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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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 21. 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.

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Do you use Instagram? So Do We!

Dec 15. 2019: Do you use Instagram? So Do We!

Follow along with our adventures on Instagram!

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Patriots Week 2019 is December 26 - 31!

Dec 1. 2019: Patriots Week 2019 is December 26 - 31!

Patriots Week is held annually from December 26 December 31 during the week between Christmas and New Years and attracts thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy historical tours, a pub crawl, colonial ball, lectures, films, art, music, battlefield re-enactments, and living history events. This year use your holiday break for a fun & history-filled family staycation!

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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 8. 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)

Jul 5. 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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Independence Day Celebrations By County (2019)

Jun 22. 2019: Independence Day Celebrations By County (2019)

Find your nearby 2019 4th of July Celebrations!

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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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St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2019)

Mar 4. 2019: St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2019)

St. Patricks Day is right around the corner... maybe it is time to find a parade near you!

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Mark Your Calendars! Patriots Week is December 26 - 31, 2018

Nov 15. 2018: Mark Your Calendars! Patriots Week is December 26 - 31, 2018

Patriots Week is a celebration of Trenton's revolutionary role in America's history!

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

Oct 18. 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!

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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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Wrapping up the 2018 Season at the Garden State Velodrome

Aug 29. 2018: Wrapping up the 2018 Season at the Garden State Velodrome

We were excited to visit the Garden State Velodrome this week for their last race of the season. How did the summer fly by so quick!? Anyway... this great program gets folks of all ages and all abilities out onto the track for some fixed gear racing!

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Independence Day Fireworks By County (2018)

Jun 24. 2018: Independence Day Fireworks By County (2018)

Find your nearby 2018 4th of July Celebration!

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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

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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!

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26 Gardens You Should Visit This Summer (2018)

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

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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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 -- the Trail Tracker!

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Hiking the Bear Swamp Natural Area

Jul 3. 2017: Hiking the Bear Swamp Natural Area

On July 1st, we joined the folks from Adventures in NJ on a hike in the Bear Swamp Natural Area.

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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

Sep 24. 2016: Scenic Train Rides Around NJ

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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Explore the Sunflower and Corn Mazes of New Jersey! UPDATED!

Sep 15. 2016: Explore the Sunflower and Corn Mazes of New Jersey! UPDATED!

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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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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