At first glance, you might be surprised to hear that there are some pretty great destinations to head to in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the state does not have the best reputation. We’re here to show you that there are beautiful spots to visit there, especially when it comes to the city of Montclair. If you find yourself in the Garden State, make sure to head over to this vibrant city. Here are the most exciting things to do and visit while you’re there.
Van Vleck House & Gardens
Originally a private estate, the Van Vleck House & Gardens was built be Joseph Van Vleck Sr in 1868. The Italianate villa and garden house many ericaceous plants and are open to the public year round. You can also host events here as well.
Montclair Art Museum
This museum is dedicated to including American and Native American art. It houses a collection of over 12,000 items including drawings, paintings, and sculptures that date all the way back from the 18th century to the present day. The museum is the only one in the world that has a dedicated gallery of works by American 19th century painter George Inness, who lived in Montclair from 1885 to 1894.
Montclair Film Festival
This community film festival showcases films from artists around the world and also helps put Montclair on the center stage. The annual festival began in 2012 and has hosted thousands of film lovers and critics to watch over 80 films screen each year at venues all around the city.
This community bookstore was founded by Kathy Linsk in 1991 and has quickly become one of the city’s favorite local shops. Located above Bradner’s Pharmacy, the bookshop specializes in general collections of nonfiction, fiction, biography, and history books with a special emphasis on educational, travel, poetry, and art books. The books sold here are chosen specifically to reflect the values of the local community and local readers give their input. The bookstore also showcases local authors’ works.
Mishmish cafe is a local eatery that serves healthy Mediterranean foods that are made with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Cheg Many Vaknin showcases his family’s Moroccan Jewish food tradition with the influence of his growing up in Israel. Mishmish serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine on delicious foods and enjoy incredible baked goods at this fantastic little spot.
Yogi Berra Stadium
The official home of the New Jersey Jackals and the Montclair State University Red Hawks. Named after the New York Yankees catcher legend and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, the stadium has a capacity of 5000 people. The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is situated right next to the stadium as well. There are also two picnic areas, and outdoor birthday party area, and a game arcade and Kid’s Zone, as well as a souvenir shop.