Exploring the Local Area
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
U.S. Soldiers with the Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 99th Regional Support Command, pose for a photo with volunteers of the Morristown National Historical Park’s Continental Army. The 99th RSC commenced its 105th Army Reserve birthday celebration with a staff ride about winter encampment operations at Morristown during 1779-1780, known for the most severe weather during the American Revolution. (Photo by Sgt. Salvatore Ottaviano, April 2013)
Walk in the footsteps of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Morse, Thomas Nast and Gustav Stickley through Morris County. Morris County offers historic locales as well as modern cultural and recreational options. Located only 30 miles west of New York City, Morris County offers an ideal mix of big-city attractions and green spaces like arboretums and numerous parks.
For more information on Morris County, check out the Morris County Tourism Bureau’s website at https://morristourism.org or call 973-631-5151. The following is merely a sampling of the cultural and recreational opportunities in the area.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, in the Morris Township, features a 127-acre park with a Colonial Revival mansion, gardens, open fields, woodland and groves of flowering trees. Visit www.arboretumfriends.org.
The Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills has something to see during every season. Walk along the trails and enjoy more than a dozen gardens, including the Bee Meadow, Cypress Pool and Winter Garden. Visit www.willowwoodarboretum.org.
Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey performs music of all periods and styles in concerts throughout New Jersey. Visit http://baroqueorchestra.org.
Hanover Wind Symphony
The Hanover Wind Symphony is made up of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The symphony performs a number of concerts in and around the greater Morris County area, many of them free of charge. Visit www.hanoverwinds.org.
Morris County is home to a number of historic attractions, including four important national historic landmarks. Discover the birthplace of the telegraph at Historic Speedwell. Visit noted designer Gustav Stickley’s early 20th-century country estate, considered one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Check out Macculloch Hall to see the largest collection of works by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who created the images of Santa Claus, the Republican donkey, the Democratic elephant and Uncle Sam. For a full listing of historical gems, visit https://morristourism.org/directory/history-attraction.
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake, offers camping, water sports, fine dining and much more. Visit www.lakehopatcong.com.
Morris Arts’ mission is “building community through the arts.” The council’s programs and services include arts education programs for children; events like concerts, gallery walks and public art exhibits; and support of area artists and arts organizations through funding, advocacy and professional development. For information on art galleries, programs and events in the county, visit www.morrisarts.org.
Morristown Game Vault
The Morristown Game Vault features classic video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Q-bert to name a few), pinball machines and retro-gaming fun. Visit www.morristowngamevault.com.
Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of Gen. Washington and the Continental Army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum and library collection related to the encampments and Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America. Visit www.nps.gov/morr.
Patriots’ Path is accessible to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, joggers and more. The 55-mile trail links parks, historic sites and other points of interest throughout Morris County. Visit http://m66.siteground.biz/~morrispa/index.php/parks/patriots-path.
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
The 276-acre Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is in Bernardsville, Basking Ridge and Harding Township. It includes woodland, field and floodplain habitat that supports more than 200 species of wildlife. The sanctuary’s Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education has an environmental learning center, a treetop-level observation deck, a bookstore and exhibits. A bird-feeding station next to the building allows visitors to view birds from the comfort of the center. Visit www.facebook.com/pg/NJASHWS.
From department stores and boutiques to farmers markets and antiques, there’s something for every taste and budget in Morris County. Visit https://morristourism.org/directory/shopping.
Everything from musicals, dance events and children’s theater to Shakespeare can be enjoyed in the county’s indoor and outdoor theaters. Visit https://morristourism.org/arts-culture/theater.
William G. Mennen Sports Arena
Morris Township’s Mennen Sports Arena offers figure and hockey skating, a pro shop and an eatery. The arena receives more than a million visitors annually and hosts events like dog shows, antique shows, competitions and more. Visit www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/mennen-sports-arena.