Located in Northeast New Jersey, Essex County is a fabulous place for families to call home. Whether your moving to Essex County for a slower pace in the western suburbs or plan to reside in the urbanized eastern portion of the county, you’re sure to find a neighborhood that suits your family’s lifestyle.
From outdoor adventures to world-class museums, there’s something for everyone in this spirited community with roots dating back to 1675. Here are the top five attractions you should visit as soon as you’re unpacked and settled in your new home:
1. Ice Skating at Codey Arena
Located at the South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena’s ice skating rink is open to the public for skating, group lessons, private lessons, and birthday parties year round. If you’re children want to delve further into skating, figure skating sessions and ice hockey camps are also available.
2. Turtle Back Zoo
From viewing exotic live animals and getting up close on a farm to inspiring behind the scenes tours and a thrilling treetop adventure course, your family is sure to enjoy spending the day at Turtle Back Zoo. In addition, the zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, an honor that makes it among the most elite zoos and aquaria in the U.S.
3. Newark Museum
New Jersey’s largest museum offers a wide variety of experiences in the arts and natural sciences. Plus, the museum hosts a number of programs and workshops designed to entertain and educate families, children, and adults.
4. Montclair Art Museum
With more than 12,000 works of art on display, your family can easily spend a few hours exploring the Montclair Art Museum. The museum is one of only a few in the U.S. devoted to American art and Native American art forms.
5. Eagle Rock Reservation
This 400-acre park is encompasses parts of two Essex County municipalities—West Orange and Montclair. You can enjoy spectacular views of the New York City skyline, grab a bite to eat at the Old Casino restaurant, or explore one of several hiking paths, horseback riding trails, and picnic areas.