Locally, Franklin is known as the Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the world, because it is located on land that is rich in ore containing more than 150 minerals, some of them fluorescent. The minerals are said to be so unique that this is the only place you can find them in the world. The city was first settled in the 17th century after being named after Benjamin Franklin and many settlements began near iron mines and smelting operations along Wallkill River. Many Dutch settlers were also attracted to the area, most of them were recorded as trading and bargaining with Raritan Indians. Later, during the 19th century, zinc deposits were found and developed commercially, bringing in even more new residents and their families. Small zinc mining companies later, in 1897, merged to form the New Jersey Zinc Company and it contributed, in a large way, to the city’s development and the swelling number of residents. It also brought in immigrants from counties like Poland, Britain, Russia and Hungary. Franklin played a huge role in the country’s Revolutionary War, especially along Route 27 where a lot of raidings were done and the Delaware-Raritan Canal was a major transportation option that was used during the Civil War to transport 200,000 tons of freight. Today, the canal is used by residents and visitors for recreational activities in the form of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Visitors will also get to experience preserved farmlands; 17% of the township’s land area is considered farmland and visitors will also get to enjoy countless parks, gardens, open spaces, scenic trails like the Six Mile Run State Park, Ten Mile Run Greenway, Griggstown Native grassland Preserve, Bunker Hill Natural Area and Franklin Park Natural Area, just to name a few.
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Thanks to its strategic location, almost right at the border of New York state, not only are attractions and unique points of interest in neighboring New Jersey cities are easily accessible, so are attractions from Warwick, NY. Here’s a comprehensive list of things to do, restaurants to eat at, places to do some shopping and museums to tour in Franklin, NJ.
Located approximately 15 minutes drive from Franklin in Vernon’s Mountain Creek Waterpark which features everything from mountains to beaches, from pools to fun, thrilling rides for people of all ages. For the adrenaline junkies in your group, get them to take on the intense Colorado River Ride, the largest water ride in the region. For paintball, you can take your pick from the fun and scenic Battle Creek Paintball & Airsoft Field in West Milford, enjoy a laser tag game or host a party at Paintball Depot, or bring the charter bus to New Jersey Paintball Club to try out the different terrains and obstacles. When it comes to bowling, the people and amenities at Pin Street at Warwick is an awesome choice, especially for parties and gatherings but if you are bringing young children with you (who will most probably not be too happy about paintball games), head on over to Monster Mini Golf instead. There are birthday party packages, guided tours, and a horror-themed (but not too terrifying) mini golf course to enjoy.
Visitors should check out the local productions showing at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown; it is a historic movie theater that has been fully restored to its former glory and features hundreds of performances every year or you can bring your friends to Hackettstown’s Centenary Stage Company. There are jazz concerts, Shakespeare classics and programs for aspiring actors and playwrights alike. The attraction is housed in a stunning 22,000 square foot performance center. Pax Amicus Castle Theater is located less than an hour’s drive away in Budd Lake, NJ; it has improv classic Shakespeare productions, holiday shows and comedy for everyone; it is a non-profit cultural educational center that supports local talent and communities. Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater is unique because it is an art center that is focused on preserving and educating visitors about Georgian culture through its demonstrations, dances and classes for children and adults. Seha Center for the Performing Arts is located in Wayne, NJ; it is an intimate theater that was constructed back in 1965 and features lectures, theater, concerts, recitals and has venues for meetings and small conferences.
Whether you are looking for unique savory snacks or hungry for fiery flavors to sample during your trip to Franklin, you can have them all. Head on over to Savioli’s Ravioli along State Route 23 for authentic Italian cuisine and sandwiches, Chrissy’s Place for the best coffee, tea and taylor ham egg and cheese dish, dig into the Chinese offerings at Szechuan Garden Restaurant, discover a whole new world of traditional Irish cuisine like corned beef reuben and bangers and mash from Irish Cottage Inn, devour traditional American cuisine at the classy The Barrel House along Spring Street in Newton, and when it comes to delicious Mexican food, Taco Bell is hard to beat. If you enjoy soaking in the fun, local atmosphere, you’ve got to check out the sheer number of shopping destinations there are to bring the charter bus to. There are over 30 vendors offering anything and everything from meat, dairy products to handmade items at Pennings Farm Market and Orchard in Warwick, merely 20 minutes drive away at the edge of New York border. You can also go window shopping at major shops and brand names at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, NJ, upscale stores, outlets and restaurants to be found at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, a fun array of delicious local produce, fresh flowers, handmade items like soaps and decorations at New Meadowlands Market in East Rutherford and more shopping and retail outlets in Chester’s The Streets of Chester Shopping Center.
Iron mining and smelting is a part of the city’s history so, be sure to make your way to the 1774 Long Pond Ironworks State Park for a look-around and if time permits, hike up its trail for breathtaking views. Ford Mansion & Museum is located in neighboring Morristown and is a preserved historic site. It was the headquarters for George Washington from 1779 to 1780; today, visitors get to go on tours around the house with a local ranger to learn about the building and events that went on when it was actively used. People can also learn about antique instruments, rocks, trains, mammals and dinosaurs at Morris Museum, learn about Revolutionary War, Military life, Lloyd Smith Gallery at Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters & Museum, bring the kids out for a field trip at Hackettstown Historical Society, or enjoy a guided tour around the historic 1800s historic Speedwell which has exhibits related to 19th century wedding practices, invention of telegraph and S. S. Savannah.
Many parts of the city are farmlands and the same goes to its surrounding cities so, you will get to enjoy a part of the Appalachian trails at the Abram S Hewitt State Forest, a preserved part of the city. The hikes up to Bearfort Ridge is rigorous and challenging but views of the streams, beautiful forests and wetlands has been said to be nothing short of phenomenal. You should also bring the charter bus to Indian Hills Farm which has both an indoor and outdoor ring, round pen and a barn, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm to tour the Gothic Revival home and farm which was built by Paul Revere’s grandson, or check out the services and private docks of Greenwood Lake Paddleboards. Guided training is provided before they put people onto boats, paddleboards and kayaks, so, worry not if you are greenhorn at this. Other fun activities you can engage in in Franklin is horseback riding with Sarah Stinneford Equestrian and Loantaka Brook Reservation. The latter attraction has athletic fields, fitness stations and picnic areas too. You can also learn about local flora, fauna and vegetation at Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s 127 acre garden which is also home to Watnong Rock Garden, Vera Scherer Special Needs Garden and Branching Out Garden.
Located in Sussex is Space Farms Zoo & Museum, a mere short 20 minutes drive from Franklin. The attraction measures up to 100 acres and is home to 500 animals, has a museum showcasing American history with artifacts like weapons used during both Revolutionary and Civil War, toys and tools. It is an attraction that kills two birds with one stone, hence, makes for the perfect place for a field trip!
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