Heritage tourism — visits to historic sites and events — accounts for about 8 percent of tourism dollars in the state, with about 11 million visitors every year, according to the New Jersey Historic Trust. Total spending is about $2.8 billion, and it supports 38,000 jobs.
The state’s cultural and historic resources, which include museums, archeological sites, theaters, and historic buildings and neighborhoods, attract 5 million out-of-town visitors and 6 million local residents a year.
The greatest number of visitors were to sites in Bergen, Essex, Cape May, and Morris counties. The most concentrated number of sites are located in Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Burlington counties.