The development of the city was thanks to the English’s suspicion that French were convoluting with local Native Americans to rebel against the English in Wayne that led to the dispatch of Arent Schuyler, a young surveyor, to the area in 1694. But when the young man arrived, all he found was a rich and fertile valley that the local Lenni-Lenape Native Americans were farming and hunting in. With memories the beauty of the land in mind, he reported it to the English and convinced them to travel to the northwestern part of New Jersey to have a quick look-about and this led to the purchase of 5,000 acres worth of land from East Jersey Company the following year. The city was named after an American Revolutionary War hero, General Anthony Wayne and William S. Hogencamp became the city’s first mayor. For much of 18th and 19th century, Wayne remained a close-knit farming community and with the introduction of a railroad, the city soon became a vacation retreat for wealthy businessmen from New York and various parts of New Jersey. Many highways later connected Wayne to its surrounding cities and it includes New Jersey Route 23, U.S. Route 46 and Interstate 80, making Wayne easily accessible. Some of the interesting outdoor attractions in Wayne includes lakes like Packanack Lake, Lionshead Lake, Pompton Lake, Tom’s Lake and Pines Lake.
Moving forward to modern times, Wayne proves to a popular destination for events - weddings, birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate outings, field trips and church retreats - and guests can actually take advantage of fun attractions like the arcade and entertainment center at Phoenix Amusements, the vast skating rink at Ice Vault Arena and go-karting arena and party venues at Turf-City Indoor Sports Center. Essex County Turtle Back Zoo is also another great place for families with young children while Van Riper Hopper Museum proves itself as a great destination for weekend outings, family day-outs and field trips alike. There’s lots to learn about at Paterson Museum if you are ready to soak in all the history of the region and after that, bring the charter bus to New Meadowlands Market to shop for fun gifts, great food and a great cup of coffee to end the day. BusRental.com is ready to help make the trips fun, relaxing and absolutely comfortable! Whether you are looking around for an executive coach for a comfortable long-distance travel or a 10-passenger corporate car, our wide network of charter bus owners, operators, agents, dispatchers and drivers are ready. Give us a call right now to find out more about the vehicles and our affordable promotional packages.
When we say that there’s fun for everyone to be had in Wayne, we are not kidding...and most of them, these wonderful points of interest, are a short drive away from Wayne’s neighboring cities and communities. Here, we can come up with a list of fun things to do and places to visit in Wayne, NJ. Enjoy!
Ice Vault Arena in downtown Wayne offers both private lessons and public skating lessons that you can enjoy and sometimes, if you are lucky, you can catch a hockey tournament in action. Kids and adults alike, in the meantime, can check out the classic arcade games, simulators and racing games at Phoenix Amusements in Bloomfield, go bowling with family and friends at either T-Bowl Lanes which is a 34-lane bowling center or take a 20 minute charter bus ride to Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange to enjoy their arcade center and venue for private events and parties. Bow Tie Cinemas may be an intimate movie theater in downtown Wayne, you can still catch first-run movies as you relax on their spacious, leather seats with family and friends or make your way to AMC Loews Wayne 14 instead, both offering similar amenities.
When it comes to art and culture, Shea Center for the Performing Arts is the go-to place for the locals. The theater was constructed in 1965, one of the longest-running art attractions in Wayne that offers space for lectures, meetings, dance recitals and concerts of all genres. There’s also jazz, tap and ballet dancing lessons offered by Gloria Frances School of Dance & Performing Arts or make Art Factory, Art For Kids or Plan it Paint it your venue of choice for art shows, exhibitions and private events like birthday parties. The Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair, in the meantime, is housed in Montclair State University; it has a theater that can seat up to 500 guests for any of its dramatic shows, cultural events and musical performances. Montclair Art Museum is also housed in the Montclair State University and it features Native American and American Art that dates back to 18th century, modern contemporary art and it even has a student exhibit to showcase works of aspiring artists while Riker Hill Art Park is a 42-acre recreational park which was a US Nike missile-tracking base during the 1950s. Today, it features art collection from local artists, in support of their dreams.
You don’t have to drive very far out for a great shopping experience because The Outlets at Bergen Town Center has everything you need from Jared to Century 21 Department Store and Bobby’s Burger to Whole Foods Market. You can also head out to New Meadowlands Market in East Rutherford for fresh flowers, produce and arts and craft or bring the charter bus to The Shops at Riverside to enjoy shopping at Bloomingdales and Saks. When you need to let your hair down and hang out with your friends in Wayne, check out In the Crease Sports Pub which can be found in Ice Vault Arena, Corrado’s Wine & Beer Making for a tour and discover surprising beer flavors (and methods of making it), or make your way to Bliss Lounge which is a dance club and LIVE music venue with private party venues for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties.
Looking for a place to hold a team-building event with your coworkers and boss? Check out the all-weather, lighted tennis courts and clay courts at Packanack Lake Tennis Club which has a clubhouse and private lessons for people of all ages. Alternatively, people will get to enjoy the indoor soccer field and training programs at Turf-City Indoor Sports Center in downtown Wayne and Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair which is named after a former New York Yankees baseball player. It plays host to MSU Red Hawks baseball team’s games and can seat more than 3,700 people at any single one of its games.
Learning about a city’s history is an important part of enjoying a city’s identity and culture. So, visitors should bring the charter bus to attractions like the 1786 Van Riper Hopper Museum (designed by Uriah Van Riper) which is one of the oldest buildings in New Jersey, or visit Fritz Behnke Historical Museum. Fritz Behnke was a long-serving official historian in the city of Paramus and here, visitors will get to have an inside look at what life was like in the area more than a century ago through both original artifacts and replicas. Paterson Museum preserves the industrial history of the town of Paterson and has exhibits like a large locomotive engine for viewing; Cadmus House is a beautiful old Dutch-style stone building that houses artifacts from Fair Lawn and they range from Native American arrowheads to World War I and II uniforms; Hamilton House Museum is located in Clifton and is another 18th century Dutch-designed attraction worthy of your time. It preserves artifacts related to the village that it once was and also its surrounding farmland. For even more history, be sure to check out the exhibits at Montclair Historical Society which offers tours around some of the city’s historic buildings and sites.
For those who are looking for a place to bring their kids out to during the holidays or trying to organize a field trip for their students, worry not, there’s Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and Absolutely Fish to consider. While Absolutely Fish is essentially a retail fish store with 9,000 gallons of marine fish and 5,000 gallons of freshwater fish, they are so huge that they offer school tour and classes for children. There’s also a petting zoo, an aquarium, pet a shark exhibit and LIVE music to enjoy during the tour.
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