Deep Cut Gardens: Middletown, NJ

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Walking into Deep Cut Gardens is like walking into your grandma’s garden – you know, the one with the green thumb. You’ll find vegetables like kale, potatoes, and peppers interspersed with a rainbow of fragrant blooming flowers serving as inspiration for home gardeners. Milkweed ensures there’s an abundance of butterflies throughout the gardens – every few seconds a butterfly gently flutters above – what a lovely surprise.

Greeted by a cute sign asking us to close the gate to keep the bunnies out, our little guys were off exploring the plants and flowers when they spotted their first garden gnome, and then to our delight we realized there were several hidden throughout. Think South Mountain Fairy Trail type attraction, but less crowded, stroller-friendly, and minus the poison ivy and cliffs. Winning. Our boys were gleefully on the hunt for gnomes, and while this portion of the garden is the smallest, they could have stayed here all day.

There’s a mix of largely shaded dirt and grassy trails – both super easy to navigate with a stroller – and plenty of picturesque spots to rest for a picnic. Kiddos will also love the lily pond – home to koi and goldfish.

The Park Mama Tips:

  • Bathrooms are closed due to COVID, but Tatum Park (across the street) has clean restrooms, a playground, and shaded trails.

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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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