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1
Montclair Art Museum 
3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
973-746-5555

Montclair Art Museum Top Attractions in Essex County NJ The best art museum in Essex County NJ!
Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area of Montclair, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art. The Museum’s education programs bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum for fun and diverse programs on a regular basis and MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors and professional artists. MAM has been named the Best Museum in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly readers – stop by to find out why for yourself!

Exhibitions on View
Calendar of Events

Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m.
Free First Thursdays Nights: The Museum offers extended hours from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (October–June) with special programming.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.

Admission Cost
: $12 nonmember adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12.
Museum galleries are free for everyone the First Friday of every month and during Free First Thursday Nights.

Please visit their website at http://www.montclairartmuseum.org for more information.

An Essex County attraction with something for the whole family!

2
Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa 
23 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
973-746-8426

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa Top Attractions in Essex County NJ Best day spa in Essex County NJ!
It is with humble enthusiasm that Bangz Salon unveils their life-long dream to you. They hope that you will see, touch, and feel the depth of their passion as you enjoy a service or tour of the new Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa. Originally erected in 1889, the 23 South Fullerton Avenue building has been renovated as a historic re-use project. Since 2006, Bangz has meticulously designed the ultimate salon and spa experience with features that are sure to please all the senses. The entire staff at Bangz Salon believes that it is you, their guest, that makes their new location a home for them. Together you will make the new Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa your oasis for mind, body, and soul.

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa now offers the Gold Collection! Gold has many properties that restore and maintain skins radiant complexion. Gold treatments are known to boost blood flow, restore elasticity and create even skin tones, as well as reduce wrinkles, fine lines and under eye circles. Services include the luxurious 24 kt. Facial, Micro Gold Deluxe Facial, 24 kt. Gold Hydrating Body Polish and, for couples, the Golden Ritual for Two. Gold Enhancements are also available including the 24 kt. Gold Eye Zone or the 24 kt. Gold Gleaming Body Oil. To book your appointment or have your questions answered directly, call 973-746-8426.

Voted top 100 salons in America!

3
MDN Latin Dance Studio
289 Main Street, Belleville, NJ 07109
973-528-2243

MDN Latin Dance Studio top attractions in Essex County NJ The best Latin dance studio in Essex County NJ!
MDN Latin Dance Studio is the best place to learn Salsa dancing in Essex County NJ! Their professionally trained instructors cater to all levels, from beginner to advanced they have classes to fit your ability. The instructors work with you one-on-one during your scheduled class so you never feel lost, they are also available for private lessons. MDN Latin Dance Studio offers flexible class times on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the option to pay by class or by month! Salsa dancing helps build confidence and relieves stress, it's never too late to start learning.

Visit the website for more information on classes.

Essex County NJ's best kept secret!

4
Bane Escape Bane Escape Top Attractions in Essex County NJ
630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039
973-533-0951

Bane Escape Top Attractions in Essex County New Jersey Best Escape Room in Essex County!
From the masterminds behind Bane Haunted House, the state’s Premier Haunted Attraction, comes Bane Escape, New Jersey's Largest and Most Interactive escape room! Step into an old back alley where you will embark in several underground missions with plenty of secret passageways, trap doors and elaborate puzzles! From incredible set designs to elaborate puzzles, Bane Escape is an all-around fun time with family and friends! Do you have what it takes to survive Bane Escape!

Captive Room:
The normally peaceful township of Livingston has been anything but since the disappearance of at least 22 people over the past year and a half. The police, lacking any leads, refuse to call this the work of a serial killer. However, you and your group know that it is obviously the handiwork of a notorious psychopath whom is desirous of upping his bloody games. All of you have been captured by the madman known as the collector and now you need to escape. But hurry, he will be back in 60 minutes to start collecting from you!

Maritime Grave:
You are a passenger aboard the U.S.S. Silver Siren, a long-time military submarine converted into a fully-automated luxury vessel and museum.

You're visiting the museum aboard this vessel and enjoying your tour - when suddenly, the submarine has system wide malfunctions! You and the other guests are trapped in the museum! The automated systems inform you that your group must correct all of the issues manually. But work quickly! The ship is sinking swiftly and veering dangerously off course. You have only 60 minutes before the ship is crushed at the bottom of the sea!

Bane Escape Room is open Wednesday - Sunday from 12pm – 10pm, rooms can hold up to 10 players. All tickets must be purchased online, no on site tickets are available.

Interactive Escape Room Attraction!

5
Greenwood Gardens 
274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-258-4026

Greenwood Gardens top attractions in Essex County NJ Peaceful Retreat Surrounded by Nature's Beauty
Explore this 28-acre garden gem where you will find a formal Italianate garden and delightful examples of Arts & Crafts era ornaments and architecture nestled among long allées of majestic trees, wildflower meadows, ponds, cultivated woodlands--all surrounded by 2,100 acres of preserved parkland.

Birding Walks, Gardening Workshops and Special Family Events are scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall. Whether you're looking for a fun family day trip or a romantic outing, Greenwood Gardens is the perfect destination.

Removed from the sights and sounds of modernity

6
Bane Haunted House 
630 Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039
973-367-7677

Bane Haunted House Halloween Attractions in Essex County NJ TEST YOUR BOUNDARIES OF FEAR!
Looking for the scare of your life? Do you want to have an adrenaline rush unlike any other? Then come and test your boundaries of fear at BANE, Essex County NJ's scariest and most interactive haunted attraction. BANE is located in the old Katherine Gibbs College on Route 10 West in Livingston, NJ. BANE is located on 40,000 square feet of space and they're bringing the heat! Get ready for the craziest, scariest and most interactive haunted attraction that is guaranteed to knock your socks off!

But beware as you enter for little Jennifer Bane is awaiting your arrival... and...... she's HUNGRY!!!!

Bane Haunted House is unlike any haunted attraction you've ever been to! It is the most interactive haunted attraction on the east coast because unlike other haunted houses, they specialize in using all live actors instead of animatronics. BANE has over 50 live actors in the house nightly! It is also the "ONLY" haunted attraction in New Jersey located right on a main highway! Unlike most haunted attractions, Bane doesn't make their victims wait outside in the elements, they are an indoor attraction with a huge inside waiting area. Another unique aspect of Bane Haunted House is that they allow anyone with a Valid Military ID in for FREE! That's right, completely free on any night! Try to find another haunt that does that and you'll be searching forever!

Bane Haunted House has expanded for this season by adding another 10 brand new scenes. We are also proud to announce our brand New first ever in the Country, Untethered Virtual Reality Escape Room! Come and play our 15 minute escape game now.

Bane also offers a special day just for kiddies called Happily Haunted. Every Sunday from 3pm-5pm in October, while the zombies are sleeping, kiddies can come and enjoy a flashlight guided tour through the attraction.

Dates are as follows: Oct. 5th-8th, and Oct. 12th 7pm-10pm. Oct. 13th-15th 7pm-11pm. Oct. 18th, 19th 7pm-10pm. Oct. 20th-22nd 7pm-12am. Oct. 25th, 26th 7pm-10pm. Oct. 27th-29th 7pm-12am. Oct 30th, 31st 7pm-10pm.

Bringing Your Nightmares to Life!

7
United Skates of America
Roller skating, arcade games, pizza and so much more!
Great way to spend the afternoon with the whole family!
Newark NJ

8
Cuban Pete's Restaurant
Great food, dozens of different handmade sangrias and live entertainment weekly!
Authentic Cuban and Latin food in Essex County!
Montclair NJ
 
9
Woodhouse Day Spa
Hundreds of different spa packages to chose from - customize your spa day!
Voted the best spa in Essex County!
Montclair NJ
 
10
The Mall at Short Hills
Hundreds of stores for everyone in the family!
Great way to spend a rainy day!
Short Hills NJ
 
11
JumpNasium
Huge indoor inflatable playground for kids of all ages!
The most fun indoor playground!
Fairfield NJ
 
12
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
Hundreds Dedicating to preserving the land, animals and plants that inhabit it! 
Fun and educational way to spend the day!
Short Hills NJ
 
13
A Little Taste of Purple
Vineyard and wine tours and step by step wine making!
The only winery in Essex County!
Fairfield NJ
 
14
The Key Club
Huge dance floor, features some of the best DJs and entertainers in the tri-state area!
One of the best nightclubs in Essex County!
Newark NJ
 
15
Funtime Junction
Huge indoor jungle gym designed for children to have fun and incorporate fitness into their lives!
Great way for kids to have fitness and fun!
Fairfield NJ
 
16
Newark Museum Planetarium
Discover the vast and wondrous galaxy filled with stars, plants and the unknown!
The only planetarium in Essex County!
Newark NJ
 
17
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant
One of the most unique and delicious dining experiences you can find in Essex County!
The only Ethiopian restaurant in Essex County!
Montclair NJ
 
18
Adega Lounge
Drink specials and events run weekly, amazing and chic atmosphere!
Perfect for the younger crowd!
Newark NJ
 
19
Essex Equestrian Center
Horseback riding lessons for all levels and horse shows weekly!
Horseback riding and lessons in Essex County!
West Orange NJ
 
20
Express Yourself Studios
Lessons in everything art from painting to pottery and more!
Classes for all ages and family classes!
Maplewood NJ
 
21
Monster Mini Golf
Golf-in-the-dark monster filled mini golf the entire family will enjoy!
One of the most fun and unique ways to mini golf!
Fairfield NJ
 
22
Brunswick Zone
32 lanes, arcade room, lounge, snack bar and much more!
One of the best places to bowl in Essex County!
Belleville NJ
 
23
Short Hills Tours
Leave Short Hills and bus tour the tri-state area's most popular attractions!
Exciting day trips out of Essex County!
Short Hills NJ
 
24
Jersey Explorer Children's Museum
Museum with hundreds of exhibits designed to be interactive and fun for children to learn!
Great way to spend the day with the kids!
East Orange NJ
 
25
Sweet Basil's Cafe
Amazing food and atmosphere - perfect for family breakfasts or dinners!
Zagat rated restaurant!
Livingston NJ
 
26
North Jersey Clay Target Club
Shooting and trapshooting lessons safe for ages 10 and up!
After the lessons try your skills out on the field!
Fairfield NJ
 
27
Presby Memorial Iris Garden
Thousands of different and unique plant life from trees to flowers and more!
Amazing way to escape the busy city for an afternoon walk!
Montclair NJ
 
28
Les Saisons Inn
Quiet and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Northern NJ!
The only B&B in Essex County!
Maplewood NJ
 
29
Outpost in the Burbs
Live music weekly all year round, monthly activities featuring local musicians!
Dedicating to promoting the arts in Essex County!
Montclair NJ
 
30
Martini Bistro and Bar
Hundreds of different martinis and cocktails to chose from - some you've never heard of!
Great bar for the younger crowd!
Millburn NJ
 
31
Eagle Rock Reservation
408-acres of trails, wildlife, ponds, a 9/11 Memorial and a beautiful New York City skyline view!
Great place to spend the day or just the afternoon!
West Orange NJ
 
32
Dynamite Falls Adventure Golf
Mini golf that will bring you back in time plus mining for gems right on the premises!
Fun and exciting way to spend the afternoon with the family!
Fairfield NJ
 
32
Adega Grill Restaurant
Quiet and romantic atmosphere perfect for a first date or anniversary!
Authentic Spanish and Portugese food in Essex County!
Newark NJ
 
33
The Little Gym
Mommy and me classes, gymnastics, sports skills, dance and so much more for kids toddler to 12!
Perfect place for kids and parents to play and exercise!
Livingston NJ
 
34
Essex County Envionrmental Center
Activities and events from yoga to hiking trips and tons of stuff for kids happening daily!
Fun for the whole family while learning about the enviornment!
Roseland NJ
 
35
Serenity Spa and Salon
Expert hair, makeup, skin and massage specialists providing world-class service!
One of the most luxurious spas in Essex County!
Bloomfield NJ
 
36
Richard J. Codney Arena
2 huge indoor public skating rinks - ice skating available and lessons for all ages!
Great place for kids to spend the afternoon!
West Orange NJ
 
37
Greenwood Gardens
Beautiful 28-acre public garden with fountains, trails, ponds, and thousands of plant life unique to this area!
One of the most romantic places in Essex County!
Short Hills NJ
 
38
Nutley Historical Society
Museum featuring the rich history of Nutley, tours, concerts on site monthly and more!
Discover the rich history of Nutley New Jersey!
Nutley NJ
 
39
The Newark Symphony
Amazing music performances, excentric shows for all to enjoy, line dancing classes and more!
Great place to watch a show - something for everyone!
Newark NJ
 
40
Cloverleaf Tavern
Drink and food specials every day, family-friendly atmosphere with great food to match!
Authentic Irish pub in Essex County!
Caldwell NJ
 
41
Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center
Art camp and classes for children of all ages, museum tours and huge garden!
Greaty way to spend the afternoon in Essex County!
Bloomfield NJ
 
42
Van Vleck House & Garden
Free to the public, open 365 days a year, special events weekly and amazing flowers!
Huge garden with some of the rarest flowers inNew Jersey!
Montclair NJ
 
43
Charles Shultz House
Amazing 3-story Victorian style house built in 1896, open for tours daily!
One of the only houses in it's completely original state!
Montclair NJ
 
44
Kip's Castle Park
Special events weekly, huge park to run around with trails and a playground!
Great park for little kids!
Verona NJ
 
45
SuzyQue's BBQ & Bar
Amazing BBQ ribs, chicken and more, drinks specials daily and great atmosphere!
One of the best places to get BBQ in Essex County!
West Orange NJ
 
46
Historical Society of Bloomfield
Hundreds of unique items featuring the rich history of Bloomfield!
Discover the rich and unique history of Bloomfield!
Bloomfield NJ
 
47
Papermill Playhouse
Dancers, singers, actors and more put on weekly shows and theatre classes for all ages!
Great place to see anything from a play to a dance!
Millburn NJ

48
Israel Crane House
Tour an authentic 19-century home fully decorated with hundreds of antique pieces!
Discover life in 19th century Essex County!
Montclair NJ

49
Turtle Back Zoo
Thousands of animals and dozens of exhibits not found anywhere else in NJ!
Fun Voted #1 Zoo in NJ by NJ Monthly magazine!
West Orange NJ

50
Newark Museum
Thousands of artifacts, jewlery, artwork and so much more!
Fun and interesting day trip for the whole family!
Newark NJ

51
Thomas Edison National Historic Park
Thomas Edison's laboratory and home!
Discover where and how modern America was invented!
West Orange NJ

52
Mini Golf Safari
Amazing 19-hold mini-golf course!
Experience the taste of Africa!
West Orange NJ

53
Tree Top Aerial Adventure Course
Manuveur through a variety of obstacles 10 - 35 ft high.
Fun and unique obstacle course, built into the trees!
West Orange NJ
 
 
  
 
 
 
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