There are so many activities in Montclair, New Jersey for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are looking to do something with the kids, get a bite to eat, or shop downtown, there is something for everyone. Boutiques, nature preserves, parks, art museums, and outstanding restaurants are some of the fun and Covid-friendly things to do.
Montclair Art Museum: Since 1914, the Montclair Art Museum has been collecting and preserving American and Native American art pieces. It now has over 12,000 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, ceramics, and artifacts in its permanent collection. The museum will also have new exhibitions on display after February 5, 2021. The museum has enacted protocols to be safe during these times including timed ticket reservations to reduce capacity.
George Segal Gallery: Art aficionados can also visit the George Segal Gallery, which will reopen in the beginning of February. Located at Montclair State University, the George Segal Gallery is a collection of modern and contemporary art that has been acquired over years. It features George Segal’s Street Crossing, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giocometti, and the Lucy Lewis Collection of Native American Pottery.
Van Vleck House and Gardens: The Van Vleck House and Gardens was the personal estate of Joseph Van Vleck Sr., a successful businessman who purchased the 12-acre property in 1868. The gardens have a wide variety of mature plants, such as hybrid species of azaleas and rhododendrons. The gardens are open from 9am-4pm daily, with masks and social distancing required.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens: Keep this activity in mind for spring! The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens was established in 1927 and is the world’s largest non-commercial garden of irises. It covers more than 6.5 acres in a park setting.
Brookdale Park: From the Iris Gardens, head over to Brookdale Park, which spans 121 acres. It is home to trails for walking and running, two great playgrounds, sports field, tennis courts, a dog park, archery range, and rose garden. It is particularly spectacular in the fall when the leaves on the giant, aging trees change.
Wellmont Theatre: This is the place in Montclair to check out a local band or a great cover band. The Wellmont Theatre has been a park of the Montclair entertainment scene since 1922. While the Wellmont was closed due to COVID-19, the theatre is now selling tickets for upcoming shows in the spring.
Montclair Brewery: A few minute walk from the heart of Montclair is a microbrewery and tasting room established in 2014 with a COVID-friendly outdoor beer garden. No need to make outside reservations Monday-Thursday for groups larger than 8, but reservations are recommended for Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays for parties of 5 to 8 people. For more information on grabbing a drink, check out their COVID FAQ. BONUS – you can even pay for your beer completely touchless by downloading the Arryved app.
Restaurants: Montclair has an abundance of outstanding restaurants—one is better than the next! De Novo is an European-style pub with a menu of small plates, flatbreads, charcuterie, burgers, and homemade breads. Raymond’s is a Montclair staple, serving breakfast all day!
Shopping: Montclair is home to many unique retailers. Clothing, home furnishings, antique, paper and gift, and kids’ items can all be found in town. Watchung Booksellers is a favorite in the area, with selections of poetry and arts, travel, and educational books. The books are carefully selected with input by customers. Giftbar is a fun store filled with novelties, jewelry, and gifts.
With so many enjoyable activities, Montclair is a great place to spend the day, with many options that are still able to be enjoyed with current restrictions.