If you’re interested in some of the best small town downtowns, you’re in luck. New Jersey has plenty. Now while New Jersey may be close to two major U.S. cities — it’s one of the best perks of living here — the state is actually comprised mostly of charming, smaller towns. Some could even say the heart and soul of New Jersey is the small towns! So, in honor of the many wonderful small towns, we’re looking at the ones that have the best downtowns in New Jersey — whether it’s because of the shops, the history, the walkability, or the sights.

Do you think these are the best small town downtowns in New Jersey? Of course, this is hardly a complete list of towns to visit in New Jersey — there are so many fun and interesting downtown areas in the state! What small towns do you love in New Jersey?

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What are some historic towns in New Jersey worth visiting?

History buffs have so many great choices when it comes to historic towns in New Jersey. The Historic Village at Allaire Park in Farmingdale is a great place to visit for the whole family. The park recreates life during the 19th century and has a host of historic buildings, exhibits, and living history demonstrations. Waterloo Village in Stanhope is another great place to visit. It is a restored 19th century canal town with a working mill complex, general store, and blacksmith shop. Step back in time when you visit Allaire Park and Waterloo Village!

What are some slow-paced small towns in New Jersey?

If you’re looking for a quiet retreat, there are some great slow-paced small towns in New Jersey. Head over to Mullica Hill if you love antiques and shopping. This town of just about 4,000 residents is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and not only has a great Antique Street Fair, but also an Amish Farmers Market. The small town of Frenchtown may have only about 1,500 residents, but it has a thriving downtown. Take a day trip there and visit some great restaurants, book shops, and Delaware River views.