Essex County is located in the northeastern part of New Jersey. It's the second-most densely populated county in the state, coming behind Hudson County. Here's a list of the top nine things to do in Essex County, NJ.

Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. Enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences. There are dozens of programs and workshops specifically designed for families, kids and adults. For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, visit online or call (973) 596-6550.

Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange provides an enriched recreational experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation. There are many exhibits, housing more than 700 animals in all. Admission runs from $7 to $9 depending on age. For more information call (973) 731-5800 or visit online.

Montclair Art Museum

The Montclair Art Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. devoted to American art and Native American art forms. The museum is home to more than 12,000 displayed works. Admission ranges from $10 - $12, kids under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. For more information call (973) 746-5555 or click here.

Mini Golf Safari

Mini Golf Safari, in West Orange, is an extension of the Turtle Back Zoo. It is an extremely fun African themed 19-hole mini golf course. Mini golf birthday parties are also available for those wishing to celebrate with friends. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information call (862) 520-5024 or click here.


JumpNasium in Fairfield is the perfect place to have a child’s birthday party. Kids will surly have a blast jumping and bouncing around in this clean, climate-controlled indoor facility. Specifically designed for children age 3 and up, JumpNasium is an indoor inflatable playground that parents love. For more information and pricing call (973) 808-1700 or click here.

A Little Taste of Purple

A Little Taste of Purple is a winery in Fairfield. Take a tour through the vineyard or learn to make your own wine. This is the perfect experience for wine lovers or those who are simply interested in the art of wine making. For more information or to make a reservation call (973) 575-9463 or click here.

Essex Equestrian Center

The Essex Equestrian Center in West Orange is a horse stable that provides the perfect getaway for the beginner or the advanced rider, as well as for children and adults. Their instructors make learning to ride fun and easy, while meeting everyone’s needs. For more information about riding lessons, or about the weekly horse shows, call (973) 731-4182 or click here.

Eagle Rock Reservation

Eagle Rock Reservation is a 400+ acre county park situated in West Orange and Montclair. Enjoy the excellent view of the NYC skyline, or the “Old Casino” restaurant, which has been noted for its excellent cuisine and spectacular view. Simply enjoy the outdoors with hiking paths, horseback riding and picnic areas. For more info please call (973) 268-3500 or visit online.

The Newark Bears

Attend an exciting Newark Bears baseball game during the baseball season. Ticket prices are typically $10, for more information call (973) 848-1000 or visit online.

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