Spring has sprung and the warmer weather is very welcome after a long winter that most of us spent indoors at home. Now that the sun is shining brighter, it is time to explore the many great nature spots Bergen County has to offer. These are great places to come for something to do on the weekend!
Saddle River County Park
Saddle River County Park is as stunning as it is big, and at 577-acres that really is saying something. This nature reserve consists of 5 park areas that are linked by a multi-use path perfect for hiking, cycling, and more. There are many treasures in the park from quiet ponds, to beautiful views, and even a scenic waterfall!
The pathway in the park runs from Ridgewood to Rochelle Park and is approximately 6 miles in length. This continuous path runs through Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Saddle Brook, Rochelle Park, and under Route 4. With many entrances, this path offers a nature getaway to residents across Bergen County.
Bergen County Zoo
Nestled in the lively town of Paramus, the Bergen County Zoo is a green oasis in a busy world. This scenic Zoo and Park is a great escape into nature that is sure to provide you and your family with big smiles. The park has a playground, pavilions, a dog park, sports and open fields, a pond, lots of history, and of course the Bergen County Zoo.
You can stop by to relax and take a deep breath of fresh air and appreciate the world and animals around you! The Bergen County Zoo is offering free admission until May 1rst, so be sure to swing by before then if you want to experience this place free of charge. Check out their zoo video to learn more:
Palisades Interstate Park
The Palisades Interstate Park in Bergen County has everything you need in a park. The park is huge covering 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs. The park has over 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, cliff-top parkways and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites. You can explore this park weekend after weekend and find special new spots every time. You can find a map of this giant park here.
Tenafly Nature Center
The Tenafly Nature Center’s mission is to enrich lives through nature and we would say that they do a great job of that! Tenafly Nature Center is a sanctuary where visitors can connect to nature and their local surroundings. The nature center has a variety of trails and leisure areas open to the public and also a robust calendar of nature-related events for kids and adults. You can check out our article on their latest activity for kids here. (Hint: It’s a pretty sweet activity!)
You can’t go wrong with any of these spots. Check one out this weekend for some fresh air and beauty.