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

August 10, 2017 Randal Brittian

Summit is an affluent city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 21,457, reflecting an increase of 326 (+1.5%) from the 21,131 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,374 (+7.0%) from the 19,757 counted in the 1990 Census. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census According to Bloomberg, Summit ranked as the 72nd richest town in America in 2018.
Restaurants in Summit

1. Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901-2908 +1 908-273-8787
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

2. 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.

3. Twin Elephant Brewing Company

13 Watchung Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928-2759 +1 973-507-9862
Excellent
22%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Twin Elephant Brewing Company

Reviewed By Kevin B - Mount Juliet, Tennessee

I stopped here a few times this year since it's only a few miles from my home and it's been getting rave reviews and it's a fairly decent little brewery. They're only open Friday afternoons and Saturday and it gets super packed on both days; there are huge lines for people filling up growlers. The brewery has different beers each week as they make small batches and the beer has been hit or miss, but more hit than miss. Their IPAs are fairly good overall and they often have experimental brews, some of which have been great. The tasting room is fairly spacious and they let you bring in food. A flight of 4 or 5 costs around $10 and extra tasters are around $3. It's a nice place overall and I would recommend it to any craft beer fans in the area. I'd suggest visiting early on a Saturday and avoid it on a Friday afternoon as it's way too packed then.

4. Trailside Nature & Science Center

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

5. Escapology

300 South Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027-1312 +1 908-232-2222
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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!

6. Words Bookstore

179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2509 +1 973-763-9500
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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. Feltville Historic District

Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ
Excellent
21%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Feltville Historic District

Reviewed By Michael A - New Providence, New Jersey

When in town, whether Berkeley heights, new providence, mountain side, or anywhere in area...I highly recommend coming here, weather permitting. A great hike throughout watchung reservation, and then you have this " deserted " village ...as advertised. Wonder off the beaten path and discover revolution dated grave sites and bits of history that seems like a bonus story to a great walk. My kids were a little bored at times, but kept interested 80 percent of the walk. A great day

8. 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.

9. M&M Liquors

22 South St, New Providence, NJ 07974-2932 +1 908-464-7474
Excellent
14%
Good
72%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

M&M Liquors

Reviewed By Arcadia23 - New Providence, New Jersey

This is a great small town liquor store that participate in community events and has a great selection of beer, wine and spirits.

10. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940-1434 +1 973-408-5600
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 44 reviews

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly called "New Jersey Shakespeare Festival") is one of 25 professional theatres in the state. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation — serving 100,000 adults and children annually — it is New Jersey's largest professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

Reviewed By travelontheroad - Morristown, New Jersey

There are no bad seats in this small theater. Plays range from Shakespeare to other classics. Enjoyable with friends! They do an excellent job!

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