From sports to industry, art, architecture and nature, a visit to Passaic County is revolutionary. Explore General Washington’s headquarters at Dey Mansion, see the rise of industrialization at Paterson’s Great Falls, wander the 96-acre New Jersey Botanical Garden, and more, all while enjoying local eats.


Downtown Pompton Lakes

Downtown Pompton Lakes

Enjoy These Great Passaic, New Jersey Attractions and More:

  • Paterson Museum at Paterson Great Falls National Park is loaded with history
  • Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the last remaining Negro League stadiums in the United States
  • The Dey Mansion is a historic house museum
  • A visit to Skylands Manor would not be complete without a walk in the beautiful New Jersey Botanical Garden.
  • and plenty more


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Great Falls National Park

Great Falls National Park


DAY 1 in New Jersey

Arrive at Passaic County and check into one of the many hotels. Freshen up for a stroll through the area’s quaint downtown for dinner and unique cocktails.

DAY 2 of Things to Do in Passaic

The Paterson Museum at Paterson Great Falls National Park is devoted to the preservation and display of the city’s cultural, technological, and geological history. Visitors enjoy the interpretation of Paterson’s unique scientific, industrial, archaeological, historic, and cultural legacy. Museum patrons favor specifically learning about the “Silk City” and its evolution as a point of interest for machinery, textiles, locomotive and submarine manufacturing, and more general innovation.

Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the last remaining Negro League stadiums in the United States. It is the first National Historic Landmark that honors baseball. Fun Fact: Did you know that more than 20 baseball Hall of famers played at Hinchliffe Stadium?

Lunch at Patsy’s Tavern, Paterson

The Dey Mansion, Wayne Washington’s Headquarters is a historic house museum, curated to provide visitors with the experience of stepping back in time. Dey Mansion guests are transported back to the Colonial Era as they walk through the front door of the home of Colonel Theunis Dey. The mansion served as General George Washington’s headquarters during the summer and fall of 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution. Today, the Dey Mansion staff hosts tours, lectures, and special programs – showcasing life in Colonial America, the events and people of the American Revolution, and the value and need for historic preservation.

Dinner In the Drink Restaurant & Bar, Preakness Valley Golf Course, or The Taphouse, Wayne

During the American Revolution, General Marquis de Lafayette and his troops were stationed along Goffle Brook. Located in Goffle Brook Park, is the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, dedicated to presenting high-quality and accessible arts events and educational programming to the public. Through gallery exhibitions, workshops, art classes, and public programs, the Passaic County Arts Center promotes an appreciation for the visual and performing arts by engaging the community in an environment that nurtures creative expression.

Relax with cocktails and live music at The Yard, Haledon or, Seven Tribesmen Brewery, Wayne

Great Falls National Park.

Great Falls National Park.

 DAY 3 Itinerary Activities in Passaic, NJ

Ringwood Manor and Robert Erskine Grave at Ringwood State Park was first constructed in 1810 by Martin Ryerson. The 10-room home eventually became the 51-room estate that was occupied by the Hewitt family from the middle of the 19th century through the early part of the 20th century. The completed estate as it stands today boasts four distinct architectural styles that are Indicative of the time periods that the additions were made.

A visit to Skylands Manor would not be complete without a walk in the beautiful New Jersey Botanical Garden. Nature lovers and bird watchers can explore 96 acres of specialty gardens. Hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy 1000 acres of woodlands.  Just a short drive down the road from Ringwood Manor, a beautiful Tudor-revival mansion built in the mid 1920’s by distinguished architect John Russell Pope awaits at Skylands Manor. Guided tours are available.

Lunch today is at Skyline Luncheonette or, Raku Sushi, Ringwood

Long Pond Ironworks was founded in 1766 as an ironworks “plantation” complete with an iron blast furnace, forge, houses, and farmsIts second ironmaster, the Scottish scientist and inventor Robert Erskine served as surveyor-general to General George Washington during the American Revolution. He also operated the ironworks at Long Pond and Ringwood, which supplied armaments and goods for the Continental Army. Long Pond Ironworks later went on to produce iron for the American forces during the War of 1812 and for the Union Army during the Civil War. The 175-acre site was home to a village and furnaces that produced iron for the Continental Army for the American forces in the War of 1812. See the ruins of 3 furnaces and other structures in a beautiful, wooded setting.

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Marisel Sanchez
County of Passaic Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs

Office: 973.706.6640 ext. 2249
Cell: 973.647.8976


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