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One Tank Trips: Duke Farms In Hillsborough, N.J.

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J. (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J. (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - If you think New Jersey is all about factories, beaches, and where the Jets and Giants play, then you need to take a One Tank Trip to Hillsborough and find out why it’s called the Garden State.

Duke Farms is a site of over 2,700 acres first set up by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in the late 1800s.

You can visit it all for free.

“It’s like Central Park in New Jersey… Seeing a lot of habitat, seeing a lot of things I’d like to try at home,” said visitor Randy Haffling of Pennsylvania.

“We were gonna get on the tram today until we saw the bikes,” said his buddy Gene Huntington of Ringoes.

“You can hop on one of ours. It’s first come, first serve though,” said programs director Nora Wagner of the free bike rentals.

There are nine lakes and 18 miles worth of roads.

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There is a huge lilac tree, which WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney said smelled quite good, outside a greenhouse.

Inside the greenhouse is a sub-tropical orchid display. There is also a Venus Flytrap.

An old hay barn is now a statue garden.

There is also a 420-plot community garden.

With all the trees and plants, you could also come back in the fall season.

“You can’t beat it. I mean, you can go to Vermont or you can go to Duke Farms,” Wagner said.

Inside the greenhouse at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J. (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Inside the greenhouse at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J. (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Duke Farms is located at 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. You can get more information at their website.

They are closed on Wednesdays.

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