1. Discover Bergen foodie hubs and wineries
New Jersey Wine Festival at Demarest Farms
The Demarest Farms Wine Festival
The highlight of wine tasting in the region. Featuring award-winning wineries and winemakers, expertly crafted wine, great food, and even better entertainment. This annual festival is one you don't want to miss!
Bergen County Food & Wine Festival
Dozens of restaurants will serve up Bergen County's finest fare, complete with beer, wine, and spirit tastings both local and from around the world. Entertainment, cooking demonstrations and competitions will only add to this celebration of Bergen County's incredible culinary scene.
The Annual Bergen Wine & Food Experience
EAT: Enjoy cuisine from dozens of local restaurants and caterers, from appetizers to desserts.
DRINK: Sample fine wines, premium spirits, craft beers, specialty cocktails, hard seltzers, and more – some from around the corner, others from around the world. PARTY: Your evening with friends at the country club includes live music, giveaways, activations, and more.
2. Art and cultural adventures
Belskie Museum of Art and Science
African Art Museum of the SMA
Located at Tenafly, NJ, this is one of five museums around the world that were founded by the Society of African Missions (SMA). It is dedicated solely to the arts of Africa with both permanent and rotating collections that include paintings, textiles, costumes, folklore, and religion.
There is plenty to occupy your day here, as it is one of very few American museums dedicated to the authentic history and culture of Africa. To fill your day, we highly recommend the Mahwah Museum and The Hermitage.
3. Hiking and biking
Our top picks for hikers and bikers include:
Palisades Interstate Park
With over 30 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of roadway biking, this is the place for both easy and challenging hikes. Enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson River and Manhattan, and explore the rugged wild terrain of the Palisades.
Flat Rock Brook
The 150-acre Flat Rock nature preserve is a hiker's dream. Just two miles from the George Washington Bridge, you will enjoy 3.6 miles of self-guided hiking through a wetland, cascading stream, meadows, and a pond. It is open to the public all year and also features a nature center and aviary.
Saddle River County Park
This is a linear park covering 577 acres along the meanders of the Saddle River and its tributaries. It encompasses five park areas connected through multi-use paths that are perfect for hikers and bikers. The main path is 6 miles long and travels from Ridgewood to Rochelle Park.
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Ramapo Mountain State Forest is a 4,200-acre state forest in Bergen County, New Jersey. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. The park offers hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Ramapo Mountain State Forest offers hikers and mountain bikers miles of trails for their enjoyment. From meandering old roads, to historic trails, to more challenging rock scrambles, the area offers something for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. The central feature of the area is the scenic 120-acre Ramapo Lake, which has spectacular views from numerous rock outcroppings and ledges and offers excellent opportunities for fishermen. The ponds, streams, and marshes found within the forest provide the perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife species. The forest borders the Ramapo Mountain Reservation which is part of the Bergen County Park System.
4. Conquer the skies with a hot air balloon ride
New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning
The NJ Festival of Ballooning attracts over 150,000 people each year, making it the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in the country. Over 100 hot air balloons take off into the sky twice daily, while award-winning musicians and bands entertain guests.
5. Spend the day with the animals
A day spent with animals is a perfect day, and there are many places to achieve this experience around Bergen County.
The Bergen County Zoological Park is located at Van Saun Park in Paramus, New Jersey. It was the first zoo in New Jersey to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Plan your visit today!
6. Experience nature and the Great Outdoors
If a calm, relaxing day outdoors is all you need, there are endless places in Bergen County to satisfy your longing for nature.
- The Gardens at Wyckoff: The Township of Wyckoff offers many opportunities for passive recreation, with enough variety to tempt most everyone into enjoying these beautiful spaces. There are serene paths to stroll, vibrant gardens to enjoy, and historic landmarks to photograph.
- Teaneck Creek Conservancy: Over 1.3 miles of groomed trails, an Outdoor Classroom, and ecological art exhibits make this oasis unlike any other. Take a walk along their many trails. Teaneck Creek Park will restore your balance and heighten your appreciation for what can be done with a little passion and a unique vision.
- Flat Rock Brook Nature Center: 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. Flat Rock Brook’s 3.6 miles of trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, trail running, and other recreation. A network of self-guiding trails leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, a pond, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs, and woodlands.
7. Boating and water adventures
Bergen County's extensive system of rivers and lakes makes it a paradise for water lovers. Enjoy water adventures of all kinds, both for family fun days and for challenging water adventures.
The Overpeck Lake is perfect for children and novice kayakers. The center offers over 50 kayaks and canoes for fun-filled days for the whole family on the water.
Blue Water Divers
If you love diving or would like to learn scuba diving, Blue Water Divers will hook you up with the equipment you need as well as the best diving spots in the country. Plus, the company has its own heated diving pool on the premises.
Darlington Swimming Lake
There’s no better place in Bergen County to beat the heat this summer than the lakes at Darlington! Nestled in the Mountain of Mahwah, come relax on the sandy beaches or conquer their world-class Wibit Splash Zone obstacle course for refreshing fun, fit for the entire family.
8. Action-packed day of adventure
Dreaming of a day out of the house full of adventure, adrenaline, and action? There are endless possibilities in Bergen County, but here are some of the best we know of.
- Campgaw Mountain Ski Area: Come here for ice and snow activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, as well as an alpine getaway.
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park: Visit for trampoline thrills and other indoor activities, including indoor parkour.
- Hackensack's Ice House: The largest ice house in the Tri-State area with a world-class skating facility. It offers full-service hockey including rink rentals, figure skating, instruction, party rooms, and a food court.
Bergen County is truly a fascinating place to live, and we have yet to scratch the surface of what the county has to offer. If you're looking to move into the area, Taylor Lucyk and his team of agents have many wonderful Bergen County homes ready to show you today.
Taylor Lucyk is one of the top luxury real estate agents in Northern New Jersey. Thanks to an extensive knowledge of the area and a vast network of Bergen County builders and developers, he is an award-winning realtor you can trust to get you the dream home you desire. Contact the real estate experts at the Taylor Lucyk Group today for Bergen County luxury homes as you make your move to this gem of the Garden State.