Enjoy Spring in New Jersey
Exploring the beachside boardwalks is an excellent way to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh spring air. Along with sweeping views of the crashing ocean waves, many boardwalks also feature retail shops, restaurants and family-friendly New Jersey attractions. Try the boardwalk in Asbury Park or the boardwalks at the Jersey Cape, or for the oldest and most famous of them all, explore the Atlantic City Boardwalk, built in 1870.
Inhale the sweetness of spring with a leisurely stroll through one of New Jersey’s fragrant flower gardens. With 96 acres of gardens, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Ringwood State Park features fanciful collections of peonies, lilacs, azaleas, wildflowers and magnolias. At Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, explore the trails that wind through a shady bamboo grove, past thickets of mature holly bushes and alongside functional water features. During late spring in Upper Montclair, catch the pinnacle of flower season at Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, the largest public iris garden in the United States, where more than 100,000 blooms can be seen throughout the month of May.
Once the warmer weather starts rolling in, it seems like there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. In March, party in Irish tradition with one of the many St. Patrick’s Day parades throughout the state, or sample brews from more than 150 breweries at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. In April, see the cherry blossoms in bloom at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Newark, listen to jazz at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May or enjoy arts and culture at the annual Shad Fest in Lambertville. Check the events calendar for even more festivities.
Experience the bounty of New Jersey’s agricultural community by perusing locally grown produce and handmade goods at one of the many farmers markets. A staple for more than 70 years, the Berlin Farmer’s Market is one of the east coast’s largest and oldest indoor/outdoor markets, touting more than 700 vendors selling everything from freshly butchered meat to specialty candy to blooming plants.
From wildlife conservation areas to public parks, there are plenty of things to do in New Jersey if you’re craving some time in the great outdoors. Get a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline in Jersey City at Liberty State Park. Hike the wooded trails at Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah. Spot wildlife in Westampton at Rancocas State Park, or go birding in Andover at Kittatinny Valley State Park.