Ten Great Parks to Visit in New Jersey

Let me tell ya, New Jersey isn’t called the “Garden State” for nothing! There are some beautiful parks in our small state. Whether you are a native of NJ or visiting from elsewhere, here are some parks to check out when you are looking for some outdoor fun:

1. Holmdel Park. This park is one of my absolute favorites – and a 10 minute drive from my mom’s 🙂 . It has two playgrounds, two ponds,10 miles of trails, a farm, 4 tennis courts, and great hills for sledding in the winter.

2. Thompson Park. This former residence was turned into what is now a beautiful park. Most notable here, besides, the trails, picnicking, etc. is the creative arts center and the off-leash dog area.

3. Tatum Park. This 365 acre park is filled with rolling hills, open fields and woods. Tons of trails to walk. It also has two activity centers that hosts tons of sports and fitness classes, among other activities.

4. Cheesequake State Park. This lovely park has a huge lake that is used for swimming, fishing and boating. There are campgrounds you can rent and hunting is allowed. It is truly a beautiful park.

5. Allaire State Park. This lovely park has the Manasquan river coursing through it, allowing for canoeing, fishing, etc. There are campgrounds here, too and it’s very close to area attractions.

6. Delaware Water Gap.  It may be named after Delaware, but this beautiful park resides in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

7. Deep Cut Gardens. This park isn’t exactly for small children. From the website: “The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons.”

8. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Obviously, the star of this park is the working lighthouse, which is open to the public. This is a lovely place to walk, picnic and fish.

9. Liberty State Park. Besides having the spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, there is a lot to do here. It’s also a great spot for bird watching, believe it or not. 🙂

10. Dorbrook Recreational Park. The best thing about this park is the awesome sprayground for the little ones. 🙂

Any New Jersey-ians out there? What other parks should we check out?

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)



  1. ooo I would love to check out the ones that have fishing, swimming, and trails! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!


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  3. Any of the Monmouth county parks – Monmouth Battleground in Freehold and Manasquan Reservoir near Howell. I mentioned on your other post that Seven Presidents has a new playground. I’m glad to see you mention the Sprayground at Dorbrook. Washington Crossing State Park on the Delaware has a nice museum. We also like Allaire State Park and the Pine Creek Railroad, especially when they have special events – Railroaders’ Weekend, Fall Harvest, Halloween, Christmas. My son and I heard some readings from Mark Twain’s works at Allaire last year, in the chapel. The event was in anticipation of the publication of Twain’s autobiography, of course.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh, thanks for adding your ideas! My son would love the Pine Creek Railroad. He LOVES trains. 🙂

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