Local Attractions


Local Attractions


Spend a day in Gladstone. Take a drive or train and end your journey at the Gladstone Tavern.

We are a short walk from the Gladstone Train Station and just an hour's train ride from Manhattan via With many popular local area attractions nearby, make the Gladstone Tavern your destination for dining after a day in the country.


Alstede Farms

Alstede Farm provides quality fruits and vegetables. Farmer Kurt, a native of Chester and first generation farmer, founded Alstede Farms in 1982. Local fruits, vegetables, and flowers are grown using only sustainable and USDA certified organic production methods.


Bluebird Farm Alpacas

Situated among the rolling hills in Peapack, New Jersey, Bluebird Farm Alpacas provides plenty of fun for all ages. Turn a normal day into an extraordinary one by calling the farm for a reservation or visiting during one of their Farm Event weekends.


Cross Estate Gardens

The Cross Estate Gardens, a project of the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service, are located on the Cross Estate at 61 Jockey Hollow Road, Bernardsville, NJ, 07924.


Far Hills Race Meeting

The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair, NJ in 1870. In 1913, the organizers of the Essex Hunt incorporated as the Essex Fox Hounds. In the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate — today known as Moorland Farm. Eventually becoming the Far Hills Race Meeting, the races have been continually run—with the exception of a short hiatus during World War II—on the same site. The Far Hills Race Meeting currently offers some of the richest purses in America and is host of the The Grand National steeplechase, the most prestigious race in American steeplechasing.


Hacklebarney State Park

The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season. Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park.


Jacob Vanderveer House

The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum was headquarters of General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, America’s first military academy. A National and New Jersey historic site, the Vanderveer House interprets 18th century Dutch-Colonial life through the Vanderveer and Knox families and underscores the Pluckemin Cantonment’s role in helping the Continental Army to defeat the British during the American Revolution.


Jockey Hollow National Park

Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum & library collection related to the encampments & George Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America.


Leonard J. Buck Garden

The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Begun in the late 1930's, the garden has reached a breathtaking point of maturity. It consists of a series of alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley. Named for Mr. Leonard J. Buck, who developed the garden as part of his estate, it was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by Mrs. Helen Buck in 1976.


Melick’s Town Farm

For nearly 300 years, the Melick family has provided delicious, locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables that people have come to rely on from the Melick family since about 1725. Melick’s is the largest apple grower in NJ with over 650 acres of land including 120 acres of fruit trees, 5,000 peach, nectarine and plum trees and 20,000 apple trees.


Natirar Park

Natirar is a 404-acre property located in the scenic hills of Peapack/Gladstone, Far Hills and Bedminster. The property features extensive areas of lawn and woodland, river access, scenic views and contains historic farm buildings and various other residential structures and out-buildings dating from the mid-18th through mid-19th centuries. The North Branch of the Raritan River and the Peapack Brook traverse the property. Natirar presents a unique opportunity for a single property to preserve, showcase and interpret many aspects of the area’s rich architectural, cultural, historic and archaeological heritage. To learn more visit Somerset County Parks website


Schiff Nature Preserve

A 423-acre tract of preserved land located in Mendham Township, New Jersey, Schiff's mission is to acquire and preserve open space, serve as a model of environmental and educational stewardship, and improve the ecological value of natural areas. Schiff Nature Preserve offers ongoing programs including nature walks, an Environmental Book Club, home school classes and more.


The Willowwood Arboretum

In 1908 two brothers, two brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs, used a small legacy to acquire their country home near Gladstone, New Jersey. Together they developed this country place into the Willowwood Arboretum, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and longest continually operating Arboretum. Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk.