NEWARK — Horse racing returns to Monmouth Park Racetrack starting Saturday, May 7 and now New Jersey Transit wants to help people get there with a great deal.

Rail service for the 2022 racing season begins this Saturday with a great discount package from NJ Transit.

Customers can take North Jersey Coast Line trains to Monmouth Park Station when the track is open for live racing, which runs through Sept. 18.

Round-trip transportation, a general admission, and an official racing program are all included in NJ Transit's Monmouth Park Package, which costs only the price of the round-trip fare plus $3.50. That will save customers a total of $6.50 off the face value if purchased separately.

Ticket packages can be purchased from a ticket vending machine or at any NJ Transit train station ticket office. The package is available from all NJ Transit train stations, except Atlantic City Rail Line stations.

Monmouth Park Packages cannot be purchased on board trains or with the NJ Transit Mobile App.

NJ TRANSIT rail service to Monmouth Park will operate on the following days:

    • Fridays: June 3 thru Sept. 2
    • Saturdays: May 7 thru Sept. 17
    • Sundays: May 8 thru Sept. 18
    • All Mondays in August: Aug. 1 to 29
    • Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

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: