While all of the excitement of New York City is just moments away, there are plenty of recreational opportunities right at home in West Orange. Around one-fifth of the township is dedicated to open space, which is used for public parks, golf courses, playgrounds and rolling undeveloped acres. Hiking trails, campsites, sporting and equestrian facilities are popular with local outdoor enthusiasts, while numerous shopping centers, fine dining and venues such as the Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center entertain countless others.
Historical sites such as the popular Edison National Historic Site located right here in West Orange make for educational day trips for families and students. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site features Thomas A. Edison?s Glenmont estate and his laboratory the Black Maria. The Black Maria is widely known to many as ?America?s First Movie Studio.? Also called the Kinetographic Theater, this film production studio was built for the purpose of making film strips for a motion picture device called the Kinetoscope. Visitors can take part in a tour around Edison?s 29 room Queen Anne style estate, explore the grounds and greenhouse, take a look around the reproduced Black Maria, and children can even participate in daily Junior Ranger activities.
City lookouts and the Turtle Back Zoo are great for family fun, as well as seasonal fairs and festivals held in charming downtown West Orange. Whether your idea of a fun day includes some treatments at a spa or a ten mile trail run, it?s all here at home in the township of West Orange. The community?s dynamic combination of lifestyle qualities makes West Orange one of the most desirable towns in Essex County and the Newark Metro area for people from all walks of life.
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