The quaint and historic town of Hackettstown, New Jersey offers a variety of things to do for both locals and visitors alike. The charming Main Street district is bustling with eclectic galleries and boutiques, clothing retailers, and antique shops.

Dining experiences also abound along the street, including full-service restaurants, bistros, delis, and bakeries. A little further out, visitors will find Donaldson Farms, offerings plenty of seasonal produce and family fun. There’s even a local craft brewery for any beer connoisseurs in town.

1. Donaldson Farms

Donaldson Farms
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Donaldson Farms is a family-owned and operated farm in Hackettstown, New Jersey that consists of hundreds of countryside acres of seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits. The farm market offers fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as salsa, sauces, jam, jellies, local honey, New Jersey and Vermont maple syrup, dairy products, and fresh baked pies. In addition to selling produce at the farm market, the farm is also a destination for u-pick opportunities, including apples, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and pumpkins. Donaldson Farms also offers private and group tours, farm education programs, and seasonal family events and activities, like hayrides and the corn maze. More weekend getaways in New Jersey

358 Allen Rd, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-852-9122

2. Czig Meister Brewing Company

Czig Meister Brewing Company
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The Czig Meister Brewing Company is a craft brewery featuring an outdoor biergarten and Old World-style tasting room. The spacious tasting room boasts a wide open atmosphere with community tables, designed to give a feeling of a beer hall in Germany, featuring full views of the brewery’s equipment floor. There are also barrels and standing tables, and all furniture found in the tasting room was hand built by the owners, their family, and their friends. The beautiful Biergarten offers an enjoyable place to relax as well during pleasant weather. Guests can also take a self-guided tour through part of the brewery.

106 Valentine St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-651-5492

3. Rutherfurd Hall

Rutherfurd Hall
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Rutherfurd Hall in Hackettstown, New Jersey is a historic home of Warren County that once belonged to the wealthy Rutherford Family. In April of 2013, the country estate was added to the nation’s National Register of Historic Places as a historic district due to its significance in social history and architecture. The home, which was designed by acclaimed architect Whitney Warren, entertained several important people over the years, such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Rutherfurd Hall is used today for hosting exhibitions, film screenings, developing formal gardens, music concerts, and educational programs for both adults and children. More romantic getaways in New Jersey

1686 County Rd 517, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-852-1894

4. Hackettstown Center for the Arts

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The Hackettstown Center for the Arts serves as a multi-purpose, non-profit cultural center that caters to the northern New Jersey region’s artistic needs. Housed inside of The Strand Theater on the quaint Main Street, the arts center is a hub for film festivals, photography and art shows, poetry readings, theatrical productions, recitals, concerts, and more. The hall features a HD cinematic projector, state-of-the-art stage lighting and sound, climate control, carpeted floor, and dimmable lights. The Strand Theater also houses The Strand Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, and the Strand Studios Learning Center for Music, Film and Acting.

181 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-813-2626

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5. James on Main

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James on Main boasts that they serve “local food at its best.” The locally owned and operated restaurant in the heart of the town of Hackettstown creates New American cuisine for dinner and brunch designed around a champion tuff, American made, wood-fired grill. Known for being an elegant farm-to-table restaurant, James on Main features a seasonally inspired, locally sourced menu consisting of healthfully composed and handcrafted options. While reservations aren’t required, they are highly recommended.

105 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-852-2131

6. Sizzle BBQ

Sizzle BBQ
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Sizzle BBQ is a Portuguese-Argentinian-style barbecue restaurant serving unique and delicious food to the Hackettstown community. The barbecue here is “cooked to perfection” how guests want it on a wood charcoal grill in order to get a unique flavor that’s hard to find anywhere else in the area. In addition to the quality meats grilled over the charcoal grill, Sizzle BBQ also offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, empanadas, and desserts.

268 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-850-6000

7. Stephens State Park

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Explore the Musconetcong River when you take a trip to Stephens State Park. Popular amongst fishermen, the Stephens State Park is well known for its excellent trout fishing opportunities, making it the perfect place to go for anglers who want to take a fishing trip for the weekend. Also found at the park are six miles of marked hiking trails, open terrain optimal for cross-country skiing during the winter months, several miles of horseback riding, and mountain biking trails to boot. Educational opportunities are also available to kids in the form of camping and ranger programs.

800 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840, Phone: 908-852-3790

8. Jersey Girl Brewing Company

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Nestled on the gorgeous Mount Olive, the Jersey Girl Brewing Company is a 10,000-square-foot brewery and is home to a 30-barrel brewing system. Known for their careful selection of ingredients and detailed inspection of grains and hops, Jersey Girl Brewing Company’s brewing system was developed with the goal of maximizing every beer flavor from brewery to glass. The tasting room, which can accommodate up to 75 guests, offers visitors the opportunity to taste the brewery's fine selection of pours. Some beers to sample include flagship brews like the Rake Breaker American IPA, the Sun Kissed Citra NE-Style IPA and the King Gambrinus Belgian Tripel. Overall, the brewery typically has up to 18 beers available to sample, half of which are typically limited releases.

426 Sand Shore Rd, Mt Olive, NJ 07840; Phone: 908-591-4186

9. Minebrook Golf Club

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It’s game on at the Minebrook Golf Club! Originally known as the Muscenetcong Country Club, the Minebrook Golf Club was originally built in 1919, making it one of New Jersey’s oldest golf courses today. Over the years it has undergone several transformations that make it the challenging 18-hole, par-70 course that it is today. The course feature 6,316 yards of challenging landscape which allows golfers to put their skills to the test all while enjoying the natural beauty of the area. League games are also played at Minebrook, which teams require a minimum of 4 golfers. For visitors accompanying golfers, or individuals who just want to grab a bite to eat, the club is home to a great on-site restaurant called the Traditions Bar and Grill.

500 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840, Phone: 908-979-0366

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