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Hackettstown Pool Playground, Hackettstown NJ

Editor’s Note: Erica H. sends us this great park in Hackettstown.  (For a fee you can also check out their pool!) For Erica’s submission she receives a family day pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Asbury Splash Park. If you’d like to be a roving reporter and get free passes to cool places, check

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Bicentenniel Park, East Brunswick

Editor’s Note: Katie Groel sends us this great park in East Brunswick. Please note that the Daisy Kids Playground is used for their own events, but sometimes accessible when it isn’t being used by the program. For Katie’s submission she receives a family day pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Asbury Splash Park. If you’d

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Parsippany Volunteers Park

Seminole Avenue, Lake Hiawatha

Directions From 287 take I-80 East exit 41A toward New York City. Take Exit 45 toward Lake Hiawatha. Turn left onto South Beverwyck Rd. Run right onto Lake Shore Dr and then left onto Seminole Ave. Follow Seminole to end.

Description Volunteers Park is located in the Lake Hiawatha section

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Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, NJ

We recently visited the Oak Point Area, at Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold NJ.

Turkey Swamp Park is a beautiful Monmouth County Park that is over 2,000 acres. Only had time to visit a small section in Oak Point.

How many stars would you give this park on a scale of 1-5? 3 stars

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Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area, Morris Twp.

Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area is located approximately on 500 South Street in Morris Township, NJ

Description: Diverse park. Wonderful for playdates, picnics, walking, hosting a birthday party, bringing the dog, bike-riding, roller-skating and flying kites. The playground is well-shaded, clean, and toddler-friendly.

Directions: From Interstate 287: Turn onto South Street, heading away from

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Saddle River County Park – Otto C Pehle Area, Saddle Brook, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”- Bergen County Edition:

ADDRESS: approx 760 Saddle River Rd, Saddle Brook, NJ DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 E to the Saddle River Rd exit. Bear right off the exit and stay straight onto Saddle River Rd. Park entrance will be about ½ mile on your left. DESCRIPTION: Tremendous playground in

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Phelps Park, Teaneck

Phelps Park, Teaneck, NJ

near intersection of Wilson Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, Teaneck, NJ. We park right on Wilson Avenue and walk over to the park.

We always love visiting our friend in Teaneck, and found out that it is one of the few towns we know of that have a sprinkler fountainÂ

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Hacklebarney State Park, Long Valley, NJ

A BIG THANK YOU to Sara Rall for this guest post, truly a unique place to visit, and to enjoy nature

Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd in the Long Valley section of Washington Township (Morris Co.) is one of my kids’ favorite places in the summer. (For all pictures check out the bottom

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Memorial Park, Scotch Plains

1255 Hetfield Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Quiet place, but a good amount of ramps, winding around for kids to run around and various slides in this playground.

See pics below.

2 sets of swings in the lower area, and ball field is on the other side.

You can also grill

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Hillside Park, Andover, NJ

This is an excerpt from The Playground Guide- Sussex/Warren Edition: Over 40 of Sussex County parks are featured with color pictures in this guide + helpful information on every park in the county. These include parks in the south section of Sussex- Sussex YMCA, C.O. Johnson Park in Byram, Evergreen Park in Green and

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Round Valley State Park, Lebanon, NJ

Note: Thanks Sara Rall for this excellent post! From Sara Rall

Round Valley State Park in Lebanon, Hunterdon Co. is just east of where USÂ Route 22 leaves I-78 at exit 18.

Directions from NJ State Park Website:

“Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, follow signs to the park.

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Johnson Park, Piscataway, NJ

River Rd. and Rose Dr., Piscataway, NJ. Welcome back to Middlesex County! Great spacious parks, and animals to see. The main attraction for kids at Johnson Park is feeding the animals (ducks, goats, etc.). There is a concession stand for both people and animals, make sure you save enough animal feed for the end

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Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ

Thompson Park is located on Perrineville Road, in Jamesburg, NJ.

I visited Monroe with my parents when they contemplated living in an adult community. They seem to contemplate things alot. Anyway, on with the review!

The big attraction here is feeding the deer and ducks while being shielded from teeth/beaks/bills by a fence. Much safer

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Allaire State Park, Wall

*2012-November- Update*

*Hi there, I just wanted to highlight that this Sunday, November 18, 2012, Allaire Village is having their 1836 Thanksgiving. I enjoyed visiting Allaire Village with my gang admiring the villagers in their 1800’s outfits also enjoying a good old fashioned blacksmith demonstration. The actors always put on a good show, check out

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Liberty State Park, Jersey City

Exit 14 B on the turnpike. Continue to follow the directions on Liberty State Park

It was a very cloudy day, and a bit wet since we had rain just before.

Busy huge park, with lots of playground set apart from the Hudson River Walkway. There is a path that connects them though, but

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Hopatcong State Park, Landing

1 Lakeside Blvd, Landing, NJ. What a great NJ Park! Very expansive, and on the southern tip of Lake Hopatcong is a great beach where you can bathe and relax, and there are also 2 playground in the area, plus plenty of shady places to grill (some are very steep though) Well unfortunately my

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Ross Dock Park Area, Fort Lee, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide”: ADDRESS: Henry Hudson Dr in the Palisades Interstate Park System DIRECTIONS: I-80 E to the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Keep left and take I-80 Express towards I-95 NJ Turnpike/GWB. The take I-95 N exit on the left towards the GWB. Merge onto I-95 Express N/NJ Turnpike N. I-95

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Holmdel Park- Forest Edge Section, Holmdel, NJ

Edit: Not too far away from this park is the sledding section, check out the map below and this link from Monmouth County Parks for more information on sledding! 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. Update: Just found out when I visited I had only seen one of the playgrounds, I’ll be posting a second Holmdel

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Cedar Grove Park, Cedar Grove, NJ

Around 50 Little Falls Road, Cedar Grove, NJ. This has 2 playgrounds separated by a soccer field, so they are pretty far apart, but a parking lot is adjacent to the soccer field. The first playground (first half of pictures) was for school-age children and had swings slides and a climbing/more like rocky stairs structure.Â

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Gero Park, Millburn, NJ

White Oak Ridge Road and Parsonage Hill Road, Millburn, NJ. Sunny park (boy, does NJ have some really hot days) surrounded by tennis courts and ballfield, and basketball court. Has a swingset off in the distance and a grill. For both pre-school and school-age.  The Millburn pool is right next to the park, andÂ

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Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide” ADDRESS: Forest Ave & Continental Ave DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 E to Forest Ave. Turn right off of the exit and merge onto Forest Ave. Entrance to the park and zoo is approximately 2 miles down on the right. DESCRIPTION: Van Saun Park is one of the largest playgrounds we’ve

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Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ- (Historical Reference)

***For reference only, please check this link for the new post on The Loop Playground for the latest pictures and photos.***

5/30/2012- All is opened except for one section. Stacey will be sending us a new post soon!

4/14/2012- update we took video- check it out here, looking good!


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Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ

The following is part of an article I had written for the Cranford Patch, back in September of 2009, since then Nomahegan Park continues to be a favorite for our family. Located on 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford NJ, Nomahegan is situated right across from Union County College. If you like to run, the Firecracker Four

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