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Things to do in Paterson

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“This is a National Park, and a must see when visiting our area. The history of the City of Paterson includes its beginnings as the ambitious project of Alexander Hamilton and the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers (S.U.M.) in 1792 at the Great Falls, the early development of water power systems for industrial use, and the various types of manufacturing that occurred in the District's mills into the 20th Century. These included cotton fabrics, railroad locomotives, textile machinery, jute, and silk spinning, weaving, and dyeing, among many others. The Great Falls represents compelling stories of the lives of immigrants who labored in the mills, those who owned and operated factori”
  • 6 locals recommend
Store
“Delicious ice cream. Innovative flavors, sorbets & sundaes; closed November-March.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Castle
“ Lambert Castle, originally called Belle Vista, is located within the Garret Mountain Reservation in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey. Adults – $5.00 Senior Citizens (65+) – $4.00 Children ages 5-17 – $3.00 Children under age 5 – No Charge”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“77 ft.-high waterfall with a viewing bridge & a welcome center with industrial heritage exhibits. Its a Public Park, you just go in, don't have to pay!! :) ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Paterson Museum is a museum in Paterson, in Passaic County, New Jersey, in the United States. Founded in 1925, it is owned and run by the city of Paterson and its mission is to preserve and display the industrial history of Paterson. Entrance is free, you can give a donation if is your desire. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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Restaurant
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Grocery or Supermarket
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“Huge and lots of regular food things - prices are very reasonable. Fresh produce, meats, fish and an booze shop to purchase your own including beer. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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Café
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  • 1 local recommends
Colombian Restaurant
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Corner Shop
Food
“The Paterson Farmers Market is awesome! (This isn't the only store in the Farmers Market, just the one that came up.)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 1 local recommends