Day trip with older parents

Any suggestions for an outdoor adventure to do with older parents. Looking for something like a garden

I have heard Grounds for Sculpture in Montclair is a nice day trip.

Mel81 Mel81
May '23

I found the Grounds for Scuplture website at

It says it's located on the old Trenton Speedway in Hamilton Township NJ, not Montclair.

Montclair and gardens maybe thinking of the Presby Iris Garden, Upper Montclair. I have never been there but have heard several locals say its spectacular. I believe it's only open until June 1 so would have to be within a week.

Closer to home, how about Duke Farms in Hillsborough

Or further away, Longwood Gardens west of Philadelphia is very popular with seniors.
a nice Botanical Garden.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Sorry for the misinformation. My friend was telling about it and now I am not sure which place she was talking about. It sounded more like Grounds for Sculpture, but she also said it was around Montclair lol! Maybe it worked out for the best since now there are 2 possible day trips!

Mel81 Mel81
May '23

Willowwood in Chester:

Leonard J Buck Gardens Far Hills

Both are very nice and pretty close. Leonard J Buck is beautiful.

happycamper happycamper
May '23

The Hunterdon County Arboretum is a local gem... and it's FREE.

I also second Grounds for Sculpture and Longwood Gardens. Both are wonderful, but both cost more than a nominal fee... $25 adults/$18 seniors at GFS and $25/$22 at LG.

ianimal ianimal
May '23

Another vote for Grounds for Sculpture and have lunch at The Rat, a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating. On a nice day it’s like a Monet painting.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
May '23

Re Presby Iris Gardens - it's always open - but apparently the big bloom season ends in early June
Longwood Gardens is lovely but more than a day trip in my opinion -

4catmom 4catmom
May '23

Peony Farm Long Valley is open.

Naomi Naomi
May '23

Longwood gardens in Pennsylvania

Michael Michael
May '23

In the late 80's I took a couple classes at MSC one summer to get rid of some humanities reqs, and I used to do my reading next to a pond up here: Nice area. I think Weird NJ had a story about it a long time ago.

I passed every day that summer, but never went there. Maybe I'll make it there this summer or fall...

Panda Panda Koala Panda Panda Koala
Jun '23

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