Due to the current heatwave Bergen County is experiencing, The Lakes at Darlington County Park have opened for daily operation ahead of schedule. Effective immediately, The Lakes are open for swimming 10am-6pm, daily.
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For The Kids

Bergen County Zoo

216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ
Zoo Webpage

The Bergen County Zoo is a “New World” Zoo exhibiting wildlife form North and South America only. As a result, although you won’t see such species as tigers, giraffes and zebra’s, you do have the unique opportunity to view such a rare and unusual opportunity to view such rare and unusual species as Baird’s tapirs, Andeancondors and golden lion tamarins, among others. 

Click here to see a map of the zoo

Meadowlands Environmental Center

2 DeKorte Park, Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ

The Meadowlands Environment Center is a New Jersey Meadowlands Commission facility operated by Ramapo College of New Jersey. The MEC offers public programs for all ages as well as for older adults. We offer special programs for educators and scouts. MarshAccess is now available, offering programs for people with disabilities. 

At the MEC you can experience the Meadowlands in the Interactive Learning Center as well as stroll down our Flyway Gallery to connect with the arts. 

William D. McDowell Observatory

Two DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ, 07071


The Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz Memorial Butterfly Garden

2 DeKorte Park 
Lyndhurst, NJ

This garden was built to honor the memory of Jill Ann Ziemkiewicz, the youngest member of the flight crew assigned to TWA flight 800, which fell into the ocean off Long Island on July 17, 1996. Jill’s Garden was designed as a teaching garden; a living classroom where students can observe butterfly habitat. 

At the center of the garden is a hand-carved limestone fountain shaped like a sunflower, Jill’s favorite. This is not meant to be a somber place or a place set apart from the world: it is open, cheerful, and welcoming, filled with activity, texture, color, sound and sunshine.