It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of the iconic NYC skyline between the trees and rooflines of West Orange.
Scenic views, recreational entertainment, and a plethora of dining and shopping options make West Orange a favorite for its 46,000 residents. Approximately 15 miles (as the crow flies) from NYC, West Orange offers a dense suburban feel without being too far removed from the big city. With Montclair just next door, you may never run out of restaurants to explore.
For commuters, either hop on routes 280, 10 or 23, the NJ Turnpike or Garden State Expressway. If you’d prefer not to drive, there’s the convenience of NJ Transit busses or a jitney service that will deliver you to the South Orange train station.
It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of the iconic NYC skyline between the trees and rooflines of West Orange. Geographically, it makes sense: the area is nestled at the peak of the Watchung Mountain ridges. Two large and popular parks, South Mountain Reservation and Eagle Rock Reservation, help residents reconnect with nature through hiking, biking or just enjoying a picnic. Named after the large surrounding rocks whose shapes are reminiscent of turtle shells, The Turtle Back Zoo is a popular destination for local families, as well as visitors from all around the state.
West Orange’s picturesque views and highly-rated wedding venues have attracted many tri-state area couples seeking a gorgeous backdrop for their special day, such as that which can be found on the grounds of the Highlawn Pavilion. In fact, West Orange has been dubbed, “Wedding Capital of New Jersey”.
With six golf courses, 12 public parks, four public tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, five shopping districts, a dine-in movie theater, a zoo, tree-tops adventure course, a recreation center, an ice-skating rink, a public pool, and a museum – West Orange has something for everyone!
Thousands of West Orange’s diverse residents volunteer and participate in community service programs, and the public school system is committed to fostering a strong sense of community among local youths. Since 1895, the West Orange Public Schools have been serving the community, and currently educate students across 11 schools. With a program designed for individualized education and low teacher to student ratios, the diversity among their student body has aided efforts to create strong global and local community bonds.
Thomas Edison is from West Orange, and had a workshop and laboratory here.
The movie industry started in West Orange. Then, it spread to Ft. Lee and eventually Hollywood!
Llewellyn Park is a gorgeous, gated West Orange community of estates that attracts celebrities (like Whoopi Goldberg) who need to be in close proximity to NYC.