Built in 1925, the Ritz Theatre was constructed on the site of the historic Drake Opera House, and it contains 2,791 seats on varying levels to ensure that every guest has a delightful view of every show. The theatre has changed ownership many times, and this has also changed the atmosphere here over the years. One aspect that remains the same however is the 1920’s style that threads itself throughout the building, so, although modernized, the establishment also retains a charming connection to its past. Today the theatre is a multipurpose, functional venue which operates as a performing arts center. The grounds are spacious and clean, and there are friendly and helpful staff for all events. Whether a concert, comedy, opera, children’s show or film screening, the theatre hopes to provide a memorable experience, and recently, events such as conferences, weddings and fundraisers have also been hosted here.
Watch out for: The half-ton chandelier located in the theatre, as well as splendid murals and exquisite marble floors.
Address and Telephone: 1148 E Jersey St. Elizabeth, NJ +1 908-351-7575
The famous Boxwood Hall is one of Elizabeth’s most treasured landmarks. The home was built around 1750, and was the residence of Elias Boudinot, a man who was the president of the United States Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War. Furthermore, he was a signer of the peace treaty with Great Britain ratifying America’s independence. The hall was then visited by Alexander Hamilton and, most famously, George Washington. On his way to New York for his first inauguration, Washington stopped in Elizabeth for a lunch with Boudinot. Today, Boxwood Hall is owned by New Jersey State Historic Sites, and is protected as a house museum. This historic spot is free and open to visitors all year, from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm daily. As Boxwood Hall grows older, and more renovations become necessary, we can recognize the importance of this museum in educating future generations.
Watch out for: George Washington statue nearby to remember his first visit to Boxwood Hall!
Address and Telephone: 1073 E Jersey St. Elizabeth, NJ +1 908-282-7617
The Mills at Jersey Gardens
With shoppers traveling great lengths for a visit, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is known as New Jersey’s largest outlet and value retail center, and offers a spectrum of stores including high-end boutiques and low-price markets. The mall offers transportation services to different parts of New Jersey and New York to fit the demand of guests from other areas. This mall is home to over 200 stores, with their Tommy Hilfiger outlet being the largest in the United States. Another unique feature is its 20-screen AMC Theater, which often hosts popular IMAX presentations! Vibrant restaurants are widespread too, and include Johnny Rocket’s, Chili’s and Applebee’s.
Watch out for: Santa Claus is currently making an appearance for guests and children to visit during their shopping trip. He will be visiting The Mills at Jersey Gardens until Christmas Eve!
Address and Telephone: 651 Kapkowski Rd. Elizabeth, NJ +1 908-354-5900
A perfect place to escape the urban essence of Elizabeth, Warinanco Park exudes a rural and relaxed ambiance. The atmosphere here is laid-back and friendly, and the place offers plenty of activities for children and adults alike, regardless of the season. Kids can entertain one another on the baseball fields or on the playground, whilst others can go for a walk or jog, or rent out paddle boats. Parents can stroll around the pond’s walkway, or simply relax by the picnic areas, which include grills for the convenience of visitors. During the winter the whole family can spend a night out on the skating rink here.
Watch out for: The landscape in autumn, a spectacle of golds and reds perfect for pictures!
Roselle, NJ +1 908-527-4000
In affiliation with Estilo Latino Dance Company, Danz Studio offers unique and eccentric ways to dance, for people of all ages. Whether it’s for fun or to reach a certain fitness goal, the classes offered here boost morale and keep your spirits up all day! Professional and certified instructors lead hour-long, sweaty and fun classes including zumba, salsa, pole and bachata, and the mission here is to provide a motivating, entertaining and addictive way to keep fit. Instructors encourage anyone who is thinking of coming in to try out their first class for free. Classes such as Zumba incorporate bright lights and up-beat music to get the class moving, feeling comfortable and making a memorable experience.
Watch out for: Patient, kind instructors that are ready and willing to help every step of the way!
Address and Telephone: 345 Morris Ave. Elizabeth, NJ +1 908-558-2767
By Emily Langan