Montclair is a vibrant, charming hillside community with many old homes and a large variety of cultural attractions drawing artists and writers to its many art galleries, museums, boutique shops, and restaurants.
Situated on the east side of the First Mountain ridge of the Watchung Mountains this community has many vantage points for scenic views of the surrounding area and the New York City skyline.
Its an area rich in history dating back to the Revolutionary War with First Mountain providing vantage points for tracking the routes taken by the British to the east.
Located just 12 miles west of Manhattan and easily accessed by public transportation from New York City via New Jersey Transit and DeCamp Bus Lines.
Howard Van Vleck Arboretum
21 Van Vleck Street
Discover the beauty of the gardens year round. They also offer educational programs for adults and children. Open daily, 9am to 5pm.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave
The iris gardens have over 3,000 varieties planted and in bloom during the season. The bloom season runs from mid May to the end of the first week in June. Call for conformation.
Admission is free, though a donation $5 per person is suggested.
Montclair Historical Society - Crane House and Museum
108 Orange Road
One of the last of the remaining north New Jersey Federal mansions. Features 10 rooms and a collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, paintings, and decorative arts. The Society also has special events, group and school tours of the Crane House, programs for children and adults, lectures, and history round table discussions.
5 Seymour Street
Offers popular theatre shows, plays, and concerts.
Montclair State University
A public state university also offers many community events throughout the year.