Mount Arlington in Morris County New Jersey is bestowed with one of the finest yacht clubs in the United States. The Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club is an example of the Adirondack style of architecture and relies heavily on the use of logs in its construction. It was established in 1905 and provides activities for the entire family. The program of the club involves an instructional sailing and racing program. From the exterior white facade is home to dark woodwork and architecturally-supreme interiors. The Saturday night functions during summer and spring are a highlight for its members.
This theater first took refuge in the ruins of a paper mill in 1934. Its founders Antoinette Scudder and Frank Carrington staged the first production—The Kingdom of God in 1938. Over the years a lot of classics, modern plays and operettas have been experimented with at this playhouse. A non-profit professional theater, it is visited by more than 425,000 people a year. Anne Hathaway (a conservatory alumna) and other well-known talents—Liza Minelli and Patrick Swayze—have strutted their stuff at the Paper Mill. The legacy and tradition continues, so come be a part of it.
The New Jersey Botanical Garden features a striking landscape spread across an area of 96 acres (38 hectares). Built in 1922, it is also known as Skylands after the manor that lies in close proximity to the gardens. Visitors can admire the diverse plant species which thrive here, stippling the landscape in colorful hues which accentuate the garden's beauty. Tours of the grounds are also offered. Families can explore the garden on hikes across its expanse and indulge in events like scavenger hunts among others.
Embrace your wild-side at New Jersey's top zoo - the Turtle Back. Affiliated to the Essex County Parks Department, don't miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with the exotic and breath-taking animal world. Gray kangaroos and kookaburras from Aussie-land, American alligators, penguins, red pandas, Himalayan leopards, Komodo dragons, stunning reptiles and marine life form part of the family of 800 that call this haven home. The globe-spanning ensemble comprises of 150 species, most rare and endangered, and justify Turtle Back's commitment to conserve wildlife and educate society on the same.
Constructed in 1892 as the private residence of a young English immigrant eager to re-create the magnificent castles of his homeland, the Belle Vista, also known as Lambert Castle, is a marvelous beauty built in the Medieval Revival style. Today, the castle is owned by the Passaic County Historical Society who have converted the building's four floors into a historical museum and library. A must-visit if you want to experience the look and feel of a true English castle.
The Morristow National Historic Park, encompasses three sites, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ford Mansion was the winter quarters of George Washington, and adjacent to it is the museum open for tourists. The Fort Nonsense on the hilltop was the place of the signal fire, while the Jockey Hollow was the campsite of the Continental Army. Morristown was known as the military capital of the American Revolutionary War, the site is a testimony to the town's revered epithet.
Lake Hopatcong State Park is a wonderful attraction located at the borough of Hopatcong in New Jersey. The park offers a variety of activities for groups of friends as well as families. Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and shelters make sure families feel safe and secured while they have a great time in the company of the beautiful lake. Swimming is permitted at the Lake Hopatcong from Memorial day through Labor day, hence groups of youngsters and adventure enthusiasts can come here for share of fun, too. The place is also perfect for quiet walks and boat lunches. Fees are charged at the park but only on Saturdays and Sundays.
The King Store Museum is a 19th-century stone structure by Theodore King, a local businessman. It was used as a post office and medical store. After the death of Mr King, the store was closed for several decades. The contents in the store were left unattended and it seems like time was frozen. It became a museum in 1989. Check out the vintage prescriptions, furniture, goods and more that tell a story of a bygone past. The museum is open on second Sunday of each month from 1p to 4p.