10 Things to Do in Franklin Lakes That You Shouldn't Miss

March 21, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Franklin Lakes is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 10,590, reflecting an increase of 168 (+1.6%) from the 10,422 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 549 (+5.6%) from the 9,873 counted in the 1990 Census. As of the 2000 Census, Franklin Lakes had the 18th-highest per-capita income of all 566 municipalities in the state. Nationwide, Franklin Lakes ranked 17th among the highest-income places in the United States with a population of at least 10,000. Becton Dickinson, a Fortune 500 company, is headquartered in Franklin Lakes.
Restaurants in Franklin Lakes

1. Campgaw Mountain

200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2531 +1 201-327-7800
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3.5 based on 98 reviews

Campgaw Mountain

Fifteen acres of ski-able terrain at 850-foot elevation cater to beginner and intermediate skill levels.

Reviewed By Scarlettcal

Took group lessons with my kids and husband. Good trainers( I can’t remember both there’s name. I believe it was Elly and josh maybe ) Very understanding and patient with us. First snowboarders ( floridians). But the bill could diffidently rack up, gear Rental and lessons. Not sure if the actual place was worth what we paid but what can I say, we were there and it’s not like you can find a ski resort in every corner.

2. West Side Presbyterian Church

6 S Monroe St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3790 +1 201-652-1966
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

West Side Presbyterian Church

Reviewed By ERA818 - Woodland Park, New Jersey

Worshipful, quiet and enjoyable. Can be visited on weekdays,during office hours or at Sunday services (9:15 am, 10 am and 5:30 pm). Welcoming staff and welcoming congregation. As with any church there is no fee or expected contribution; of course contributions are well-received but not necessary at all to visit or attend services. Ask to see the public art gallery - adjacent to the main entrance. This church also has several acclaimed music programs. Ask about them or see the church website, "westside.org"

3. Rhino Theatre

247 Wanaque Ave, 237 Hamburg Turnpike-Studio, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442-2103 +1 973-248-9491
Excellent
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Rhino Theatre

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC proudly announces its new, second location. Both Rhino Theatre Mainstage (247 Wanaque Avenue) and Rhino Studio 237 (237 Hamburg Turnpike) offer unlimited types of entertainment for adult, seniors, teens and children. Our Mainstage shows, like Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Spamalot, Les Miserables and more always exceed our audiences expectations. Our new Rhino Studio 237 is home to our black box performance space, where plays, musicals, open mics, comedy nights are regular occurrences! We are always looking for new, fresh ideas, so bring them on.... Also, now available for rental our Mainstage, Black Box and 4 Rehearsal Studios, plus lesson rooms and more. Rent hourly, daily, weekly. Visit our website for details.

Reviewed By duck8to - Montville, New Jersey

Loved the high energy performance of "FOOTLOSE". The performance, costumes and staging were of a high standard. The performances at the theater run the gamut from professional to local talent which at times is impressive. It's a relatively small intimate theater. The main stage is upstairs on the second floor. They have a call ahead system for stair climbing which must be reserved but no elevator. Seats are close but acceptably comfortable. The audience seems to be generally made up of local supporters. I was invited by a local. Performances range from about $20-$25 which is quite reasonable. There is no food permitted in the theater but they do have a dinner and show package which includes Monica's Italian Restaurant which is nearby and must be reserved..The Black Box theater downstairs is used for Comedy Nights and Open Microphone performances. The Black Box is totally handicapped accessible. Free parking is available in the municipal lot or in back of the theater. Wonderful choice for local theater.

4. Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Skyline Drive, Oakland, NJ +1 201-512-9348
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

Thanks to Daniel Chazin for scoping out a very nice, scenic hike that took us about two hours with plenty of contemplation time.

This relatively short loop hike passes through the sites of two former Boy Scout camps – Camp Tamarack and Camp Todd. Each of these camps was situated on a lake, and the hike runs along the shore of both Lake Tamarack and Todd Lake. A number of relics from Camp Tamarack, which closed in the early 1990s, are visible along the way. Although the hike begins and ends in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, both lakes are located on property owned by Bergen County.

From the parking area, cross Skyline Drive. You will see a triple orange blaze on a telephone pole, marking the start of the Schuber Trail, as well as a triple white blaze, which marks the start of the Todd Trail. The Todd Trail will be your return route, but for now, follow the orange blazes of the Schuber Trail, which turn right onto the gravel road that leads into the former Camp Tamarack, then immediately turn left and proceed downhill on a winding footpath.

At the base of the descent, the trail skirts the ruins of the former camp rifle range. Just ahead, with the ruins of the former archery range visible on the left, a triple-purple-blaze on the right marks the start of the Tamarack Trail, which was blazed in the fall of 2016 by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Turn right onto the Tamarack Trail, which follows a level footpath and soon reaches the shore of Lake Tamarack. A rock ledge on the left affords a view over the lake, with a triangular building (the former camp chapel) visible across the lake on the left and the concrete-and-steel foundations of the former waterfront docks on the right.

The trail continues along the lakeshore, soon passing the concrete-and-stone foundations of the former camp waterfront buildings, with more views over the lake. After passing a balanced boulder, you’ll come to a third viewpoint over the lake. The trail now moves away from the lake, joining a woods road. Be alert for a turn where the Tamarack Trail bears left, leaving the road, and continues on a footpath.

A short distance beyond, the Tamarack Trail ends at a junction with the Yellow Trail (blazed with yellow diamonds) near the shore of Todd Lake. Turn right onto the Yellow Trail, which soon goes by a stone wall on a rock ledge at water level, with a view over the lake, and continues to parallel the lake. Near the lake’s south end, the Yellow Trail turns right and soon ends at a woods road, the route of the white-blazed Todd Trail.

Turn right, now following the white blazes. As another woods road joins from the left, the Todd Trail bears right, then almost immediately turns left and follows a footpath into the woods. It soon begins to climb, first rather steeply, then more gradually. After a level stretch, it descends to cross a seasonal stream in a shallow ravine, then ascends on a winding, rocky footpath, with several switchbacks. When it reaches Skyline Drive, the trail turns right and continues for about 200 feet to the triple white blaze marking the terminus of the Todd Trail, opposite the parking area where the hike began.

5. The Celery Farm

N Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

The Celery Farm

Reviewed By cararro - New York City, New York

Beautiful natural area to walk and bird. Easy trail around the lake, about 2 mikes, platforms to observe, and many side trails.

6. Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

1 Nature Preserve Way, Entrance off High Mountain Rd, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417-1218 +1 201-891-4000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

Reviewed By Valerie H - Oakland

Living in Oakland for 16 years I just now discovered the Preserve. I was recovering from a hip replacement and looking for a level easy path and the trails there were perfect. One exception, I choose never to do the full circle around the lake as there is a long stretch alongside the road that is noisy. the Nicer option for me is the "cu-through" at the top of the lake.

7. Abma's Farm

700 Lawlins Rd, Wyckoff, NJ 07481-1502 +1 201-891-0278
Excellent
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Abma's Farm

Reviewed By anthonybender923 - Clifton, New Jersey

Ok, it's an actual farm with a well supplied market of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and any other freshly made treats you can think of. AND they have animals (separate from the farmer's market of course) that you can feed and pet. It's just a good time wandering around and checking out what they offer. AND the freshly made donuts are to die for

8. Cipher Seeker Room Escape Challenge

168 Franklin Tpke, Suite 104, Waldwick, NJ 07463-1848 +1 201-251-2583
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5 based on 3 reviews

Cipher Seeker Room Escape Challenge

Cipher Seeker Escape Room Challenge is located on Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick New Jersey in the heart of North Jersey's Bergen County. We offer room escape challenges for groups of all sizes. The group has 60 minutes to search their room, locate clues, solve riddles and puzzles, and work together as a team to complete their objective and escape.

Reviewed By DL P - River Edge, New Jersey

We are a family of 7 and this appealed to all the various ages. We had so much fun trying to find keys, crack codes, and open locks. We were all able to contribute to the overall solution. Ultimately we solved the problem with 21 seconds remaining. The place itself is clean and bright. The staff was friendly and supportive. It was a very enjoyable experience and is a place that we are looking forward to visiting again!

9. The Hermitage

335 N Franklin Tpke, Ho Ho Kus, NJ 07423-1035 +1 201-445-8311
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

The Hermitage

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and house museum, incorporates a stone house that was visited during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington. It was also the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Its picturesque Gothic Revival design dates to the 1847–48 renovation by the architect William H. Ranlett.

The grounds are pleasant, and from time to time there are special events, including Civil War re-enactments.

Last month I attended the antique British car and motorcycle gathering, Classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, tvr, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles were on display.

The lecture series can be very educational; check the website to see what is on offer.

10. The Other Tales - Escape Rooms

245 Diamond Bridge Ave, 2nd Floor, Hawthorne, NJ 07506-1984 +1 973-963-4142
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5 based on 26 reviews

The Other Tales - Escape Rooms

The Other Tales - Escape Rooms offers real life mystery adventure games. Our games are an immersive experience, where players become part of the story as they look for clues, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery. Movie-like sets, deep story, and unusual riddles are fun for adults of all ages.

Reviewed By millasha - NJ

Clues are well designed and distributed along the room, so if you are (like me) come in a company of 8 people, there is plenty of room to work together on clues and not feel crowded. Clues are hard enough, but not impossible to crack. Highly recommend as fun weekend family activity, an anniversary outing, or even small office celebration.

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