Because Hackettstown is relatively smaller geographically than most other municipalities in the area, some of the attractions listed here could legally be in the municipalities of Mansfield (Route 57), Independence (New Jersey) (517/46), Allamuchy (517/Waterloo Rd.) or Washington Township, Morris County (Route 46), but most are in or are close to walking distance from Hackettstown. These townships are considerably less developed. Most of the commercial development of the townships are located near the Hackettstown border.
Hackettstown Station is the last stop on the NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton and Morris-Essex lines. Once you get to the Dover station, trains can be found that take you to Morristown, Hoboken and Newark and New York City.
There are 7 trains a day to and from Hackettstown, Monday through Friday. Schedules change month to month.
The Route 80 exits 26, 25 and 19 are all between 5 and 10 minutes driving time north of Hackettstown.
From Exit 26 take Route 46 West through Mt. Olive and Washington Township until it turns into Main Street, Hackettstown.
From Exit 25, going North, turn right into the International Trade Center and follow the signs for Waterloo Village. Make a right onto Continental Drive, and then, at the end of that road, turn left onto Waterloo Road, which turns into Willow Grove Road when it comes up toward Hackettstown.
Via Exit 19, turn left towards Panther Valley. Follow County Road 517 several miles until you get to Hackettstown.
County Road 517 goes south through Schooley's Mountain and connects with route 78 at Exit 24, also known as Oldwick, Whitehouse in Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Enterprise Rent-a-CAr, 7 Riverside Plaza, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 852-8600, . New cars. If you plan to drive one way long distance, Enterprise has offices all over the country.$45 a day. edit
Rent a Wreck, 141 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ, ☎ (908) 813-1155, . Affordable car rental of older, used cars. Cars are inspected and up to code, but may have scratches on the body. Locally owned, so you can't go one way long distance like Enterprise.about $29 a day. edit
Hertz Rent A Car, 115 E Plane St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 852-5547, . edit
Centenary Stage Company (Centenary College Players), 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 979-0900, . The box office is open Mon. - Fri. from 2- 5PM and two hours prior to each event.. A stage for professional actors on the property of a small, private college. Drama majors from Centenary College usually mix with professional and amateur actors from around the area. Expiremental as well as traditional plays are performed, as are other performing arts, including Jazz and other music performances from the area and from around the world.edit
Clearview Cinemas - Mansfield Cinema 14, 1965 Rt. 57 (Corner of Allen Rd. and Route 57), ☎ 908-852-5960, . edit
Mars Corporation Headquarters (M&M/Mars Factory), 800 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ 1-800-627-7852, . Not open to the public. Home to one of the biggest chocolate making companies in the world, the factory once offered tours, but not anymore. Some say the reason they no longer offer tours is because of 9/11, but others say it is to avoid industrial espionage due to people dying to know how they make their snickers bars!. You can drive by smell the chocolate and look at the giant inflatable characters from the street. It's just one of the things Hackettstown is known for.edit
Rutherfurd Hall (Previously-(Villa Madonna) Next to- (Mountain Villa School)), 1686-R Route 517 Allamuchy, NJ 07820 (Directly South of I80 exit 19 on the Left), ☎ 908-852-1894, . Wednesdays 1-4pm. Rutherfurd Hall is a cultural center and a museum owned and managed by the Allamuchy Township Board of Education. Rutherfurd Hall provides educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. The Hall is self-sustaining by public funding, foundation and individual support, donations, volunteers, event based fundraising, and through an active earned income program in the form of rentals and other earned income programs. Rutherfurd Hall is a self-sufficient enterprise that protects and preserves its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity; all while providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. New Programs, Tastings, & Special Events are constantly being added and are publicized on the website and through their always pleasant, never annoying, mailing list. suggested donation of $5. (40° 54′ 52″ N,74° 48′ 48″ W)edit
ExCel Roller Skating Center (Roller Skating - Skateboarding - BMX), 13 Route 57, ☎ 908-852-8155/Fax: (908) 852 6029, . Home of the "Skyland Roller Girls" Roller Derby leagueedit
Stephens State Park, 800 Willow Grove St., ☎ (908) 852-3790, . Sunup to Sundown, Office Hours vary by season. Hiking Trails, Fishing, Some Camping (Minimal Facilities), Picnic, Playground, Hunting, Some educational programs for kids in the summer. Historic "Lime Kiln", which was used by early settlers to produce lime, an early industrial and agricultural product. Make sure you wear bug repellent in the summer.edit
November 2008 - Last chance to get your picture taken in front of Chick's Barber Shop next door, which has not changed since the 1920's. It is closed now. Chick's grandfather started the business. If you can ever find Chick, he knows a lot about local history. I mean a lot.
What in the World (Merchants of Fair Trade), 229 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (Right in the Center of Main Street, Route 46, inside the building across from Hometown Hardware), ☎ 908-850-8942, . Daytime Hours, Closed Monday. Handcrafts from around the Globe. Al & Vicki Kopacka import crafts all over the world. Enjoy the company, and eat at Tu Tierra restaurant next door.edit
Heart & Sohl Photography ((Photography-Photo Restoration-Graphic Design)), 308 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ (In the same building as Julie's Interior Designs), ☎ 973-906-6572, . By Appointment Only. We are a husband and wife team dedicated to capturing those special moments in your life. Be it youth, beauty or the love of a family. We hope you enjoy our professional yet friendly approach to photography. Heart & Sohl Photography is a local, family owned business.edit
Mama's Pizza & Cafe Baci, 260 Mountain Ave. (http://www.mamascafebaci.com/directions.html), ☎ 908-852-2820 or 908-852-2821, . Su-Th 11AM-11:30PM, Fri & Sa 11AM-12:30AM. Started out in the 1970's as just another struggling Pizza Place. But, over the years, they have grown, and grown, and grown. Catering, Quality Dining, Entertainment on Weekends, Special Events. The service is what stands out. The Schiano family are very generous to the Hackettstown Community. Definitely a Hackettstown institution. WiFi hotspot.edit
River Star Diner, 14 State Route 57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 979-0626. A classic New Jersey diner on the banks of the Musconetcong river.edit
Friendly's (Dining & Ice Cream), 304 Mountain Ave. Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ 908-852-4191, . Burgers, Chicken, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - and a lot of Ice Creamedit
Dairy Queen, 22 Route 57, ☎ (908) 852-6685, . Daily 11AM to 10PM. Classic Ice Cream - Blizzards, Ice Cream Cakes, Frozen Treats of all kind, and also they have grill food now, too. With picnic tables on the Musconetcong River in the back. edit
Golden Skillet Chicken & Stewart's Root Beer, 333 Mountain Ave, ☎ (908) 852-5552. limited (closed mondays). Small, family owned, fried chicken fast food joint. Famous for the giant "Golden Skillet" sign and it's witty sayings. Picnic tables are outside right along the beautiful Musconetcong River.edit
Brazilian Rodizio, 105 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (Across from the Ford Dealer on the north end of Main Street near the railroad tracks.), ☎ (908) 852-6369. Not yet openedit
Ashley's Restaurant, 229 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (Right in the Center of Main Street, Route 46, inside the building across from Hometown Hardware), ☎ 908-850-9301. Renamed Tu Tierra - Pleasant Atmosphere Right across the hall from What in the World Crafts Shop.edit
Fast Food: McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy's, Applebee's, Golden Skillet all down Mountain Avenue.
Last count was 11 total Pizzerias in Hackettstown and it's immediate surrounding areas.
There are 2 Quick Chek convenience stores (with fast, cheap deli subs and sandwiches, and coffee that's pretty popular), plus several other, smaller convenience stores.
Enzo's Pizzeria & Restaurant, 903 High St, ☎ (908) 850-0010, . Serving quality Italian dishes, Enzos is looked upon by many as the best pizza in town. edit
Blackstones, 86 US Highway 46, ☎ (908) 850-6677, . Owners of the former Pietro's in Washington Townshipedit
Quick Chek, a. 146 Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ 908-852-9657, . Open 24 hours. Convenient store. Services: No-fee ATM, Lottery, Gift Cards. This Quick Chek provides hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea. There is a substation to create a personal sub. Four soup pots. “Make your own milkshake”. Variety of snacks and meals to choose from when on the go.edit
Dunkin’ Donuts, a. 170 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, . Fax: 908-665-8069. Open M-Su. Conveniently located in the midst of Hackettstown. 24 hours. On the go. Accepts Dunkin’ Donut card. Serves bakery and beverages only. Smaller Dunkin’ Donuts but does have a small seating area. edit
Pandan Room, a. 100 East Moore St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 850 5999, . FAX: 908-850-5996. Open Tu-Su. Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM, Sa-Su 11AM-2PM. Dinner: Tu-Su 5PM-10PM. This restaurant serves Thai cuisine. There are traditional Thai soups, appetizers, entrees. Lunch portions a smaller than dinner portions. A quaint restaurant split up into two rooms of dining. The bright colors and festive decorations give the restaurant a wonderful atmosphere. The restaurant offers “Dim Sum” Sa-Su 11AM-2PM. Dim Sum: “Small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate.”edit
Fujiyama, 1954 New Jersey 57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840-3470, ☎ (908) 850-9400, . Fax: (908) 850-1801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The restaurant is split up into two separate sections. Upstairs is a dining area and downstairs is used for hibachi. The dining room is open M-Th 11:30AM- 10:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM- 11PM, Su 12PM- 10PM. Closed between 3PM- 4:30PM (Except on Sundays and holidays). Fresh fish daily. A fairly large dining area with a chic and stylish décor. The hibachi grills are located on the first floor and have food being cooked right in front of you. The seating is about eight people per table. Hibachi meals include salad, soup, rice, noodles, shrimp, vegetables, and a choice of different seafood and poultry for the entrée for the Dinner meal. However, the lunch meal contains most of the same components but instead of getting both rice and noodles the customer chooses one or the other. The price of lunch hibachi is significantly less than the price of dinner hibachi. There are also lower prices for children ten and below. edit
Prickly Pear, a. 80-30 Main Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840, ☎ (908) 979-0003, . Fax: (908) 979-0004. Open Tu-Th 11:30AM- 9:30PM. Friday 11:30AM- 10PM. Closed on Mondays and Sundays. Weekday specials: Tu-F soup or salad and any lunch sandwich ($ 8.00), Tu-Th soup or salad and any entrée ($20 and $17 for takeout). The Prickly Pear serves contemporary American cuisine. The restaurant offers catering services and also has cooking classes. Cooking classes teach how to prepare a four course meal (appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert) all for forty dollars.edit
Hong Kong Palace, 192 Mountain Ave, ☎ 908-850-4212, . Delicious freshly cooked Chinese food at competitive prices with friendly and attentive serviceedit
Bar 46, 94 Rte. 46 W (1.5 miles west of downtown Hackettstown), ☎ (908) 850-1044. Sa-Su 6p-2a. Live music on weekends. Open W-Su from 6PM until 2AM. Beer pong every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. edit
Marley's Gotham Grill, 169 Main St., ☎ (908) 852-2446. edit
Greene's Beans Coffee, 313 High Street, ☎ 908-979-0022, . Small, independent coffee shop (Cafe') in town.edit
The best way to get to the Jersey Shore is to take Route 80 or Route 206 to Route 287, and then keep going south to either the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.
Philadelphia can be reached that way, but some people prefer to go out to the Lehigh Valley on Route 78, or Route 22, and then to the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, (S/I 476 South). Definitely consult a good map, though.
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Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Grand Ave.. Out of Business however there are many locations still open.....they closed due to the fact that there were too many complaints of ghost hauntings....edit
Smokehouse BBQ, 86 US Highway 46. Out of Business, replaced by Blackstonesedit
El Primo Restaurant, 113 Main Street. Out of Business, replaced by El Paradaiso de Acapulco, also Out of Businessedit
DiMaio Brothers Pizza, 105 Main Street. Out of Businessedit
Laughing Lion, 169 Main St.. Out of Business, replaced by Marley's Gotham Grilledit