Central NJ is a tough one thing to define. But we consider most of Mercer, Southern Middlesex, most of Monmouth, and a smidge of Ocean to be Central NJ. And within this northmagical realm, you will find historical places (like Washington Crossing SP), great fishing (in Assunpink WMA), and the future Capital To Coast trail! Come explore... you will love everything you find :)

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2022 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit? (Oct 15th & 16th)

Oct 9. 2022: 2022 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit? (Oct 15th & 16th)

The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ is a rain-or-shine, two-day opportunity to visit land-based lighthouses. museums and life-saving stations!

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No Park Entrance Fees at State Parks for 2022

May 26. 2022: No Park Entrance Fees at State Parks for 2022

The NJ State Park System has decided to stop (or not start) collecting park entrance fees this summer.

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Photos of the week! May 19

May 19. 2022: Photos of the week! May 19

Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ with the hope that you find fun places to explore. This week we are sharing Round Valley, Wharton State Forest, Birch Grove, Estell Manor, and Cattus Island.

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Photos of the week! May 12

May 12. 2022: Photos of the week! May 12

Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ with the hope that you find fun places to explore. This week we are sharing a view of the Water Gap, a tiny inchworm, the Watershed Institute, Washington Crossing, Duke Farms, Tripod Rock, and Fort Mott.

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25+ Gardens and Arboretums You Should Visit This Spring!

May 9. 2022: 25+ Gardens and Arboretums You Should Visit This Spring!

You need to visit these amazing NJ gardens this spring!

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Photos of the week! April 28

Apr 28. 2022: Photos of the week! April 28

Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ with the hope that you find fun places to explore. This week we are sharing the 18 Hole Disc Golf Course at Ocean County Park, Air-Mods Flight School, Holland Ridge Farms, Mercer County Park, UACNJ Observatory at Jenny Jump and the World War II Lookout Tower

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Photos of the week! April 14

Apr 14. 2022: Photos of the week! April 14

Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ with the hope that you find fun places to explore. In this episode, we visit Grounds for Sculpture, the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, the Union Transportation Trail, Teetertown Ravine Nature Preserve, Lord Stirling Park, and the Point Pleasant Boardwalk.

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New Jersey's Free Fishing Days - June 4 and October 22, 2022

Apr 8. 2022: New Jersey's Free Fishing Days - June 4 and October 22, 2022

The June Free Fishing Day is held in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week; the October date allows the public to take advantage of the fall trout stocking. Remember: on these days residents may fish on the Garden States public waters without a license or trout stamp.

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Photos of the week! April 7

Apr 7. 2022: Photos of the week! April 7

Each week we share a few photos of fun places around NJ. We visit Mercer County Park, the Manasquan Reservoir, Stokes State Forest, Round Valley,Winding River Park, and theHoff-Vannatta Farmstead this week.

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30+ Fun Locations Opening for their 2022 Season

Mar 26. 2022: 30+ Fun Locations Opening for their 2022 Season

Spring is here... flowers are blooming... days are getting longer... and many fun places around NJ will soon be opening for their 2022 season. Maybe you can find a new place to explore this spring :)

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Daffodil Days in Allentown, March 2022

Mar 15. 2022: Daffodil Days in Allentown, March 2022

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St Patrick's Day Parades (2022)

Feb 23. 2022: St Patrick's Day Parades (2022)

St. Patricks Day is right around the corner! We hope this will help you find an event near you!

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ExploringAllaire.com - A new Side Project

Feb 15. 2022: ExploringAllaire.com - A new Side Project

We love Allaire State Park and wanted to put up a fan site to show off all its beauty.

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Places to walk near Brick, NJ

Sep 7. 2021: Places to walk near Brick, NJ

Here are some places to walk near Brick, NJ

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Are you Instagram? Say Hello :)

Sep 5. 2021: Are you Instagram? Say Hello :)

Follow along with our adventures on Instagram!

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4th of July/Independence Day Celebrations By County (2021)

Jun 1. 2021: 4th of July/Independence Day Celebrations By County (2021)

Find a 4th of July celebration down by county.

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20 Cool Places to Hike within 20 Miles of Point Pleasant

May 1. 2021: 20 Cool Places to Hike within 20 Miles of Point Pleasant

A while back, some folks on the Point Pleasant Beach, Boro & Bay Head Community Group on Facebook asked about everyone's favorite parks to explore in the area. We figured we would share some of our favorites here!

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25+ Gardens and Arboretums You Should Visit This Spring!

May 1. 2021: 25+ Gardens and Arboretums You Should Visit This Spring!

With the greener months of 2021 starting to pop up around the state, we wanted to help you find the most beautiful public gardens or arboretums of the great Garden State.

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Easter with the Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant

Apr 20. 2021: Easter with the Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant

A few weeks back, we volunteered with one of our favorite local groups... Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant. They put together a fun Easter event with games, an Easter egg hunt, and more! What a fun day with a great group of people!

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Have you visited the NJ Outdoor Map yet? You should...

Jul 16. 2020: Have you visited the NJ Outdoor Map yet? You should...

We started working on a new site that will help you find new places to explore. It is called the NJOutdoorMap.com

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New Parks And Places May, 2020

May 19. 2020: New Parks And Places May, 2020

We have a few fun new features coming to the site (and maybe to some other new sites) this year. Here are what we have so far!

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NJ State Parks and Many County Parks Reopen!

May 6. 2020: NJ State Parks and Many County Parks Reopen!

NJ State Parks, and many County Parks opened this past weekend for passive recreation!

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NJ State and County Parks Closed Until Further Notice

Apr 8. 2020: NJ State and County Parks Closed Until Further Notice

All State Parks, State Forests and County Parks throughout New Jersey are now Closed until further notice.

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State Park Facilities Close to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19

Mar 16. 2020: State Park Facilities Close to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19

Open spaces at state parks and wildlife management areas open and available for passive recreation; enclosed facilities, campgrounds at state parks, forests and recreation areas closed.

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St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2020)

Feb 29. 2020: St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2020)

St. Patricks Day is right around the corner! We hope this will help you find an event near you!

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 First Day Hikes in the NJ State Parks - 1/1/2020

Dec 15. 2019: First Day Hikes in the NJ State Parks - 1/1/2020

The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 29 hikes, 1 mountain bike ride and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Years Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes program. These free First Day Hikes offer a great incentive to get outside, exercise, experience history, enjoy nature, and celebrate the New Year with friends and family in one of your state parks.

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2019 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit? (Oct 19th & 20th)

Oct 7. 2019: 2019 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit? (Oct 19th & 20th)

The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ is a rain or shine, two-day opportunity to visit 10 land-based lighthouses. one museum and two life-saving stations. Participants may purchase a souvenir pamphlet for only $2 and have it stamped at each stop of your journey!

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I Heart NJ Parks -- Park Visitor Feedback Survey

Jul 9. 2019: I Heart NJ Parks -- Park Visitor Feedback Survey

The NJ Division of Parks and Forestry is dedicated to the excellent stewardship of the state's rich and diverse historic, cultural, recreational and natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. And they are looking to know what you think about their parks!

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New Locations So Far This Year (Jan-June 2019)

Jun 30. 2019: New Locations So Far This Year (Jan-June 2019)

Each month, we try to visit many new locations and meet all types of new groups. We also do our best to add new content to the site, including new locations, groups and photo galleries. By sharing them here, we hope that you find a few new places to go explore yourself!

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4th of July/Independence Day Celebrations By County (2019)

Jun 22. 2019: 4th of July/Independence Day Celebrations By County (2019)

We have put together this list of great 4th of July celebrations broken down by county.

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