Experience a real life version of “Gilmore Girls’” Stars Hollow in Westfield, NJ. The nearby Union County town offers bustling city life, small town charm and an undeniable history. So it’s no wonder that the New York Times did a feature on Westfield last year. Being only a 17 minute drive away from The Park, you’ll find it easy to make a day trip to Westfield.
Start your day trip out right by walking through downtown Westfield. Here, you can peruse the city’s over 200 shops and 40 restaurants. Be sure to pass by the Rialto Theatre which was shown on NBC’s “Ed.”
Pay homage at the downtown plaza which holds several war memorials, as well as a memorial to Westfield residents who were killed during the 9/11 attacks.
Visit one of the city’s nine parks for an afternoon picnic. Take a quick break from your day and enjoy the nature surrounding you at Echo Lake Park. Go for a refreshing paddle boat ride out on the lake or bring your dog along to enjoy the dog park here. If you visit in the winter, bring the kids and a sled for some fun in the snow.
End your day by attending a local event and truly getting to know the city’s arts scene. The Westfield Memorial Library regularly hosts plays and movie nights. Westfield’s orchestra and community theatre are always putting on shows of the music and arts variety as well.