Fun outdoor activities abound near the luxury apartment complex
There are times when it seems that winter will never relinquish its icy grip. While winter does offer some seasonal charms, most people are quite happy to see spring return. Winter clothes are stored away as temperatures rise back to comfortable levels while trees and plants turn green with vibrant new growth. Being able to enjoy outdoor activities while wearing shorts and a simple t-shirt is one of the hallmarks of the spring season. Fortunately for residents of Claremont Towers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, there are plenty of options available if one wishes to enjoy the great outdoors.
The 39,832 individuals living in the township of Hillsborough, New Jersey, are quite happy to see Jack Frost go away with the coming of the spring season. The average high of 38°F in January and 41°F in February gives way to a balmy 50°F in March and 61°F in April. (1) Those living at the luxurious Claremont Towers are quite happy to venture outdoors without the need of coats, jackets, mittens, and caps to stay warm.
A popular outdoor destination for residents of Claremont Towers is the world famous Duke Gardens. Comprised of 55 acres of lush gardens within the confines of Duke University, Duke Gardens receives over 375,000 visitors a year. (2) One activity that locals look forward to is the Spring Plant Sale that takes place on March 30th. Individuals can purchase plants, trees, shrubs, and other flora that is perfect for the region as well as get expert gardening advice. Walking tours of the gardens begin in mid-March and allow one to enjoy the gardens at a leisurely pace. Those looking for less exertion can take a trolley tour of the gardens in which they can enjoy the blooms of the day while riding along the central path of the garden. Duke Gardens also allows parents to enjoy some peace and quiet during spring break by offering a day camp for children. During the camp, children will learn about edible gardening, art, and animals.
Another popular spot for outdoor activities is Sourland Mountain Preserve. This 4,000 acre preserve boasts a slew of fun things to do for the entire family. (3) A number of those living at Claremont Towers enjoy horseback riding in the preserve, and there’s even hayrides for those who may be uncomfortable or inexperienced with horses. For those who enjoy hiking or mountain biking, there are miles of trails to be explored. Other fun things to do in the comfortable spring weather are canoeing and kayaking, swimming, and picnicking.
Besides the Sourland Mountain Preserve, there are a good number of parks dotted in and around Hillsborough. These parks offer recreational activities like playing miniature golf, picnicking, hiking, swimming, fishing, and even hitting the water on a paddle boat. There are multiple fields and courts for playing tennis, baseball, basketball, and soccer as well. There are golf and tennis clinics for both young and old, not to mention several sports leagues for adults. Parents can sign their children up for structured sports activities like co-ed basketball on Mondays in April. A popular activity is the Total Sports Squirts held on Saturdays from April through June. In this program, kids will learn the basics of multiple sports while playing soccer, lacrosse, t-ball, and track & field. (4)
Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers says, “It is a tremendous relief to see winter turn into spring. I can put my winter clothes into storage and venture outdoors without having to bundle up like I’m traveling in the Arctic Circle. The best part of spring is that there’s so many fun and interesting things to do outside. I always love going on a walking tour through the beautiful Duke Gardens. Seeing the riot of flowers makes me wish I had a green thumb. A lot of our residents love heading over to the Sourland Mountain Preserve to enjoy some hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Sourland Mountain is also the site where George Washington tricked the British into thinking the Continental Army had received reinforcements. The British retreated, allowing Washington to safely move his army into its winter quarters in Morristown. Then there are the seven parks scattered around Hillsborough. They offer a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking to swimming to leisurely picnicking. There’s really no excuse to not finding anything to do as we enjoy a plethora of choices for some spring fun.” (5)
5) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers