Archer's Favorite Things to Do In Florham Park and Morristown
. Washington's Headquarters
Visit the place where American history was made. General George Washington made some landmark decisions at this location, including drafting a letter that contributed to the writing of the Constitution. The nation’s first publicly owned historic site, Washington’s Headquarters now offers educational classes and presentations for visitors of every age.
. Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Formally called the George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum, this landmark was born out of Matilda Frelinghuysen’s love of gardening. Matilda was the daughter of George and Sara Frelinghuysen. George’s father, Frederick, was the secretary of state under President Chester A. Arthur. Upon Matilda’s death, the land and house where she lived were made into the arboretum. The site offers self-guided nature trails over its 127 acres. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
This 213.4-acre New Jersey and National Register Historic Site lets you experience farm living from a century ago. After visiting the farm animals and helping perform such daily tasks as collecting eggs and cleaning harnesses, check out the 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, the1920s farmhouse and the antique automobiles. Docents dressed in period clothing detail the lifestyle of those who lived and worked on the farm 100 years ago. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Historic Speedwell
More than eight acres of Historic Speedwell — the birthplace of the telegraph — celebrate and educate visitors about life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Take a guided tour through this National Historic Landmark museum, which includes a three-floor interactive exhibit in the Factory Building, the Vail House (a renovated home with original furnishings, period antiques and portraits of the Vail family) and the Visitors Center, with an award-winning orientation presentation, changing exhibits and gift shop. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
The mission of Morris County Historical Society (MCHS) is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County. MCHS is headquartered at Acorn Hall, an 1853 Italianate Victorian mansion located in Morristown, NJ. MCHS operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum and produces several exhibitions on local history annually. Photo courtesy of Morris County Historical Society.
. The Morris Museum
This museum offers delights in all shapes and sizes. Not only offering displays and exhibits to intrigue the mind, this museum also houses a professional theater that presents plays, concerts and children’s theatrical performances. Past exhibits have included dinosaurs, mammals, trains, rocks and elaborate toothpick art.
. Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre
With more than 40,000 objects to discover, the Morris Museum is also home to the professional Bickford Theatre, which produces and presents musicals, dramas, comedies and mysteries, a year-round children’s theatre, a jazz series, a blues series and special concerts and performances.
. Mayo Performing Arts Center
This nonprofit performing arts center has been home to such notable acts as the Moody Blues, John Legend and Tony Bennett. The New Jersey Ballet Company has performed here, as well. Built in 1937, and seeing a transformation in 1994, the Center now hosts more than 200 performances and delights 200,000+ patrons per year. Photo courtesy of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
. New York Jets Training Facility
This state-of-the-art football facility offers free access to practice sessions for fans of the New York Jets NFL team. A shuttle is available for practices to the entry gate. Jets players may sign autographs for fans along the sideline after practice, and members of Gen Jets Kids Club have a kids-only player autograph area at all practices.
. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
For an action-packed day trip, visit Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. With 510 acres filled with rides that thrill, rides for families and kids, live entertainment, and animal attractions, plus shopping and dining that are sure to satisfy, you’ll no doubt have a great adventure.
. Livingston Mall
This two-level, super-regional indoor shopping center has more than 100 stores and food options. Anchored by Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Sears, Old Navy, Famous Footwear and H&M, shopping options abound.
. The Mall at Short Hills
Upscale boutiques, pampering services, great restaurants, and national department stores are the hallmark of this chic retail center. Approximately 150 specialty stores and restaurants — including about 40 boutiques unique to New Jersey — combine to make The Mall at Short Hills a serious shopper’s dream come true.
. Florham Park Diner
Downtown Florham Park has a local gem in this diner. Reinvented from its roots in the 1950s, the restaurant has expanded both its size and its offerings, now including more than 20 lunch and dinner specials daily, plus cakes, pies, pastries and, of course, breakfast.
Diner — Breakfast and Brunch
. The Thirsty Turtle
This contemporary café with a fun moniker serves up a wide variety of fare, including lunch, dinner and a selection of craft, import and domestic beers, martinis and specialty cocktails. With lobster bisque, macadamia-crusted tilapia, a Cajun chicken sandwich and filet mignon kabobs on the menu, there’s something for everyone.
. Urban Table
For farm-fresh, homemade American cuisine in a casual metropolitan setting, look no further than Urban Table. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items include fresh-squeezed juices, locally sourced and composed salads, American comfort foods, grass-fed beef burgers and a curated selection of cocktails and beverages.
. Shanghai Jazz
Gourmet Asian cuisine that’s inspired by the seasons, along with a curated wine list and a full bar, makes Shanghai Jazz a well-recognized eatery. This jazz club is inspired by Shangahi in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was considered the “Paris of the Orient,” and patrons enjoy intimate, savory, upscale dinners with family and friends. Photo courtesy of Shanghai Jazz.
Asian, Chinese, Fusion
. Sushi Lounge
Enjoy creative libations and Japanese specialties that complement both traditional an exotic Japanese faire while listening to the DJ’s collection of tunes. Sushi and Japanese fusion with the freshest ingredients make this an ideal choice for a lively evening or an intimate dinner.
Sushi, Asian, Fusion
. Roots Steakhouse
Warmly appointed and well-renowned, Roots Steakhouse is a Zagat favorite, with a attentive staff that helps make this impressive meal a “civilized experience.” On the menu, among other notables, are French Onion Soup, Oysters on the Half Shell, Local Strawberry Salad, Grilled Vegetable Wrap, a variety of steaks, chops and seafood selections and delicious sides to complete the meal.