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5 Places to Spend a Beautiful Spring Day in New Jersey

Think spring! After a winter of cold, gray days, there are plenty of places to spend a spring day in New Jersey. So get out and enjoy some sunshine this spring!

These are just a few locations that Plymouth Rock staff visited over the years in New Jersey. If you have a suggestion for a place to visit to enjoy springtime weather, please share it in the comments. Of course, there are always simple things like strolling on the boardwalk or visiting NJ lighthouses.

Liberty State Park. This is a great place for an afternoon picnic. You’ll be treated to two miles of waterside walking paths and sweeping views of NYC. If you feel like getting out on the water, this is a great starting point for a visit to Ellis and Liberty islands – and usually less busy than the NYC port. Read the post for the best place to picnic and tips for visiting Liberty Island. Read more.

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook. This makes for an ideal family day. You pay once to enter the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area (it’s a per car fee, so load ‘em up – safely of course), you’ll have access beaches, fishing, biking and hiking trails, prime bird watching, boating, camping and of course access to Fort Hancock and the lighthouse. Find out more here.

The Lakota Wolf Preserve. The preserve is located in Columbia, New Jersey (near the Delaware Water Gap in the Northwest part of the state). It’s a great opportunity to enjoy nature and get a close look at packs of British Columbian, Timber, and Arctic wolves. They also have bobcats and foxes. The preserve has an active Facebook page. Get our tips for visiting.

Grounds for Sculpture. Located in Hamilton, NJ (outside of Trenton), the Grounds for Sculpture is a public garden and museum. It sits on 42 acres of landscaped grounds, the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds, and features over 270 works by well-known and emerging artists. Timed tickets are required and are issued for a specific date & arrival time and can be purchased online. Read more about what else to expect.

Tour of Somerville Cycling Series. This is a Memorial Day event that has been a tradition in the town since 1940. Watch hours of uber-fit professional and amateur cyclists whiz down Main Street in Somerville, NJ, at speeds up to 40 mph as they jockey for position to win their age group races. There is no admission cost and plenty of room on the town’s sidewalks and courthouse green space to view the races. Read more and see pictures.

Where else do you like to spend a spring day in New Jersey? Share your favorite spots in the comments!

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