Welcome to West Orange
A peaceful part of New Jersey’s story, West Orange is a treasure for residents and a destination for activities.
West Orange has been delighting its inhabitants for centuries and is considered one of New Jersey’s top places to live. This township stretches over 12 square miles and, just west of New York City, is considered one of the crown jewels of the New York metropolitan area.
Whether it’s the New Jersey Devils practicing for the hockey season, or the numerous parks available to stroll, West Orange appeals to people of any taste. This area has long been a place of peaceful serenity. Now, all these years later, that still holds true, as West Orange is one of the most cherished places to live in the area.
What to Love
- Public transportation makes travel convenient
- McLoone’s Boathouse and its massive 1.75 walking loop
- Thomas Edison Lighthouse shines a line on the township’s history
Just over a dozen miles from Manhattan, West Orange is seen as a commuter suburb of New York City. The area is viewed as a vital hub for young professionals and new families. It’s this sense of community that has given West Orange its reputation as one of the best places to live and one of the most beloved parts of New Jersey.
The splendor of the scenery is what keeps West Orange going. For those looking to commute from busy cities, it’s the down-home appeal of West Orange that makes it a desired destination. With greenery and nature all around, the neighborhood is both accommodating and awe-inspiring.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
West Orange has a long history of food and shopping. Today, those in the area always make time for the local foodie scene with its amazing variety of possibilities. Julio’s Restaurant is at the top of most lists for its Italian fare. A delicious Italian meal in the heart of New Jersey is something many long for.
That holds true for Primavera Ristorante. This eatery has all the charm of a West Orange Italian restaurant, with truly unforgettable food served daily. For those who need great food now, this has been a sought-after destination. As is Sam’s Place for Fried Chicken, another can’t-miss location.
Once the forks are away, there’s still plenty to do in West Orange. The culture is alive, and CBL Fine Art celebrates it. Whether crafts, apparel, or jewelry, this one-stop shop has been a staple of the neighborhood for years and a testament to the local shopping scene.
Things to Do
For those looking to see why New Jersey is “the Garden State,” a trip to the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex will be the perfect example. This stunning recreation center has all the beauty of a majestic garden alongside some of the most exciting attractions. It’s here that visitors can see the Turtle Back Zoo. From toddlers to adults, the zoo has a special place in the hearts of those who visit.
New Jersey outdoors is a thing of beauty, and McLoone’s Boathouse knows that firsthand. Featuring a safari-themed miniature golf course, a full ice skating rink, paddle boats, and even a nearly two-mile walking loop. With additional attractions like a playground and adventure park, there’s no shortage of things to do.
A person doesn’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the historical relevance of Thomas Edison. It’s in West Orange that The Thomas Edison Lighthouse beams tall, welcoming visitors. A trip to this grand landmark followed by an unforgettable afternoon at the South Mountain Skating Arena makes any visit to the township a cherished memory.
West Orange schools are under the West Orange Public Schools system.