Autumn at The New Jersey Botanical Garden

We were about a mile into a whimsical nature walk through secret gardens, surrounded by trees dressed for autumn, when dozens of leaves started dancing above us, fluttering gracefully down like rain. Time stood still for a moment as we stood on tip toes and eagerly reached to catch them before they blanketed the coolContinue reading “Autumn at The New Jersey Botanical Garden”

Clarke’s Family Farm: Modena, NY

Honeycrisp apples are my favorite, and Clarke’s Family Farm in Modena, NY has the best ones I’ve ever eaten. Juicy, delicious, and ripe this weekend, you’ll find Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Macoun, Early Fuji, Gala, and Snap Dragon, Honeycrisp’s crunchier cousin. As a mama of two littles, I appreciate that this 7th generation farm uses low sprayContinue reading “Clarke’s Family Farm: Modena, NY”

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”

Lasdon Park and Arboretum: Katonah, NY

My sons LOVE dinosaurs, so when a Park Mama reader recommended Lasdon Park and Arboretum for its small, but epic, dinosaur garden, we couldn’t wait to explore it! A scenic drive along the Taconic Parkway hinted of fall – golden and crimson leaves were already peeking through and the nip of cool air as weContinue reading “Lasdon Park and Arboretum: Katonah, NY”

Richard DeKorte Park: Lyndhurst, NJ

Effective 9/8/20 – Hours are 7am – 7pm daily An ecological wonder, Richard DeKorte Park is New Jersey’s first park built atop a landfill, a feat accomplished using a liner made of 400,000 recycled soda bottles. Now that’s turning trash into treasure! Boasting 3.5 miles of stroller-friendly trails, an environmental center, and butterfly pollinator garden,Continue reading “Richard DeKorte Park: Lyndhurst, NJ”

Richard Rutkowski Park: Bayonne, NJ

Situated adjacent to the Hackensack Riverfront Walkway and the expansive Stephen R. Gregg Park (both of which I also recommend), Richard Rutkowski Park is perfectly suited for leisurely strolls, biking, scooter riding, picnics, and bird watching. There are (2) quarter mile paths to explore – a paved and largely shaded biking path and a mostlyContinue reading “Richard Rutkowski Park: Bayonne, NJ”

Natirar Park: Far Hills, NJ

Spanning 4 towns (Peapack, Gladstone, Far Hills, and Bedminster), Natirar Park is HUGE and traverses hundreds of acres of fields, meadows, and woodlands, offering river access, paved and gravel walking trails, and plenty of space for running, biking, scooting, ball playing, and picnics while socially distancing with ease. Fun facts: Natirar is the reverse spellingContinue reading “Natirar Park: Far Hills, NJ”

Holmdel Park: Holmdel Township, NJ

Home to Historic Longstreet Farm, an arboretum, pond, and 10 miles of trails, Holmdel Park is akin to Duke Farms in its design. A picnicker’s paradise, there are large swaths of shaded grassy areas, more than enough space to socially distance, play ball, walk the dog, ride a bike, scooter, go fishing, and learn aboutContinue reading “Holmdel Park: Holmdel Township, NJ”

Mill Creek Marsh: Secaucus, NJ

My local mommy group recommended Mill Creek Marsh as an uncrowded stroller-friendly walking path within a short drive and, as always, they did not disappoint. We visited on a dreary day, had the place all to ourselves, and enjoyed running and bird watching here. A flat and easy 1.5 mile loop was the perfect outingContinue reading “Mill Creek Marsh: Secaucus, NJ”

Deep Cut Gardens: Middletown, NJ

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 – everyContinue reading “Deep Cut Gardens: Middletown, NJ”