The Great Outdoors in NJ

18 Epic Outdoorsy Things in New Jersey Anyone Can Do

  1. Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia

  2. Black Knight Bowbenders, Jackson

  3. Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes

  4. The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor

  5. Delaware River Tubing, Milford

  6. Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Hoboken

  7. Pinelands Adventures, Shamong

  8. Great Falls, Paterson

  9. Buttermilk Falls, Layton

  10. Pochuck Boardwalk, Glenwood

  11. Bike Bass River, Tuckerton

  12. Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair

  13. Rutgers Gardens, North Brunswick

  14. Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

  15. Asbury Park Pedal Boats, Asbury Park

  16. Tree To Tree Adventure Park

  17. Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Pilesgrove

  18. Beach day!

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7 Books for Outdoor Fun

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey

Four-season guide to 50 of the best trails in the Garden State, from the skylands to the shore.

Road Biking New Jersey: A Guide to the State’s Best Bike Rides

Thomas Hammell

This Falcon Guide focuses on the best places to ride your bike in NJ with directions and mileage included.

Quiet Water: New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

Kathy Kenley

AMC’s canoe and kayak guide to the best ponds, lakes, and easy rivers.

New Jersey Walk Book

Full of ideas about where to take a walk in our state.

The Backyard Gardener

Kelly Orzel

Simple and easy gardening tips for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Rail-Trails New Jersey & New York: The Definitive Guide to the Region’s Top Multiuse Trails

All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multiuse trails. Here, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails, as well as other multiuse pathways, in New Jersey and New York. Explore four Hall of Fame Rail-Trails: the High Line, New York City’s famed aerial greenway, and a trio of connected rail-trails—the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson, and William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail—that form a seamless 20-mile pathway through New York’s scenic Hudson Valley.

100 Things to Do on the Jersey Shore Before You Die

R.C. Staab

While the Jersey Shore is known as a destination where salt water taffy and frozen custard were born, Miss America was crowned and “The Twist” was invented, there’s even more to the Shore just waiting to be discovered. With 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore Before You Die as your guide, you’ll find the best places to thrill, eat, fish, party and swim on the 130 miles of the New Jersey shoreline from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse to Cape May Point.

These books are available at the Library.

10 Epic Outdoorsy Things in Randolph Anyone Can Do

  1. Hike the Randolph Trails - Sixteen miles of trails were constructed connecting parks, schools and neighborhoods taking full advantage of preserved woodlands and fields

  2. Join Randolph Lake - A beach membership is a great way to enjoy a full summer of special events and family activities

  3. Play Tennis or Pickleball - Tennis courts are located at Brundage Park.  Pickleball courts are located at Veterans Community Park. (Membership fees apply)

  4. Enjoy the annual Freedom Festival, Randolph Country Fair Arts in the Park, and other community events

  5. Walk and read a children’s picture book at the Library’s StoryWalk at Veterans Park.

  6. Enjoy one of the local farm markets.

  7. Take children to one of the seven playgrounds spread throughout town

  8. Have a picnic at one of the beautiful parks.  Randolph has three picnic pavilions.

  9. Play basketball at one of the outdoor courts

  10. Join the Community Garden

The Great Outdoors in NJ


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