It is amazing to think of the 50 "Wonders of the World" and all the wonderful locations that make up this fantastic list around the globe. From the Eiffel Tower to the Amazon Rainforest to Christ the Redeemer, there are great wonders all over the world.

 

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The MSN article that caught my eye showed the 50 wonders and while reading it dawned on me that two of the "wonders" are just a short drive from here in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

 

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The first local wonder is the Empire State Building. Located in Manhattan, this New York City landmark looks down over the "big apple". The 102-story "art deco" building was built from 1930 to 1931. On May 1st, 1931 President Herbert Hoover opened the skyscraper for the very first time.

 

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If you have never gone to the top of the Empire State Building you must put that on your bucket list, it truly is a sight to be seen from atop this giant "wonder". Referred to as the "world's most famous building".

 

 

Our next local wonder, just a short drive from the Jersey Shore is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. This wonder was opened on May 24, 1883. This bridge links the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge construction took 14 years and the project took the lives of at least 24 workers including one of the original designers. It's a beautiful scenic drive across the Brooklyn Bridge that everyone must do on a beautiful sunny day.

 

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So there you go, two of the fifty wonders of the world just a short drive from right here at the Jersey Shore. If you haven't visited, put them on your bucket list and enjoy this spring and/or summer, it's worth the drive.

 

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