Travel Tuesday: Rutgers University

I HAD to take you to Rutgers this week.  Why?  Because it’s my alma mater.

On the banks of the ‘ol Raritan–  Located in Piscataway/New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers is a hub for great dining, theater, proud sports fans and outdoors enthusiasts.  There is always something to do at Rutgers.

So, if you’re traveling to the heart of New Jersey for a day, here are some things to put on your agenda.

Grab breakfast at Au Bon Pain on Rutgers Main Campus then head on over to the College Avenue Gym (which is right next door!).  This building now stands where the first collegiate football game was held– Rutgers v. Princeton in 1869 (Rutgers won!).  Be sure to take pictures at this historic spot.

Then head up College Avenue to Old Queens.  Old Queens on campus housed the first buildings used when the university first began.  The architecture is breathtaking.  Even more beautiful is Kirkpatrick Chapel, located in Old Queens.  Built in 1873, the chapel was used as a place of worship and a library for Rutgers students.

At this point, you will most likely be hungry, so head across the street to the famous Grease Trucks for a Fat Sandwich (I had my fair share of these when studying at RU).  These sandwiches are not for the bird-like eaters.  They are entire meals on a roll– like the Fat Darryl: Chicken fingers, french fries, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce on a sub roll.  I’m drooling.

Once you packed on some major poundage, why not walk it off and enjoy Buccleuch Park.  If you walk or run the park’s trails twice, you’ve accomplished a 5K.  Or, why not grab some friends and play some softball or soccer?

To finish the day, why not take in a show or concert at the State Theater and dine at Stage Left?

What a perfect Saturday.

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