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National Parks / Natural World in ROCKVILLE CENTRE

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Rockville Centre has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Rockville Centre, New York State offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Rockville Centre itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Valley Falls State Park

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    (18 miles) Fairmont

    Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 1,145 acre day use park hosts a ...

  • Riverside Park

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    (20 miles) Manhattan

    Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community ...

  • Sprain Ridge Park

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    (25 miles) Yonkers

    The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread ...

  • Greenburgh Nature Center

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    (25 miles) Scarsdale

    A relaxing and nature filled day out for the kids on this 33-acre nature preserve with trails, animals and indoor environmental education center.

  • Branch Brook Park

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    (29 miles) Newark

    Explore the nation's FIRST county park, with historic guided tours, a roller rink, bike races, family days and festivals! It's so much more than a park in New Jersey!

  • New Canaan Nature Center

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    (35 miles) New Canaan

    The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (41 miles) Manalapan

    Offers miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, adventure playground, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and an interactive visitor center.

  • Ringwood State Park

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    (46 miles) Ringwood

    Stunning gardens intersected with marked and multi use trails. Swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing are all permitted with boat rentals available.

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (47 miles) Basking Ridge

    Nearly 8,000 acres of varied habitats where you can explore the beautiful scenery, and amazing wildlife.

  • Bear Mountain State Park

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    (49 miles) Tomkins Cove

    A great New York state park with hiking, biking, and ski trails. With a zoo, museum, ice skating and swimming, it makes for a very fun family day out!

  • Wawayanda State Park

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    (55 miles) Hewitt

    A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round, you may also swim, picnic and hike to your heart's content.

  • Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

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    (57 miles) Ansonia

    Boasting an outstanding adventure playscape for younger children, they also have a butterfly and hummingbird garden, plus two and one-half miles of nature trails and plenty more besides.

  • Hacklebarney State Park

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    (58 miles) Long Valley

    Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, which is a favorite place for wildlife spotters, anglers, hikers and picnickers. Even in the ...

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park

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    (63 miles) Andover

    Lots of outdoor adventure in New Jersey for the family at this state park! Hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular activities, with winter sports too!

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    (63 miles) Pennington

    Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of ...

  • Round Valley Recreation Area

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    (64 miles) Lebanon

    Welcomes swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. Camping opportunities accessible by hike or boat. There are two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront.

  • Voorhees State Park

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    (66 miles) Glen Gardner

    Facilities here include 7 multi use trails to explore by bike, hike or sled, plus an impressive observatory offering skywatching programs. Adventure playground also available.

  • Brooksvale Park

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    (66 miles) Hamden

    The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.

  • Swartswood State Park

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    (68 miles) Stillwater Township

    With a series of short trails ideal for young children featuring duck ponds and bird blinds, also suitable for walking, biking, roller blading and skate boarding. A playground and open playing fields ...

  • Flanders Nature Center

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    (69 miles) Woodbury

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range ...

  • Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

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    (82 miles) Portland

    Activities include Swimming, Wakeboarding, Cliff Jumping, Zip Lines, Rock Climbing, Land-based Obstacle Courses, Scuba Diving and Kayaking.

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (82 miles) Tuckerton

    A swimming lake also suitable for for boating and canoeing, wide open spaces for exploration and wildlife spotting and the Absegami trail is just the right size for families.

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (85 miles) Hammonton

    A beautiful New Jersey State Forest with rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, numerous lakes, and wildlife - great for family exploration!

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    (91 miles) Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

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  • Long Island Childrens Museum

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    (5 miles) Garden City

    Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups.

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