10 Things to Do in Ramsey That You Shouldn't Miss

December 6, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 14,473, reflecting an increase of 122 (+0.9%) from the 14,351 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,123 (+8.5%) from the 13,228 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Ramsey

1. Campgaw Mountain

200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2531 +1 201-327-7800
Excellent
30%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
2%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 98 reviews

Campgaw Mountain

Fifteen acres of ski-able terrain at 850-foot elevation cater to beginner and intermediate skill levels.

Reviewed By Scarlettcal

Took group lessons with my kids and husband. Good trainers( I can’t remember both there’s name. I believe it was Elly and josh maybe ) Very understanding and patient with us. First snowboarders ( floridians). But the bill could diffidently rack up, gear Rental and lessons. Not sure if the actual place was worth what we paid but what can I say, we were there and it’s not like you can find a ski resort in every corner.

2. Galaxy Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901-5518 +1 845-369-8234
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Galaxy Lafayette Theatre

Reviewed By AJNJ44 - Lincoln Park, New Jersey

The Lafayette Theater is a good 40 minute drive from my home but a few times a year we make the trip because the place is unique, historic, and awesome. In a day of leather recliner power seats in luxury theaters some might have a problem with the 'old school' seating and ambiance. To those people I would say you're missing the point. Stepping through the doors at the Lafayette feels like stepping back in time - complete with Wurlitzer organ music on Friday and Saturday evenings. The staff has always been friendly and helpful. As the Lafayette starts to close in on 100 years I, for one, absolutely love feeling like a part of the nostalgia and history of the place.

3. West Side Presbyterian Church

6 S Monroe St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3790 +1 201-652-1966
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

West Side Presbyterian Church

Reviewed By ERA818 - Woodland Park, New Jersey

Worshipful, quiet and enjoyable. Can be visited on weekdays,during office hours or at Sunday services (9:15 am, 10 am and 5:30 pm). Welcoming staff and welcoming congregation. As with any church there is no fee or expected contribution; of course contributions are well-received but not necessary at all to visit or attend services. Ask to see the public art gallery - adjacent to the main entrance. This church also has several acclaimed music programs. Ask about them or see the church website, "westside.org"

4. Rockland Bakery

94 Demarest Mill Rd W, Nanuet, NY 10954-2989 +1 845-623-5800
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 434 reviews

Rockland Bakery

Reviewed By RepUSA - Litchfield Park, Arizona

I cannot recall when we bought better bread a croissants. Not only is the produce of high quality but extremely well priced. Well worth a visit. Be prepared to wait, this is a very busy store!

5. Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens

2 Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456-1700 +1 973-962-9534
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By ddaborn - West Orange, New Jersey

Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to visit in spring, summer, and fall. The sprawling grounds contain formal gardens of annuals and perennials, an area of gardens integrated with the natural environment, interesting stone buildings (including Skyland Manor with its own garden and lily pond), and quirky statuary scattered throughout. One can take photos galore, take a pleasant stroll, or have a picnic. It is well worth the $5 state park parking fee. There are restrooms on the grounds as well as a vending machine for drinks, but no food, so pack some snacks. Located in Ringwood, it is a few minutes drive from Ringwood Manor (another great stop; you can combine the two during your day trip).

6. Torne Valley Vineyards

1 Thorne Brook Rd, Hillburn, NY 10931-1030 +1 845-712-5505
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Torne Valley Vineyards

Reviewed By deegodeego - Brooklyn, New York

The wine tasting was very nice. The staff did an excellent job presenting and explaining the wines. They explained the grapes, how they were preserved and what was in the wines. There were quite a few that I enjoyed. Not too far from NYC. There was a line band. As we walked in they were playing the Doobie Brothers. Fun. The server was less attentive but the outdoor setting overlooking the vineyards was very nice.

7. Demarest Farm

244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ 07642-1133 +1 201-666-0472
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Demarest Farm

Reviewed By mrcarats - Brooklyn, New York

just finished reading some of the reviews that had rated this place poor-terrible. I noticed these were all reviews dating back a number of years. I am glad someone at the farm must have been paying attention to all the negative stuff and worked on improving it. I was just there Sunday Aug 6th. Yes it was crowded. but found that they had organized sufficient parking. They have 3 hayrides up to orchard so the wait is no longer more than 5-10 minutes.
The bag we were given holds about 12 lbs of peaches. Although most were still hard and thankfully so. As there is no way we could have finished them all before they rotted had they been completely soft. Also they did not seem to mind people noshing on peaches as they picked as opposed to other places where they ask you not to eat as you pick. Peaches were delicious. For $30,(5$ per person entrance plus 10$ for the bag) we got about 13 lbs of peaches to take home plus whatever we ate while we picked. A little pricier than your local fruit store but well worth it. The peaches are delicious. If you are there with little kids they have a small petting zoo (some goats llamas or alpacas not sure which and a pig) all running around in a little corral keeps the little one entertained for an additional 40 minutes maybe longer if they do not get bored quickly. as someone else mentioned don't bother buying the wafers they sell as animal feed from what i saw the animals weren't interested. All in all a good time if you don't have to drive far to get there. We actually stopped there just to break up a little road trip we were on. Would consider going back after labor day for apple season.

8. Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Skyline Drive, Oakland, NJ +1 201-512-9348
Excellent
53%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

Thanks to Daniel Chazin for scoping out a very nice, scenic hike that took us about two hours with plenty of contemplation time.

This relatively short loop hike passes through the sites of two former Boy Scout camps – Camp Tamarack and Camp Todd. Each of these camps was situated on a lake, and the hike runs along the shore of both Lake Tamarack and Todd Lake. A number of relics from Camp Tamarack, which closed in the early 1990s, are visible along the way. Although the hike begins and ends in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, both lakes are located on property owned by Bergen County.

From the parking area, cross Skyline Drive. You will see a triple orange blaze on a telephone pole, marking the start of the Schuber Trail, as well as a triple white blaze, which marks the start of the Todd Trail. The Todd Trail will be your return route, but for now, follow the orange blazes of the Schuber Trail, which turn right onto the gravel road that leads into the former Camp Tamarack, then immediately turn left and proceed downhill on a winding footpath.

At the base of the descent, the trail skirts the ruins of the former camp rifle range. Just ahead, with the ruins of the former archery range visible on the left, a triple-purple-blaze on the right marks the start of the Tamarack Trail, which was blazed in the fall of 2016 by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Turn right onto the Tamarack Trail, which follows a level footpath and soon reaches the shore of Lake Tamarack. A rock ledge on the left affords a view over the lake, with a triangular building (the former camp chapel) visible across the lake on the left and the concrete-and-steel foundations of the former waterfront docks on the right.

The trail continues along the lakeshore, soon passing the concrete-and-stone foundations of the former camp waterfront buildings, with more views over the lake. After passing a balanced boulder, you’ll come to a third viewpoint over the lake. The trail now moves away from the lake, joining a woods road. Be alert for a turn where the Tamarack Trail bears left, leaving the road, and continues on a footpath.

A short distance beyond, the Tamarack Trail ends at a junction with the Yellow Trail (blazed with yellow diamonds) near the shore of Todd Lake. Turn right onto the Yellow Trail, which soon goes by a stone wall on a rock ledge at water level, with a view over the lake, and continues to parallel the lake. Near the lake’s south end, the Yellow Trail turns right and soon ends at a woods road, the route of the white-blazed Todd Trail.

Turn right, now following the white blazes. As another woods road joins from the left, the Todd Trail bears right, then almost immediately turns left and follows a footpath into the woods. It soon begins to climb, first rather steeply, then more gradually. After a level stretch, it descends to cross a seasonal stream in a shallow ravine, then ascends on a winding, rocky footpath, with several switchbacks. When it reaches Skyline Drive, the trail turns right and continues for about 200 feet to the triple white blaze marking the terminus of the Todd Trail, opposite the parking area where the hike began.

9. The Celery Farm

N Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

The Celery Farm

Reviewed By cararro - New York City, New York

Beautiful natural area to walk and bird. Easy trail around the lake, about 2 mikes, platforms to observe, and many side trails.

10. Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

1 Nature Preserve Way, Entrance off High Mountain Rd, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417-1218 +1 201-891-4000
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

Reviewed By Valerie H - Oakland

Living in Oakland for 16 years I just now discovered the Preserve. I was recovering from a hip replacement and looking for a level easy path and the trails there were perfect. One exception, I choose never to do the full circle around the lake as there is a long stretch alongside the road that is noisy. the Nicer option for me is the "cu-through" at the top of the lake.

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