Summer Staycation Spots
Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so I'm helping you embrace the STAY-cation!
We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, I've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of Westfield. Stay safe and enjoy!
There's no need to wander far, when we've got one of the oldest state parks in New Jersey so close to home! Washington Rock is situated on top of Watchung Mountain in Green Brook Township and is best known for its scenic vista and historical significance. A popular site for picnicking and relaxing, come around with your loved ones and enjoy the wonders of nature in this relaxing location.
If you're looking to explore, Paterson Great Falls in the New Jersey National Historical Park is a great spot to visit. Established in 1792 as America's first planned industrial city, Paterson is centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. It was the center of manufacturing during those times, producing cotton and silk fabrics, paper, airplane engines, and even steam locomotives. While the Welcome Center remains closed, come around to explore the wonder and awe of the falls.
Mindowaskin Park is a 12.6-acre park on East Broad Street with a play area, gazebo, memorial trees and gardens. Come around for a little picnic, or just bask in the summer sun while the little ones play frisbee or catch. Just make sure to follow social distancing protocols!
Beat the summer heat and enjoy a dip in the Westfield Memorial Pool. The Recreation Department has taken steps to ensure COVID19 protocols are in place so that we can use the pool safely, including an online reservation system and time slots for using the pool. Lap lanes and kids' pools are also open, so you can bring the little ones along for a little splash time.
Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County is an 8-mile drive from Westfield and features a variety of animals and facilities, including a 4,000 square foot reptilian center and a picnic pavilion and animal-themed playground. While the zoo is now open, all tickets are Timed tickets, which require advance reservation.
Watchung Reservation is a 2,000 plus acre preserve located in the northern portion of Union County, and is an integral part of the Union County Parks system, designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Massachussets, the celebrated landscape architects who designed New York’s Central Park and scores of other notable public lands. You can come around the park anytime following social distancing protocols, but you can also drop by virtually through their Virtual History Trail.