3 Great Ways to Spend a Summer Day in Union County NJ

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by


NJ Summer Day Trip Ideas
This summer, while the kids are off from school, make sure you get out there and have fun with one of these 3 great ways to spend a summer day in Union County, all of them would make a great day trip for New Jersey families.


3 Great Ways to Spend a Summer Day in Union County New Jersey


Ponderosa Farm Park 

Spend the day splashing and bike riding and picnicking in the shade! Ponderosa Farm Park is just a few years old and tucked away in a wooded area of Scotch Plains. Admission is free, parking is plentiful and while there’s no food vendors, the ice cream truck makes frequent appearances. It’s a perfect place to host a large get together (there are some picnic tables but they get taken early), walk your dog, or play some soccer.


Cranford Canoe Club

Did you know that Cranford is known as “The Venice of New Jersey?” Pay a visit to the Cranford Canoe Club and you can find out why! Open weekends from 9 AM – 8 PM, the Cranford Canoe Club offers options for ages 3 and up. Three year olds and up can try out a kayak, canoes are for ages 6 and up. Take the whole family out for a 2 hour float along the scenic tree lined Rahway River and explore the great downtown of Cranford after your adventure!


Hawk Rise Wildlife Sanctuary

The last place you would think to look for wildlife is at a former landfill, but in 2012 a wooded sanctuary was opened not far from Route 1 in Linden. Hawk Rise is run by the New Jersey Audubon Society, and throughout the mile and a half trail you can find signs describing habitats and animals/fish/plants to look for. Hawk Rise is mostly shaded, but there are spots that can be sunny, so if it’s a hot day go early.  Watch their website for upcoming programs as well!



We hope you’ve enjoyed these great ways to spend a summer day in Union County.


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