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With all of its attractions and recreational activities, there's so much to see and lots to do in West Orange! 



Take a step back in time at Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory, where modern America was born. Take a tour of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and visit his home, Glenmont. Find out why West Orange is 'Where Invention Lives.' 

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Voted the #1 zoo in NJ , the Turtle Back Zoo is so much more than just animals. Experience the Endangered Species Carousel, Pony Rides, a Train Ride, a fun Playground for kids to explore, and the brand new Giraffe exhibit! 

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Designed and built in the trees, feel the rush of adrenaline on an aerial obstacle like no other at the Essex County Treetop Adventure Course.



Enjoy skating and non-skating activities year-round at Richard J Codey Arena.

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Experience a taste of Africa as you putt around a life size gorilla, hippo and many other African creatures at Essex County Safari MiniGolf, an award winning 19-hole course.

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South Mountain Reservation, the largest parkland in Essex County, is home to the Washington Rock Lookout Historic Site and has 10 picnic areas, 19 miles of hiking and walking trails, 27 miles of carriage roads for jogging, horseback riding, & cross-country skiing, a fishing pond, waterfalls, Paddle Boats, Regatta Playground and so much more! 

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Boasting an unrivaled view of the New York City skyline, Eagle Rock Reservation has bridle paths for horseback riding, hiking trails, a picnic area and is home to the September 11, 2001, Memorial site. 

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Photo Credit: Fernando "Frandy" Castillo 

Play the links at one of five golf courses:
Crestmont Country Club
Francis Byrne Golf Course

Rock Spring Country Club
Essex County Country Club
Montclair Golf Club