One Day Itineraries
#1 Morris County One Day Itinerary


Visit a Museum
There is a lot of history to explore in Morris County. Many small museums are open and willing to schedule what amounts to a private tour for small groups. Make an appointment with the curator at a time that suits you. We recommend several small museums like Macculloch Hall, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall.

New Jersey’s second largest museum, the Morris Museum, is open six days a week (closed Monday). Tour their rotating exhibits and collections like the world renown Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.  A Smithsonian affiliate.
Morris Museum

Morris Museum’s Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of 750 historic mechanical musical instruments and automata

Grab some Lunch
Here is a link to our Dining Page Check before you go to make sure they are open when you’re ready to grab a meal.
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
Take a Walk in the Park
We recommend the 26 miles of trails within Morristown National Historical Park at Jockey Hollow. Trails open each day dawn to dusk, as are portable restrooms, with ranger-staffed Visitor Contact Stations open Fri-Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Morris County Park Commission has many choices for hiking trails and parks. We recommend the 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a serene place to relax, as well as to learn, explore, and celebrate nature. Digital maps of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are available online. Open each day dawn to dusk.
Frelinghuysen Aboretum

An exterior view of the arbor and patio after a rain at the Freylinghuysen arboretum.

#2 Six New Jersey Road Trips:  Beyond the Exit
When people begin to travel again it will be close to home and by car.  Here are six great drives through New Jersey for you to consider.  Two of the six go right through Morris County.  Plan your trip by calling the sites ahead of time to get updated days and hours of operation.  Then fill up your gas tank and GO!
Click on the map to view or download the NJ Road Trips.

#3 Family Outings & History for Kids

Every municipality in Morris County features something of historical interest.  For the children who appreciate history, and their parents who want to expose their children to history, here are some great area attractions that are informative and engaging.

  • Morristown National Historical Park

30 Washington Place, Morristown, (973)539-2016 ext. 210

This national historic landmark was home to General George Washington and his staff during 200 days in the winter of 1779-80.  Visit the Ford Mansion only with a park ranger.  Other areas of the Park are Jockey Hollow, the Wick Farm and Herb Garden, the Soldiers’ Huts, the Headquarters Museum and Fort Nonsense.  Check the website for special programs. Open all year.  Read more…

  • Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, (973)285-6550

Eight buildings and their collections capture life during the American Industrial Revolution.  The machinery for the first trans-Atlantic steamship was developed here, and Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse demonstrated the first electromagnetic telegraph.   The factory building is a national landmark.  Hours change seasonally, so call ahead.        Read more…

  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

9 Main Street, Madison, (973)377-2982

This museum enlightens visitors about the trades and crafts practiced by ordinary New Jersey craftsmen from the time of the earliest settlement c. 1700.  Exhibits, tools and special programs, many geared toward children.  Open all year.  Read more…

  • Cooper Gristmill

66 Route 24, Chester

The nearby Black River provided the power to mill flour as early as the 1760s, then in 1826 Nathan Cooper built this structure with its water wheel power shafts and gears and 2,000 pound millstone. Costumed interpreters tell the history of the mill.  Hours vary by season, and the mill is closed November to March.  Read more…

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  • Morris County boasts nearly every type of architecture you can imagine. The county began to be settled around 1740, and there are fine examples of Colonial, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Gilded Age mansions, Sears Catalog homes and shiny, LEED-certified modern commercial and residential buildings.
    Morristown National Historical Park -The Ford Mansion
    30 Washington Place, Morristown, (973) 539-2016 ext. 210
    This national historic landmark was home to General George Washington and his staff during 200 days in the winter of 1779-1780. Perhaps the bests preserved Colonial era home it was constructed in 1774 by Jacob Ford for his wife and four children who were the wealthiest family in the area before the Revolutionary War. Tours of the Ford Mansion begin on the hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Last tour is at 4 p.m. Read more……(link to
    Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens
    45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, (973)538- 2404
    Home to six generations of the George Macculloch family, this brick Federal style home is the oldest in the county on its original foundation, c. 1810. Now a house museum with many decorative arts pieces and furnishings. The gardens out back are the oldest in the county. Open on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 p.m. Read more….(
    Acorn Hall
    68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, (973)267-3465
    Originally built c. 1853, this unusual Victorian home is in the Italianate style. The house is filled with many original furnishings dating back to the mid-19th century. There are Victorian plantings in the rear garden. Open on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. Read more….(
    American Arts & Crafts:
    Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
    2352 Route 10 West at Manor Lane, Parsippany, (973)540-0311
    Built in 1911, this log house was the only home that Gustav Stickley ever designed and lived in with his family. The centerpiece of his 600 acre farm, he lived in this national landmark Arts and Crafts residence. Open Thursdays to Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. it is a must-see destination for lovers of Mission furniture and style. Read more…
    14 Maple Avenue
    14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, (973)285-5115
    Morris County’s “greenest building” and an outstanding example of the use of renewable energy and materials, 14 Maple houses a number of spaces which are accessible during business hours. Visit Morris Arts’ Gallery at 14 Maple on the third floor featuring exhibits by local artists and check out the interior bio-wall. Open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Read more…
  • #5 Music and Comedy Lovers:
    There are terrific options to hear live music of all genres or have a hearty laugh in Morris County. For information on these fine venues, go directly to their websites, or to “Calendar of Events”. Included are musical arts organizations that perform at a variety of venues throughout the year. Please consult their websites for programs and ticket information..
    Baroque Orchestra
    Founded in 1996 by Dr. Robert W. Butts, this is New Jersey’s only orchestra specializing in baroque music. They perform at St. Elizabeth’s College and Grace Church during their season. Read more…
    The Comedy Shoppe at Brick 46, 68 Route 46 East, Rockaway
    Located inside the Brick 46 restaurant, they feature the top comedy acts from New Jersey and New York. Read more…. or call (866)552-6633
    The Folk Project at the Unitarian Fellowship, Morris Township
    Located inside a former Gilded Age mansion, this venue presents a series of Friday concerts, dances and sing-a-longs throughout the year. Read more…. or call (973)335-9489
    Harmonium Choral Society
    One of New Jersey’s leading choral arts groups, they were founded in 1979. Two groups, a large chorus and a smaller chamber group, are under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack and perform concerts at community events and locations during the year. Read more…
    Jefferson Highlights Summer Concert Series, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong
    Located at the Art Bonito Outdoor Amphitheatre at Camp Jefferson, these family-oriented rock concerts are held Saturday nights during the summer. Read more… or call (973)663-5590
    Masterwork Chorus
    The chorus is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the community by presenting professional-level performances of major choral works. Concerts are held at various venues during the year. Read more…

Mayo Center for the Performing Arts

(MPAC), 100 South Street, Morristown
Formerly the Community Theatre which opened in 1937, MPAC is a venue for 200 plus musical, comedy, dance, children’s programs each year in a beautifully restored setting. Top acts that tour the country are booked into MPAC. Read more… or call (973)539-8008

The Randolph Performing Arts Center at the Music Den, 1030 Route 10 West, Randolph
A variety of live music acts including monthly open mic nights. Read more… or call (973)927-5800
Stone Soup Symphony
An open community orchestra that performs in various locations throughout the year. Read more… or call (973)347-0283

#6 Garden Rambles Itinerary for V.G.


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Take a drive to Chester Township to visit two exquisite gardens operated by the Morris County Park Commission.   Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center was once the home and gardens of one of the first women to train as a landscape architect in the United States, Martha Brookes Hutcheson.  She opened her practice in 1901 designing gardens for estates along the East Coast.  A one-mile trail connects Bamboo Brook to Willowwood Arboretum, 130 acres with 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants on a former c. 1792 farm.  Gardens are open each day 8 am until dusk.  Read more at

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Enjoy lunch at one of the fine eateries along Main Street in historic Chester Village.  There are a number of great options, many located in charmingly restored 18th and 19th century buildings.

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Drive east towards Morristown to Frelinghuysen Arboretum, voted one of the top public gardens in the State of New Jersey.  Located on the grounds of a former Gilded Age mansion, the gardens are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk.  The arboretum is set on 127 acres with stunning theme gardens and collections of shrubs and trees.  Up for a hike?  Walk along the Whippany River trail to view the Victorian landscaping and the boxwood knot garden behind Acorn Hall.  Be sure to stop along the river and read the plaque commemorating the site of the secret powder mill c. 1776.  Read more at and


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