Spring in New Jersey, you’ll notice there’s nothing quite like it. The Garden State in full bloom, true to its nickname, you’ll find stunning cherry blossoms, liliaceous tulip fields, rolling hills of pure foliage and lots of different impressive natural landscapes exploding with vivacious colors within the Garden State. Now that we have warmer weather, we are putting together some of the places that best showcase the season for you to explore New Jersey’s beauty.
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
With its first tulip festival, Holland Ridge Farms came into the scene in April 2018, and it is now a must-visit spring destination! Two million tulips will come to life, in a dazzling color display that is bound to leave visitors speechless, throughout late April. Be sure to return for the equally beautiful sunflower festival in September.
Essex County Cherry Blossoms, Newark
The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is being held unlike any event in New Jersey. It is home to the country’s largest assortment of more than 6000 Japanese cherry blossom trees. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Branch Brook Park in Newark and Belleville to be a part of this beautiful spectacle. The event this year will run from April 6th to April 14th.
St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake
Described as a fine high-style example of Classical Revival architecture by the Monmouth County Historical Commission, St. Catharine Church has a long history accompanied by natural beauty. Walk through the grounds and take in the views around Spring Lake, where you will find beautiful blossoms and water features that spring to life as the historic church stands in a picturesque backdrop.
Red Mill, Clinton
Clinton’s four-story grist mill and historic site are eye-catching at any time of year, but there is something about spring that stands out from the bold and brilliant red-colored mill. Visitors can explore this unique structure on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the 18 and 19th-century village quarry buildings, carriage sheds and a one-room schoolhouse.
Mount Tammany, Delaware Water Gap
This stunning view alone should be enough to get you out and explore this spring’s Garden State of bloom! Mount Tammany, rising over 1,500 feet above the surrounding landscape, attracts not only casual tourists but hardcore hikers as well, when the warm weather sets in. Now is the time to pick up your gear and start climbing to the top!
Colonial Park Gardens, Somerset
Colonial Park Gardens, Somerset Colonial Park Gardens is definitely the place to be if you love horticulture. The Rudolph W. Van der Goot Rose Garden, shown above, is an award-winning display within the park of the World Rose Society Federation that reveals the pure New Jersey spring. Be sure to check out the arboretum, aroma and sensory garden, and perennial garden while you’re there!
Pine Barrens, South Jersey
The Pine Barrens is one amongst New Jersey’s most underrated natural destinations, meaning there is plentiful hidden beauty to discover while you are there. The heavily forested region occupies almost 25 percent of the state’s area and is filled with various wildlife, plants, and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, swimming, and more.
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