ETC - Beach Bias
Fall Guide
Fall Guide - Kids Fashions
Weigh In - Which Halloween mask wins the creepy award?
Fall Guide - Kids Party Entertainment
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Amy Puccio
Featured Artist - John Kelly
Featured Artist - The Yevchaks
Gift Guide
Best Bet - Richmond Chandelier
Best Bet - Down To Basics
Gift Guide - Arhaus Furniture
Health Talk
DermOne Welcomes Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, MD
Health Talk - Pop Weight Loss
Health Talk - Carol Ash, DO
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - StudioSpin+
Health - Bear Brook Commons Dental Group
Health 2015 - Fitness & Exercise
Holiday Buzz 2015
Holiday Buzz: Holiday Desserts
Chanukah Traditions In Transition
Give a Little - Get a Lot
Homes
Valerie Schwab - Home Sweet Home
Behind The Red Door
A Country Estate: The Mullaneys'
Letter
Spring has Sprung!
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Warm Winter Wishes
Living in Colts Neck
Gratitude in Guatemala
La Bella Vita!
Muriel Rogers - Local Artist
Newsletter Articles
The Home: Paradise Stone & Tile
The Home Gallery - Ralco Builders
Luxurious, Lavish, and Livable
Our Picks
The Grove at Shrewsbury and Grove West
Our Pick - Home Video Studio
Our Pick - Decorating Den Interiors
People On The Move
Canine on the Move: The Therapy Dog
Kids On The Move - Ray Wang
People On The Move - Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
Summer Guide
Summer Guide 2014 - Out & About
Summer Guide 2014 - Our Jersey Shore
Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
The Bay
The Bay - Can The Weight Be Over?
The Bay - National Stroke Awareness Month
The Bay - $1 Million Emergency Department Expansion Opens
The Guide
2016 Guide - Jaguar Monmouth
The Guide 2015 - Anemos Greek
The Guide 2015 - ClosetTec
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - Creative Kitchens
The Home Guide - California Closets
The 2015 Home Guide - ForeverLawn at the Shore
Weigh In
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail or be injured?
Weigh In - Castaway
Weigh In - Superheroes in Training

DayTripper: Northlandz
12/15/2008

DayTripper: Northlandz

Nestled away deep in the heart of Hunterdon County is a spectacular place called Northlandz.

This place of adventure includes a 1-mile indoor tour through a magnificent miniature  world. With up to 100 trains running daily on 8 miles of track you simply wont believe your eyes; it is easy to see how 25 years went into sculpting the 35-foot mountains and building  the 40-foot bridges. Your kids will marvel at the thousands of handcrafted buildings and over 10,000 freight cars.



Northlandz is a 16-acre world-class attraction developed by Bruce Williams and his wife Jean. The complex includes: the La Peep Doll House, a doll museum, a theater pipe organ,  and various art galleries. The building is reflective of the couples lifelong commitment to art, expression, and creativity.



Mr. Williams dream began more than 25 years ago as the Williams first home was being built in 1972. The story goes that as the builders would leave for the day, Mr. Williams would  escape to the basement and begin creating scenes for his new passion. Mountain passes were erected, complete with bridges and buildings. The workers would return the next day  and remove the new additions so they could continue their work, but Bruce kept building the exhibits nightly. Thus, a 24-year labor of love began, which has resulted in the worlds  largest model railroad.



Scenes on the railway line include a desert that comes complete with a Native American village, a fort, and an adobe village. Tourists enter and tour the fort while trains loop through  the entire display. In addition, every bridge in Northlandz is handcrafted by Bruce and each is gingerly placed in its appropriate position. Believe it or not, they even have simulated  plane crashes and train derailments at Northlandz; but fear not not a single person has been injured during landings at the Northlandz Airport. The attention to detail of the  derailment is astounding and, with up to 100 trains running daily, there is always at least one derailment.



When you visit, be sure to walk along the canyons filled with busy villages and notice the shining cities and towns glued to the sides of mountains overlooking cavernous m ines that  all linked together by intricately designed roads and rails. There are bridges crossing everywhere, a golf course, a state fair with a huge roller coaster, a log mill, and a monastery. Another truly amazing section is the worlds only toothpick farm.



Then there are the trains 135 miniature trains, starting, stopping, and disappearing through tunnels, winding their way through mountains, 38-foot long bridges, and thousands of  houses and trees. The walk through Northlandz actually takes you up three levels so you can see villages at eye level, and through little windows, people are visible inside the  houses. From far above you can appreciate the precise movement in the trains, and each time you look over the deep ravines you are guaranteed to see something new. Also a  must-see is the Raritan River Railway. You can ride this steam replica (2/3 scale) through tunnels and over bridges through nature-rich woodlands.



Another exhibit at Northlandz is the La Peep Dollhouse, which is a 94-room mini mansion and is probably every dollhouse lovers dream. It comes complete with an indoor  swimming pool, a ballroom with a doggie band, and a two-story library. After visiting the dollhouse check out the Doll Museum where there are more than 200 collectible dolls from  around the world.



Inside the Music Hall there is a 2,000 pipe organ, which is the centerpiece of this 500 seat theater, and it truly creates an inspiring atmosphere. It is played several times daily and is  literally music to your ears. In addition, an art gallery offers a cultural array of more than 250 paintings and other works of art.



Over the years, Mr. Williams has added several new skills to his long list of accomplishments. A concert musician, successful entrepreneur, multi-award-winning computer software  game developer and publisher, he has spent his lifetime working at what he loves. In 1977, he was persuaded by friends to host an annual train show for a local charity. The weekend  show soon attracted 1,500 visitors daily. Several national television broadcasts and television coverage by German, Swedish, and Japanese stations contributed to its growing  popularity, leading to the idea for a year-round attraction.



This is what we do, says Mr. Williams, who along with his wifes steadfast support works 365 days a year. He adds, If you can create your own enthusiasm, you can do anything.





Cool facts about Northlandz

Tour Length: 1 Mile

Highest Mountain: 30 feet (6,000 scale feet)

Longest Bridge: 40 feet

Number of Bridges: 300 400

Number ofTrains: 100+

Feet ofTrack: 50,000 (8 miles) - Atlas Super-Flex track

Buildings: 4,000+

Wood: Enough wood to build 42 large houses (52,000 square feet)

Lichen Trees: 500,000+



Northlandz

495 Highway 202 South

Flemington, NJ 08822

(908) 782-4022

www.northlandz.com



General Admission

Adults: $13.75

Children 2 - 12 years: $9.75

Children under 2 years: FREE

Seniors: $12.50

HOURS

Sunday: 10:30 am 5:30 pm

Monday: 10:30 am 4:00 pm

Tuesday: Closed*

Wednesday: 10:30 am 4:00 pm

Thursday: 10:30 am 4:00 pm

Friday: 10:30 am 4:00 pm

Saturday: 10:30 am 5:30 pm

*Closed Tuesdays year round, except for Christmas week.


Grand opening of Club Car Cafe

Featuring Nathans Famous Hot dogs, popcorn, Otis Spunkmeyers muffins and cookies, a variety of hot and cold beverages, and much more.

 

DIRECTIONS

From the Flemington Circle

Follow Route 202 North to the Three Bridges; make a U turn. Follow 202 South for about 1 mile. Northlandz will be on your right.

From Manhattan

Follow either Route 80 West or 78 West to Route 287 South.Take 287 South to the 202 South Somerville exit. Once on 202 South, go approximately 10 miles to Northlandz, which is on the southbound  side, 1 mile before the Flemington Circle.

For all other information regarding exhibitions, special events, or programs visit their website at www.northlandz.com




Advertisers

The Grove At Shrewsbury




Powered by eDirectory™