Keep it MOVING
Seven days outdoors in Bergen County
1. Paddle away
Push your canoe or kayak into the Hackensack or Hudson rivers and take in a new view of the area while keeping an eye out for birds you might come across. Visit hackensackriverkeeper.org.
2. Take a hike
There are beautiful nature centers or parks all around Bergen County. Places like Flat Rock Brook in Englewood and the Tenafly Nature Center even offer guided hikes during the day and night. The Palisades Interstate Park even offers “backpacking for beginners” sessions.
Hit the golf course for a (hopefully) relaxing nine or 18 holes with friends. Ditching the golf cart will give you a better workout. You can also go to a driving range to get in some practice.
4. River cruise
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission offers rides on a pontoon boat on the Hackensack River. The trip starts out along the edges of the 200-acre Mill Creek, flanked by tall reeds, and then goes into the open water of the Hackensack River. For more information, visit njmeadowlands.gov or call (201) 460-4677.
5. Gentle wildlife
Families can enjoy the Butterfly Garden in the Meadowlands or walk along nature trails in the Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst and see a variety of wildlife. There’s also the zoo at Van Saun Park in Paramus.
6. Hook, line and sinker
Bergen County boasts a variety of spots to go fishing. Try your luck at Bear Swamp Lake in Oakland, Dahnerts Lake in Garfield, Whites Pond in Waldwick, Overpeck Lake in Ridgefield or Ramapo Lake in Oakland.
7. Serve it up
One of the best workouts you can get is putting together a long volley on the tennis court. There are some local places with magnificent courts, like Edgewood Country Club, Indian Trail Club and the Englewood Field Club. But most towns also have public courts perfect for serving up an ace. ❖
A big part of staying healthy is staying active. There are plenty of ways to do that.