What to do in northern NJ?
October 22, 2016 7:04 PM   Subscribe

We will have time to kill this Sunday afternoon. Looking for things to do between Princeton and Newark, New Jersey. Unique sights, nature stuff, events, anything goes. Also, any suggestions for comfortable, quiet places to rest?
posted by molla to Travel & Transportation around New Jersey (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
How about the woods at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton?

There is also Rutgers Gardens.
posted by alphanerd at 7:59 PM on October 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

I'm a big fan of the Ballantine House at the Newark Museum, as well as the Newark Museum. Open until 5pm on Sundays. http://www.newarkmuseum.org/ballantine-house
posted by IdRatherNotSay at 8:01 PM on October 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Princeton also has an amazing art museum on the campus. If you're willing to venture a bit north of there, Paterson Falls (the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution) is a lovely surprise.
posted by workerant at 8:44 PM on October 22, 2016

Agree that the museum on the Princeton campus is an absolute gem and well worth a visit. Heading north:

The Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park extends north of Princeton. The trail is flat and is especially lovely this time of year.

A hike in the Sourland Mountain Preserve would be another good choice, with steeper climbs, a nice view from the top, and big boulders along the way.

Duke Farms has no special events scheduled today, but a stop at the greenhouse looks appealing. Orchids!

Watchung Reservation is another very enjoyable place to hike further north.
posted by 6thsense at 5:23 AM on October 23, 2016

It's a bit South, but "Grounds for Sculpture" is amazing.
posted by pyro979 at 6:41 AM on October 23, 2016

Cheesequake State Park is basically on your route.

There are various sites in and around Morristown, NJ relating to the encampment of the Continental Army after the victories at Trenton and Princeton. This includes Jockey Hollow which is mostly open space with trails.
posted by SemiSalt at 7:37 AM on October 23, 2016

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