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Best things to do in West Orange

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Just a 10 minute drive away, spend a few hours in the woods. Gorgeous sun sets and great for spotting some cute pups. On clear days, you might even get a glimpse of the NYC skyline. ”
20 locals recommend
Zoo
“Wonderful zoo with kids’ railroad. 28 min. drive. One of the benefits of staying on this side of the Hudson!”
13 locals recommend
Art Museum
“There is usually an interest special exhibit going on and free admission first Thursday nights.”
14 locals recommend
Park
“South Mountain Reservation covers 2,112 acres in the central section of Essex County, extending through the municipalities of West Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountain Range. The presence of the early Lenape Indians lingers in the name given to the Watchung—the "high hills." The reservation has changed only slightly through the years. It's been preserved primarily in its wild state. Woodlands abound in a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks tower above streams, creeks and ponds”
12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Technically a restaurant, but the outside bar is the highlight! Go here on a warm night to enjoy a high-end but energetic scene with a lovely lake view.”
6 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Want to catch a movie, and have dinner at the same time? The food is better than I'd expected, and is served right to your seat. Just make sure you reserve your seat ahead of time!”
5 locals recommend
Park
“Tour Thomas Edison's factory and home. This is a great historical place to visit. www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/thomas-edison-national-historical-park”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This place is wonderful for you and the entire family. While there, be sure to visit Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. It's a free admission to the park and lake. They are connected.”
5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“All you can eat of the most delectable cuisine and the ambiance is INCREDIBLE with landscaping that is breathtaking! ”
2 locals recommend
Park
“Visit Thomas Edison's historic laboratory at one of the newest National Parks.”
5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This spot is the look-out over the Manhattan skyline. The event space on site is also open for meals, drinks with balcony overlooking the view.”
4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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Restaurant
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4 locals recommend
Park
“A true oasis right in the middle of Montclair. Take a tour of the gardens or simply walk around the beautifully-kept grounds. ”
4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Because the food is great, reasonably priced and the live entertainment is amazing. ”
4 locals recommend