Road Trip! Great playgrounds for Pit Stops in NJ


It’s Thanksgiving, and many people will be on the road visiting relatives and sitting in alot of traffic, we thought it would be cool to post some good pit stops and tried out the feature on Google Maps. Thanks Google. Hope the tinkering was worth it! JUST CLICK ABOVE and it should take you to the real map. 

We have much more playgrounds to share that are our Biggest and Best, as well as an Indoor Playground Guide when things get too cold for hanging out outdoors.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you have a good pit stop? Feel free to comment and let us know!

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Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood *guest post*

imag0064 1100 Double Trouble Road in Beachwood, NJ.
Jakes Branch County Park is very new. They have trails, tennis and basketball courts (never crowded) soccer and baseball fields. The playgrounds are brand new and very safe. 1 for kids 2 to 5 yrs. Another for kids 5 to 12 yrs. Also swings and some other equipment.
Plenty of parking and we’ve seen a hotdog cart, and ice cream truck and police patrol cruising the park. We got booted by ranger at dusk 🙂 (Pics on the bottom of post)

Our guest poster is Lisa Mazzuca who was kind enough to share her pics with us. 

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Flemington Parks- Shop, Northlandz, Trains & Playground

Editor Note-  Another Great Guest post by Sara Rall and our 2nd Hunterdon County playground!!!  As we find some of these smaller parks, we are thinking of creating a group page for them, as well as including some other cool links to visit combined with getting out there. This is our first post (grouping), and we hope to get some comments from parents on some kid-friendly tips! Also thinking about doing a “Pit Stops Playground Post” in the future.

Summer Rd. Park, Summer Rd and US Route 202, Flemington, NJ.
Summer Rd. Park is literally a block from 202. It has an area for younger children that is completely fenced (though far from the road as well) with a nice climbing structure with slides, and a dinosaur to climb on. A few swings, too.

Then there is a section for older children with a larger climbing structure with slides, a jeep and some swings. There is a pavilion that appears to have bathrooms and a concession stand, and the playground is surrounded by playing fields. There is no shade at the playground.

This is not a “destination playground,” but it made a nice stop to stretch our legs on the way to New Hope to ride the steam train. It is also 2 miles north of Northlandz, the giant toy train display as shown on this video from livardo, and 5 miles from the train ride (Black River Railroad) and outlet shopping in Flemington.

Editor Note: I’m a big fan of the Flemington Outlets, especially the discount Stride-Rite that we visit every 6 months or so.  The outlets don’t have a playground but a few of those stationary things you put a quarter (or whatever the price is these days) for it to vibrate for a couple minutes.  We also have 2 train enthusiasts who still have not visited Northlandz or the Steam Train in New Hope but I’m sure we’ll make it one day..  Cool little playground to visit too! See pics below