Cattus Island, Toms River, NJ State Park

We found the quietest, most deserted beach today at Cattus Island State Park and in the middle of August at the Jersey Shore, what a complete rarity!  The park had so many trails, an educational center, a park for the kids, picnic areas and a butterfly garden that we didn’t have time to explore, but …

Popcorn Park Zoo

Everyone had the same idea about how to spend this uncharacteristically warm, 70 degree, February day! “All of the animals will be out!” they exclaimed!  And so… families came from miles away to visit the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo today and yes, the animals were out! The zoo is home to many rescued …

Mill Creek County Park

Another beautiful February day today- so we took advantage and went to the park! After yesterday’s adventure at Popcorn Park Zoo, we were looking for some quiet fun and Mill Creek was just the place! My daughter is only 20 months old, so finding park equipment that she can actually enjoy without us both struggling is a …

About NJ Parks and Forests

New Jersey is the home of many town, county and state parks for a total of 1,484,900 acres of preserved open space and farmland. That’s not exactly the picture that’s painted when the country thinks Jersey, but it’s a refreshing reality. My family and I are loyal fans of our parks system- there is always a …

A Visit to Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Whether you’re trying to escape the heat or find fun on a cold winter day, a visit to Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach is a great way to spend the day!   It is February and chilly and last week we tragically lost a deeply beloved, young soul of our family and we have grown …