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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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Howell Farm 2018 Corn Maze Opens in September

Sep 1. 2018: Howell Farm 2018 Corn Maze Opens in September

The Friends' fall Corn Maze is growing taller each day, and promises to be a challenging course for those willing to step in. The Howell Farm Corn Maze will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 28. There will be special courtyard activities and games, as well as theme-related exhibits and demonstrations featuring farm animals. Last exit for the corn maze is at 9 p.m.

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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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History In Bloom Annual Garden Tour - June 23

Jun 13. 2018: History In Bloom Annual Garden Tour - June 23

The Bordentown Historical Society is hosting its Annual History In Bloom Garden Tour! A self-guided tour of private gardens and parks throughout Bordentown City. Stroll through beautiful "hidden" gardens of Bordentown private homes and parks. Enjoy the delicious eateries along Restaurant Row while partaking in the fresh air and blooms!

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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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Come on out to the 2018 Waterloo Farmers Market!

Jun 1. 2018: Come on out to the 2018 Waterloo Farmers Market!

Come visit our market! We have an array of fresh produce, artisan bread, pastries, pies, eggs, jams & jellies, honey, maple syrup, non-alcoholic beverages, apple cider and more!

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Keyport GardenWalk, June 2nd and 3rd: Self-guided tour of public and private gardens in Keyport

May 20. 2018: Keyport GardenWalk, June 2nd and 3rd: Self-guided tour of public and private gardens in Keyport

The Keyport GardenWalkis a unique, free opportunity to enjoy and explore the public and private gardens of this charming town on the Raritan Bay.

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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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(Closed for the Season) Don't Drive To Holland - Drive to Holland Ridge Farms!

Apr 17. 2018: (Closed for the Season) Don't Drive To Holland - Drive to Holland Ridge Farms!

Home to the largest tulip event on the East Coast, the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. The 140-acre farm features more than one million blooming tulips that brighten the landscape with brilliant blues, purples, yellows, reds and more.

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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

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(updated) State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed until further no

Jul 1. 2017: (updated) State Parks, Forests, Historic Sites, and Recreation Areas will be closed until further no

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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Bald Eagle Chicks Hatch At Manasquan Reservoir (Patch Article)

Apr 5. 2017: Bald Eagle Chicks Hatch At Manasquan Reservoir (Patch Article)

Great news from the Manasquan Reservoir! Have you ever seen one soaring around NJ?

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The SPIRIT of the JERSEYS Returns to Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Mar 17. 2017: The SPIRIT of the JERSEYS Returns to Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Experience five centuries of New Jerseys history all in one place at the annual SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 13th, Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ.

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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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Trail Maintenance Day in Mercer County Park - Nov 2016

Nov 19. 2016: Trail Maintenance Day in Mercer County Park - Nov 2016

Volunteers with the Mercer chapter of Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association ( S.M.A.R.T. ) worked hard to fix a muddy issue on the blue trail in Mercer County Park.

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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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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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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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New Dog Restrictions for Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area (Manasquan)

May 14. 2015: New Dog Restrictions for Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area (Manasquan)

The Monmouth County Park System has informed the Borough of Manasquan of a change that will be implemented this summer at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area.

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