10 Things to Do in South Orange That You Shouldn't Miss

October 5, 2017 Milan Banda

South Orange, officially the Township of South Orange Village, is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 16,198, reflecting a decline of 766 (-4.5%) from the 16,964 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 574 (+3.5%) from the 16,390 counted in the 1990 Census. Seton Hall University is located in the township.
Restaurants in South Orange

1. Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052-5612 +1 973-736-0550
Excellent
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4.5 based on 417 reviews

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Reviewed By VacaCouple2014 - New York City, New York

This is a museum where you need several hours to really see everything and they close at 4 pm. so plan accordingly. We ran out of time. You can see Edison's workshop, library, stock room along with multiple other things - like the first movie production site, a display of the original phonograph (that still works) and so much more that it is hard to remember it all. We plan to return again when we can go and view his home in nearby Montclair in warm weather - opens in April.

2. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ 07104-1029 +1 973-484-4600
Excellent
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5 based on 156 reviews

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Reviewed By barry m - New York City, New York

I have stopped to take a look sometimes a take pictures.
This is one of the largest cathederals on the East coast, from what I have read about it.
There are nice Italian restaurants and bakeries nearby. This was once a major Italian neighborhood at one time.

3. Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041-1610 +1 973-379-3636
Excellent
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4.5 based on 208 reviews

Paper Mill Playhouse

Reviewed By JoelNunez1555 - Springfield, New Jersey

Casts and production values are topnotch. I've seen The Bodyguard, The Producers, and Mary Poppins here and I was floored by how good the shows were. Hit shows get good crowds so book early. Parking is easy, and the theater is close to the train station.

4. Melovino Meadery

2933 Vauxhall Rd, Vauxhall, NJ 07088-1260 +1 855-635-6846
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Melovino Meadery

Reviewed By Ramadama - New Providence, New Jersey

This is a hidden gem in New Jersey. They provide a very informative tour and than we sampled 6 different meades. Each one tasted very different. We liked them so much that we bought 5 bottles. My favorite was the Nice as Pie meade.

5. FlyNYON

78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032-6500
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5 based on 141 reviews

FlyNYON

We make professional aerial photography services accessible to everyone by providing a crowdsourced aerial experience. Whether you want to snap a signature shoe selfie on your iPhone, or you want to capture incredible aerial content for your portfolio: we’ve got a variety of options for you. No two flights are the same. Variables in time of day, seasons, weather, and a custom flight plan has photographers flying with us time and time again. Each photo flight is tailored to what you would like to see. Want to go high or low? Want to focus on a specific building or landmark? Take your photography to new heights with FlyNYON. FlyNYON takes the thrill of shooting images from an open door helicopter, and makes it accessible by offering crowdsourced seats, without compromising on safety. Our New York City flights are conducted in turbine engine helicopters and are piloted by crew with thousands of hours of experience. The doors are taken off and you and your photo equipment are securely tethered in for the ride. We’ve flown thousands of passengers since we’ve opened our doors in 2012, and now offer photo flights in NYC, Miami, San Francisco & Los Angeles. Sky’s not the limit; it’s our office.

Reviewed By Daniel E

I booked a doors off flight last year to take this April. Doors off flights have currently been suspended as Flynyon we’re responsible for the recent helicopter crash into the Hudson River where five of their customers sadly lost their lives. I have attempted to...MoreHi Daniel, Spoke to customer service department. They'll be getting in touch shortly. I apologize for the inconvenience.

6. Words Bookstore

179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2509 +1 973-763-9500
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5 based on 45 reviews

Words Bookstore

Reviewed By firebirdinc - Maplewood, New Jersey

The staff is very friendly and always helpful. If they don't have what you are looking for they can get it quickly. Lots of charm and great to have a family owned bookstore instead of the usual antiseptic chains.

7. St. John's Church

94 Ridge St, Orange, NJ 07050-1604
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5 based on 2 reviews

St. John's Church

Reviewed By MdDaddyBear - Baltimore, Maryland

Built in the 1880's the church features stained glass from the 1930's, and a Belgian altar screen of carved oak from 1892. The interior includes large paintings along the bays, and an historic, fully functional, pipe organ. Within sight of the NJ Transit station, and only a few minutes west of NYC.

8. New Jersey Performing Arts Center

1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102-4501 +1 973-642-8989
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4.5 based on 334 reviews

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By John C

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center hall is an acoustic and architectural gem - the perfect place to experience Mozart’s final, moving masterpiece. Conductor Xian Zhang’s infectious enthusiasm animated the musicians. A full chorus - the Montclair State University Singers - made for a riveting, emotional musical journey. Bravo!

9. Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431 +1 973-731-5800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 733 reviews

Turtle Back Zoo

Reviewed By DestinDee - Destin, Florida, United States

We began our zoo adventure with the short train ride. A zoo keeper introduced us to the lioness and her one year old cub. My grand kids really liked the reptiles and monkeys and unique red panda. I wish we would have had more time to explore the delightful local zoo!

10. Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Rd, Short Hills, NJ 07078-2100 +1 973-258-4026
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5 based on 39 reviews

Greenwood Gardens

A jewel in the Garden State--a 28 acre garden with majestic trees, meadows, ponds, and cultivated woodlands surrounded by 2,100 acres of preserved parkland.

Reviewed By GloriaAndLorraine - New York City, New York

Greenwood Gardens is a hidden treasure in Short Hills, New Jersey. Check the website for opening times before visiting as the hours are sometimes irregular.

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