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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

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Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lots o Birds

I have visited this preserve twice, once in March and once in August. I highly recommend the cooler... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
A nice free adventurw

While trying to burn a few hours between baseball games we ventured out to the wetlands. We saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this preserve twice, once in March and once in August. I highly recommend the cooler months!! Very buggy! We saw all types of birds--very fascinating. Even though there are tons of warnings, we never saw a gator. There is a drive that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While trying to burn a few hours between baseball games we ventured out to the wetlands. We saw some interesting birds as well as 5 alligators. It’s an easy, free outing

Thank Missy A
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The nice thing about this park is that if its cold or rainy (like the day we were there), you can stay in your car and open windows when you want. There were plenty of birds there and raccoons, and gators. We were in the...More

Thank niteowljune
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

You can go at different times of the year and see birds and Aligator’s. We go and take pictures. Our favorite thing to do there is ride our bikes. You can walk but it gets hot and there are no services. It is free and...More

Thank Deb-NY-FL
Reviewed July 8, 2018

This is a great place to go for bird and nature watching. Depending on the time of year you go you can see alligators, and various local and migrating birds.

Thank MVerdera
Reviewed July 1, 2018

The area was nice and I'm sure there is a lot to see, but we were expecting to drive around and it was roped off, so we only hiked a little bit before we got too hot. Worth it if want to hike, but we...More

Thank Cali E
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

It’s been raining lately, so the roads have been closed to driving, and only open for walking or biking. None of the observation decks were available to walk up, and there is only one place to sit at only one of the stops with a...More

Thank Rest-and-Romance
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

Took kiddos on a gator hunt. We seen so many animals and birds. Only three Gators but one was eating a crane so that was interesting and educational. The kids enjoyed it and they have plenty of areas to stop for a break.

Thank Lrushing82
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Get outdoors and enjoy all that nature has to share. This is a small little world of its own just. On our adventure here we ventured into observing alligators, snakes 🐍, turtles 🐢, and birds 🐦 territory in wetlands. These wetlands are a way to...More

2  Thank agentsunshine007
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Love coming through this nature preserve. It's peaceful, and beautiful. If you drive through, go slowly. If you don't see anything on your first round, go again, and look closely. There is an abundance of birds, gators, and other creatures!

1  Thank momof3BrookPark_Ohio
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April 29, 2018|
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Response from Teachcool | Reviewed this property |
Yes the park does allow dogs however, you should remember that it's a wildlife park and you shouldn't let your dog aggravate the wildlife. The walkways are conducive to walking your animals on a leash, but there are... More
September 12, 2017|
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Response from herblin50 | Reviewed this property |
Alligators are always there but not always visible. Depends on time of year, air and water temperature. Sunny days when water is cooler the siting are more numerous.
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April 15, 2017|
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