Stretching from the northernmost border of NJ/NY/PA to northern Mercer/Northern Monmouth, NNJ provides access to all types of landscape. You will find the tallest point (High Point), beautiful overlooks of NYC (Eagle Rock Reservation), and fun beach access (Sandy Hook).

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2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Apr 1. 2019: 2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Pick one or join us for many of our fabulous featured events during the 2019Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival!

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St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2019)

Mar 1. 2019: St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2019)

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Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo in 2018

Nov 11. 2018: Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo in 2018

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters.

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A fall hike through Lord Stirling Park (w/Boondock Boardwalk)

Nov 2. 2018: A fall hike through Lord Stirling Park (w/Boondock Boardwalk)

This past weekend, we stopped in at one of our favorite Somerset County Parks: Lord Stirling Park. It has been many years since our last visit and we are very happy we did!

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Oct 20-21, 2018: The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit?

Oct 15. 2018: Oct 20-21, 2018: The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ - How Many Will You Visit?

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! This event encourages you to explore coastal New Jersey while raising the funds needed for the continued preservation of these beautiful historic sites! This is the only time of the year, when all of the lighthouses agree to stay open at the same time for two days. Enjoy!

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Explore the Sunflower and Corn Mazes of New Jersey! (2018)

Sep 10. 2018: Explore the Sunflower and Corn Mazes of New Jersey! (2018)

When I see a sunflower field, it makes me happy! The brilliant colors of the flower and the thousands of seeds in the center create a delightful sight.

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Independence Day Fireworks By County (2018)

Jun 25. 2018: Independence Day Fireworks By County (2018)

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

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#GetOutGetsFit Challenge #6 - Starting Soon!

Jun 5. 2018: #GetOutGetsFit Challenge #6 - Starting Soon!

In 2017, I started a journey to change my health. I am down 60 pounds, down many shirt sizes, needed to put many new holes in my belt, can go for long hikes without taking breaks and can even mow my entire yard without being wrecked for the rest of the day. I am now able to do more and have a bit more of the life I want. It is a great start, but I still have a long way to go.

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Opening Day at the Highlands Natural Pool (May 26th)

May 1. 2018: Opening Day at the Highlands Natural Pool (May 26th)

Join members, friends & neighbors as we celebrate a new season. The pool opens with the ringing of the bell, words of welcome & our annual pool jump-in! A pot-luck lunch will be served, bring a dish to share (please include a list of ingredients).

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26 Gardens You Should Visit This Summer

Apr 8. 2018: 26 Gardens You Should Visit This Summer

With the greener months of 2018 just a few weeks away we wanted to help you find the most beautiful gardens of the great Garden State. And here you go :)

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2018 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Mar 12. 2018: 2018 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Pick one or join us for many of our fabulous featured events during the 2018 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival!

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Introducing Trail Tracker for New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Oct 13. 2017: Introducing Trail Tracker for New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

The New Jersey State Parks system has released a new way to explore NJ!

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(updated) State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed for a bit

Jul 1. 2017: (updated) State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed for a bit

Due to the government shutdown in the State of New Jersey, all State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed until further notice.

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NJ State Championships Disc Golf Tournament at Thompson Park

May 22. 2017: NJ State Championships Disc Golf Tournament at Thompson Park

Thompson Park Disc Golf Course, created by East Brunswick resident David Wolverton for his Eagle Scout Project, hosted the Sunday Finals of the NJ State Championships Disc Golf Tournament.

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2017 First Day Hikes Throughout the NJ State Parks

Dec 30. 2016: 2017 First Day Hikes Throughout the NJ State Parks

The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 19 guided 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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Scenic Train Rides Around NJ (2016)

Sep 24. 2016: Scenic Train Rides Around NJ (2016)

We have a bit of a soft spot for scenic train rides, and always search them out whenever we are out exploring. We hope this list helps you find a few scenic train rides for your next adventure!

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A Special Time to Stargaze: 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower

Aug 5. 2016: A Special Time to Stargaze: 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower

This year is setting up to be one of the best years for seeing the Perseids Meteor Shower. With a projected rate of 50 - 150 per hour, this should be a great show to watch.

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Oh, New Jersey, how do we love thee? 118 reasons why...

Jan 1. 2016: Oh, New Jersey, how do we love thee? 118 reasons why...

Many years ago, the beauty of this state inspired me to explore everything that NJ had to offer, and to capture everything that I was seeing. I found that there is much more to this state than the rolling hills of the north and the crashing waves down the shore. There are playgrounds, forests, zoos, museums, miles of trails, sights to see, and adventures to be had, all within a short drive for many. This inspiration to explore grew into a need, or even a passion, to share what I was seeing. This turned in to GetOutsideNJ.com. I just hope my passion and my adventures around the state inspire you to explore a bit as well.

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Nov 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Nov 1. 2015: Nov 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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September 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Oct 1. 2015: September 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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Fall And Winter Recap - March 2016

Oct 1. 2015: Fall And Winter Recap - March 2016

Each month we try to find fun new places to visit. Other the fall and winter seasons, we usually "slow down" a bit once the weather gets cold. But that does not mean that we do not stop getting outside :)

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Rebuild the Boondocks Boardwalk...

Sep 23. 2015: Rebuild the Boondocks Boardwalk...

In September, 2015, the Somerset County Parks has launched a campaign, asking for funding from the public to fix the Boondocks section of the park.

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August 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Sep 1. 2015: August 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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Rock n River Fest, July 11th - Delaware Water Gap

Jul 8. 2015: Rock n River Fest, July 11th - Delaware Water Gap

The first annual Rock n River Fest will be held in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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May 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Jun 1. 2015: May 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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April 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

May 1. 2015: April 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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March 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Apr 1. 2015: March 2015 Recap - New and Updated Locations, Groups, Galleries

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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February 2015 Locations, Groups, Galleries, Updates

Feb 28. 2015: February 2015 Locations, Groups, Galleries, Updates

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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Celebrate Valentine's Day on Two Weekends at NJ Wineries (NJWineWithMe Post)

Feb 6. 2015: Celebrate Valentine's Day on Two Weekends at NJ Wineries (NJWineWithMe Post)

If you're looking for something to do to celebrate Valentine's Day, you have more than a few options over the next 2 weekends! The Garden State Wine Growers Association is presenting another Valentine's Day Chocolate & Wine Trail Weekend...

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December Locations, Groups, Galleries Updates

Jan 1. 2015: December Locations, Groups, Galleries Updates

Each month, we try to add all types of new content. This includes new locations, groups, photo galleries, and guides. Click this story to see all our new additions...

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