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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.

Park
“The Eagle Rock Reservation is a 400+ acre park along the Watchung Mountains ridge line located between West Orange, Montclair and Verona. The 40 mile Lenape Trail (yellow blazes) skirts the eastern edge of the park. The hiking trails and footpaths that crisscross the woodland (and sometimes boggy) areas of the park are friendly for hikers of all ages and abilities. The main entrance to the park, located on Eagle Rock Avenue, is home to a large green, as well as the Essex County 9/11 Memorial and overlook to the east with extraordinary views of the New York City Skyline.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Zoo
“Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo was voted #1 Zoo in New Jersey with over 200 species representing animals from around the world.”
  • 14 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
Cinema
“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
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
Restaurant
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  • 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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“All you can eat of the most delectable cuisine and the ambiance is INCREDIBLE with landscaping that is breathtaking! ”
  • 2 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
Point of Interest
“ Completely new in 2015, giant water reservoir turned paddle boat park! Take a 2 mile stroll around the lake, kids will love the swan paddle boats! Grab brunch at McLoone's Boathouse with lake views. Kids will love the Reggata play ground featuring a giant ship that they can slide down and climb all over~”
  • 1 local recommends