Located just a few miles from New York, Morris County offers the perfect distraction from the daily hassle of big city life. Investing in one of the Morristown houses for sale lets you enjoy the green spaces and quaint countryside experiences without losing easy access to New York. There's so much to enjoy in Morris County, with year-round events and attractions for the entire family. These exciting activities include:
Arts and craft parties
Hiking and adventure trails
Hot air balloon rides
Outdoor picnics and camping sites
Glassmaking classes and more
And if you're still unsure how to make the most of your time in Morris County, we've curated a list of some of the best attractions to get you started.
Willow Grove Farm
This small, family-owned farm maintains over a dozen Clydesdale horses. The beautiful countryside sets the perfect backdrop for lazy horse rides or memorable event photoshoots on top of their well-bred horses. The expansive farm has picture-perfect picnic sites and guarantees fun and adventure for the entire family. Keep an eye out for their exciting holiday offers and themed events.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum features a majestic, colonial-style mansion surrounded by the most beautiful gardens and woodlands in New Jersey. The well-curated gardens are a treasure trove of unique plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, and they host regional horticultural showcases. The place is open to the public throughout the year, and you can drop in for picnics, educational tours, lazy afternoon walks, or just a few pictures for your Instagram.
William G. Mennen Sports Arena
Over 1 million visitors pass through the Mennen Sports Arena yearly to hone their ice skating skills and have some chilly fun-filled adventures. Thanks to the elite coaching staff, this site has one of the best training programs in the country. If you come in without equipment, you can buy anything you need at the pro shop before heading to the eatery for some delicious bites.
The Willows Mansion
A long, winding driveway leads to the entrance of this historic house, which has been around for over a hundred years. The Willows Mansion offers elevated views of rolling meadows and majestic willow trees. The park is a picturesque combination of fountains, ponds, and plants that color the scenery and make it the perfect site for picnics, leisurely walks, and outdoor photoshoots.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area
The scenic park covers 1,675 acres of magnificent boulders, wetlands, forests, and rugged trails. You will get a panoramic view of the New York City skyline from its highest point, while the rocky landscapes provide a thrilling trail for hikers. The Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center offers educational exhibitions about the wildlife and historical natives of the area. Pyramid Mountain Park is open to the public throughout the year.
Black River County Park
The Jersey highlands have some of the best hiking spots in the country, and in no place is this more evident than at Black River County Park. The scenic trail system is punctuated by historic sites like Cooper Mill, the Black River Gorge, and the ruins of Kay's Cottage. The trails almost seem to run in an endless loop, and the views are stunning from either direction.
Morristown National Historical Park
Spanning the over 100 acres of this historic park are remnants of America's founding history. During the Revolutionary Wars of the late 18th century, regiments from the Continental Army used the expansive countryside as a campsite. General George Washington ran his activities from the Ford Mansion, which still stands as a monument of America's fight for independence.
Willowwood is a scenic botanical landscape with over 2000 species of exotic plants. The gardens seem to flow from the Tubbs House into the surrounding farmland, creating an attractive spectacle worthy of a canvas masterpiece. The historic 1792 property was set up as an Arboretum from the beginning and is one of the longest-running parks in the country.
Schooley's Mountain County Park
Schooley's Mountain offers brisk hiking trails, lush picnic sites, and an expansive athletic field. You could go on a fishing trip on Lake George or enjoy a thrilling walk across the 470-foot floating bridge on a leisurely afternoon hike. Schooley's Mountain Park is open throughout the year from sunrise to sunset.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
The Great Swamp is a beautiful mix of scenic grasslands, woodlands, marshes, and covered swamps. It is part of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and is dedicated to conservation efforts. The hiking trails provide a unique educational experience for all age groups, and the diverse terrain provides picture-taking opportunities.
Greystone Woods Disc Golf Course
Voted one of the best disc golf courses in New Jersey, Greystone Woods is an 18-hole course set in the beautiful Central Park. It would take a day trip to fully enjoy the greens, with long walks between the holes and elevation changes making it more challenging. The park is open throughout the year.
Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
Bamboo Brook's expansive countryside features rolling meadows dotted by woodlands and a beautiful garden curated by one of the country's first female landscape architects, Martha Brookes Hutcheson. Every bit of landscape in this place was carefully planned to blend in with the property. It has the perfect spots for hiking, wedding events, and wildlife watching activities.
Morristown Walking Tour
This free walking tour runs for about one and a half miles with 27 stops in the Morristown downtown area and its surroundings. Choose to start from anywhere and walk in any direction as you savor the local culture and cuisine, marvel at the luxury real estate, and enjoy the natural attractions. The digital walking tour app should come in handy for the trip with exciting facts, photos, and audio clips.
Rizzo's Wildlife World
Rizzo's Wildlife in Flanders, NJ, is a 4,700-square-foot facility housing over 100 animals. They offer a unique opportunity to get up close with their exotic animals, including an alligator, a chinchilla, and many other reptile species. What's more, you can book shows where they come to your site if you already have a venue in mind.
Hacklebarney State Park
The Black River waters cut across the woodlands and meander around boulders to create one of the most stunning attractions in the park. The Rinehart and Trout are glacial brooks that feed into the large river and provide the best grounds for trout fishing. Hacklebarney is a favorite site for hiking and sports hunting.
Tourne County Park
Hiking trails and great views from large boulders make the park one of the most sought-after recreational centers. There are reservable picnic sites and a shelter for a nice family picnic, and you can earn good use of the athletic field with a game of catch during a fun family outing. Most people come here for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.
Seaton Hackney Stables
Seaton Hackney Stables is the undisputed home of equestrian fun and adventure in this part of New Jersey. It offers private and group riding lessons, a dressage ring, a half-a-mile long track complete with a judge's stand, and plenty of space for outdoor weddings and parties. The complex is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m in summer and closes an hour earlier during the rest of the year.
Mortonhouse Farm & Jen Mills Horsemanship
The Mortonhouse Farm offers a tranquil environment for the perfect summer camping experience. Enjoy their stunning trails on horseback, or enroll your little ones in the riding classes. They also provide natural horsemanship training, where you can learn all the fundamentals of communicating with horses, and a boarding facility to accommodate any horse breed.
The Glassworks Studio brings out your inner artist using exciting glass fusing projects. It was the first walk-in glass art studio in New Jersey, opening its doors to all age groups regardless of experience. They provide everything needed to bring your glass project to life as their friendly staff guide you on how to fuse the pieces like a pro.
The studio is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m on Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the rest of the week.
RTSP Indoor Shooting Range
RTSP offers six indoor shooting ranges in two locations, promising an unrivaled range shooting experience for everyone regardless of skill level. They also have a training facility, complete with a digital simulator. The ranges are open to the public, and you can join their private membership.
The Funplex offers year-round family entertainment at its two locations in East Hanover and Mount Laurel. You could feed your adrenalin rush with the wildly popular Drop N Twist and Reverse Time rides or enjoy the fast-paced motion of a Go-Kart ride. The Funplex has one of the most incredible water parks and the most extensive Arcade game collection in New Jersey.
Turkey Brook Park
Turkey Brook is the perfect spot for a fun family outing, thanks to the wide range of sporting amenities and easily accessible trails. They have plenty of picnic space for outdoor parties and a large play area for children. New Jersey summer afternoons are more enjoyable at the public splash pad, and there's a seating area where parents can watch over their kids as they play in the refreshing waters.
Interested in Morris County?
Contact trusted real estate agent Jennifer Pickett of the Jennifer Pickett Group if you'd love to own a piece of Morristown real estate. Jennifer has been serving the entire Morris County neighborhood for years, and she’ll help you find the perfect property for a family residence or even a second holiday home.