Our family went away for Labor Day weekend along with my parents, who currently are in town, to Montague, NJ for a retreat but made a couple of side trips.
Bushkill Falls, PA
On the way up to Montague, we stopped by Bushkill Falls. My husband had been there years before we got married but no one else had been there before so it was a nice experience. The kids have never been on a hiking trail nor seen a real waterfall so there were a couple of firsts for them on this trip as well.
After about a two hour drive from our house we arrived at Bushkill Falls, advertised as the Niagara of PA and is also privately owned. We first stopped at their picnic area and had some lunch so we would be ready for our little hike. There was also a pretty nice playground close to the picnic area, so the kids went there to play for a bit and slide down the 5 different slides that were there!
The trail was mostly wood planks with some areas that were just rocks as they tried their best to keep the environment untouched/changed. Most of the trail was rather narrow, allowing for 2 people to walk side by side most of the time but there were parts that narrowed even further that only 1 person could walk by at a time. There were also quite a few flights of stairs going up and down the surrounding area of the main falls. Triple E tend to be pretty active when we are out and about and like to run off by themselves to explore but we had to hold their hands for a lot of the trail since there were parts that were pretty steep and some railings that were not entirely secure.
Space Farms Zoo and Museum
The second place we went to during free time on Saturday was Space Farms Zoo and Museum. It is a privately owned zoo and museum. There is quite an interesting history to this place but it is rather long, so if you are curious how it started, go to their site to check it out: www.spacefarms.com.
The zoo had many many animals, including lions, various bears, various deer, various foxes, buffalo, jaguars, coyotes, emus, and kangaroos just to name a few. The chicken and the ducks that we saw first were really overfed so they had no interest in the corn we tried to give them. But when we got to the Fallow Deer, they were all eager to eat all the corn we were willing to feed them. Once we started feeding one, they all started to come over to where we were and anxiously waiting for us to throw some corn their way. The kids had a blast since they had always seen deer from a distance but never in such close proximity. It was also a great time to teach them the difference between male and female deer and also different body parts on the deer.
Something that stood out right away for my husband was that they placed the predator really close to the prey. The predators were caged and separated but it seemed a bit like torture at least in our minds for them to be so close to or sometimes even right next to the animals they would be hunting and eating if they were in the wild. Just a little observation from the adults.
The museum had an extensive collection of antique cars, antique bikes, horse carriages, antique toys, and various farm tools that was really something to behold for the kids and even for us adults.
What did your family do Labor Day Weekend? We would love to hear from you.