Top 10 Things to do in West Orange, United States

March 12, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

West Orange is a suburban township in central Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 46,207, reflecting an increase of 1,264 (+2.8%) from the 44,943 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,840 (+14.9%) from the 39,103 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in West Orange

1. Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052-5612 +1 973-736-0550
Excellent
73%
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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. Verona Park

475 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044-2016
Excellent
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Verona Park

Reviewed By Rollin D - Verona, New Jersey

Verona Park is a classically designed gem of the Essex County Park System, reminiscent of New York's Central Park and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Unfortunately, in recent years, much of the understory vegetation, especially the native mountain laurels, have died or otherwise disappeared. This is a problem more widespread than just here; the explosive deer population and other factors have contributed.

The lack of appropriate maintenance of the park, however, is another matter altogether. Motor vehicles, apparently operated by employees assigned to work in the park, have torn up the lawns adjacent to the walkways, leaving inches deep tire treads in some places. This is a regrettable condition that should be addressed! Vehicle use in the park should be carefully monitored by appropriate staff members and adjusted accordingly.

The park is still beautiful and worth visiting but what was once a surpassing gem is now flawed, and needlessly so. Hopefully steps will be taken to restore it to a measure of its' former glory.

3. Escape Garden State

1275 Bloomfield Ave, Unit 49 Building 7, Fairfield, NJ 07004-2708 +1 973-882-2900
Excellent
93%
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5 based on 59 reviews

Escape Garden State

Real-life escape games featuring New Jersey themes. Groups of 2-10 people are able to immerse themselves in authentic experiences as they count down the time left on the clock. Book your reservation now, and see if you can Escape the Garden State!

Reviewed By Michael F

We completed the Boardwalk room at this facility, which bases its attractions on New Jersey experiences. The room uses classic cerebral puzzles mixed with some light physical challenges (nothing too strenuous). There are a couple of minor bumps, including one of the early puzzles, which seemed disconnected with no way to realize it was even there (you aren't supposed to break things in escape rooms, of course, and this bordered on that). The other was one of the last puzzles that seemed to be calibrated away from success.

Despite these VERY minor bumps, this was a fantastic experience. The room was large and multi-faceted, the puzzles encouraged communication, and we never felt too stumped. Note that clues are delivered at the game master's discretion via television (rather than loud speaker or other in-theme gimmick). The pacing felt good. We're looking forward to returning for the Power Surge / Edison-themed room.

4. 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.

5. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace

207 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5115 +1 973-226-0001
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Reviewed By rsquaredb - West Orange, New Jersey

Nice little Museum with lots of artifacts from this president and of the time. Good if you are in the area or are a big fan or enjoy small historic homes. They have a number of special events through out the year including 4th of July ice cream social.

6. Presby Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-1523 +1 973-783-5974
Excellent
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Presby Iris Gardens

Reviewed By Marc S - Randolph, New Jersey

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is a remarkable garden, with over 10,000 irises, 1,500 varieties and over 100,000 blooms over the entire season. Like any other garden, it makes sense to inquire about the stage of the bloom. Visiting the garden in late May, we still saw many beautiful irises. However the majority of viewed irises looked well past their prime.

Parking is available on the street, and I am sure it can sometimes be challenging. We easily found a spot. Importantly be sure to check the weather. Overcast skies with little or no wind will help with your photography.

7. Brookdale Park

Watchung Avenue, Park Borders Bloomfield and Montclair, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 +1 973-268-3500
Excellent
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Brookdale Park

Reviewed By jfdunphy1

Summer concert series in progress again. Local residents appreciate the high quality upgrade on track, football/soccer field and so on. Rose garden and archery facilities maintained by clubs. And there is a dog park. Well used park.

8. Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041-1610 +1 973-379-3636
Excellent
70%
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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.

9. Gun For Hire

1267 McBride Ave, 14 miles from NYC, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-2541 +1 888-486-3674
Excellent
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5 based on 74 reviews

Gun For Hire

Want to shoot? Just stop in! We have everything you need. Just bring your ID. We have earned a 6 star rating and have been voted NJ's Best of the Best of the Best. We have 19 indoor ports both 25 and 50 yard, over 120 guns for rent, comfortable lounge, indoor gourmet cafe and an incomparable family environment. 8 years old and up can shoot! Free to watch with several shooting packages available.

Reviewed By featherdiane - Bloomfield, New Jersey

Gun For Hire is our favorite shooting range. The place is clean, well organized, and safe. Great place for any level of comfort. My husband is far more experienced than I am, but I would feel comfortable going here on my own. Everyone I've come in contact with is knowledgeable and helpful.

10. South Mountain Reservation

So. Orange Ave. & Cherry Lane, (spans Millburn, Maplewood and West Orange), West Orange, NJ 07052 +1 973-268-3500
Excellent
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

South Mountain Reservation

Reviewed By Mona B

This is a great spot for walking, hiking, and running. There are short easy trails, longer trails, we haven't even explored all of them and we're always discovering something new. Beautiful views and if it's recently rained there are several great spots with waterfalls. Also a dog park and a spot that is gated off for biking. Our whole family loves going.

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