Verona

Kip's Castle Park in Verona, NJ: A Day Trip Fit for Royalty

Did you know there's an actual castle located in the heart of Essex County? Despite its location just off busy Bloomfield Avenue and Route 23, Kip's Castle Park is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. So secret, in fact, that I hadn't even heard of this hidden gem until recently, and I've lived in the area my whole life!

Since my 6-year-old daughter already fancies herself a princess, I figured a trip to this New Jersey park would be right up her alley. Sure enough, she happily explored the castle and pranced around the gorgeous green grounds, even without slides and swings. But playground action isn't far—we decided to pair our visit to Kip's Castle with a stop at nearby Verona Park, for the perfect double-header day trip.

Find even more warm-weather adventures in our Summer Fun Guide, plus check out these other super-cool summer day trips.

Where To Rent Paddleboats and Rowboats in New Jersey

Looking for a great summer outing that’ll float the family’s boat? A ride in a paddleboat (sometimes called a pedal boat) or rowboat offers panoramic views of New Jersey's scenic parks and lakes, and an opportunity for family time that may actually be peaceful. 

Paddleboat rentals are available throughout the state. Check the specific paddling locations for any age or weight restrictions, then sit back and enjoy the ride. (And don't forget the sunscreen!)

Feeling more adventurous? Find the best places for tubing and rafting in and around NJ.

New Jersey Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Who says there’s no such thing as a free meal? Restaurants throughout New Jersey offer free kid meal promotions nearly every night of the week. (Basically, you never have to cook again.) Visit your favorite family-friendly restaurant on a kids-eat-free night, and you won’t have to worry about overspending on kids’ entrees, especially the ones that are barely touched. Check out some of these New Jersey dining spots that feature free kid meals on certain nights of the week. 

A-tisket, a-tasket: Great Places in NJ to Bring Your Picnic Basket

Even though I'm not a huge fan of sharing my personal space with bugs, I do appreciate being one with nature. Lucky for us, here in New Jersey we have many parks and natural areas to explore. If you want to make the most of a day outdoors, bring along some food and find a spot to picnic with your family.  You'll be glad to know that we've taken some of the guesswork out of “where” by listing some of the best picnic spots in NJ.

Ice Cream Birthday Parties in New Jersey

New Jersey isn’t known for being a quiet state. We’re loud, we’re alive and we certainly know how to party…but that can come with a steep price. There’s no need to plan an over the top party. Children enjoy simple pleasures, so why not keep their party simple with a classic treat-- milk and cookies and, of course, ice cream! You may have to deal with some sugar highs, but it will be well worth it. And for more party ideas, check out our Mommy Poppins NJ Birthday Party Ideas Guide.

Great Small Town in NJ: Verona

As we continue our great small towns series, we take a look at Verona. Primarily a residential community, this Essex County town is nestled between Montclair and West Orange and is full of family friendly charm. Bloomfield Avenue is the main hub of excitement with a variety of restaurants and shops. Make sure to check out our other small town posts on Nutley, Sparta or Clinton. Get out there and explore our great state in one of these wonderful small towns!

Subscribe to RSS - Verona