The 10 Best Things to Do in Montclair, United States

April 2, 2018 Jana Sager

Montclair (/mɒntˈklɛər/ or /mɒŋˈklɛər/) is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 37,669, reflecting a decline of 1,308 (−3.4%) from the 38,977 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,248 (+3.3%) from the 37,729 counted in the 1990 Census. As of 2010, it was the 60th-most-populous municipality in New Jersey.
Restaurants in Montclair

1. Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052-5612 +1 973-736-0550
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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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. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ 07104-1029 +1 973-484-4600
Excellent
81%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
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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.

3. Presby Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-1523 +1 973-783-5974
Excellent
73%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Presby Iris Gardens

Reviewed By Marc S - Randolph, New Jersey

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is a remarkable garden, with over 10,000 irises, 1,500 varieties and over 100,000 blooms over the entire season. Like any other garden, it makes sense to inquire about the stage of the bloom. Visiting the garden in late May, we still saw many beautiful irises. However the majority of viewed irises looked well past their prime.

Parking is available on the street, and I am sure it can sometimes be challenging. We easily found a spot. Importantly be sure to check the weather. Overcast skies with little or no wind will help with your photography.

4. Verona Park

475 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044-2016
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
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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.

5. Brookdale Park

Watchung Avenue, Park Borders Bloomfield and Montclair, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 +1 973-268-3500
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Brookdale Park

Reviewed By jfdunphy1

Summer concert series in progress again. Local residents appreciate the high quality upgrade on track, football/soccer field and so on. Rose garden and archery facilities maintained by clubs. And there is a dog park. Well used park.

6. New Jersey Performing Arts Center

1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102-4501 +1 973-642-8989
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 334 reviews

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By John C

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center hall is an acoustic and architectural gem - the perfect place to experience Mozart’s final, moving masterpiece. Conductor Xian Zhang’s infectious enthusiasm animated the musicians. A full chorus - the Montclair State University Singers - made for a riveting, emotional musical journey. Bravo!

7. South Mountain Reservation

So. Orange Ave. & Cherry Lane, (spans Millburn, Maplewood and West Orange), West Orange, NJ 07052 +1 973-268-3500
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

South Mountain Reservation

Reviewed By Mona B

This is a great spot for walking, hiking, and running. There are short easy trails, longer trails, we haven't even explored all of them and we're always discovering something new. Beautiful views and if it's recently rained there are several great spots with waterfalls. Also a dog park and a spot that is gated off for biking. Our whole family loves going.

8. Van Vleck House & Gardens

21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042-2373 +1 973-744-4752
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Van Vleck House & Gardens

Reviewed By Albert F Z - Garfield, New Jersey

A "must see" for anyone looking to stroll wonderful gardens or just experience a quiet setting to read, picnic and enjoy nature. The grounds of this former family estate include many paths leading to nooks and small pastures. Also, there is an education center and restrooms. Admission is free but there is a donation box. I urge all to contribute whatever you can afford.

9. Kips Castle

22 Crestmont Rd, Verona, NJ 07044-2902 +1 973-268-3500
Excellent
15%
Good
78%
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7%
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4 based on 13 reviews

Kips Castle

Reviewed By schmutaki - new jersey

We visited the castle on a chilly first day of spring. The castle was not open for tours but the outside is magnificent, the grounds are pretty and the views of the nyc skyline in the distance are great. The surrounding area has other interesting structures and fancy homes.

10. Jimmy's Escape Room, LLC

372 Broad St, Ste # 3, Bloomfield, NJ 07003-2751 +1 302-861-2169
Excellent
33%
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67%
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Jimmy's Escape Room, LLC

We are a real-life escape game where participants are locked in a room and must race against the clock in order to escape. Teams will need to use their logic, wit, and communication skills in order to discover clues and solve our riddles and puzzles. The goal is to solve the mystery and escape within 55 minutes! Any corporate teams are welcome.Perfect for improving team work!

Reviewed By Morgan B

First of all, the employees are great, they are very helpful and easy to work with. My friends and I did the Asylum themed room and it was so much fun. There are so many different forms of puzzles (I won't spoil what kinds, find out for yourself!) and it really requires a lot of thinking. Anyone could have fun here, all of the technology in the room is so cool!! Families, friends, businesses, couples should all give Jimmy's Escape a try, you may even make it on the leader board (we didn't make it in time lol). I am definitely returning for the Lighthouse themed room!

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