Known as the Capital of American Revolution, Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey, is home to several interesting attractions such as the Morristown National Historical Park, which boasts important Revolutionary War sites like the New Jersey Brigade Area and Fort Nonsense.
The town was the site of General George Washington's winter headquarters during the Revolutionary War, and his 18th-century home is now preserved as Washington’s Headquarters Museum. Morristown also offers many modern delights, such as restaurants, shops, galleries, and museums.
1. The George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum
The George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a majestic 127-acre botanical garden on East Hanover Avenue that is a regional center for horticultural activities and the headquarters of the Morris County Parks Commission. The arboretum features a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion surrounded by rolling meadows, woodlands, and beautifully manicured gardens of native and exotic plants, spring-blooming shrubs, and perennials, ornamental grasses, fall fruit and foliage, and shade trees. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum presents a calendar of events, including educational programs, cooking classes, garden tours and demonstrations, and lectures.
353 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, New Jersey 07960, Phone: 973-326-7603
2. Morristown National Historical Park - Washington Headquarters and Museum
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The Morristown National Historical Park is National Historical Park that is home to four significant American Revolutionary War sites, namely the New Jersey Brigade Encampment Site, Jockey Hollow, Fort Nonsense, and the Ford Mansion (Gen. George Washington's Headquarters). The 1,676-acre park also features an 18th-century farm and reconstructed soldier huts, a visitor’s center, a three-mile tour road, and over 24 miles of hiking trails. Visitors to the park can enjoy guided tours, special events, and re-enactments of battles during the American Revolutionary War.
30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-543-1949
3. Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park
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Located at the Morristown National Historical Park, Jockey Hollow is a vital encampment site from the American Revolutionary War. The 1,200-acre area was home to over 12,000 plus members of the Continental Army during the winter of 1779-80 and features replica huts used by the Continental Army's soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can explore some of these huts and a wealth of exhibits and displays at the park’s Visitor Center. The 1,676-acre Morristown National Historic Park also features a three-mile tour road and over 24 miles of hiking trails.
586 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-543-4030
4. Ford Mansion and Museum
Located in the Morristown National Historical Park, the Ford Mansion and Museum is a classic 18th-century American home built in the Georgian style by Jacob Ford, Jr. Completed in 1774 by the early American industrialist, the mansion was used as the Continental Army's winter encampment of 1779-1780 after Ford died of pneumonia in 1777. Mrs. Jacob Ford and her family generously moved into the home’s kitchen while the soldiers used the mansion and grounds as an encampment. Visitors can explore the mansion and surrounding grounds on guided or self-guided tours.
30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-539-2016 ext. 210
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5. Morris Museum
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The Morris Museum is one of New Jersey's oldest arts and cultural institutions that offers a variety of programs in the arts, theater, symposiums, history, science, film and music, and other unique performances. Established in 1913, the award-winning, the institution is the second largest museum in New Jersey and includes the Stanford White-designed Georgian-style Frelinghuysen mansion, which is home to an array of permanent and rotating exhibitions that explore the arts, sciences, and humanities. One of the signature exhibitions at the museum includes the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata, which features more than 750 pieces of exquisite craftsmanship and live demos of collection pieces.
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-971-3700
6. Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morristown, New Jersey
The Loantaka Brook Reservation is a nature preserve and scenic park with over eight miles of cycling and hiking trails, family-friendly picnic areas, an array of sports fields, and green spaces for families to relax and enjoy. The park features four distinct areas, namely the Loantaka Way Trail, the Kitchell Road Loantaka Brook, the Seaton Hackney Stables, and the South Street recreation facilities that cater to all kinds of recreation and outdoor activities. Seaton Hackney Stables offers horseback riding on a property next to the Loantaka Brook Reservation, where riders can enjoy trail riding near the Loantaka Brook. More romantic getaways in New Jersey
468 South St, Morristown, NJ 07962
7. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown, New Jersey
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The Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is a working farm that uses turn-of-the-century tools and techniques for daily farm activities as it was done over 100 years ago. The 214-acre National Register Historic Site offers visitors the opportunity to experience farming as it was in the 1920s and perform daily farm tasks, such as grooming the horses, feeding the chickens, and collecting eggs. Visitors can also witness the farmer plowing and planting of the fields using antique machinery and enjoy guided tours of the 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion known as The Willows that was once the home to the previous owners of the farm.
73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-326-7645
8. Historic Speedwell Ironworks
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Speedwell Ironworks is the beautifully restored estate of Stephen Vail. Located on Speedwell Avenue in Speedwell Village, just north of downtown Morristown, the National Historic Landmark site tells the story of the Speedwell Iron Works, Vails' once extensive ironworks, through an array of displays and exhibits. Of the eight structures in the complex, the restored factory where the first successful demonstration of the telegraph was conducted by Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse in 1838 and changed the course of modern communications. More weekend getaways in New Jersey
333 Speedwell Ave A, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-285-6550
9. Lewis Morris Park, Morristown, New Jersey
The Lewis Morris Park is a county park that offers an array of outdoor activities, recreation, and interesting sites for the whole family to enjoy. The park is home to Sunrise Lake, sandy beaches, picnic areas and sports fields, miles of hiking trails for cycling and jogging, and offers facilities for camping, horseback riding, ice skating, fitness activities, and dog-walking. The lake offers boating, canoeing, fishing, ice-skating in the winter, while other amenities and activities in the park include modern restrooms, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. More ideas: New Jersey Beaches
270 Mendham Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-267-4351
10. Schooleys Mountain County Park
Nestled in the hills of western Morris County, Schooley’s Mountain County Park is an 823-acre park in Long Valley and surrounded by lush riverine wetlands and fertile agricultural lands. Named after the Schooley family, who owned most of the land in the area in the 1700s, the park offers a wide range of recreational and leisure activities, including picnic areas, sports fields and play areas, a beautiful lake picnic grove, a natural amphitheater, and miles of hiking trails. The Adirondack-style venue also features a charming lodge for overnight stays and a newly renovated Boathouse with an expansive deck that can be rented for private events. More Weekend Getaways in New Jersey
91 East Springtown Road, Washington Township, NJ 07853, See the Map
11. Acorn Hall, Morristown, New Jersey
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Acorn Hall is a beautifully preserved 1853 Victorian Italianate mansion that serves as the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society and operates as a historic house museum. Named for the two-centuries-old oak tree standing on its property and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society, which operates the hall as a historic house museum. Acorn Hall also offers an exhibition gallery with rotating exhibits that documents the history and heritage of Morris County and the greater Victorian culture of the time.
68 Morris Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-267-3465
12. Schuyler-Hamilton House, Morristown, New Jersey
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The Schuyler-Hamilton House, formerly known as the Jabez Campfield House, is a house museum owned and preserved by the local Daughters of the American Revolution. Built in 1760 on the eastern edge of Morristown and purchased in 1765 by Dr. Campfield, who served as a surgeon during the Revolutionary War, the is famous for serving as a home for Dr. John Cochran, who was assigned to General Washington during the winter of 1779-80. Today, the museum features an array of exhibits showcasing antiques, paintings, and historical memorabilia from the war, and visitors can learn about Colonial-era medical practices that occurred inside the doctor’s office during the time.
5 Olyphant Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-267-4039
13. Macculloch Hall Historic Museum & Gardens
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The Macculloch Hall Historic Museum is a beautifully preserved house museum based in a 20-room Federal-style mansion that was built by George Macculloch in 1810 and features exquisitely furnished period rooms filled with 18th and 19th-century furnishings. The museum boasts ten preserved historical rooms and is home to an exhibition of works by famous 19th-century political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who is famed for creating the image of “jolly” Santa Claus as we know it today. The mansion is surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens and grounds with over 45 varieties of roses and the garden in which the very first Jersey tomato was grown in 1829.
45 MacCulloch Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-538-2404
14. Things to Do in Morristown, New Jersey: St. Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church in Morristown that has roots going back to the 1760s. Located on South Street, the still-active congregation worships in the beautiful church, which was rebuilt in the Gothic-Revival style in 1911, boasting a medieval interior and outstanding examples of stained glassworks. St. Peter's Episcopal Church traditionally worships in the High Church tradition with choral and sacramental liturgies, Sunday services, a Spanish-language mass, Sunday school, and children's choir.
70 Maple Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-538-0555
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15. Things to Do in Morristown, New Jersey: Fort Nonsense
One of four crucial sites from the American Revolutionary War in the Morristown National Historical Park, Fort Nonsense, occupies a high hilltop overlooking Morristown and is thought to be the place where smoke signals were sent during the war. Originally built in 1777 at the order of General George Washington for use during the American Revolutionary War, the fort included a guardhouse that could accommodate up to thirty men. The fort never saw any action during the war and was called Fort Nonsense by the locals who believed it was only built to keep the troops busy. Today, nothing remains except a stone marker that was erected in 1888, but it’s worth a visit for the spectacular views over the park.
30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-543-1949
16. Things to Do in Morristown, NJ: GK's Red Dog Tavern
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Located in a converted rustic log cabin, GK’s Red Dog Tavern is a warm and welcoming local haunt that serves dry-aged steaks, burgers, and other American bar fare. The bar also serves a wide selection of artisanal ales, and specially selected imported and domestic tap beers. The casual tavern boasts inviting wooden décor and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from quiz nights to cooking demos. GK’s Red Dog Tavern is open for lunch and dinner daily.
1 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-585-5700
17. Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza
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Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza is a casual, laid-back industrial-style BYOB joint that serves coal- and wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, classic Italian dishes, artisan sandwiches, cheese platters, and calzones in a relaxed, roomy space. The family-friendly spot is famous for its fried meatball station and meatball menu, which has meatball for every taste, along with its mouthwatering Neapolitan pizzas. The restaurant has a comfortable dining room and an outdoor dining lounge for alfresco dining with views. Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza is open every day.
60 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-267-4992
18. Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen
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Helmed by veteran New York restaurateur Chris Cannon, Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen is an elegant restaurant with a raw bar, a rathskeller, and a laid-back cocktail that offers a unique dining experience. Housed inside Morristown's historic Vail Mansion, the four-part restaurant features the Oyster Bar at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, which serves a mouthwatering selection of raw bar small plates and farm-to-table entrées created by highly acclaimed Executive Chef AJ Capella. The Vail Bar boasts a 450-bottle wine list from which guests can sip over 30 wines by the glass, as well as a range of classic and signature cocktails. A 1920's inspired cocktail lounge in the mansion's library is perfect for pre-dinner drinks.
110 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-644-3180
19. Pierogies House
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Pierogies House is an authentic Polish restaurant that serves traditional, handmade pierogies in a variety of flavors, ranging from potato and onion to lentils and mushrooms. The vegan-friendly restaurant uses family recipes passed down through generations to make traditional Polish foods accompanied by classic American favorites like Philly cheesesteak. The Pierogies House menu features typical pierogi types like the potato and farmer cheese, sauerkraut and onion, and a seasonal wild blueberry pierogi, a summertime favorite.
145 Morris St, Morristown, NJ 07960, Phone: 973-432-8270
20. Wightman's Farm
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Wightman's Farm in Morristown, New Jersey is a farm market and real working farm. Vegetables and fruit have been grown and sold by the Wightman Family for more than 100 years. Albert and Laetitia Wightman bought the land that would become their farm back in 1922. Their Farm Market is open every day of the week, year round, with the exception of holidays. "Pick your own" is available on the weekends depending on the season. The farm also hosts a variety of seasonal activities for people of all ages, such as the annual Fall Festival that features mazes and hayrides.
1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-425-9819
21. Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center was opened to serve as a place where the local community could come together and be uplifted, entertained, and inspired by the passion and power of performing arts. More than 200 performing arts events take place each year, ranging from theater and classical music to modern dance and popular music. New and emerging performers, New Jersey arts organizations, and some of the greatest entertainers in the world are brought to the region by the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Guests can also view The Galleries on Tuesday afternoons, by appointment, and before shows and during intermission.
100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-539-8008
22. Morristown Game Vault
Morristown Game Vault offers fun and entertainment for the whole family with its wide variety of classic and retro games, such as pinball, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man among more than 100 other arcade games. A place for retro gaming and high score recognition, guests will find an extensive collection of consoles, pinball machines, and video games at "The Vault," providing something for all ages. Everything is set to "free play" and time is tracked for players by a wrist band, no quarters needed. Players only pay for the amount of time they are at Morristown Game Vault.
22 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-944-8500
23. Trap Door Escape Room
Created as one of the country’s earliest escape room companies by Anthony Purzycki , Trap Door Escape Room provides the Morristown community with immersive experiences that blend escape room adventures, immersive theater, suspense-driven stories, high-quality set, projection mapping, and physical challenges. Aiming to offer an interesting and unique adventure where fantasy and reality collide, Trap Door Escape Room creates an opportunity to experience “the extraordinary” in a thrilling and completely safe interactive setting. With escape rooms designed to be immersive narratives, guests can journey into other worlds of swashbuckling pirates, zombies, and legendary characters like Jack the Ripper and the Bogeyman.
34a Speedwell Ave Suite 1, Morristown, NJ 07960, 570-234-3366
The 25 Must-See Attractions in Morristown, New Jersey & Fun things to do near me today:
- 1. The George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum
- 2. Morristown National Historical Park - Washington Headquarters and Museum
- 3. Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park
- 4. Ford Mansion and Museum
- 5. Morris Museum
- 6. Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morristown, New Jersey
- 7. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown, New Jersey
- 8. Historic Speedwell Ironworks
- 9. Lewis Morris Park, Morristown, New Jersey
- 10. Schooleys Mountain County Park
- 11. Acorn Hall, Morristown, New Jersey
- 12. Schuyler-Hamilton House, Morristown, New Jersey
- 13. Macculloch Hall Historic Museum & Gardens
- 14. Things to Do in Morristown, New Jersey: St. Peter's Church
- 15. Things to Do in Morristown, New Jersey: Fort Nonsense
- 16. Things to Do in Morristown, NJ: GK's Red Dog Tavern
- 17. Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza
- 18. Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen
- 19. Pierogies House
- 20. Wightman's Farm
- 21. Mayo Performing Arts Center
- 22. Morristown Game Vault
- 23. Trap Door Escape Room