Millville is often referred to a Glasstown due to the extensive glass industry which sprang up in the town in the early 1800’s. Today visitors can admire the remarkable glass art which is still being produced in the city by visiting the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center and the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. The town’s other claim to fame is that it was home to the very first “Defense Airport” in America where fighter pilots were trained during WWII. You can learn more about this at the Millville Army Airport Museum and perhaps catch an air show. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve and the Harold N. Peek Preserve to see many migratory birds. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
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Originally established in 1968 as Wheaton Village, the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center brings artists and art lovers together to celebrate a wealth of crafts and artistic endeavors. The center is located on 68 acres, where you can visit the Museum of American Glass, the fascinating Hot Glass Studio, a Folklife program and several craft studios. The center is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages and you will be able to watch live glass-blowing demonstrations, sign up for pottery classes or stimulate a love of art in your children by exploring all the family-friendly arty activities throughout the center. There is also a very pleasant outdoor nature trail and a place to enjoy a woodland picnic.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-825-6800
2.Millville Army Air Field Museum
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Built to operate as America’s “First Defense Airport” in the early 1940’s, Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery school in January 1943. For the next three years it was an essential training ground for fighter pilots and was home to thousands of soldiers and civilians. At the conclusion of WWII there was no longer a need for the air field and most of its buildings were converted into apartments to house thousands of returning war veterans. When you visit the museum today you can see a large collection of WWII memorabilia, photos and historic documents as well as a fully-operational Link Trainer. The museum hosts regular events including air shows and vintage aircraft.
Millville Army Air Field Museum, 1 Leddon St, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-327-2347
The original Levoy Theatre opened to the public in 1908 and comprised two floors – a ground-floor theatre and a second-floor dance hall. This new addition to Millville entertainment was so popular that the theatre was soon enlarged to twice its original size. Further enlargement took place in 1927, resulting in the spacious and extravagantly decorated theatre you can see today. The Levoy is currently maintained by the Levoy Theatre Preservation Society which is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the chance experience one of the many annual events. No visit to Millville would be complete without attending a concert, Broadway production or comedy show at this stately old theater.
Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-327-6400
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4.Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve
Scenically located along the banks of the Maurice River, the Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve covers over 530 picturesque acres, offering brilliant views of the towering bluffs. Here you can spend a few quiet hours exploring 4.5 miles of river frontage which offers an essential stopover site for thousands of migratory birds. Of special interest to birders and nature lovers, the preserve offers 6 miles of hiking trails which lead you up close to a wonderful selection of birds in their natural habitat, including a floating deck where you can observe bald eagle nests. There is a bird blind overlooking the river, several picnic areas and multiply benches along the trails.
Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve, Silver Run Rd, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 609-861-0600
5.Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
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Located in the heart of Millville’s Glasstown Arts District, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts draws the community together to admire, learn and practice a wide range of artistic endeavors. Here you can admire the work of a large community of artists who produce an amazing variety of arts and crafts in many mediums. The center would love you to join in the creative process and offers a regular calendar of lectures and classes for adults and children. The center is located on a restored historic Main Street, surrounded by restaurants, galleries and studios and is a must-see attraction for any visitor to Millville.
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-327-4500
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If you have every wondered what goes into making a batch of delicious moonshine, you can find out all about the process at East Coast Distilling in Millville, where Jersey Shine is produced. The operation is headquartered at the old Millville Municipal Airport Complex where Carl L. Coombs III and his team produce a number of flavored moonshines using old family recipes. The spirits are distilled using the finest gluten-free grains and are flavored to perfection with fresh, natural fruit juices. You can take a tour of the distillery and find your personal favorite at the tasting room on weekends from 4pm to 8pm on Fridays and 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays.
Jersey Shine, Millville Executive Airport, 20 Peterson Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-300-5633
7.Harold N. Peek Preserve - Natural Lands
Encompassing over 300 acres along the banks of the tidal Maurice River, the Harold N. Peek Preserve invites visitors to come and explore a beautiful natural area which is home to extensive wild rice marshes and a remarkable variety of birds. There is a network of easy hiking trails through the wetlands which should suit most visitors. Along the way you will come to a couple of observation points where you have an excellent chance of spotting an abundance of birds including raptors and migrating waterfowl. Another very rewarding way to explore the wildlife-rich preserve is by taking a kayak tour along the river.
Harold N. Peek Preserve, S. 2nd Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 610-353-5587
8.Fries Mill Ruins
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Once upon a time Millville was home to a thriving sawmill and gristmill on the Manumuskin River. The original mill was founded as far back as 1770 and formed the back-bone of a thriving iron industry which employed hundreds of workers. Today, the historic old mills are in ruins. If you are interested in exploring the ruins you can a short hike along a pleasant horse-shoe trail past a few chimneys and foundations, all that is left of the former mill-workers’ homes. Beyond the ruins you will come to a pretty lake with a beach area. Bring along a picnic and enjoy stepping back in time for an hour or two.
Fries Mill Ruins, Millville, NJ 08332
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9.Cedar Rose Vineyards
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Cedar Rose Vineyards are home to 22 acres of beautiful vineyards which supply the bulk of the premium grapes used to produce their range of wines. If ever you wanted to taste a true artisan wine, Cedar Rose is the place to go. Every inch of these vineyards was cleared by hand and then lovingly planted with the vines which you can see today. The winery produces a smallish range of hand-made wines including white cultivars and blends along with rosé and a selection of red varietals. Visitors are welcome to come and see the vineyards and to enjoy a tasting in the wine bar.
Cedar Rose Vineyards, 431 Kenyon Ave, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-221-3131
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10.Glasstown Brewing Company
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When the idea took root that hobby-brewer Paul Simmons could turn his passion for beer and brewing into a full-time job, it was inevitable that the Glasstown Brewing Company would be established. The brewery finally opened its doors to the public in 2013 and currently forms part of the Millville Airport complex, within the Army Airfield Historic District. Here you can enjoy a self-guided tour (download a map from the website) of the brewery before settling into the taproom to enjoy some of the great brews on offer. Varieties include a selection of IPA’s, along with other favorites like porter, brown ales, blondes and more.
Glasstown Brewing Company, 10 Peterson Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-327-7770
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11.Sidelines Sport Bar and Grill
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If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and no fewer than 23 big screens on which to watch some sport while you eat, the Sidelines Sport Bar and Grill is the place to go in Millville. You can sidle up to the bar to enjoy a few of the 17 beers on tap or opt for a table to enjoy a delicious meal made from fresh local produce. Entertainment includes everyday sport screenings, trivia nights on Tuesdays and live music on the weekends. The extensive menu features all your favorite pub grub including tasty starters, flatbreads, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and much more.
Sidelines Sport Bar and Grill, 2 S. Sharp Street, Millville, NJ 08332, Phone: 856-825-1667
11 Best Things to Do in Millville, NJ
- Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Photo: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
- Millville Army Air Field Museum, Photo: Millville Army Air Field Museum
- Levoy Theatre, Photo: aerogondo/stock.adobe.com
- Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve, Photo: NADEZHDA/stock.adobe.com
- Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Photo: Arkady Chubykin/stock.adobe.com
- Jersey Shine, Photo: Jersey Shine
- Harold N. Peek Preserve - Natural Lands, Photo: mantinov/stock.adobe.com
- Fries Mill Ruins, Photo: Niklas S./stock.adobe.com
- Cedar Rose Vineyards, Photo: Cedar Rose Vineyards
- Glasstown Brewing Company, Photo: Glasstown Brewing Company
- Sidelines Sport Bar and Grill, Photo: Sidelines Sport Bar and Grill
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