Explore 146 Acres of Outdoor Space at the Van Saun County Park

Need a place to unwind and escape the rigors of everyday life? Head to Van Saun County Park in Paramus! The park spans 146 acres and is popular among residents of all ages.

Van Saun County Park is well liked among families with young children due to an oversized playground and convenient location. There’s a kid-friendly train ride and ponies for riding, as well as a carousel. One of the park's most popular attractions, however, is the Bergen County Zoological Park, which hosts a small collection of animals on display. There’s a small entry fee for the zoo and some of the other activities, but there are also traditional free activities, like hiking and fishing. The park also offers complimentary use of public barbecue grills and picnic tables.

Van Saun County Park is open every day until 4 p.m., and activities rotate based on weather (go sledding in the winter months!). If you’re a Bergen County resident, some activity fees are discounted.

Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 261-7312
www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=852

Johnson Public Library: Escape Into a World of Books

If you consider reading to be one of your favorite pastimes, you’ll love spending the day wandering through the stacks at the Johnson Public Library. This Hackensack public library is home to thousands of books, as well as e-books that you can read on your e-reader or tablet. This inventory includes everything from children’s books to fiction and non-fiction, as well as classic works of literature, periodicals, and research guides. The local history and government information section provides information about New Jersey’s fascinating history, and there is also a full computer lab for visitors to use for research or recreational purposes.

If you want to get more involved in the community, the Johnson Public Library also offers a number of classes, language lessons, and book clubs for adults and children of all ages. Stop by to check out a new book or bring the kids to Friday Afternoon at the Movies and see what the library is all about!

Johnson Public Library
274 Main St
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 343-4169
www.johnsonlib.org

The Gym: A Fitness Facility Replete With Posh Amenities

Yelp reviewers are raving about The Gym, calling it "aesthetically pleasing," "spotlessly clean," "hands down the best gym you will find," and simply "astounding." Indeed, there's a lot to like at this popular Englewood fitness center, which claims to combine cutting-edge fitness services with the care and attention of a luxury hotel. What this means in practice is that you'll be able to spend an hour in the weight room with your personal trainer and then relax in the sauna or on a massage table to release any remaining muscular tension. You might attend a lively Zumba or spinning class to get your heart pumping, and then rely on the full-service locker room to provide fresh, plush towels and salon-quality shampoo and conditioner.

On-site services also include complimentary childcare, nutritional counseling, an internet cafe, and physical therapy room, so no matter what you need, chances are that The Gym has it covered.

The Gym
20 Nordhoff Place
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 567-9399
www.gettothegym.com
www.yelp.com/biz/the-gym-englewood

Sook Pastry: Indulge in a Treat

Indulge in something sweet at Sook Pastry. Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, crepe, tart, or cookie. When you're craving something more substantial try the tasty sandwiches, soups, savory crepes, or marinated beef tart. Customers say the cookies are some of the best they've ever had. Try the Almond Croissant! Specialty coffee drinks are available to go with the sweet treats like cappuccinos, espresso, latte, and chai tea. The staff is friendly and happy to help you pick out a dessert. There are a few seats inside and outside to enjoy your delectable treat at. Feel free to relax for a while in the laid back environment.

Sook Pastry
24 South Broad Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 493-2500

www.sookpastry.com
www.yelp.com/biz/sook-pastry-ridgewood

Fill Your Pantry With Fresh, Healthy Groceries From the Paramus Whole Foods Market

When you’re planning out your grocery list for the week, consider taking your shopping trip to the local Whole Foods Market in Paramus. This popular health food superstore is one of the most frequented grocery stores in the area for its beautiful selection of fresh, local produce, hard-to-find ingredients, and health-boosting supplements that will take all of your dishes to the next level. Whether you’re looking for local bee pollen to add to a dessert or Korean kimchi for tomorrow’s lunch, you’ll find just about everything at Whole Foods Market.

Once you’re done shopping for take-home groceries, sit down to enjoy breakfast or lunch on the go with a selection from the large hot food bars and salad bars. There’s a coffee shop that doles out ethical, organic blends and handcrafted espresso drinks, as well as a bakery counter with all of the pastries and cookies to go along with them.

Whole Foods Market
300 Bergen Town Center
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 226-1244
www.wholefoodsmarket.com/paramus

The Shops at Riverside: Spend the Day Searching for Sales

The Shops at Riverside is a modern shopping center that offers a wide variety of national retailers that people of all ages can enjoy. There’s nothing more satisfying that finding a great deal on a new jacket or that pair of jeans that you’ve had your eye on, and there are always bargains just like that at this popular mall in Hackensack.

Visit clothing stores like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and H&M, or stop into the mall’s staple department stores, like Bloomingdale's. Designers like Tory Burch, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton all have a home here, while the little ones will enjoy shopping at Gymboree and Pottery Barn Kids. After you’re done shopping, refuel with a meal at The Cheesecake Factory or Au Bon Pain.

For a full list of stores and upcoming sales, visit the Shops at Riverside website.

The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-riverside

Madeleine’s Petit Paris: A Little Taste of Paris Near Windsor at Mariners

At Madeleine’s Petit Paris, the spirit of French cuisine is alive and well. This fine dining restaurant serves an eclectic menu of light French cuisine perfect for celebrating an occasion or simply feting an evening with the ones you love. The restaurant’s homey decor includes touches of the French countryside, including patterned wallpaper, warm fireplaces, and antique dining tables large enough for the whole family (or intimate enough for two).

The menu is separated into a prix-fixe menu with a number of courses, a three-course express lunch menu, and a Sunday brunch buffet with all of your morning favorites. Like any good French restaurant, the desserts are also exquisite. Madeleine’s has a full bar and an exceptional wine list, and on Tuesday evenings, you can even bring your own favorite bottle of wine to pair with your meal.

Madeleine’s Petit Paris
416 Tappan Road
Northvale, NJ 07647
(201) 767-0063
www.madeleinespetitparis.com

Pantophobia Haunted Attraction in Montvale, New Jersey

Pantophobia Haunted Attraction in Montvale: Mybergen.com Sponsored Content

There is a slightly weird and very frightening addition to the local Halloween entertainment landscape this year. Located at DePiero’s Farm, 300 West Grand Avenue in Montvale, Pantophobia Haunted Attraction offers a thrilling mix of special events, scary experiences (the likes of which we've not seen in this area) and even some wholesome family fun. But be warned, the definition of pantophobia is a fear of everything and the people behind this new attraction plan on living up to their name.

Get out and enjoy this Halloween Adventure!

For more information go to MyBergen.Com, or Pantaphobia.com

Bowler City Lanes: You’ll Feel Like a Real Alley Cat at This Fun Locale

You don’t have to be a competitive bowler in order to enjoy a fun game of bowling with friends, and that’s just what you can do at Bowler City Lanes, a spacious and modern bowling facility in Hackensack. Bowler City Lanes has served the area for more than 30 years, but constant updates keep it feeling up to date.

Inside this large facility, there are more than 50 bowling lanes with automatic scoring and optional bumpers that can comfortably accommodate groups of all ages and sizes. The large game room and billiards room are fun for those who don’t prefer bowling, and there are two full bars for of-age guests to enjoy. Fill up on snacks and drinks at the concession stand, then spend the afternoon challenging your friends and family members to lively games of bowling.

Bowler City Lanes
85 Midtown Bridge Approach
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 343-3545
www.nationwidebowling.com/Bowling-Hackensack-New-Jersey.htm

Edgewater Annual Arts & Music Festival

The Edgewater Annual Arts & Music Festival will be held on Sunday, September 20th on Old River Road and Thompson Lane, (Shadyside), in Edgewater, NJ. Get out and enjoy some end of summer fun with music, crafts, paintings, jewelry, and good food.

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