Top 10 Things to do in Madison, United States

February 25, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,845, reflecting a drop in population of 685 (−4.1%) from the 16,530 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 680 (+4.3%) from the 15,850 counted in the 1990 Census. It is known as "The Rose City" and was named in honor of President James Madison.
Restaurants in Madison

1. The Funplex

182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936 +1 973-428-1166
Excellent
38%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

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!

2. The Raptor Trust Center

1390 Whitebridge Rd, Millington, NJ 07946-2044 +1 908-647-2353
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 68 reviews

The Raptor Trust Center

The Raptor Trust center is known nationally for rehabilitating wild birds and the conservation of birds of prey. The center is located near the Great Swamp National Wildlife refuge. The Raptor Trust not only provides avian rehabilitation, but also offers educational programs about wildlife. The center is open 365 days a year to receive injured birds. Visitors are welcome to view hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls housed in aviaries on the property. The Phone# is 908-647-2353.

Reviewed By John N - New York

They only ask for a $2 donation as admission so how can you go wrong? They take in injured raptors and nurse them back to health and many then become residents. An easy walk among the enclosures and you can learn so much about these amazing creatures. Easy to find not far off Rte 287 - I came in off of Maple Ave and just be warned 99% of the road coming in is paved but there is a very small section of dirt but it is in good shape

3. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940-1434 +1 973-408-5600
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 44 reviews

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly called "New Jersey Shakespeare Festival") is one of 25 professional theatres in the state. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation — serving 100,000 adults and children annually — it is New Jersey's largest professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

Reviewed By travelontheroad - Morristown, New Jersey

There are no bad seats in this small theater. Plays range from Shakespeare to other classics. Enjoyable with friends! They do an excellent job!

4. Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041-1610 +1 973-379-3636
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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.

5. Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum

30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960-4259 +1 973-539-2016 ext. 210
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum

Reviewed By Beverly D - Morris Plains, New Jersey

A brand new museum was unveiled at Washington's Headquarters over Presidents Day Weekend. In addition to the Ford Mansion, just a few steps away, there is now a museum which has a film and War Gallery. along with another room containing artifacts, the new Discovery Center focuses on what life was like during the Revolution for people living in NJ. Exhibits cover musket firing, desertions, food scarcity, loyalty oaths, to name a few. Many of the exhibits are interactive, which appeal to kids and adults alike, there are costumes to try on and there is even an authentic door from an 18th century Morristown jail. Add a visit to Jockey Hollow (approximately 3 miles south), site of the winter encampment of 1779-1780, and you can experience the Revolutionary War as never before. Good for school-age children & adults and it's free.

6. Imagine That! Children's Museum

4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932-1555 +1 973-966-8000
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

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!

7. Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901-2908 +1 908-273-8787
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Reviewed By MitchPhyllis65 - Morristown, New Jersey

My wife and I visited Reeves-Reed Arboretum on a Saturday at the end of August and enjoyed a free guided tour of the estate’s beautiful gardens. If you’re a home gardener, then you’ll truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into maintaining and improving what Mother Nature started. This arboretum may be smaller than some, but it ranks right up there with the nicer ones we’ve seen. We want to thank all the volunteers that give their time to help preserve this delightful arboretum.

8. Twin Elephant Brewing Company

13 Watchung Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928-2759 +1 973-507-9862
Excellent
22%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Twin Elephant Brewing Company

Reviewed By Kevin B - Mount Juliet, Tennessee

I stopped here a few times this year since it's only a few miles from my home and it's been getting rave reviews and it's a fairly decent little brewery. They're only open Friday afternoons and Saturday and it gets super packed on both days; there are huge lines for people filling up growlers. The brewery has different beers each week as they make small batches and the beer has been hit or miss, but more hit than miss. Their IPAs are fairly good overall and they often have experimental brews, some of which have been great. The tasting room is fairly spacious and they let you bring in food. A flight of 4 or 5 costs around $10 and extra tasters are around $3. It's a nice place overall and I would recommend it to any craft beer fans in the area. I'd suggest visiting early on a Saturday and avoid it on a Friday afternoon as it's way too packed then.

9. Jockey Hollow

Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960 +1 973-539-2016 ext. 210
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 277 reviews

Jockey Hollow

Part of the Morristown National Historical Park, this recreated campsite was home to the Pennsylvnia troops in the winter of 1779-80.

Reviewed By Hammbrook - New Jersey

Jockey Hollow is a beautiful park, with many walking trails, and a strong interpretive center. The Wick House and grounds/gardens give you the feel of colonial times while the re-creations of the soldiers’ huts (barracks) illustrate the tough conditions the soldiers faced wintering in New Jersey two years after Valley Forge. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Ample parking. A definite stop for history buffs.

10. Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431 +1 973-731-5800
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 733 reviews

Turtle Back Zoo

Reviewed By DestinDee - Destin, Florida, United States

We began our zoo adventure with the short train ride. A zoo keeper introduced us to the lioness and her one year old cub. My grand kids really liked the reptiles and monkeys and unique red panda. I wish we would have had more time to explore the delightful local zoo!

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