Ridgewood is an historical village which has been settled since 1700, when the first house was built there by Johannes van Emburgh. Today Ridgewood is considered to be a very pleasant place to live, offering good facilities and a number of interesting attractions just one hour north of NYC. There is a well-preserved historic downtown to explore and visitors can learn about early Ridgewood history at the School House Museum before moving on to admire the remarkable forward-thinking of landscape architect James Rose at the James Rose Center. You can go walking/hiking at the Saddle River County Park, which also boasts a dog park and children’s playground. A visit to Little Skye will ensure your children are dressed in the latest trendy clothes. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Owned and operated by the Ridgewood Historical Society, the Schoolhouse Museum is located in a one-room schoolhouse which was built in 1872. The interesting little museum showcases a wealth of Ridgewood history and is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Each year the historical society chooses a particular historic theme and sets up special exhibitions to showcase their theme. Previous exhibitions have centered about diverse themes such as the history of wedding traditions through the ages (2019) and Farm and Home in the 18th and 19th centuries (2016). In 2020 the theme was Art and Artistry. The museum also hosts regular talks and lectures and interactive activities for children.

Schoolhouse Museum, 650 East Glen Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 201-447-3242

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2.James Rose Center, Ridgewood, New Jersey

James Rose Center, Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Anyone who enjoys landscape and design will really appreciate a visit to the James Rose Center. James Rose was a modernist American landscape architect who was famous for his innovative landscape designs in the 60’s. His home and its surroundings have been described as one of the 20th centuries’ most important landscapes. His home changed with the times and underwent several “metamorphoses” during his lifetime. After his death in 1991 the home was fully renovated and restored and became a center for architecture and landscape design. The center is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from May to October each year and there are regular special events.

James Rose Center, 506 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 201-446-6017

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3.Little Skye, Ridgewood, NJ

Little Skye, Ridgewood, NJ
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Families who are looking for something a little different in the way of children’s fashion are bound to find something to love at Little Skye Children and Tween’s Boutique. The shop specializes in sourcing designer children’s clothing from more than 40 individual brands so that your children can have a wide variety of cool clothes to choose from. They stock just about all sizes from baby clothes to a line of ‘Tween fashions for children up to age 16. In addition to clothing they also keep a large range of fun gift items including pool floaters, designer water bottles, fluffy ear-muffs and plush toys.

Little Skye, 171 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 800-393-5840

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4.Raymond’s, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Raymond’s, Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Located across the road from Ridgewood’s beautiful Van Neste Square Park, Raymond’s is perfectly positioned for a quick cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. On good weather days you can enjoy your meal at a pretty pink table under a vibrant pink canopy while watching the passing parade on Ridgewood Avenue. The restaurant is famous for its delicious up-market American diner food; favorites like their Crab-cake Benedict, Avocado Toast and Baja Fish Tacos keep regular customers coming back time after time. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and the eatery is a great place to meet up with friends for a delicious meal or an excellent coffee.

Raymond’s, 101 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 201-445-5125

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5.Village Green Restaurant, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Village Green Restaurant, Ridgewood, New Jersey
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The Village Green Restaurant is located in a quaint corner building which has undergone many incarnations since it was originally built in 1930. In 2011 the restaurant was bought by its current owner Chef Kevin Portscher who had an uphill journey to win back regular customers after the restaurant had endured many changes of ownership. Today the Village Green is one of the top restaurants in Ridgewood, serving an a la carte as well as a tasting menu of delicious and innovative dishes. Chef Kevin strives to make his fresh, locally sourced fine-dining cuisine affordable to everyone and you can bring your own wine to keep costs down.

Village Green Restaurant, 36 Prospect-St. John Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 201-445-2914

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