#1 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Old Lafayette Village
75 State Route 15 Lafayette NJ
~1.57 miles from Sparta city center
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quaint shops and outlets
Olde Lafayette Village is located in the heart of beautiful Sussex County at the intersection of State Routes 15 and 94 in Lafayette, New Jersey.
#2 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant St Ogdensburg NJ
~3.93 miles from Sparta city center
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The Sterling Hill Mine, now known as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, is a former iron and zinc mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. It was the last working underground mine in New Jersey when it closed in 1986. It became a museum in 1989. Along with the nearby Franklin Mine, it is known for its variety of minerals, especially the fluorescent varieties. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
It was originally mined in 1730 when it was mistakenly thought to be a copper deposit. George III of the United Kingdom granted the property to William Alexander, titled Lord Stirling. Stirling sold it to Robert Ogden in 1765. It went through several owners until the various mines were combined into the New Jersey Zinc Company in 1897 They closed in 1986 due to a tax dispute with...
#3 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Kittatinny Valley State Park
4 Lake Aeroflex Rd Newton NJ
~5.22 miles from Sparta city center
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Kittatinny Valley State Park is located near Andover, New Jersey. Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are just some of the features of the park. Lake Aeroflex and Gardner's Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating. The park is home to a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkeys, a variety of songbirds, beavers, muskrats, and squirrels. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
#4 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans St Franklin NJ
~6.17 miles from Sparta city center
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A museum featuring mineral specimens illuminated under different types of light, and a mine replica. This part of New Jersey was a major zinc mining area until the ore was depleted in the 1950's.
Location: 35 miles NW of Newark, in Franklin
Address: Evans Street
Franklin NJ, 8873
Contact Info: (201) 827-3481
Visitor Info: Evans Street, Franklin 07641. Off of Route 23. Small admission charge.
#5 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Legends Riding Stable
153 State Rt 94 Vernon NJ
~12.06 miles from Sparta city center
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Hours of Operation Spring Hours.....9:00 to 5:00pm Directions Close to the resorts in Vernon valley 1/2 mile south of Mountain Creek From NYC & LI: Take the GWB to I-80 west (for approx 15.5 miles). Take Rte. 23 north towards Butler (for approx 6.5 miles) until you see the I-287 ramps. Go approx 23 miles past the ramps and turn right on Rte 94 north. The stable is approx 3 1/2 miles on the left. (Don't miss the right turn on 94 at the brown church.)
From the North: Take I-87 south to Thruway Exit 17. Take I-84 west to the Rte 17 Quickway. Take Rte 17 south/east (towards NYC for approx 8 miles) to Exit 126. Take Rte 94 south to the light in Vernon, NJ (an ATM is at the bank on the left next to the Burger King). Turn right (staying on Rte 94) to Mountain Creek. The stable is approx 1/2 mi...
#6 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
High Point State Park
1480 State Rt 23 Sussex NJ
~12.80 miles from Sparta city center
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The mountain is located inside the 14,193 acre (57 km²) High Point State Park. Route 23 skirts the park and provides access for visitors from the New Jersey suburbs and from points in New York State. The park is administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: $ 5.00 on weekdays and $10.00 on weekends.
The land for High Point State Park, donated by Colonel Anthony R. and Susie Dryden Kuser, was dedicated as a park in 1923. The pleasant landscaping was designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Boston, a prominent landscape architectural firm of that time. The brothers were the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.
To the south, the Appalachian Trail follows a rocky ridge which offers many s...
#7 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Mountain Creek Ski Area and Water Park
200 Route 94 Vernon NJ
~12.86 miles from Sparta city center
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Mountain Creek Ski Area and Water Park offers snow skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, a water park and more.
Mountain Creek Waterpark is a seasonal water theme park located at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon Township, New Jersey. They are open from about Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The water park and ski resort are owned by Intrawest, a major North American ski resort operator. During the summer season, Intrawest contracts with Palace Entertainment to operate the water park. Palace Entertainment has been acquired by Parques Reunidos, which manages and owns many other parks globally as of 2007.
A majority of Mountain Creek's attractions were built as part of "Waterworld" at Action Park, where they were notorious for their poor safety record, including several deaths...
#8 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
David Glenz Golf Academy
217 State Route 94 Vernon NJ
~12.99 miles from Sparta city center
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#9 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Stokes State Park
1 Coursen Rd Sandyston NJ
~13.72 miles from Sparta city center
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Stokes State Forest is a state park located partly in Sandyston Township, in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. Stokes comprises 15,482 acres (62.65 km2) of mountainous wood. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Stokes State Forest was created in 1907 when Governor Edward Stokes donated 500 acres of land on Kittatinny Mountain and the State of New Jersey purchased 5432 acres of land. Due to the Governors generous donation, the forest was named Stokes State forest. The forest started with 5932 acres of land and through the years, additional purchases were made to bring the forest to over 15,000 acres. Trails though the forest were made in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as well as white pine trees being planted.
#10 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
285 Lake Wallkill Rd Sussex NJ
~14.74 miles from Sparta city center
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Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Established in 1990 by Public Law 101-593, the refuge straddles 9 miles (14 km) of the Wallkill River at and just south of the New York-New Jersey border. Most of the refuge is in Sussex County, New Jersey, with the remainder in Orange County, New York. Two miles of the Appalachian Trail travel through the refuge, and the refuge has three additional walking trails.
The refuge has more than 5,100 acres (21 km2) of land and is managed primarily for migratory bird habitat, the endangered bog turtle and wetlands. Where compatible, the refuge offers outdoor recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing, interpretation, environmental education, photography, wildlife viewing, hiking, canoeing and cross...
#11 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Parsippany Main Library
~15.84 miles from Sparta city center
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#12 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Turnpike Hewitt NJ
~16.40 miles from Sparta city center
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Wawayanda State Park is a 16,679-acre (67 km²) state park in Sussex County and Passaic County in northern New Jersey. The park is in Vernon Township on the Sussex side, and West Milford on the Passaic side. There are 60 miles (96 km) of hiking trails in the park, including a 20-mile (32 km) stretch of the Appalachian Trail. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
The park is home to the red-shouldered hawk, the barred owl and the great blue heron, and includes 1,300-foot (396 m) Wawayanda Mountain and glacially-formed, spring-fed Wawayanda Lake with a swimming beach and boat launch and group camping.
The 1,325-acre (5.3 km²) Bearfort Mountain Natural Area is a part of the park, with Terrace Pond at 1,380 feet (421 m) near the top. The mountai...
#13 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
~17.40 miles from Sparta city center
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Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
This 19th century living historical farm and its gothic revival home, The Willows, embody the spirit and prosperity of Morristowns Gilded Age.
#14 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
First Baptist Church
~18.14 miles from Sparta city center
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Our church began in 1750 as a Mr. Francis Briggs held meetings in his home. Since before the Civil War believers in this area have remained faithful to Christ & God's salvation promised in Him.
However, our goal today is to become culturally relevant as we seek to share the gospel of Christ with those around us.
We believe this can be done with blended worship in our services and small group meetings in the homes of our people as we practically share our faith with others.
#15 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~18.46 miles from Sparta city center
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The George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum (127 acres) is an arboretum located at 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey. It is open daily without charge. It is also the headquarters of the Morris County Parks Commission.
The arboretum was established on the site of Whippany Farm, owned by George Griswold Frelinghuysen (1851-1936), son of Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, and a New York City patent attorney and president of Ballantine Brewing Company from 1905 until his retirement, and Sara Ballantine (1858-1940) of Newark, New Jersey, granddaughter of the founder Peter Ballantine of the Ballantine Brewing Company. In 1964 their daughter, Matilda Frelinghuysen (1887-1969) began plans to turn the estate into an arboretum. Today's Frelinghuysen Arboretum was dedicated in 1971.
#16 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Schuyler Hamilton House
~18.53 miles from Sparta city center
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This Colonial home dates back the middle of the Eighteenth Century and was the home of Revolutionary War era physician, Doctor Jabez Campfield, and was later the residence of Doctor John Cochran, who was George Washingtons personal physician, and now serves as an historical structure that can offer visitors a glimpse into the history and past of the region.
#17 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~18.54 miles from Sparta city center
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The Hanover Theatre is a center where all can relish the performing arts. The theatre is enhancing the city by providing a world-class facility for local, national, and international performing artists. In addition, The Hanover Theatre provides opportunities for community and educational enrichment through a variety of outreach programs.
#18 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~18.57 miles from Sparta city center
Hotels Close to Macculloch Hall
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum truly shines among New Jersey's historic house museums. Built from 1810 to 1819, this Federal style mansion of more than twenty rooms was home to George Macculloch and five generations of his descendants. Macculloch is best remembered as the Father of the Morris Canal.
The property now known as Macculloch Hall was a twenty-six acre working farm until 1888 when Macculloch's daughter, Mary Louisa Miller, divided the property into a land development corporation. As a farm, Macculloch employed workers, including slaves, until 1819, raising crops including more than two dozen varieties of pears. Not surprisingly, George Macculloch was first president of the Morris County Agricultural Society. He originally conceived the Morris Canal for the transport of farm...
#19 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Washington's Headquarters Museum
~18.63 miles from Sparta city center
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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a historic site in Newburgh, New York, USA. It consists of the Hasbrouck House, the longest-serving headquarters of George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, and three other structures.
It is also the oldest house in the city of Newburgh, and the first property acquired and preserved by any U.S. state for historic reasons. For both that and its historic value it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
#20 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Catholic Church of the Assumption
~18.71 miles from Sparta city center
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St Mary`s Assumption Parish 63 Monroe St Passaic, NJ 07055. Phone: (973) 779- 0427 Fax: (973) 472-5033. A Parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson NJ
#21 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Morristown City Hall
~18.82 miles from Sparta city center
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#22 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
68 Morris Avenue Morristown NJ - (973) 267-3465
~18.83 miles from Sparta city center
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Acorn Hall, built in 1853. The restoration of the house and gardens gave for its collections, research library and exhibits, the beautiful 1853 Italianate home.
#23 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~19.23 miles from Sparta city center
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The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia was established in 1985 as a non-profit foundation by William S. Morris III, in memory of his parents, as the first museum dedicated to the collection and exhibition of art and artists of the American South.
In 1989, Morris bought 230 pictures for the museum from Southern art collector Robert P. Coggins, with Keith Classuen appointed museum director the following year. On 26 September 1992, “The Morris” opened to the public, attracting over 10,000 visitors in the first two months.
With more than 3,000 works in its permanent collection, the museum hosts changing exhibitions, educational programs, musical events, and hands-on art programs. The museum is located adjacent to Riverwalk Augusta and the Savannah River.
#24 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~19.25 miles from Sparta city center
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Wick House was used by General Arthur St. Clair as his headquarters during the winter encampment of 1779-80. Henry Wick owned this successful farm with over 800 acres of timberland and open fields. His home became a central command point during the encampment of 10,000 soldiers.
Hobbies & Activities category: Garden or botanic display; Manor or country house
#25 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
East Hanover, NJ
~19.93 miles from Sparta city center
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East Hanover Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 11,393. Incorporated in 1928, it is a largely middle to upper-income suburban community situated roughly 25 miles west of New York City. The headquarters of the Nabisco company (now owned by Kraft Foods) and the pharmaceutical company Novartis are located in East Hanover.
The name Hanover came from the House of Hanover in Germany. This namesake was given to the Township of Hanover (which included present-day East Hanover) on December 7, 1720 as a sign of respect to King George I of the House of Hanover, the British king who ruled over the American colonies in the eighteenth century. Unique among towns, East Hanover is defined by the joining of t...
#26 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
36 Madison Avenue Madison NJ - (973) 408-3000
~21.93 miles from Sparta city center
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Drew University is a private university located in Madison, New Jersey.
Originally established as the Drew Theological Seminary in 1867, the university later expanded to include an undergraduate liberal arts college in 1928 and commenced a program of graduate studies in 1955. Nicknamed the "University in the Forest" because of the relative serenity of its wooded 186 acres (753,000 m²) relative to the school's suburban surroundings, Drew University maintains a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of approximately 2,500 students, with the majority living on-campus.
While Drew is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it makes no religious demands on its students. Many of the Theological School's students and faculty are United Methodist, and the General Commission on Arc...
#27 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
~22.15 miles from Sparta city center
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Grey Towers National Historic Site, also known as Gifford Pinchot House or The Pinchot Institute, is located just off US 6 west of Milford, Pennsylvania, United States, in Dingman Township. It is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first director of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and twice elected governor of the state.
The house, built in the style of a French château to reflect the Pinchot family's French origins, was designed by Richard Morris Hunt with some later work by Henry Edwards-Ficken. Situated on the hills above Milford, it overlooks the Delaware River. Pinchot grew up there and returned during the summers when his later life took him to Washington and Harrisburg. His wife Cornelia made substantial changes to the interior of the home and gardens, in collaboration w...
#28 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Tpke Short Hills NJ
~24.82 miles from Sparta city center
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The Mall at Short Hills is a high-end mall in the Short Hills area of Millburn, New Jersey, United States. The mall developer is The Taubman Company. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,342,000 ft² (120,780 m²), placing it in the top ten among the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.
The Mall at Short Hills is located between the JFK Parkway, Route 24, and the Canoe Brook Country Club. The mall is 23 miles (37 km) west of Manhattan and across from the Short Hills Hilton Hotel. The mall includes 160 specialty stores and restaurants including Brooks Brothers, Anne Fontaine, Cartier, Chanel, Crate & Barrel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Legal Sea Foods, Louis Vuitton, Polo Ralph Lauren, Space.nk.Apothecary, Tiffany & Co. and anchors Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus...
#29 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
Turtle Back Zoo
South Orange NJ
~26.07 miles from Sparta city center
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Turtle Back Zoo, located in West Orange, New Jersey, is a zoo in New Jersey. Situated on 18 acres (73,000 m2) of land in South Mountain Reservation, it is part of the Essex County Park System, the oldest county park system in the United States. Founded in 1963, the zoo was originally a showcase for animals indigenous to New Jersey, but currently features species from every continent except Antarctica. Located adjacent to the Richard J. Codey Arena, practice home of the New Jersey Devils. The zoo is open year-round, recording over 340,000 visitors in 2007.
Recent additions to the zoo include Filipino "golden mantled" flying foxes, making Turtle Back the first zoo in the country to show this species of bat; an American Black Bear exhibit; the Essex Farm, which holds common farm animals and ...
#30 of 30 Things To Do in Sparta
New Jersey Institute of Tech
323 High St Newark NJ - 973-596-3000
~28.39 miles from Sparta city center
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New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research university in Newark, New Jersey. NJIT offers 100 degree programs in 27 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate specialties.
NJIT is New Jersey's science and technology university. The school opened as the Newark Technical School in 1881 with 88 students. As of 2005, there are 8,058 students of which 1,400 live in one of the school's four dormitories. It is now home to the Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College, College of Science and Liberal Arts, and College of Computing Sciences. The current president, Robert A. Altenkirch, was inaugurated on May 2, 2003. He succeeded Saul K. Fenster, who was named the university’s sixth president in 1978.
NJIT is o...