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Parks and Recreation Areas around Central Jersey and New Brunswick

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Central Jersey features a number of lovely parks and recreation areas. Whether you're planning a family picnic, playing an impromptu game of softball, or enjoying the waterfronts, the Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in New Brunswick, NJ, can tell you all you need to know about Central Jersey's choice playgrounds, greens, and trails.

The Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you find things to do in Monmouth, Mercer, Somerset, and Union Counties. Visitors delight in hiking our pristine greenways and camping in our area's beautiful wooded scenery. After all, there is always a new place to explore and something to do in Central Jersey! For more information about Central New Jersey parks and recreation areas, visit our office in New Brunswick or give us a call today.

Park Facilities

1. Donaldson Park, Highland Park 

Dog Park, 5 Picnic Areas, Boat Ramp, Playgrounds, Lighted Tennis Courts, Sports Fields.


2. Thomas Edison Park, Edison

16 Lighted Tennis Courts, Softball Fields, Soccer Field, Model Airplane Field, Baseball Field, Running Paths.


3. Fords Park, Woodbridge Township

One Picnic Area, Lighted Tennis Courts, Two Lighted Street Hockey Rinks, Pond.


4. Johnson Park, Piscataway

Animal Haven, 7 Picnic Areas, East Jersey Olde Towne Village, Sports Fields, Playgrounds, Ponds.


5. Joseph Medwick Memorial Park, Carteret

Picnic Areas, Playgrounds, Synthetic and Natural Soccer, Football, and Little League Fields.


6. Merrill Park, Woodbridge Township

9 Picnic Areas, Animal Haven, Playgrounds, Sports Fields, and Lighted Tennis Courts.


7. Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, South Amboy/Sayreville

Concerts in the Park, Walking Paths, Playground, Sports Fields, and Bocce Courts.


8. Roosevelt Park, Edison

Plays-in-the-Park, Family Skating Rink, 7 Picnic Areas, Lake, Playgrounds, and Lighted Tennis Courts


9. Spring Lake Park, South Plainfield

Concerts-in-the-Park, Playground, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, and Paved Walking Paths.


10. Thompson Park, Jamesburg/Monroe Township

8 Picnic Areas, Concerts-in-the-Park, Dog Park, Hiking Trails, Sports Fields, and a lake.


11. William Warren Park, Woodbridge Township

4 Softball Fields, Concerts-in-the-Park, 3 Picnic Areas, Kids-in-the-Park, and Playgrounds.


12. Old Bridge Waterfront Park, Old Bridge

Playground, 1.3 Mile Walkway along the Raritan Bay, Fishing Pier, Raritan Bay, and Concession Stand.


13. Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park, Sewaren Peninsula, Woodbridge Township

2 Picnic Areas, Playground, Paved Walking Path, and Playing Fields.


14. Davidson's Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick

Small Boat Launching Ramp, Fishing, Lake, and Hiking Trails.


15. John A. Phillips Park, Old Bridge

3 Soccer Fields, Playgrounds, Cricket Pitch, Softball Field, Baseball Field, and Paved Walkways


16. Johnson Park

Free daily boat docking for boaters and direct pedestrian access to downtown New Brunswick.


17. David B. Crabiel Park, Milltown/North Brunswick Township

Playground, Paved Walkways, Soccer/Lacrosse Turf Field, and Little League Field.


18. Middlesex Greenway, Metuchen, Edison, and Woodbridge

10-foot wide paved trail for walking, biking and jogging connecting neighborhoods to parks, schools and shopping.



Preserves and Conservation Areas


19. Ambrose & Doty's Brooks Park, Piscataway

Undeveloped conservation area along the Ambrose and Doty's Brook's providing floodplain protection.


20. Heathcote Meadows Preserve, South Brunswick

Provides wonderful opportunities for hiking, walking and wildlife viewing and offers a glimpse into the rich farming history of the area.


21. Ireland Brook Conservation Area, East Brunswick and South Brunswick

Ideal for hiking, photography, wildlife viewing and nature study.


22. Jamesburg Park Conservation Area, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood, and Monroe Township

Several miles of trails perfect for hiking, you can find typical Pine Barrens species—pitch pine trees, blueberries, huckleberries and post oaks.


23. John A. Phillips Preserve, Old Bridge

6.5 miles of marked hiking trails as well as a 1.5 mile self guided nature trail which offers interpretive brochures available at the trailhead.


24. Tamarack Hollow Preserve, East Brunswick

Two miles of hiking trails make it a great destination for walking, hiking, bird watching and photography.


25. Thompson Park Conservation Area, Monroe Township

Offers passive activities on its nearly 9 miles of trails such as hiking, walking, bird watching and photography.


26. Scott's Corner Conservation Area, South Brunswick

1/2 mile loop trail for hikers to enjoy an outstanding diversity of wildlife including songbirds and small mammals.


27. Plainsboro Preserve, Plainsboro

Over 1000 acres of protected lands with McCormak Lake, hiking trails, and the NJ Audubon environmental education center.


28. Pin Oak Forest, Carteret

97 acres of protected land along Omar and Rahway Avenues.


29. Deep Run Preserve, Old Bridge

850 acres of environmentally sensitive pinelands and wetlands.


30. Matchaponix Forest, Mornoe

100 acres of protected land.


31. Van Dyke Farm, South Brunswick

200 acres of preserved land.


**Information courtesy of Middlesex County Website 1/2015