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Historic Smithville in NJ a Quaint, Fun Place for Families – Daily Day Trip

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The Historic Smithville in Galloway is a great place to spend a pleasant day amid beautiful scenery, exploring the charming shops, restaurants, train and vintage carousel on the grounds.


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The quaint shoppes and boutiques are fun to explore and the kids will love picking up stick candy, taffy or chocolates at candy stores like the Village Sweet Shoppe or at Sweet Things.

You can rent paddle-boats and fit three in each boat for a peaceful ride around the village and an up-close look at the giant fish swimming in the gentle Lake Meone.

Ducks and geese wander freely around the village hunting for tossed snacks.

If exploring the village works up your appetite, there are plenty of amazing places to eat.

If you’re up early, catch breakfast and fresh-baked pastries, rolls, breads at the Smithville Bakery. Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern is a great lunch spot with delicious burgers for around $10 and they have a kids menu.

Don’t forget to check out the carousel or catch a train ride on the Smithville Railroad Company cars. Or stop by one of the village’s coin-operated arcades, captain remote-controlled boats at Captain Fitz’s Marine or visit the Old Fashioned Shooting Gallery.


The Historic Village of Smithville is open every day of the year save Christmas.  See a map of Historic Smithville and a list of shoppes.

Smithville’s Shoppes are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and hours are a bit extended Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The last paddle-boat goes out at 6 p.m. and costs $10 to rent the boat for half hour and up to 3 people can fit in each boat. There are six boats available.

The train and carousel rides are open seven days a week and cost $2 per person. You can pay before entering the ride.



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