Welcome to Boonton
Arts and cultural hub surrounded by natural beauty
Boonton is a charming and vibrant community with a rich history rooted in the iron industry. The community’s Main Street bustled with trolley cars, thriving hotels, and vaudeville theatres at the turn of the 20th century. Today, Boonton’s Main Street is an arts and cultural hub home to high-tech companies, fine dining, and boutiques.
Surrounded by natural beauty, Boonton is home to an abundance of parks, hiking and biking trails, and historic sites. Nestled atop a hill overlooking the surrounding region, Boonton’s charming Main Street is reminiscent of a quaint mountain town. Meander along the narrow, hilly avenues of Main Street to glimpse a view of One World Trade Center as it peaks over the Second Watchung Mountain; a reminder that you’re never too far from city adventure.
The single-family homes, condos, and townhouses in Boonton feature Colonial, Victorian, and Contemporary styles.
What to Love
- Peaceful atmosphere with a fun, artsy personality
- An abundance of community-sponsored events
- Vibrant Main Street
Boonton draws professionals and families alike seeking a fun, scenic respite from the city. Residents love the community’s endless amount of outdoor activities and year-round events and festivals.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
History buff? Stroll along Boonton’s Main Street for a glimpse into the town’s storied past, starting at the Historical Society Museum. Built in 1898 with elements of Colonial Revival and Victorian Gothic styles, it was originally established as a residence and office for the town doctor, Dr. John L. Taylor. Just a stone’s throw from the Historical Society Museum lies the Boonton Holmes Public Library building. Established in 1849, it was once the home of James Holmes, who founded the Boonton National Bank. Once you’ve learned about Boonton’s history, head to the Boonton Station 1904 Restaurant and Tavern, which is set in an old train station.
Things to Do
Despite its industrial roots, Boonton boasts an abundance of natural beauty and lush parks. Nearby Grace Lord Park features spectacular waterfalls along the Rockaway River, as well as historic stone ruins. Nature lovers flock to Grace Lord Park for its hiking trails, bird watching, and fishing opportunities. The power of the Boonton Falls located within the park helped establish the town’s iron industry in the 1800s. Today, many hikers make their way to the falls to see the town as it looked a century ago.
Boonton may have a small-town vibe, but it’s filled with fun community events. Dog Days of Summer is a beloved tradition among Boonton locals and visitors alike. Each summer, artists create custom designs on life-sized fiberglass dog sculptures showcased throughout Main Street. The dog sculptures are available for purchase throughout the summer for a donation to two local animal shelters, the Boonton Arts Council, and the artists themselves. Boonton’s Main Street hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. A weekly farmers' market, open June through November, offers fresh, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, New Jersey-raised meats, and a variety of artisans and crafters. Enjoy live music by local artists at the First Fridays block party, or head to the annual Starlight Cruisers of Boonton to marvel at hundreds of classic cars, from vintage Fords to the Batmobile.
Students in town are served by the Boonton Public Schools district, which includes:
Intervale Elementary School, K-5
Boonton High School, 9-12
John Hill School, 3-8