Parks outside of Hoboken
OK, we all know the situation.
Our densely populated City is lacking sufficient park space. Despite our cries for more open areas, there’s only so much we can do. And even if we succeed at getting the much-needed greenery that Hoboken needs, it’s going to be quite some time before it actually becomes a reality.
So what do you do in meantime? Go elsewhere, of course! (There are places outside of Hoboken, you know!)
Many of us who don’t have cars may travel via mass-transit to places like Liberty State Park in NJ, or Central Park and other areas in NYC. While this is just great (especially if you plan on drinking), it can often be a hassle if you want to have a larger picnic or want to bring your pets.
Which is why if you have a car (or have a good friend or two that does), you might want to try some of the great little places in our very own New Jersey. There are many spots you can visit in the Garden State. From Ramapo, to the Delaware Water Gap, or a myriad of others North, West and South of Hoboken.
I’ll be checking out various parks this summer that are less than 45 minutes away. What others can you suggest?
Today’s installment is along the Hudson River on the Englewood Cliffs / Fort Lee border. You simply drive along River Road in Edgewater until you start going up the hill towards the bridge. You make a sharp (somewhat hidden) right and you’ll find yourself driving along the Palisades. It’s a wonderfully plush and tree-filled drive (that you’ll have no problem taking slow; the inviting scenery and precarious interaction with bikers makes it easy). You’ll progress along until you pass under the George Washington Bridge. This is the first park among several along this route up the river.
This happens to be a smallish 11+ acre park which pales in size compared to the 1000+ acre Liberty State Park (of which 300 acres are for recreation). But it’s a hop, skip and a jump from Hoboken and can offer welcome relief from the routine. Consider it Pier A park on steroids. You can BBQ, bring your dogs, and just relax and enjoy the view of the majestic GWB.
We had a good time here playing ball and eating a few sandwiches we picked up at Whole Foods along the way. Let the dogs off the leashes and enjoyed the setting sun light and river sounds. We may even consider riding our bikes here one day!
One thing we noted along a similar drive a few weeks ago, was that the further north you went, the less populated the parks became. So keep that in mind when you go exploring. We arrived rather late – after 5:00pm (and the parking was free, rather than $5.00), but it seemed as if there was quite a big attendance of family barbeque’s prior to our arrival.
Which park should we investigate next? Any suggestions? The more pet-friendly, the better!