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Tough Toast wrote a review Aug 2020
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Duke Farms is a great place if... 1. You like long walks. They don't do the tram anymore. The walk from the parking lot to the green houses is about 20 minutes. The walk from the parking lot to the meditation garden is about 30 minutes). 2. This place is great for biking. There are lots of paved smooth road ways. There are also great side trails, which include dirt, gravel, and grassy terrain. 3. This place is also great if you enjoy natural flora and fauna. My husband and I have spotted turkeys, rabbits, and moles when we are riding in the wooded parts. If you are looking for acres of well manucured flower gardens everywhere, you will be disappointed. 4. You will like this place if you want to learn a little bit about the Duke family and the property. I do wish there was more info but it's great to stop, read the the info, and keep biking. Also, I would love to bring my dog but no pets are allowed.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Olesya Shelom wrote a review Aug 2020
Hillsborough, New Jersey32 contributions5 helpful votes
Living just 2 miles from this place, and never are tired to visit. A very big park, a lot of nature. Even now during Covid -19, while some pavilions are closed, due to government restriction, you still will see so many pretty and amazing places.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Steven H wrote a review Aug 2020
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This place, the remains of a failed attempt to recreate a classic antebellum North Carolina plantation, absolutely reeks of loneliness, death, and Lovecraftean madness. Statues of children abound...but Doris Duke had only one child which died when only a few days old. Wellheads on the outskirts of the property resemble nothing more than gaping maws hungering for the souls of the living. The great house that was never built exists as an open double basement slowly filling with detritus like an open grave allowing nature to inter the dead. They no longer offer a tram, so getting to the slowly-dying artificial lakes, the dry waterfalls, and the pet cemetery is quite a hike...but for fans if the emo, the goth, and the macabre, Duke Farms is dark magic.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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HughNL wrote a review Mar 2020
Maywood, New Jersey39 contributions7 helpful votes
In addition to my latest visit to Duke in March 2020, I have attended numerous meetings, conferences and events there. The place never fails to impress. Where else in the metro region will you find well-maintained bicycle trails, an active Bald Eagle Nest (check out the nest cam!), a farm-to-table cafe, EV charging stations, community gardens, and LEED-certified facilities? ALl of it the legacy of Doris Duke and the ongoing inspiration of the Foundation that bears her name. You owe it to yourself to check it out.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Cheri D wrote a review Feb 2020
Yardville, New Jersey254 contributions52 helpful votes
It's been many years since I was last here. In fact, the Duke residence was still in place. If you are not familiar with the Duke family and heiress, Doris Duke, it's an interesting history to explore. She had many wild passions and philanthropic causes,including horticulture and a love of nature and wildlife and that's why the Farms are so beautiful today. The greenhouse with its' lovely orchids exists because of her. There are other a few other remaining structures on the property including some sculptures. The park itself has over 2,000 acres to explore with plenty of biking and walking trails beautifully landscaped. Family friendly nature and environmental activities are in the environmental center, along with a cafe. As you walk in, be sure to check out the live Eagle Cam of the nesting Eagles on the property. Although there is plenty of parking, it can get very crowded so coming earlier is suggested. They have been known to close the gates if too full.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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