What to do and see in Franklin Park, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 26, 2017 Mollie Coke

Franklin Park is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 13,295. Route 27 (historically known as Old Road/King's Highway and once part of the Lincoln Highway system) bisects the village and serves as the dividing line between the two counties. The adjacent sections of South Brunswick and North Brunswick, Middlesex County on the east side of Route 27 are also known as Franklin Park, but are not included within the CDP's boundaries.
Restaurants in Franklin Park

1. Princeton University

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-0001 +1 609-258-3788
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5 based on 834 reviews

Princeton University

The ivy league campus is ideal for a stroll, where some interesting buildings may be visited.

Reviewed By Herstory_62 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A classic magnificent campus in the heart of a bustling & charming historic town that maintains centuries of tradition, alongside state of the art libraries, museums, facilities & a magnificent chapel. An obviously diversified student population of women & men enhances the ambiance, as well as the appeal for generations to come.

2. Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, NJ, Hillsborough, NJ 08844-4129 +1 908-722-3700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 415 reviews

Duke Farms

Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more sustainable future.

Reviewed By Lovetogarden52 - Monroe, New Jersey

Beautiful grounds and buildings. Farmers market (limited dates) was very interesting with many types of foods to sample and buy. Outdoor market was primarily veggies. An alternate area was available to get information on the grounds and activities for the environment. Also had hiking and bicycle paths. Would be very nice to go spring or early fall. I think tours are available by reservation.

3. Plainsboro Preserve

80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury, NJ 08512-2105 +1 609-897-9400
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Plainsboro Preserve

Reviewed By DateWithMyCity - New York, New York, United States

What an interesting, lovely spot: we visited with the "wild residents" both inside the space, & outside on a walk (snakes, birds, frogs, turtles & butterflies). Also bought honey/beeswax soap - the boutique has lots of fun gifts to choose from. A great stop for a breath of fresh air & family learning visit.

4. State Theatre

15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903 +1 732-246-7469
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4.5 based on 229 reviews

State Theatre

Reviewed By William S - Clinton, New Jersey

Just saw America perform this week--great concert and perfect example of how the State Theatre brings in many nostalgic bands in addition to children's events, a Broadway series with hot shows on Broadway, blues and jazz, comedians, and much more. Prices are reasonable compared to...MoreThanks William - glad you enjoyed the show!

5. Colonial Park

156 Mettlers Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873-7210 +1 732-873-2459
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Colonial Park

Reviewed By Ione S - Fargo

Take a walk through the park any time of the year. We went in early March and enjoyed a brisk walk on the path. Midway, the park was quiet and peaceful. The scenery is an interesting break from the hustle bustle of the city.

6. Johnson Park

River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
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4 based on 63 reviews

Johnson Park

Reviewed By barry88 - Hillsborough, New Jersey

The overall park is pretty nice, there is good walking area right on the water and of course they have a very mini zoo. The animals are fine, some could be looked after a little better (chickens were getting pecked like crazy and bloody). This is a nice place to spend if you have an hour or two to kill. It's also free which is a big plus

7. Kendall Park Roller Skating

3550 Nj-27, Kendall Park, NJ 08824 +1 732-297-3003
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4 based on 7 reviews

Kendall Park Roller Skating

Reviewed By Jan R - New Brunswick

This rink is an old style roller skating rink. It has a very large wooden floor in decent condition. The music ranges from Top 40 to Hip Hop. It also has an arcade area, skate rentals, and a snack bar.

Pros:
Large wooden floor
Friendly staff
Reasonable prices
Bathrooms remodeled a few years ago

Cons:
It has a smell
Floor not cleaned well, wheels pick up a lot of dirt
Carpet needs a good cleaning / replacement
Snack bar doesn't have many choices
- very thin pizza
- nachos & cheese
- pretzels
- soda
- slushies

There are public skating sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Private sessions are available at other times.

8. Franklin Park Natural Area

Old Vliet Rd. and South Middlebush Rd., Franklin Park, NJ 08823 +1 732-873-2500
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5 based on 1 reviews

Franklin Park Natural Area

Reviewed By Vanessa J - Franklin Park, New Jersey

The Franklin Park tract has fields that are currently leased to a nearby farmer with trails running along the edges of several fields. A small portion of the trail goes through a mature forest.
Perhaps the most interesting feature on this site is the 30-foot high red-rock cliff that overlooks the stream. NJ’s geology resulted, in part, from continent collision and the subsequent breakup of the supercontinent and with the formation of the Atlantic Ocean. This resulted in a huge basin forming in NJ that slowly filled up with sediment like a lake. That lake shale is what one looks at when down at the Ten mile Run cliffs. This is called the Passaic Formation and runs right through parts of NY, NJ and into PA. The way the rock breaks up is distinctive. The red color is typical of lake sediments that were exposed to oxygen-rich water during deposition allowing for minerals especially iron, to oxidize. The reason that we see only a relatively small outcropping here and there of this red shale is because of more "recent" glaciation and subsequent erosion.
Passive

9. Von Thuns Farm

519 Ridge Rd, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852-2636 +1 732-329-8656
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Von Thuns Farm

Reviewed By Didojen - Marlboro, New Jersey

I think the admission price can be a little steep here for the types of activities offered but my kids absolutely love it. The attractions here are simple but fun! They have pedal cars, rubber duck races, building a barn, petting zoo, pumpkin checkers and a lot more.

The corn maze is a lot of fun and very interactive. They give you a map and there are several games you can play inside.

I wouldn't recommend this farm for apple/pumpkin picking. The apples are pricey and not the best and the pumpkins are just thrown in a field.

Make sure you take the hayride to the pumpkin field for the corn cannons. The hayride is included in the admission but the corn cannons are not.

I normally wouldn't think the admission is worth it but my kids could spend all day here just running around and playing simple games. If you go on fall weekends they have food trucks there.

10. Princeton University Art Museum

McCormick Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-0001 +1 609-258-3788
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5 based on 587 reviews

Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation's finest art museums, housing collections of over 72 ,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history and all the world's major cultures. The Museum also presents special exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year. Admission is free.

Reviewed By jal07 - Sewaren, New Jersey

The Art Museum on the Princeton University campus is small but when it comes to the masterpieces on exhibit, the museum is on par with New York’s Metropolitan. There are great works by Picasso, Braque, Cezanne, American artists like Remington, Gilbert Stuart, Stuart Davis and Georgia O’Keefe. And best of all it’s Free. There are great restaurants and shoppes just a few yards away. So visit the Art Museum and the classy town of Princeton.

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