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

July 29, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Maplewood is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 23,867, reflecting a decline of 1 person (0.0%) from the 23,868 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,216 (+10.2%) from the 21,652 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Maplewood

1. Liberty Hall Museum

1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083-7120 +1 908-527-0400
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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.

2. Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052-5612 +1 973-736-0550
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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.

3. Nomahegan Park

Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
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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.

4. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ 07104-1029 +1 973-484-4600
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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. Paper Mill Playhouse

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

6. Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901-2908 +1 908-273-8787
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Reviewed By MitchPhyllis65 - Morristown, New Jersey

My wife and I visited Reeves-Reed Arboretum on a Saturday at the end of August and enjoyed a free guided tour of the estate’s beautiful gardens. If you’re a home gardener, then you’ll truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into maintaining and improving what Mother Nature started. This arboretum may be smaller than some, but it ranks right up there with the nicer ones we’ve seen. We want to thank all the volunteers that give their time to help preserve this delightful arboretum.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Escapology

300 South Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027-1312 +1 908-232-2222
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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!

10. 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!

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