Bridgewater Township is located in the heart of Somerset County, New Jersey. You can reach Bridgewater in about 90min from NYC, which makes this a great day-trip destination for city dwellers. Baseball fans should make a point of visiting the TD Bank Ballpark to watch local Somerset Patriots in action. If you love the Great Outdoors you will find excellent recreational options at the Duke Island Park and Washington Valley Park, both of which are great destinations for walking, hiking, cycling and wildlife watching. Shoppers can spend a rewarding day enjoying all the offerings at the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall while wine lovers can embark on a Vineyard and Tank Room Tour at Old York Cellars. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.TD Bank Ballpark
Home ground of the Somerset Patriots, the TD Ballpark in Bridgewater is a must on your New Jersey itinerary. The Somerset Patriots play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and can be seen in action at the ballpark at least 70 times a year. The wine colored brickwork and green steel façade of the ballpark make it a prominent landmark in Somerset County, where upwards of 6,000 spectators can come and cheer on their home team. In addition to watching baseball, visitors also attend regular major music concerts and other events at the ballpark. During the Covid 19 pandemic the ballpark has been hosting family outdoor movie nights.
TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Park, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Phone: 908-252-0700
2.Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Bridgewater residents and visitors are fortunate to have the Duke Island Park close to their city. The park provides a range of recreational activities to keep all ages actively enjoying an outdoor adventure. Visitors are encourages to stop by the Visitors Center where you can get all the information you need to enhance your enjoyment of the park. Many people bring along a picnic to enjoy at one of five picnic areas, one of which is suitable for wheelchairs. Activities include walking or hiking along the trails, cycling and fishing in the Raritan River, which partially surrounds the park. Winter activities include supervised ice skating and cross-country skiing.
Duke Island Park, Old York Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Phone: 908-722-7779
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3.Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Washington Valley Park is a popular recreational area which lies nestled between the first and second Watchung Mountain ridges close to Bridgewater. Hiking and mountain biking are the most popular activities in the park – you have at least 8 trails to choose from, ranging from easy to moderate. There is a large reservoir on the park which offers good fishing from the shoreline. From August to November each year hundreds of bird watchers gather at the Washington Valley Hawk Watch to observe and record thousands of migrating raptors including hawks, osprey, falcons and bald eagles. When conditions are perfect it is not unusual for birders to spot up to 10,000 raptors in a single day.
Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Phone: 908-722-1200
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4.Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater, New Jersey
Bridgewater Commons is a large indoor shopping mall where local residents can stock up on just about everything. Anchor tenants include your favorite departmental stores like Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Lord and Taylor, as well as dozens of other retailers and restaurants spread over three floors. Many well-known brands are represented here including Lulu lemon, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Apple and Sephora. When you need a break from shopping you can relax and enjoy a coffee, snack or meal at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops. Round off your day by catching a movie at the AMC Dine-in Theatres or visit the Zen Spa for a relaxing treatment.
Bridgewater Commons, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807, Phone: 908-218-1166
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5.Old York Cellars, Bridgewater, NJ
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Welcoming all wine enthusiasts, Old York Cellars is a great destination for a day out with a difference. Here you can spend a few delightful hours sipping great wines while you look out over the lovely vineyards. The Cellars offer a variety of Winery or Vineyard and Winery Experiences, where you can enjoy a guided tasting or join a Tank Room Tour to learn about all the intricacies of producing a wonderfully satisfying bottle of wine. There are various outdoor areas where you can enjoy delicious food and wine with the family and during the summer months the Cellars host weekend their popular Summer Wine and Music Series.
Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ 08551, Phone: 908-284-9463
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6.The Airsoft Factory, Bridgewater, New Jersey
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The Airsoft Factory is an indoor shooting range where you can have fun emulating your favorite gaming or movie heroes using very realistic replica weapons which fire plastic bullets. The guns all feel like the real thing – right size, feel and weight, but are completely harmless. The Factory offers a selection of very realistic indoor city or war zone themes where you and your friends can demonstrate your shooting skills (and take home a video of your brilliant achievements). If shooting games are not your thing, you can just enjoy the shooting range where you can try a variety of different weapons to test your skills with a target sheet. The Factory is a great option for birthday parties for older children.
The Airsoft Factory, 5 W Chimney Rock Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08805, Phone: 732-302-0242
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7.Haagen Dazs, Bridgewater, New Jersey
Located within the Food Hall of Bridgewater Commons, Haagen Dazs serves up the best ice cream you are likely to find anywhere in the county. The Haagen Dazs philosophy is simple – find the very best and freshest ingredients and combine them perfectly to produce a superior product. The brand started back in 1960 with just three flavors of wonderfully creamy ice cream – vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Today the famous brand has expanded to offer fans a much wider variety of flavors and combinations. As well as regular ice cream you can also choose mouth-watering sorbets and rich and indulgent Haagen Dazs bars.
Haagen Dazs, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807, Phone: 908-722-8700
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7 Best Things to Do in Bridgewater, New Jersey
- TD Bank Ballpark, Photo: StefanoT/stock.adobe.com
- Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Photo: Timelapse Travels/stock.adobe.com
- Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Photo: Oleksii Sergieiev/stock.adobe.com
- Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Photo: mtrlin/stock.adobe.com
- Old York Cellars, Bridgewater, NJ, Photo: Old York Cellars
- The Airsoft Factory, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Photo: The Airsoft Factory
- Haagen Dazs, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Photo: Alisa/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Bridgewater Township Government
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