BACKGROUND: Allaire State Park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making town, Allaire Village, and its antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. Billed as New Jersey's premier living history museum, the village was known as the Howell Works in the early 19th century. The buildings which remain today include a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenter's shop, manager's house, foreman's house and a church. One of the workers' row house buildings is now the visitor center and museum.

INSIDER INFO: Allaire Village sponsors more than 40 programs and events annually, including living history events, antique shows, arts and craft shows, and flea markets.

WHERE: Allaire State Park is located at 4265 Atlantic Ave. in Farmingdale.,+NJ&sll=40.437132,-74.201574&sspn=0.007774,0.019205&g=86+Broad+Street,+keyport,+nj&ie=UTF8&hq=ALLAIRE+STATE+PARK,&hnear=New+Jersey&ll=40.251756,-74.036179&spn=0.236349,0.614548&z=11&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: Call Allaire State Park at 732-938-2371. To reach Allaire Village, call 732-919-3500.