Extend your trip with a visit to any of the parks and museums listed below:
National Park Service Sites
Did you know...
...that part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 2,184-mile long footpath, runs through New Jersey?
...that Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, New Jersey is called the "Crossroads of the American Revolution"?
...that Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey is the birthplace of sound recording and motion pictures?
These places, and other nationally significant parts of New Jersey's natural and cultural heritage, are all part of the National Park System. Many, such as Morristown and Edison, have direct historical connections to Paterson's own story! Explore these other National Park Service in New Jersey:
These nearby museums are thematically connected to Paterson NJ's story as the first planned industrial city in the nation:
Hiking and Outdoor Recreation
There are many opportunities for hiking and recreational activities near Paterson - the two most prominent include Garret Mountain Reservation and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Garret Mountain Reservation:
There are several public parks within a 15 minute walk or short drive from Paterson Great Falls. Extend your visit and explore these other areas!
Lou Costello Memorial Park
Located six minute's walk from the Great Falls, Lou Costello Park features an inclusive play structure with developmental/autism-friendly equipment. From our main address, turn left on McBride Avenue Extension. At the first intersection, continue straight on Ellison Street for two blocks. Lou Costello Park is located across Curtis Place from the Site #10 Paterson Municipal Parking Authority garage. Lou Costello Park is across Ellison street from the small Federici Park.
Lou Costello Pool
Just around the corner from the falls at 169 Grand Street, Paterson, NJ 07501, Lou Costello Pool can be accessed via a nine-minute walk along the Upper Raceway Park or the Stoney Ridge Trail. Situated beside the Levine Reservoir, the pool has picnic grounds and a small playground structure.
The pool and its misting fountain are open seasonally - contact the City of Paterson Department of Parks and Recreation for up-to-date information.
Veteran's Memorial Park
This memorial park, located at 300 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07501, is 13 minutes west of the falls by foot on McBride Avenue. Parking at the top of the memorial is available to disabled veterans only.
Roberto Clemente Park
Six-minute's drive southeast of the Great Falls, Robert Clemente Park is most easily accessed from Market Street between its intersections with Summer and Rose streets. The park is bounded by Market, Summer, Chestnut, Parkway, and Rose streets, and features an inclusive play structure with developmental/autism-friendly equipment, picnic areas, and a seasonal misting fountain.
Featuring baseball and soccer fields, Pennington Park is located on the banks of the Passaic River 15 minute's walk west of the Great Falls. The access road and parking is located directly opposite the Nagle Street intersection.
One of the largest parks in Paterson, Westside Park is located across the river and west of Paterson Great Falls at 114 Totowa Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07502, beside John F. Kennedy Highschool. Notable features include the 1741/1831 Van Houten House, river access for fishing, a Shohid Minar monument, a playground, and sports fields for baseball, cricket, tennis, and basketball.
The compliment to Westside Park, Eastside Park is a nine-minute drive from the Great Falls, bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (Broadway), McLean Boulevard (State Route 20), Park Avenue, and Derrom Avenue. Located on the banks of the Passaic River, it's amenities include baseball, softball, and cricket fields, picnic areas, numerous historic monuments, a gazebo, a playground, and a skating ring.
For additional information on these parks, please visit the City of Paterson Department of Parks and Recreation webpage.
Hinchliffe StadiumConstructed in 1932, Hinchliffe Stadium once hosted Olympic-class track and field, football, multiple Negro League teams (including the franchise's World Series), concerts, and automotive and motorcycle racing. Closed in 1996, the art-deco stadium reopened in May of 2023 after extensive restoration. A landmark structure, it once again hosts concerts, events, and school district and minor league games.
Bounded by Maple and Liberty Streets, Hinchliffe Stadium is directly adjacent to Mary Ellen Kramer Park, the Great Falls, and Public School #5. The adjacent public parking garage is located off of Jasper Street, beside the senior housing building at 27 Jasper Street.
Visit the Hinchliffe Stadium website for information, stadium event calendar, and tickets.
Last updated: November 19, 2023