Laurelwood Arboretum: Wayne Township, NJ

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My 4 year old exclaimed: “Mama, I want to see a deer today!”

I read about recent deer sightings at Laurelwood Arboretum, so we packed up the kiddos and crossed our fingers for a deer encounter. As luck would have it, we spotted 6 deer here – 4 adults and 2 fawns – and one even darted out in front of my little deer seeker. He was amazed. We crossed paths with a variety of birds, butterflies, chipmunks, and even a groundhog while exploring this space, but the highlight for our boys was the little brook where they could throw rocks to their heart’s delight.

There are 2 trails here – easy and more challenging – both are gravel/woodchip. There was a fallen tree blocking the easy way during our visit, so we opted for the challenging path. Aside from the initial ascent, it wasn’t difficult to navigate with a stroller and littles. Our stroll was shaded and tranquil, winding through gardens and woodlands, allowing us to take in new sights, see wildlife up close, and socially distance easily. If you’re looking for a place to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and appreciate the beauty of nature, this is your spot.

The Park Mama Tips:

  • Bug spray is a must. I gave this space 4 stars because it’s quite buggy.
  • Bathrooms are closed due to COVID, so plan ahead.
  • No picnicking allowed, so plan to eat in your car.

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Published by TheParkMama

Hi, I'm Janet, a city dwelling nature lover and mama bear of toddler and preschool aged explorers. We love discovering uncrowded green spaces within a short drive of Hoboken, NJ that are little kid-friendly - from botanical gardens and nature preserves to arboretums and parks - there's something magical about adventuring together.

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