WELCOME TO

Maplewood NJ

Maplewood is a from city to community with a short commute to New York City. It’s perfect for those looking to leave the city for more space and a more comfortable lifestyle without leaving behind a close, diverse community.

LIFESTYLE

Maplewood is a diverse and welcoming town of approximately 4 square miles. It boasts great schools, parks and a short commute to New York City. Maplewood Village is walkable and full of interesting shops and highly-rated restaurants.

Location

Essex County NJ

Community

Maplewood is located less than 20 miles west of Manhattan and is bordered by South Orange, West Orange, Millburn, Union, Newark and Irvington. The community is known for being a haven for theater professionals. Maplewood has many town events including, Maplewoodstock, Mayfest, a Fourth of July celebration, Art and Music Walks and Girls Night Out.

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Schools

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For the Kids

The Performers Theater Workshop is a premier theater training ground for kids that has sent several budding actors to Broadway. Kids can join group classes in the junior division or take private lessons. Or sign up for art classes at Geralyn’s Art Studio. There’s even an opportunity for kids to drop in on the weekends. Maplewood also has several playgrounds, most of which are located inside town parks. Take the kids to Borden Park, DeHart Park, Maplecrest Park, Memorial Park, and Orchard Park. The Maplewood Community Pool is a great place for kids to splash, play, or take swimming lessons. Kids can pick out a book at the Maplewood Memorial Library or Words, the local bookstore. The Maplewood YMCA offers kids classes and sponsors the Memorial Day Duck Race.

AMENITIES & RECREATION

This family friendly town offers many activities throughout the year. Memorial Park occupies 25 acres in the center of town and has mutli-purpose fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and baseball diamonds and where many of the festivals occur. Residents flock there for great sledding in the winter. Part of the South Mountain Reservation is located in Maplewood. Locals love to head there for a walk in the woods.

Food & Drink

Maplewood NJ & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

  • Pita on Essex

  • 156 Reviews

  • Phone: +19733797482

  • $$  .   Middle Eastern

  • EVOO & Lemon

  • 114 Reviews

  • Phone: +19735646075

  • $$  .   Mediterranean

  • Lorena's

  • 153 Reviews

  • Phone: +19737634460

  • $$$$  .   French

Shopping

Maplewood is very proud of its local merchants. Stroll around downtown and stop at Perch or 165 for thoughtful gifts, jewelry and other great items. Words is the local bookstore with a carefully curated collection. If you are looking for mid-century modern furniture and cool clothes with an ever-changing inventory, stop by Maplewood Mercantile next to the train station.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Maplewood’s restaurants draw a good crowd during the night and weekend rush. Whether you are looking for an upscale meal or quick slice, Maplewood has whatever you are craving. Make it dinner and a movie at the Maplewood Theater with its Art Deco marquis. There are plenty of opportunities for the many talented local artists, actors and musicians to show off their talent around town. The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts is a theatre and community room for local shows. The Maplewood Village Art Walk and Music Fest is an annual event celebrating local merchants and musicians.

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History

Maplewood was settled 1675. Orchards and mills were built around what is now Maplewood Village. Originally part of South Orange Township, Maplewood became its own town in 1904 and grew significantly in the 1920’s.

SURPRISE FEATURES

The largest event in the village is Maplewoodstock, a 2-day music festival held in Memorial Park. Vendors sell their amazing wares, henna tattoo artists create intricate designs, and local food vendors offer delicious homemade snacks. This festival has had some big names in music like Rusted Root, The Wailers, Los Lobos, and Joan Osborne.