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Overview of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Mineral Collecting
Fossil Discovery Center
Rock Discovery Center
Ellis Astronomical Observatory


edison cement from new jersey by thomas edison at sterling hill mine Edison Cement
from New Village, NJ and other Thomas Edison related artifacts are located in Zobel Hall.


Oreck Mineral Collection

Fine mineral specimens can be viewed in the Oreck Mineral Gallery located in Zobel Hall.

Area Attractions

With so much to do, you may want to stay for a day or two!

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail along the Kittatinny Rangein New Jersey. It’s rugged and more remote than one might expect considering its proximity to large population centers, with abundant wildlife, scenery and it only takes one day to hike a New Jersey portion.


Crystal Springs Golf Resort

Crystal SpringsCrystal Springs Golf Resort is a spectacular NJ vacation destination, acclaimed as the New York Metro area's most unique four-season resort. Located in the rolling farmland of the Garden State’s picturesque northwest, our world-class NJ resort is just an hour from New York City, and even closer to most northern and central NJ towns. Crystal Springs Resort offers so much to experience, you may come to think of our 4,000+ acre getaway as a playground for all ages.


Franklin Heritage Museum

The Franklin Heritage Museum occupies three rooms of the old Time House of the Franklin mine (closed 1954) and offers exhibits on many aspects of the history of this famous mining town, including photographs, newspaper accounts, sporting equipment and events, uniforms, postcards, memorabilia, and much more. The gift shop specializes in items relating to the local area.

The museum is open April through October on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4; exact opening and closing dates depend on staff availability.


Franklin Mineral Museumfranklin mineral museum

The Franklin Mineral Museum’s mission is to preserve the mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of “the greatest mineral locality on earth.” The area is perceived to be one of the best of “Nature’s Classrooms” by many prominent intellectuals and has much to offer science students and professionals.



Hidden Valley Ski Club

Hidden Valley Ski ClubAt The Hidden Valley Club we offer skiing and snowboarding in a family friendly environment with an emphasis on fun and learning. Nestled within the NY-NJ Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. Perhaps the most accommodating and “kid-friendly” destination to enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the east coast, whether you ski together or let the kids ski while you relax and unwind. All of our trails lead to the same base area, and we offer skiing terrain and lessons programs for everyone, at every ability level.


High Point State ParkHidden Valley Ski Club

The monument was built through the generosity of the Kusers, in honor of all war veterans. Construction was started in 1928 and completed in 1930. At the top of the 220-foot structure, observers have a breathtaking view of the ridges of the Pocono Mountains toward the west, the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Wallkill River Valley in the southeast.



land of make believeLand of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove

As New Jersey’s Premiere Family Amusement & WaterPark, the Land of Make Believe features Safe and Wholesome recreation, entertainment and activities for real families like yours. You’ll find Exciting Rides, Shows, Attractions, Games, WaterPark, and Picnic Area on over 30 acres. The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove has been designed exclusively for an action-packed day of special family fun for parents and their children.



Mountain Creek Bike Park

mountain creekWelcome to your park. Mountain Creek offers Downhill and Cross-Country Mountain Biking for riders of all ability level from first-time beginners to World Cup racers with 50 natural and manmade biking trails, more than 60 freestyle terrain features and 1,040 feet of vertical. Open May 4 to November 3, Mountain Creek Bike Park offers one of the longest lift-served riding seasons in North America.

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Mountain Creek Ski Resort

mountain creekMountain Creek Ski Resort is the New York/New Jersey Metro area’s closest ski resort.  Located just 47 miles from NYC, Mountain Creek offers 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region’s most extensive snowmaking system and highest vertical at 1040.´ Mountain Creek is also home to the region’s only true All-Mountain Terrain Park at South and Bear Peaks.  Our 65 acre Terrain Park is nationally renowned most recently being named a Top 5 Park in the nation in Freeskier’s 2012 Resort Poll.

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Mountain Creek Waterpark

Mountain Creek Waterpark, where winter’s white snow turns into summer’s white water Mountain Creek Waterpark is the area's largest waterpark offering over two dozen different rides, slides and attractions all nestled into a picturesque mountain setting. From the 99 foot drop of the H2-Oh-No speed slide to the whirlwind ride down the Colorado River, Mountain Creek Waterpark is a mountain of fun for the whole family. Jump into Summer!  Come ride the mountain!



Ogdensburg Historical Society

Museum of the Ogdensburg Historical Society

The Ogdensburg Historical Society maintains a small museum dedicated to the history of Ogdensburg. Exhibits include photographs and paintings of early settlers and buildings, a large display explaining the mining and milling of the high-grade zinc ore of the area, and numerous items of local memorabilia. The museum does not maintain regular hours, and prospective visitors are advised to call ahead for an appointment.



Space Farms Zoo & Museum space farms

Space Farms Zoo & Museum offers educational fun for all ages. Where else can you step back in time and head for the wilderness all in one day? More than 100 beautiful acres of peaceful countryside offer plenty of room to picnic and play. As families roam the zoo and browse through the museums, an atmosphere of fun and adventure creates a memorable experience for everyone.

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Sussex County, NJ Fairgroundssussex county fair

Visit the Sussex County Fairgrounds where “There is Always Something Fun Happening,” including NJ’s largest agricultural fair … the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. The annual Fair is “Where Farm Meets Fun” and features agricultural events and education, livestock, horse shows, carnival, petting zoo, vendors, crafts, flower & garden shows, art & photography, chainsaw artist and auction of carved pieces fair food, free entertainment and MUCH MORE! Visit our website for more info.  


Tomahawk Lake

Tomahawk LakeTomahawk Lake is conveniently located just one hour from the George Washington Bridge in Sparta. NJ. This year the park has become a smoke-free facility. The parks grounds are situated on 200 breathtaking acres that come complete with everything a family could ask including an 18-hole miniature golf course, rustic outdoor beer garden featuring live music on the weekends, Souvenir shops, Softball field, horse-shoe and volleyball areas, an old fashioned picnic area with more than 800 tables and New Jersey’s largest white sand beach featuring an incredible 20-acre lake! 


Wild West CityWild West City

Wild West City is a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events and a frontier town re-creation. Featuring twenty-two (22) different live action shows throughout the course of the day, Wild West City offers the visitor the chance to “live” in the old west!




Vistors Guides


SkylandsFor an extensive guide to other area attractions see the web site of the Skylands. This site includes information on parks and natural areas, farms, wineries, museums, art galleries, lodging, restaurants, and gift shops. Schedules are provided for arts and crafts fairs, antique shows, exhibits, festivals, and other events, and contact numbers are given for those wishing to explore such outdoor recreation activities as canoeing, ballooning, camping, and skiing. A free travel guide is also available.


Sussex Skylands

Sussex SkylandsVisit the Sussex Skylands – NJ’s Great Northwest. A complete tourism calendar available online, as well as information regarding area attractions, dining, lodging and outdoor activities.

Visitor guides and county trail maps available by calling
973-579-1811 or visiting: