Best of Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township


At Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, New Jersey, its totally okay for kids to get their hands dirty. These picturesque and dynamic gardens are not just for gazing; little ones are encouraged to play, explore, and get hands-on with plenty of year-round activities and programs. With Monthly Scavenger Hunts, Kids Gardening Classes, Family Discovery Backpacks, Matilda’s Café, and plenty of natural wonders to enjoy, this outdoor adventure in New Jersey is one to experience with little nature-lovers of all ages.

5 Things We Love About Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township:

1. “Get to Know Us” Stroll

First time visitors are invited to take the “Get to Know Us” stroll to experience the grounds all the beauty this arboretum has to offer. Kids can discover all of the eye-catching attractions, such as the mansion, gazebo, and plethora of unique gardens. With so many features, seasonal flowers and foliage, and nooks and crannies to discover, this refreshing walk is frequently enjoyed by visitors time and time again during all seasons.

2. Branching Out for Little Gardeners

For 45 years, little ones have developed a budding interest in gardening, thanks to this introductory program. During Spring and Summer, children are encouraged to get their hands dirty and learn about gardening techniques, various species of plants, and the fulfillment that comes with seeing your sprouts reach for the sky. In this class, kids are able to let their energy out in a new and refreshing manner, and are even praised for digging around outside.

3. Monthly Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Always fresh and fun with new material, Frelinghuysen Arboretum releases a new scavenger hunt list every month so your kids will never get bored of this exciting, team-building pursuit. With the list in hand, kids must seek out and take pictures of each item on the list to win a prize. This activity is a new and different way for children to interact with the gardens and grounds.

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4. Sweets + Treats at Matilda’s Café

Quite possibly the sweetest stop of your trip, Matilda’s Café is the perfect place to stop for a small quick bite. Located on-site at the arboretum, this café offers a variety of treats, from soups and salads to omelets and waffles. A range of sweet treats such as cookies, scones, and croissants are also available in addition to a selection of tea, hot chocolate, and ciders.

5. Family Discovery Backpacks

Whether your family is looking for ideas to jump-start your first visit, or you’re a regular who wants to experience the arboretum in a new way, these exciting backpacks are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Family Discovery Backpacks are filled with games, activities, and advice on how to take new approaches to the gardens. With the help of these packs, no two visits to Frelinghuysen Arboretum will ever be the same.

To learn more about Frelinghuysen Arboretum, visit their website, follow along on Facebook, or call (973) 326-7601.
353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07962

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About Author

Abby Jurgens is a student at Villanova University majoring in Communications and minoring in Creative Writing and Spanish. She lives in Bergen County, NJ with her parents and older sister. Although she is in love with her hometown of Wyckoff and enjoys dining at Café Amici there, Abby also loves going to Cape May every summer with her family and eating at Panico’s. While at home in Wyckoff, you can find Abby playing sports with friends, listening to country music, and helping her mom in the kitchen. Family is very important to her and she loves any minute she gets to spend with all of her relatives. She also loves to read and write because everyone’s words are so different and unique; she loves hearing the way people use their voices.