Leave your wallet at home, these fun activities are free to the public.
1. 70 South Gallery
70 South Gallery is a unique community-focused photography gallery and service center. You will find displays of student, amateur, and professional artwork.
2. Willowwood Arboretum
A quiet stroll through planned gardens and wild open spaces. The Willowwood Arboretum offers approximately 130 acres of rolling farm land with 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare. Take the one-mile hike to Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. Open dawn to dusk.
3. Atrium Gallery at 10 Court Street
Morris Arts plans exhibitions for the Atrium Gallery located on floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration & Records Building. The Gallery showcases over 1,000 artworks in various media by a wide variety of artists in 4 exhibits per year.
- 973 285-5115
4. Fort Nonsense
Visit a strategic lookout built by Washington’s troops during their time in Morristown. On a clear day you can see NYC.
5. Frelinghuysen Arboretum
New Jersey’s #1 Favorite Public Garden, the beautiful 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers a serene place to learn more about plants well-suited to the soils and climate of Morris County. Take a one-mile hike along the Whippany River to Acorn Hall past the secret Revolutionary-era Powder Mill, to the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall. Open dawn to dusk.
6. Gallery at 14 Maple
Visit the third floor for changing exhibits throughout the year, curated by Morris Arts.
- 973 285-5115
7. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
The Great Swamp is not entirely swampland but rather a mixture of marshes, meadows, dry woods and brush-covered swamps. Designated as America’s first National Wildlife Refuge in the 1960s, once threatened to be lost to a jet port.
8. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens
The gardens at Macculloch Hall have 60 varieties of roses that can be found among the seasonal blooms. Open dawn to dusk.
9. Morris Museum
The Museum is Pay as You Wish on the second and third Thursday of each month from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Enjoy the permanent collections of fine and decorative arts, the Guinness Collection of Automated Musical Machines, the model railroad, dinosaur exhibitions and more.
10. Morris County Park System
There is so much to explore and enjoy at the Morris County Park Commission’s regionally- and nationally-recognized sites located on 18,800 acres. Their facilities includes 38 locations: historic sites, challenging golf courses, outdoor educational and recreational facilities, arboretums, conservation areas, 150 miles of well-groomed trails, an ice skating arena and acres of passive and active recreational opportunities throughout the county.
11. New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
Grab your binoculars and head out to the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is located on 276 acres of woodland, field and floodplain habitat that is home to more than 200 species of wildlife over the course of a year. There are special nature programs, lectures, hikes and camps throughout the year.
12. Presbyterian Church of Morristown
Founded in 1733, well before the Revolutionary War, the graveyard is a valuable historical reference for American life during the Colonial Era and afterwards. Open dawn to dusk, with historic signage throughout, home to 1,400 souls and 140 Revolutionary War soldiers.
13. Speakeasy Art Gallery
The gallery showcases the work of both international and local contemporary artists presenting a new opening reception on the first Friday of each month. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
14. The Seeing Eye
Free tours Thursday 10-12 and 1 Saturday a month, call for reservations. The Seeing Eye is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Its mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs. Established in 1929 and located to Morris County in 1931.
15. Whippany Burying Yard
The Whippany Burying Yard on Route 10, established in 1718, is the oldest cemetery in Morris County. There are eleven Revolutionary War soldiers buried here, some soldiers who fought in the Civil War, and people from prominent families in what was the original Hanover Township. Open dawn to dusk.