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Old 07-19-2008, 05:26 AM
 
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Default Picnic area with bbq grills in NJ (north/central Jersey)

Wondering if anyone can recommend a nice park/lake with a picnic area that already has BBQ grills so we don't need to carry any there. It would be nice if the park had bike trails, boating and other activities as well. I've been to lake Hopatcong so trying something new this time.
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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Wondering if anyone can recommend a nice park/lake with a picnic area that already has BBQ grills so we don't need to carry any there. It would be nice if the park had bike trails, boating and other activities as well. I've been to lake Hopatcong so trying something new this time.
Johnson park in Piscataway right along the Raritan river. Biking trail which leads to the canal path bikeway but no boating. Small zoo for the little kids, tennis courts and tons of ball fields.
You have to reserve the picnic groves for large groups.

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Old 07-19-2008, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Springfield, NJ
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doing my playground tour, I noticed Nomahegan has a lake but no boating, picnic areas and a 2mile loop. here's a link for the map
http://www.ucnj.org/maps/parks/nomaheganpark.pdf (broken link)
you can take a look at my post for Nomahegan Park, there is usually something going on.. NJ Playgrounds Photo Gallery and Blog Cranford

Also Watchung reservation is another one with grills (i think) no lake though.. here is the union county parks summary...
Union County - Parks & Community Renewal (http://www.ucnj.org/parks/parkareas.html - broken link)
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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Wondering if anyone can recommend a nice park/lake with a picnic area that already has BBQ grills so we don't need to carry any there. It would be nice if the park had bike trails, boating and other activities as well. I've been to lake Hopatcong so trying something new this time.
Swartzwood lake is really nice and you can rent paddle boats, row boats, sail boats..nice day out. Department of Environmental Protection
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Schooley's Mountain Park in Long Valley, Morris County.

Morris County Park Commission Schooley's Mountain County Park
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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i think there is one in saddle brook--and cant for the life of me remember the name. even though we used to go there all the time when i was little. they have a petting zoo and i think a train.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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I can't remember if there were any large grills, but I remember firepits set-up around the water, try Ramapo Reservation. There are some great hiking trails up to the upper lake.
If you don't mind the drive, try Harriman State Park.
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:21 PM
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Location: Bergen County
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Wondering if anyone can recommend a nice park/lake with a picnic area that already has BBQ grills so we don't need to carry any there. It would be nice if the park had bike trails, boating and other activities as well. I've been to lake Hopatcong so trying something new this time.
Van Saun Park in Paramus has a really nice picnic area with grills. No lake but it has a lot of activities for kids - petting zoo, carousel, train ride and pony rides. And the playground is right next to the picnic area.
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:29 PM
 
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Van Saun Park in Paramus has a really nice picnic area with grills. No lake but it has a lot of activities for kids - petting zoo, carousel, train ride and pony rides. And the playground is right next to the picnic area.
that is the one i couldnt remember the name of!! thanks
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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You can go to Wildwood, the boardwalk there offers picnic packages that include the rides, waterparks and food so you won't have to bring anything!
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