Gearing Up for Springtime in New Jersey

New Jersey SpringThe calendar may say that the spring season has officially arrived, but the winter weather continues to hold out in New Jersey as snowstorms continue to pass overhead. Despite the chilly temperatures and seemingly inescapable snowfall, at Lependorf & Silverstein, we can’t help looking forward to the warmer days of spring that are sure to arrive. It might just be a little later than expected.

In anticipation of that day, here are just a few of the top activities and destinations to enjoy this spring in New Jersey.

Down the Shore

There’s nothing better in the springtime than heading down the shore to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and saltwater taffy. From the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk up north to the Wildwood Boardwalk in the south, there are plenty of stops along the way that offer a variety of quintessential Jersey shore activities, including beachcombing, shopping, sunbathing, and riding a rollercoaster or two.

Take a Hike

For being one of the most densely populated states in the nation, New Jersey has the largest tract of open land along the Atlantic Seaboard. The Pinelands National Reserve offers 1.1 million acres of natural habitat to explore. Sandy Hook is another popular destination for nature lovers, with 1,665 acres of land dedicated to bird-watching, biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The Great Falls State Park, in particular, offers a unique experience, featuring the second highest waterfall on the east coast.

Attend a Festival

With the warmer weather come plenty of outdoor festivals celebrating almost anything and everything. The Atlantic City Beer Fest returns for its ninth year from April 4-5, 2014. With more than 100 different breweries and several indie and national bands, there is plenty to enjoy at this festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County is not to be missed. From April 5-13, 2014, there will be live music, cultural performances, and more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees blooming.

Visit a Farm

Another great perk of New Jersey’s abundant land is that there are plenty of farms that open up to the public during spring. Visit the baby animals, sample some fresh produce, and learn a thing or two about the role that farms still play in our day-to-day lives. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm provides an authentic turn-of-the-century look at life on a farm and Valley Shepherd Creamery is a great place to see hundreds of newborn lambs.

There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the Garden State once the final days of frost have ended. How will you be celebrating?