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A woman at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Somerset County, NJ this summer - best things to do

Between beautiful parks, stunning lavender fields, magical rose gardens, lovely wisteria, endless tulip fields, gorgeous sunflowers and more, there is a reason why New Jersey is called the Garden State. One of the best spots to enjoy everything the Garden State has to offer this summer is in Somerset County, which is in Central New Jersey, around an hour outside of New York City. Somerset County, NJ has the best summer activities and things to do in the warmer months!

During mid-June 2021, I had the opportunity to enjoy memorable summer activities that Somerset County boasts. I first started my solo adventures at Hidden Spring Lavender in Skillman, New Jersey. Afterwards, I made my way to the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden across from Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. I also got to enjoy some rooftop fun at The Bradford Rooftop with a fellow New Jersey blogger and spent the night at the stylish AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater.

Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset, New Jersey

In this article, read all about my lovely day adventuring around Somerset County, New Jersey and discover all the best things to do in this part of the state this summer!

**My time in Somerset County, New Jersey was a sponsored press trip through Somerset County Tourism.


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Summer Activities in Somerset County New Jersey

Getting to Somerset County, NJ:

Lavender in Somerset County, NJ this summer

There are numerous ways to get to Somerset County, NJ this summer! If you are traveling from NYC, you can either take the Coach USA bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street in Manhattan to New Brunswick Park and Ride or also take the NJ Transit train from New York Penn Station in the city to New Brunswick Park and Ride. You can hop in an Uber or Lyft from there that can take you to your destination in Somerset County.

Click here to discover the different ways to get from the Philadelphia area to Somerset County, NJ.

Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Skillman, NJ

Somerset County, NJ also has a shuttle service that operates. The SCOOT provides services in the central part of the county; the DASH includes services between Bound Brook and the New Brunswick train station in the Somerset section of Franklin Township and the CAT offers access to Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

If you have access to your own vehicle or a rental car, I personally think it is easiest to get around Somerset County by driving. You can definitely see more that way!

Staying at AC Hotel by Marriott – One of the Best Hotels in Somerset County, NJ:

A woman enjoying a stay at AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater, NJ this summer

The best hotel to stay at this summer in Somerset County, NJ is AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater. I spent the night at this brand new, sophisticated hotel and it was beautiful, modern, clean and European-inspired!

One of the main reasons why AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater is one of the top Somerset County, NJ hotels is because it has an indoor pool; a fitness facility; a bar; a rooftop restaurant called The Bradford, which I talk about below, and it is conveniently located near downtown Somerville, a lot of local corporations and the Bridgewater Commons. It is the perfect accommodation for the modern business traveler and anyone visiting Somerset County.

A hotel room at AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater, New Jersey

During my one night at AC Hotel Bridgewater, I stayed in the King Guest Room, which offered a comfortable king-sized bed, sofa, large television, desk and an en-suite bathroom. I loved how spacious and cozy the room was and I definitely got a great night’s rest there! The room also featured a lot of natural light, which is always key for me when I stay in a hotel. If you are staying with a friend or family member, there are also queen guest rooms to choose from.

Things to do in Somerset County, NJ this Summer:

A woman at a lavender field in New Jersey - best things to do in Somerset County

Walk through NJ’s Lavender Fields at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm – Best Place to Visit in NJ:

One of the best places to visit during summertime in New Jersey is Hidden Spring Lavender. The fact that Somerset County boasts a lavender farm in the first place is one of the top reasons why New Jersey has its nickname as the Garden State!

A woman enjoying a beautiful day at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Somerset County this summer

Lavender is in peak bloom from late June into early July and during those months in 2018, I rang in my 27th birthday at the lavender fields in Provence, France. It was absolutely magical and I was so happy Somerset County allowed me to relive my lavender dreams by having me visit Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Skillman, NJ.

Hidden Spring Lavender is a family-owned lavender field and farm that is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4pm EST. During this summer in Somerset County, you can visit the lavender fields at Hidden Spring and even purchase bouquets of lavender as well as all-natural lavender products such as soaps, lotions, aromatherapy and more from the Shoppe on the property.

Alpacas at Hidden Spring Lavender in Somerset County this summer

What is also great about visiting Hidden Spring Lavender is that they also have horses and alpacas on the property! Even though there are no reservations needed to visit the lavender farm, you will need to make one to do an alpaca walking tour during the fall and spring months. (There is also no fee to visit Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, making it one of the best NJ free things to do during this time of the year.)

The lavender farm does not provide horseback riding for guests. They do, however, offer photography opportunities by reservation in the lavender fields and they also have an event space for weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and more!

Admire the Beauty at the Colonial Park Rose Garden – NJ Free Things to Do:

A woman strolling around Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer - best things to do

Located around 20 minutes north of Hidden Spring Lavender Farm is Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. This beautiful 685-acre park features a lot of recreation for both residents and visitors and it also includes gardens, a dog park, nature trails and a playground. (These are fun things to do in New Jersey for free!)

Another reason why Colonial Park is one of the best places to visit in Somerset County is because it is across from the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. This gorgeous rose garden is perfect to admire on a beautiful day and it is situated on 1 acre. The rose garden boasts over 3,000 roses and features 325 different varieties.

A woman enjoying the roses at Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer

Overall, the Colonial Park Rose Garden can be visited and admired anytime between late spring through early fall. All the different colored roses make me so happy!

In addition, when you visit the Colonial Park Rose Garden this summer in Somerset County, you will get an educational experience. You can learn all about roses and its varieties! Anyone who is interested in adding roses to their own backyard can see the different types and choose the ones that are most suitable for their own garden. It is amazing!

Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer

The Colonial Park Rose Garden and Arboretum were once part of the Mettler Estate in Somerset County, New Jersey. It was a working farm at one point! You can find a variety of roses at the garden from modern hybrid roses to tree roses as well as roses that were popular before WWII.

Enjoy a Summer Evening at The Bradford Rooftop – Fun Things to do in NJ:

A woman enjoying a happy hour at The Bradford Rooftop this summer in Somerset County

Nothing screams summer in the Tri-State area than spending time at a rooftop bar! Situated at the AC Hotel in Bridgewater is The Bradford Rooftop that features modern American cuisine and crafted cocktails.

During my stay in Somerset County, I met up with fellow New Jersey influencer Rebecca of Becsea where we enjoyed a fun evening at The Bradford. Overall, we loved all of the stunning decorations and there were plenty of photo spots to enjoy!

Cocktails from The Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, Somerset County - Best things to do

For our drinks, I got the Pompelmo Spritz that included Aperol, grapefruit and rosé. Rebecca enjoyed the Curious Cucumber, which had cucumber vodka, gin, St. Germaine and soda. They were so refreshing!

Fried Calamari from The Bradford Rooftop
Mahi Mahi Tacos from The Bradford Rooftop
A salmon dinner from The Bradford Rooftop

In addition to drinks, we both got delicious meals as well. As an appetizer, both Rebecca and I split the fried calamari, which was amazing. For our main meals, Rebecca savored the mahi-mahi tacos and I enjoyed the salmon grain bowl with farro, IPA braised fennel, kale purée and blood orange gastrique.

Two women at The Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, New Jersey - Things to do in Somerset County

We both had a wonderful evening at The Bradford at AC Hotel by Marriott and even enjoyed a lovely sunset.


A woman at Hidden Spring Lavender in Somerset County, NJ this summer

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I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time exploring Somerset County, New Jersey and discovering the best things to do in the Garden State this summer. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

(If you have extra time to spare in Somerset County, I also recommend checking out Duke Farms in Hillsborough. It offers 1,000 acres of land to explore as well as native species, sustainability efforts as well as walking and bike trails. There is also an award-winning, farm-to-table café at Duke Farms. It is one of the best things to do in Central NJ!)

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4 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on July 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Somerset, NJ looks absolutely beautiful and so close to home. I definitely want to visit these beautiful flower gardens ~ my favorite 2 flowers ~ lavender and roses! Love, love AC hotels by Marriott ~ they are decorated so beautifully and they are extremely clean ~ great place to stay at and Somerset, NJ is a beautiful place to visit ~ great blog and stunning photography ~ love you, mom 👩xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on July 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

      Yes, it is such a stunning county! I loved visiting all of the flower fields and it was also a beautiful day. AC Hotels are the best! 🙂 Thank you mom and love you too!

  2. Cosette on July 9, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Some great things to do at Somerset County, would love to visit the lavender farm. Your food at the rooftop bar looks delicious.

    • Taylor Deer on July 12, 2021 at 11:48 pm

      Yes, it was such a great overnight trip! 🙂

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A woman at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Somerset County, NJ this summer - best things to do

Between beautiful parks, stunning lavender fields, magical rose gardens, lovely wisteria, endless tulip fields, gorgeous sunflowers and more, there is a reason why New Jersey is called the Garden State. One of the best spots to enjoy everything the Garden State has to offer this summer is in Somerset County, which is in Central New Jersey, around an hour outside of New York City. Somerset County, NJ has the best summer activities and things to do in the warmer months!

During mid-June 2021, I had the opportunity to enjoy memorable summer activities that Somerset County boasts. I first started my solo adventures at Hidden Spring Lavender in Skillman, New Jersey. Afterwards, I made my way to the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden across from Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. I also got to enjoy some rooftop fun at The Bradford Rooftop with a fellow New Jersey blogger and spent the night at the stylish AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater.

Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset, New Jersey

In this article, read all about my lovely day adventuring around Somerset County, New Jersey and discover all the best things to do in this part of the state this summer!

**My time in Somerset County, New Jersey was a sponsored press trip through Somerset County Tourism.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

Summer Activities in Somerset County New Jersey

Getting to Somerset County, NJ:

Lavender in Somerset County, NJ this summer

There are numerous ways to get to Somerset County, NJ this summer! If you are traveling from NYC, you can either take the Coach USA bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street in Manhattan to New Brunswick Park and Ride or also take the NJ Transit train from New York Penn Station in the city to New Brunswick Park and Ride. You can hop in an Uber or Lyft from there that can take you to your destination in Somerset County.

Click here to discover the different ways to get from the Philadelphia area to Somerset County, NJ.

Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Skillman, NJ

Somerset County, NJ also has a shuttle service that operates. The SCOOT provides services in the central part of the county; the DASH includes services between Bound Brook and the New Brunswick train station in the Somerset section of Franklin Township and the CAT offers access to Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

If you have access to your own vehicle or a rental car, I personally think it is easiest to get around Somerset County by driving. You can definitely see more that way!

Staying at AC Hotel by Marriott – One of the Best Hotels in Somerset County, NJ:

A woman enjoying a stay at AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater, NJ this summer

The best hotel to stay at this summer in Somerset County, NJ is AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater. I spent the night at this brand new, sophisticated hotel and it was beautiful, modern, clean and European-inspired!

One of the main reasons why AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater is one of the top Somerset County, NJ hotels is because it has an indoor pool; a fitness facility; a bar; a rooftop restaurant called The Bradford, which I talk about below, and it is conveniently located near downtown Somerville, a lot of local corporations and the Bridgewater Commons. It is the perfect accommodation for the modern business traveler and anyone visiting Somerset County.

A hotel room at AC Hotel by Marriott in Bridgewater, New Jersey

During my one night at AC Hotel Bridgewater, I stayed in the King Guest Room, which offered a comfortable king-sized bed, sofa, large television, desk and an en-suite bathroom. I loved how spacious and cozy the room was and I definitely got a great night’s rest there! The room also featured a lot of natural light, which is always key for me when I stay in a hotel. If you are staying with a friend or family member, there are also queen guest rooms to choose from.

Things to do in Somerset County, NJ this Summer:

A woman at a lavender field in New Jersey - best things to do in Somerset County

Walk through NJ’s Lavender Fields at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm – Best Place to Visit in NJ:

One of the best places to visit during summertime in New Jersey is Hidden Spring Lavender. The fact that Somerset County boasts a lavender farm in the first place is one of the top reasons why New Jersey has its nickname as the Garden State!

A woman enjoying a beautiful day at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Somerset County this summer

Lavender is in peak bloom from late June into early July and during those months in 2018, I rang in my 27th birthday at the lavender fields in Provence, France. It was absolutely magical and I was so happy Somerset County allowed me to relive my lavender dreams by having me visit Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Skillman, NJ.

Hidden Spring Lavender is a family-owned lavender field and farm that is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4pm EST. During this summer in Somerset County, you can visit the lavender fields at Hidden Spring and even purchase bouquets of lavender as well as all-natural lavender products such as soaps, lotions, aromatherapy and more from the Shoppe on the property.

Alpacas at Hidden Spring Lavender in Somerset County this summer

What is also great about visiting Hidden Spring Lavender is that they also have horses and alpacas on the property! Even though there are no reservations needed to visit the lavender farm, you will need to make one to do an alpaca walking tour during the fall and spring months. (There is also no fee to visit Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, making it one of the best NJ free things to do during this time of the year.)

The lavender farm does not provide horseback riding for guests. They do, however, offer photography opportunities by reservation in the lavender fields and they also have an event space for weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and more!

Admire the Beauty at the Colonial Park Rose Garden – NJ Free Things to Do:

A woman strolling around Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer - best things to do

Located around 20 minutes north of Hidden Spring Lavender Farm is Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. This beautiful 685-acre park features a lot of recreation for both residents and visitors and it also includes gardens, a dog park, nature trails and a playground. (These are fun things to do in New Jersey for free!)

Another reason why Colonial Park is one of the best places to visit in Somerset County is because it is across from the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. This gorgeous rose garden is perfect to admire on a beautiful day and it is situated on 1 acre. The rose garden boasts over 3,000 roses and features 325 different varieties.

A woman enjoying the roses at Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer

Overall, the Colonial Park Rose Garden can be visited and admired anytime between late spring through early fall. All the different colored roses make me so happy!

In addition, when you visit the Colonial Park Rose Garden this summer in Somerset County, you will get an educational experience. You can learn all about roses and its varieties! Anyone who is interested in adding roses to their own backyard can see the different types and choose the ones that are most suitable for their own garden. It is amazing!

Colonial Park Rose Garden in Somerset County this summer

The Colonial Park Rose Garden and Arboretum were once part of the Mettler Estate in Somerset County, New Jersey. It was a working farm at one point! You can find a variety of roses at the garden from modern hybrid roses to tree roses as well as roses that were popular before WWII.

Enjoy a Summer Evening at The Bradford Rooftop – Fun Things to do in NJ:

A woman enjoying a happy hour at The Bradford Rooftop this summer in Somerset County

Nothing screams summer in the Tri-State area than spending time at a rooftop bar! Situated at the AC Hotel in Bridgewater is The Bradford Rooftop that features modern American cuisine and crafted cocktails.

During my stay in Somerset County, I met up with fellow New Jersey influencer Rebecca of Becsea where we enjoyed a fun evening at The Bradford. Overall, we loved all of the stunning decorations and there were plenty of photo spots to enjoy!

Cocktails from The Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, Somerset County - Best things to do

For our drinks, I got the Pompelmo Spritz that included Aperol, grapefruit and rosé. Rebecca enjoyed the Curious Cucumber, which had cucumber vodka, gin, St. Germaine and soda. They were so refreshing!

Fried Calamari from The Bradford Rooftop
Mahi Mahi Tacos from The Bradford Rooftop
A salmon dinner from The Bradford Rooftop

In addition to drinks, we both got delicious meals as well. As an appetizer, both Rebecca and I split the fried calamari, which was amazing. For our main meals, Rebecca savored the mahi-mahi tacos and I enjoyed the salmon grain bowl with farro, IPA braised fennel, kale purée and blood orange gastrique.

Two women at The Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, New Jersey - Things to do in Somerset County

We both had a wonderful evening at The Bradford at AC Hotel by Marriott and even enjoyed a lovely sunset.


A woman at Hidden Spring Lavender in Somerset County, NJ this summer

Discover other fun things to do in New Jersey and the surrounding states:

A Weekend Escape to Cape May

A Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Top 20 Trips to Take in Your 20s

Planning a memorable USA trip? Find more USA travel tips here.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time exploring Somerset County, New Jersey and discovering the best things to do in the Garden State this summer. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

(If you have extra time to spare in Somerset County, I also recommend checking out Duke Farms in Hillsborough. It offers 1,000 acres of land to explore as well as native species, sustainability efforts as well as walking and bike trails. There is also an award-winning, farm-to-table café at Duke Farms. It is one of the best things to do in Central NJ!)

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NJ State Capital: Trenton, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

4 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on July 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Somerset, NJ looks absolutely beautiful and so close to home. I definitely want to visit these beautiful flower gardens ~ my favorite 2 flowers ~ lavender and roses! Love, love AC hotels by Marriott ~ they are decorated so beautifully and they are extremely clean ~ great place to stay at and Somerset, NJ is a beautiful place to visit ~ great blog and stunning photography ~ love you, mom 👩xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on July 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

      Yes, it is such a stunning county! I loved visiting all of the flower fields and it was also a beautiful day. AC Hotels are the best! 🙂 Thank you mom and love you too!

  2. Cosette on July 9, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Some great things to do at Somerset County, would love to visit the lavender farm. Your food at the rooftop bar looks delicious.

    • Taylor Deer on July 12, 2021 at 11:48 pm

      Yes, it was such a great overnight trip! 🙂

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