If you like beautiful flowers and Instagram-ready backgrounds, then the Sunflower festival at Argos Farm in Forked River is for you.
The festival features more than just flowers, however; they have live music, tasty treats, and fun farm activities.
According to Argos’ website, when the sun is setting is the perfect time to take a picture:
Stroll through our beautiful sunflowers during the picture perfect time of day, golden hour! Snap the perfect photos or gather flowers for your next center piece (or both!).
Starting on July 29 and held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 14, join Argos Farm from 3 to 8:30 p.m for the Sunflower Festival.
Tickets for the festival cost $13.95 online and $18.95 at the gate. Picked flowers are not included in the price of admission. It costs $2 for one bloom, $10 for six blooms and $30 for a bucket of blooms.
Some of the activities for the kids include the Jumbo Jumper Air Pillow, Double Hay Slide, Gauntlet Obstacle Course, Bee Zip Line and Cow Train.
Food offerings include pasture-raised beef burgers and homemade donuts. They have drinks like Sunbutter Cold Brew with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds will be available at the Sunflower Festival.
Argos also has an annual blueberry festival and a fall festival.
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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