Thielke Arboretum: Glen Rock, NJ

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Last weekend, we visited Thielke Arboretum in Glen Rock. It’s super small and carpeted with more leaves than are on the trees now, but it was still fun with virtually no one there. There’s a cute storybook trail about a scarecrow, and there’s an adorable natural play area complete with tree stump stepping stones that my little guys LOVED. They hopped from one stump to another over and over again. They also enjoyed walking across wooden bridges and visiting the pond area, home to the friendliest mallard ducks we’ve seen yet (and no, we weren’t feeding them). Their favorite part though was lifting up the wooden stools in search of bugs. Oh boy, did we find the plumpest worm ever?! Check this guy out. This would be a cool place to visit in the summer to go fishing, and I’m making a mental note to stop by again soon.

The Park Mama Tips:

  • The trail entrance is sandwiched between a playground and an aquatics center. If you’re parked and looking at a soccer field, swimming center, and playground, yes, you’re in the right place.

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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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