Celery Farm: Allendale, NJ

Tap tap tap. “What’s that sound, Mama?” Tap tap tap. We scanned the trees, searching for the noisy drummer. “Look up! I found a woodpecker. Right over there. Look up! Look up! Do you see it?” My 4.5 year old and 2 year old were delighted to discover a real woodpecker, clothed in a brightContinue reading “Celery Farm: Allendale, NJ”

Frelinghuysen Arboretum: Morris Township, NJ

Peaceful. Vibrant. Colorful. Educational. Fun. That’s how I would describe Frelinghuysen Arboretum. We went on a scarecrow scavenger hunt through gardens bursting with fresh produce destined for thoughtful donation to those in need. Woodland trails – both gravel and paved – were drenched in sunlight and, much to our surprise this late in the season,Continue reading “Frelinghuysen Arboretum: Morris Township, NJ”

Fall at Cheesequake State Park: Matawan, NJ

We visited Hooks Creek Lake at Cheesequake State Park in the summer, but didn’t make it past the sand pit with our enthusiastic little diggers, so we were excited to explore more of the park last weekend. Autumn has most certainly arrived here, and the trees are dressed as stoplights, shining brightly in crimson, gold,Continue reading “Fall at Cheesequake State Park: Matawan, NJ”

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve: Franklin Lakes, NJ

Kayak rentals. Chipmunks scurrying. Picnic tables expertly positioned in bucolic settings. Paved and gravel trails with lake viewing platforms. What a gem. We discovered Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve in late July and loved it. The stroller-friendly/wheelchair accessible trail is short, about 0.25 mile, but we just lapped it back and forth, picnicked, and watched chipmunksContinue reading “Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve: Franklin Lakes, NJ”

Summer at Cheesequake State Park: Matawan, NJ

We were on the hunt for a beach-like experience without the crowds and stumbled upon Hooks Creek Lake at Cheesequake State Park. Open for swimming from 10:30am-6:00pm daily with 2 lifeguards on duty, Hooks Creek Lake is shallow enough for babies to enjoy, doesn’t have waves, and is a great place to teach young kiddosContinue reading “Summer at Cheesequake State Park: Matawan, NJ”

Laurelwood Arboretum: Wayne Township, NJ

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 oneContinue reading “Laurelwood Arboretum: Wayne Township, NJ”

Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ

We discovered this gem a few weeks ago and it has quickly become a favorite respite from our densely populated urban life. Magical. Heavenly. Peaceful. Green. That’s how I would describe this place. Babbling brooks, cute little bridges, stroller-friendly trails, wildflowers, grassy fields, and tons of animals. We spotted chipmunks galore, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, dogs,Continue reading “Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ”