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Top 10 Ways to Experience Essex County

Can’t get tickets to a Yankees or Mets game? Take the family to a Newark Bears Game. You’ll get just as great of a baseball experience as you would at a major league game right here in Essex County.

The Prudential Center, also known as the “Rock” is the new home to the New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall Pirates, and the New Jersey Ironmen. Experience a hockey, basketball, or soccer game along with the many concerts that take place in this state of the art venue.

SOPAC, short for South Orange Performing Arts Center, has a brand new movie theater and a concert hall for great, inexpensive shows. Take one weekend at SOPAC to discover a performer you’ve never seen or heard before.

The Edison Museum in West Orange is home to the many inventions of Thomas A. Edison. Here you can relive history and learn how light, the phonograph, and the motion picture all began, along with thousands of his other inventions.

For over 100 years, the Newark Museum has fascinated children and adults who visit. With exhibits ranging from insects to art to countries, each one is sure to keep you intrigued. Not only would a day at the museum be fun, it would also be inspiring and educational.

Each season the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn puts on six phenomenal shows. The production, set, costumes and voices that go into putting on a show are sure to wow you. Whether you buy season tickets or just see one show, the Papermill Playhouse is a gem in Essex County.

The Montclair Art Museum combines the art of Americans and Native Americans. Here, the art of under-recognized artists are displayed, in addition to the culture and diversity of New Jersey. The museum is a great learning experience, located in the bustle of eclectic downtown Montclair, where you can spend the day.

Every May, the Essex County Carnival comes to West Orange. For 4 days, everyone from the county can enjoy an exciting fair with rides, games, and great food. A great way to kick off the spring season, kids, teens, and parents will love the thrill of the carnival.

Essex County is home to Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) and Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC). At TUTS there are performances and shows for all to come and watch. In addition, OSPAC has been called New Jersey’s “premier outdoor theater” and has fabulous outdoor performances, one of the most popular being the Jazz Festival.

Essex County houses almost 30 parks, reservations, and recreational facilities. The parks have playgrounds, ponds, and annual craft and art fairs. The reservations are acres and acres of preserved nature. The Eagle Rock Reservation has a September 11 memorial and the sky line of New York City is visible from here. Some of the recreational facilities include golf courses and trails. There is always a reason to be outside in beautiful Essex County.