New Jersey has some truly incredible small towns, from Lambertville to Haddonfield and Clinton to Stone Harbor. These amazing towns are popular day trip destinations but today we’re featuring a few fantastic small towns that deserve a little love. Not only are they great places to live, but they’re also wonderful day trip destinations. You’ll find them below in no particular order.
1. Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor is an unincorporated village that was founded as a Methodist camp community in what is now Parsippany-Troy Hills. The gingerbread-style architecture is the main draw, and you can see it for yourself during one of the town's annual Victorian house tours. In 2019, it will take place on September 28.
2. Mount Holly
There's so much to do in this historic town! You'll find the haunted Burlington County Prison Museum, multiple breweries, the charming Robin's Nest restaurant, parks on the Rancocas Creek, and loads of events. Don't miss the Fire & Ice Festival or Witches Ball!
This Morris County town has a thriving Main Street, home to wonderful shops and restaurants like Boonton Coffee, Chili Willies (Mexican), and the Darress Theatre. We also love Grace Lord Park - a peaceful place with a beautiful waterfall. Don't miss the town's Dog Days of Summer sculpture event!
This riverfront town borders the Delaware, Crosswicks Creek, and Blacks Creek. Waterfront views are abundant but what we love best is the shopping and dining. Under the Moon Cafe, Oliver A Bistro, and Properly Fueled are a few of our favorite restaurants. When it comes to shopping, don't miss the magical Broomstick Betty or the beloved Randy Now's Man Cave. The Man Cave has a great selection of gifts, one-of-a-kind sodas, concerts, movie nights, and more.
Best known for being the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland (visit the museum), they've got everything you need for a day of fun. There's shopping, dining, a small cinema, and picturesque park. They've got all types of cuisine, so you'll find whatever you're craving here. Check out Dough Artisan Pizzeria, Nori Sushi, or Cloverleaf Tavern.
This lovely Victorian town near Princeton has art studios, antique shops (check out Tomato Factory), a small museum, and a surprising amount of eateries in under a square mile. The Blue Bottle Cafe and The Peasant Grill are among the top-rated.
Spring Street is the heart of this gem of a town. It offers a fire museum, theater with live shows, and great restaurants like The Barrel House (try the burgers) and Mi Rancho Mexican Grill.
8. Point Pleasant Beach
This town may be the most popular on the list - after all, who isn't familiar with their beach and boardwalk. However, it's still underrated. All too often, visitors skip the thriving downtown with loads of shops and restaurants. They've got consignment and antique shops, charming home goods stores, and the best Poke around (Raw Poke Bar).
Closter is no Paramus when it comes to shopping but it's got you covered. They have a recently renovated shopping plaza that features New Jersey’s first and only Starbucks Reserve Bar. You'll find special creations and brewing techniques in an upscale environment. They've also got classic shops like Hometown Hardware and Ward's 5 & 10. Foodies will adore The Hill, home to Michelin-star-winning chef Ben Pollinger, and nature lovers will want to check out the Closter Nature Center, complete with an easy trail, brook, and plenty of programming.
This waterfront town has its own island and a fantastic main drag - High Street. We love UMMM Ice Cream Parlor, Olde City Quilts, Third State Brewing, and the Historic Burlington Antiques Emporium. Also in town, you'll find the Bridge Players Theatre Company and gorgeous Greenlanders Park.
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