We discovered Brookdale Park and Rose Garden in June, and it’s one of our favorite places to go. Quick drive, easy street parking, shaded, paved paths, wide open fields, scenic, and clean bathrooms – this place checks off all the boxes. Designed by the Olmsted Firm (the same folks who designed Central Park), this space is HUGE and spans 2 towns – Montclair and Bloomfield – so there’s more than enough space to socially distance easily.
Our boys love it here – we picnic under the shade of a big oak tree, have scooter vs. stroller races, dig in the dirt, kick the soccer ball around, play tag, and build nests out of sticks and leaves with acorn treats for the squirrels to enjoy. There’s also a playground, dog park, and rose garden to explore.
The Park Mama Tips:
- Our favorite combo is Van Vleck House and Gardens + Brookdale Park and Rose Garden. They’re located just 5 minutes apart.
- Beware of bees in the grassy areas – they’re attracted to the clovers.
- Parts of the paved paths are a bit hilly, so be careful with scooters and bikes.
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