Essex County

Joe D HeadshotOur 24 parks, five reservations and variety of recreation facilities are dynamic locations to enjoy the outdoors, engage in athletic competitions and get closer to nature. We hope you take the time to click through our Parks Website to learn about the histories of our parks, the natural wonders found in throughout Essex and the opportunities to engage in sport.  [ Continue Reading ]

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive


Presby Iris Gardens
Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Largest public iris garden in the U.S., more 10,000 irises and 1,500 varieties. 474 Upper Montclair Ave., 973-783-5974,

Essex County Rose Garden at Brookdale Park

Approximately 100 varieties of roses. Division St., 973-268-3500,

Van Vleck House & Gardens

Historic house, gardens, classes, events. 21 Van Vleck St., 973-744-4752,

Montclair Center

Restaurants, shopping, antique shops, art galleries. Bloomfield Ave. & N. Willow St., 973-509-3820,

Adventure Rooms

Escape room. 119 Grove St., 973-746-0050,

Avis Campbell Gardens

English-style gardens in honor of 9/11 victims. 60 S. Fullerton Ave.,

Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa

23 S. Fullerton Ave., 973-746-8426,

Arts at Montclair State University 

Performances, exhibits, lectures, screenings. 1 Normal Ave., 973-655-4000,

Montclair Center

Retail, restaurants, arts, events. Along Bloomfield Ave. and nearby adjacent streets,

Studio Montclair

Non-profit art gallery with exhibits and programs. 127 Bloomfield Ave., 862-500-1447,

Studio Montclair
Studio Players

Shows rang from original works to musicals. 14 Alvin Pl., 973-744-9752,

Wellmont Theater

Concerts, events. 5 Seymour St., 973-783-9500,

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center 

At Montclair State University, exhibits on Berra's career and Major League Baseball. 8 Yogi Berra Dr., 973-655-2378,

Montclair History Center

Clark House: archives, library, events. Society maintains Crane House & Historic YMCA, Nathaniel Crane House and Charles Shultz House Museum. 108 Orange Rd., 973-744-1796,

Soliders & Sailors WWI Monument

World War I memorial. Edgemont Park, Valley Rd.


MiniGolf Safari

19-hole course with African theme., 560 Northfield Ave., 973-731-5800,

Turtle Back Zoo

20 acres, more than 150 species, farm petting area, bird feeding, pony and train rides, picnic area. 560 Northfield Ave., 973-731-5800,

Turtle Back Zoo Giraffes
Luna Stage

Theater, readings, classes. 555 Valley Rd., 973-395-5551,

Glenmont Estate at Thomas Edison Park

Visit the home of Thomas and Mina Edison, cell phone tour. 211 Main St., 973-736-0550,

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Where Edison worked and lived from 1886 until hi death in 1931. Laboratory Complex: Edison's library, machine shops, exhibits, events. 211 Main St., 973-736-0550,

Codey Arena at South Mountain

Ice skating, hockey, lessons. 560 Northfield Ave., 973-731-3828,

Eagle Rock Reservation Conservancy

400 acres of woodlands, trails, horseback riding. Eagle Rock Ave. at Prospect Ave. (Rt. 577), 973-268-3500,

Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course

Aerial obstacle course, zip lining. 560 Northfield Ave.,

Essex County TreeTop

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Arts Unbound

Exhibits, classes, events. 542-544 Freeman St., 973-675-2787,

Arts Unbound Art is For All

Community Gallery at ValleyArts

Exhibits, events, classes. 400 Jefferson St., 682-252-7053,

Spaces @ Hat City

Events, venue. 459 Valley St., 862-704-6248,

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)

Theater, dance, cinemas, concerts, programs. 1 SOPAC Way., 973-313-2787,

South Orange Village Center

Restaurants, bars, shopping, arts. 1 Sloan St., 973-763-6899,


Oakside Cultural Center
Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center

Arts and education programs, community garden. 240 Bellville Ave., 973-429-0960,

Studio Players

Shows rang from original works to musicals. 14 Alvin Pl., 973-744-9752,

Westminster Arts Center t Bloomfield College

Music, dance, theater. 449 Franklin St., 973-748-9000,

The Shops at Bloomfield Station

Shopping, dining, retail for day-to-day needs. 300 Glenwood Ave.,

Dining at Bloomfield Station