The 10 Best Things to Do in Cranford, United States

August 8, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Cranford is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 22,625, reflecting an increase of 47 (+0.2%) from the 22,578 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 55 (−0.2%) from the 22,633 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Cranford

1. Escapology

300 South Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027-1312 +1 908-232-2222
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 45 reviews

Escapology

Garwood's original real life Escape Game experience! Located in a prime spot next to Crunch Fitness in the Kings Shopping Center, up to 6 players will be challenged in this new attraction by working together to find clues, solve puzzles, and pick locks that will free them from the game room. Do you have what it takes to escape? Never play with strangers at our private rooms, book group events too!

Reviewed By Ready2travel365 - Springfield, New Jersey

Our kids love escape room, they have done many nationally and internationally. Recently, we took our son and his friends for an esc ape room ‘sweet 16’ birthday party. Teens had a blast! I We haven’t du e the room with them but I must...MoreThank you for the wonderful review! It’s exciting to know you’ve visited so many escape rooms and find ours a great “escape” from the ordinary! We look forward to having you back soon!

2. Nomahegan Park

Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Nomahegan Park

Reviewed By Barbara S

I go here alone or with a friend to take a stroll or jog...depends on my mood. It's very safe and the scenery ranges from beautiful homes to beautiful waterscapes.

3. Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041-1610 +1 973-379-3636
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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. Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant

1085 Central Ave, Clark, NJ 07066-1113 +1 732-388-6511
Excellent
33%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant

Reviewed By Susan F - Edison, New Jersey

We reserved the main diningroom for my husband's 65th birthday and retirement. Great food and music as well as a gracious host and servers. They helped with balloons as well as drinks and food and served the birthday cake. They also provided gluten free dishes for some of our guests who needed that

5. Union County Performing Art Center

Irving Street, Rahway, NJ +1 732-499-8226
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Union County Performing Art Center

Reviewed By worldtravelier - New Jersey

Built in 1925 this theater has been restored. Fantastic! Large open space. Terrific ambience. As you walk in the main entrance take your time and look around. Take in your surroundings and imagine yourself back in time. How it must have been an excitement to be entertained in such luxury.

6. Blackthorn Kenilworth

651 N Michigan Ave, Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1082 +1 908-687-3311
Excellent
23%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Blackthorn Kenilworth

Reviewed By alish2006 - New York City, New York

Been to the Blackthorn about 10 times. The bartenders are nice and chatty and the husband loves the beer and sports. They have overseas matches in the morning on weekends and get a nice crowd considering it could be 9am.

The large patio is great in good weather and has a fun, lively crowd. We have eaten many appetizers and the slider burgers were very good. They have Irish music on Sundays and it's fun to join in sometimes.

7. Liberty Hall Museum

1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083-7120 +1 908-527-0400
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Liberty Hall Museum

Welcome to Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, home of New Jersey's first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. Built in 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall has been a silent witness to more than 200 years of American history. Over the last two centuries, the originally designed 14-room Georgian Style home has grown into a 50-room Victorian-style mansion. The site houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. Ancestors of the Livingston/Kean families have included Governors, U.S. Congressmen and Senators, entrepreneurs, and pioneering women with vision and strength. The stories of their lives, passed down from generation to generation, tell how this family met the challenges of a changing nation. Visit Liberty Hall Museum and discover the living past. Liberty Hall Museum has it's own parking lot and it's free.

Reviewed By Carole S - Westfield, New Jersey, United States

This museum/house contains the belongings of the Livingston/Kean family going back to Revolutionary times. Exhibitions on special themes are rotated periodically. High tea is available on certain afternoons. The house has a large farm whose products are used in the nearby Ursino's restaurant. Both are on the Kean University campus across the street from the main area.

8. Words Bookstore

179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2509 +1 973-763-9500
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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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.

9. Trailside Nature & Science Center

452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092-1409 +1 908-789-3670
Excellent
57%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Trailside Nature & Science Center

Reviewed By lds1331 - Brooklyn, Pennsylvania

this is the best place for kids and kids at heart and nature lovers it has a nite theater plenty of hand on displays a tee pee a huge fish tank observation window to watch birds and its free

10. Ye Olde Rathskeller

523 Centennial Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016-3468 +1 908-272-9511
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Ye Olde Rathskeller

Reviewed By Vanessa V - Woodbridge, NJ

This is an old neighborhood joint......the kind where you can walk in a stranger and feel right at home in five minutes. It appears to have lots of "regulars" who sit at the bar and bend their elbows while whiling away the afternoon watching sports on TV. Lovely old wooden bar. Lots of seating as well. This restaurant is the cleanest place I have ever seen.......seriously! Stopped in one afternoon after a movie and had cheeseburgers which were very good.

Fun place and very hospitable staff and barkeep.

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