Southern NJ has a lot to offer anyone looking for an outdoor adventure. Explore the Pines in Brendan T. Byrne, explore the trails in Estell Manor, or take a scenic ride on Wildlife Drive or visit a Zoo!

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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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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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Lines on the Pines - Owls of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, March 15th

Feb 26. 2020: Lines on the Pines - Owls of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, March 15th

Lines on the Pines, an INDOOR event, celebrating the New Jersey Pine Barrens returns, for the third time, to the Stockton University CAMPUS CENTER, located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ, 08205. The 15 th Annual Event will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM 4:00 PM. 15 YEARS on the 15th of MARCH! This popular book-signing, history, arts, humanities, craft show, and everything NJ Pine Barrens is FREE and open to the public. It is presented by Its a Sign of the Pines, a 501(c) (3) NJ non-profit corporation dedicated to sharing the wonders of our Pine Barrens.

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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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St Patrick's Day Parades by County (2019)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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