10 Things to Do in Livingston That You Shouldn't Miss

September 2, 2017 Merry Kessler

Livingston is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 29,366, reflecting an increase of 1,975 (+7.2%) from the 27,391 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 782 (+2.9%) from the 26,609 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Livingston

1. Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052-5612 +1 973-736-0550
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 417 reviews

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Reviewed By VacaCouple2014 - New York City, New York

This is a museum where you need several hours to really see everything and they close at 4 pm. so plan accordingly. We ran out of time. You can see Edison's workshop, library, stock room along with multiple other things - like the first movie production site, a display of the original phonograph (that still works) and so much more that it is hard to remember it all. We plan to return again when we can go and view his home in nearby Montclair in warm weather - opens in April.

2. Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041-1610 +1 973-379-3636
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 208 reviews

Paper Mill Playhouse

Reviewed By JoelNunez1555 - Springfield, New Jersey

Casts and production values are topnotch. I've seen The Bodyguard, The Producers, and Mary Poppins here and I was floored by how good the shows were. Hit shows get good crowds so book early. Parking is easy, and the theater is close to the train station.

3. Escape Garden State

1275 Bloomfield Ave, Unit 49 Building 7, Fairfield, NJ 07004-2708 +1 973-882-2900
Excellent
93%
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6%
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5 based on 59 reviews

Escape Garden State

Real-life escape games featuring New Jersey themes. Groups of 2-10 people are able to immerse themselves in authentic experiences as they count down the time left on the clock. Book your reservation now, and see if you can Escape the Garden State!

Reviewed By Michael F

We completed the Boardwalk room at this facility, which bases its attractions on New Jersey experiences. The room uses classic cerebral puzzles mixed with some light physical challenges (nothing too strenuous). There are a couple of minor bumps, including one of the early puzzles, which seemed disconnected with no way to realize it was even there (you aren't supposed to break things in escape rooms, of course, and this bordered on that). The other was one of the last puzzles that seemed to be calibrated away from success.

Despite these VERY minor bumps, this was a fantastic experience. The room was large and multi-faceted, the puzzles encouraged communication, and we never felt too stumped. Note that clues are delivered at the game master's discretion via television (rather than loud speaker or other in-theme gimmick). The pacing felt good. We're looking forward to returning for the Power Surge / Edison-themed room.

4. Imagine That! Children's Museum

4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932-1555 +1 973-966-8000
Excellent
45%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 146 reviews

Imagine That! Children's Museum

At Imagine That!!!, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore in our 16,000 square foot space, featuring over 50 unique exhibits. Featuring an arts and crafts room, 3 level train exhibit, dance studio, diner, grocery store, Victorian house, princess castle, real fire engine, post office, doctor & dentist area, real airplane and much more!!! Embracing a learning-through-play model, Imagine That!!! is a safe environment where young children can stretch their legs and their imagination. Our exhibits are specifically designed to stimulate the child's imagination and intellect while providing them with a fun and exciting day! Imagine That!!! specializes in field trips, summer camps and private and custom birthday parties!

Reviewed By Cristina R - Whippany, New Jersey

This has been a go to spot for my toddler for sometime. He loves the different play areas, especially the painting, trains, grocery store, and pirate ship. It was an obvious choice for his birthday party and they did an excellent job! They tailored the party to what we wanted and had face painting and a private, personalized puppet show! My son and his friends had an amazing time!

5. Bane Haunted House

630 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Okner Parkway, Livingston, NJ 07039-1611 +1 973-533-0951
Excellent
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4 based on 21 reviews

Bane Haunted House

Bane Haunted House is NJ's largest and most interactive haunted attraction! With over 40,000 sq. ft of terror, we're bringing your nightmares to life! Come experience our all new escape rooms and zombie apocalypse, where you fight off real zombies!

Reviewed By John A

Very dissapointing, 101.00 in tickets upgrade 30.00 more dollars for more rounds, and gun breaks down halfway through the house. Complained and was blown off my management. Very bad experience and poor service for what I paid, but unfortunately they got my money and didnt care about what I had to say. I would thibk twice about bane next time.

6. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace

207 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5115 +1 973-226-0001
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Reviewed By rsquaredb - West Orange, New Jersey

Nice little Museum with lots of artifacts from this president and of the time. Good if you are in the area or are a big fan or enjoy small historic homes. They have a number of special events through out the year including 4th of July ice cream social.

7. Words Bookstore

179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2509 +1 973-763-9500
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 45 reviews

Words Bookstore

Reviewed By firebirdinc - Maplewood, New Jersey

The staff is very friendly and always helpful. If they don't have what you are looking for they can get it quickly. Lots of charm and great to have a family owned bookstore instead of the usual antiseptic chains.

8. The Funplex

182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936 +1 973-428-1166
Excellent
38%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 112 reviews

The Funplex

With more than 100,000 sq. ft. of fun, this award-winning family entertainment center offers everything from Go Karts and Arcade to an exhilarating Waterpark and more, making The Funplex the go-to venue for corporate events, parties or simply a day of family fun. Widely-popular indoor attractions include a state-of-the-art arcade, our newest attraction, the futuristic FunTron Laser Tag, XD Dark Ride featuring 4-D motion simulation in a theatre atmosphere, fast-paced Electric Go-Karts, Foam Frenzy and Bumper Cars, along with exciting rides like Free Fall, Super Twister, and Skyscraper. Hungry guests can now enjoy the all-new PitStop café, with racing-themed décor and an appetizing new menu that includes hot items, healthy offerings, and grab-and-go options. Outside, guests enjoy the hugely-popular Splashplex Water Park, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The water park features an Interactive Pool, cascading Infinity Pool, Splash Pad, Lazy River, Body Slides, Coal Mine Railway

Reviewed By XSki007 - New Jersey

First visit with the grandkids. All good. The pricing was fair and there is so much to do. Left after 2 hours and hardly scratched the surface of attractions. Will come back again soon.Thank you very much for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope you visit again soon!

9. Verona Park

475 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044-2016
Excellent
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Verona Park

Reviewed By Rollin D - Verona, New Jersey

Verona Park is a classically designed gem of the Essex County Park System, reminiscent of New York's Central Park and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Unfortunately, in recent years, much of the understory vegetation, especially the native mountain laurels, have died or otherwise disappeared. This is a problem more widespread than just here; the explosive deer population and other factors have contributed.

The lack of appropriate maintenance of the park, however, is another matter altogether. Motor vehicles, apparently operated by employees assigned to work in the park, have torn up the lawns adjacent to the walkways, leaving inches deep tire treads in some places. This is a regrettable condition that should be addressed! Vehicle use in the park should be carefully monitored by appropriate staff members and adjusted accordingly.

The park is still beautiful and worth visiting but what was once a surpassing gem is now flawed, and needlessly so. Hopefully steps will be taken to restore it to a measure of its' former glory.

10. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ 07104-1029 +1 973-484-4600
Excellent
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5 based on 156 reviews

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Reviewed By barry m - New York City, New York

I have stopped to take a look sometimes a take pictures.
This is one of the largest cathederals on the East coast, from what I have read about it.
There are nice Italian restaurants and bakeries nearby. This was once a major Italian neighborhood at one time.

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