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Branch Brook Park Newark

Where is it at?

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Branch Brook Park
Branch Brook Park Drive
Newark
NJ
07104
Tel: 973-268-3500

Where are we going today?

If you want to visit the nations FIRST county park, then look no further than Branch Brook Park in New Jersey!

This popular park is SO much more than just a park. 

Did you know that sometimes they offer historic guided tours? Yep! Occasionally they will have very knowledgable guides take you all on an interesting 45 minute experience where you can learn all about the 119 year old history of some of the features, whilst under the shady canopy of the cherry blossoms!

(Did you know that during the two world wars the park was used as a tent city for the army? Fascinating stuff isn't it!)

Did you know that sometimes there is a bike race challenge! See if you can push yourself and get some exercise - it's very important you know!

Did you know that sometimes Branch Brook Park holds Family Days...which are FREE! They have paddle boats to enjoy, or perhaps kids want to get their faces painted! For those rumbling tummies you don't have to worry because there are plenty of food vendors!

Then of course, the rest of the time Branch Brook Park is just a great park that you can picnic in, or take the kids to have a run around, and just enjoy nature! There is a roller rink that you can skate around for the day on, and places to play baseball, tennis or softball!

As the nations first county park, they have certainly given many a family a great day out there! Now it's your turn! 

Don't forget your hats now, that summer sun can get hot!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Dawn to 10pm

365 days a year

I'm Hungry!

They have food vendors during some events, but otherwise why not bring a picnic and enjoy a nice family lunch!.

Healthy Eating!

It's best to bring your own healthy snacks and water!.

Any Top Tips?

Take your camera because every spring, more than 4,000 cherry blossom tees all come out in force! It's amazing!.

Doing our bit

The park really look after what they are offering the community, so help them by picking up after yourselves!.

Need a little extra help?

There are plenty of paths that are accessible to wheelchairs.

More information

You might need permits to play some of the sports like baseball and softball.

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    There are many cherry trees but unfortunately many of them are not so tall yet. You can find big and beautiful ones though. Looking at maps, the park looks long and narrow but with a road in it. In this road, many cars are parked or passing on weekend. To take good photos without any car in the background, you should do that within limited angles.

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    This park was easy to get to using public transportation and worth the visit. I've heard parking can be a pain though. I would recommend going during the blooming of the Cherry blossoms! I got to see a group of retired looking Italian guys playing a bocce ball game just outside the Cherry Blossom visitor center and this was highly entertaining. No food options are available so take your own picnic. They have an annual festival that includes a trolley tour but I missed that. :( While you're there visit the nearby Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred...Read More

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    Last year we went for the Cherry Blossoms. Does anyone know if they are blooming yet?

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    Great experience for largemouth bass fishing!

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    04/26/2015 there are still cherry blossoms. Awesome afternoon in the park.

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by Ana Ruvalcaba

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This park was easy to get to using public transportation and worth the visit. I've heard parking can be a pain though. I would recommend going during the blooming of the Cherry blossoms! I got to see a group of retired looking Italian guys playing a bocce ball game just outside the Cherry Blossom visitor center and this was highly entertaining. No food options are available so take your own picnic. They have an annual festival that includes a trolley tour but I missed that. :( While you're there visit the nearby Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, it's only one block east of the bottom edge of the park and is a beautiful sight.

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