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New Jersey is full of exciting places to visit! Below are just a few of the great places in close proximity to SOPAC. For more about New Jersey’s attractions go to VisitNJ. 

And don’t forget! SOPAC is a 35-minute NJTransit train ride from New York City’s Penn Station. South Orange is also serviced by the NJTransit bus system. For directions and more information go to

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Things To Do Nearby


The Pierro Gallery | 0.4 miles from SOPAC

Located in South Orange, in one of the most socially diverse neighborhoods in New Jersey, The Pierro Gallery enhances the culture of the town with its artistic displays by featuring emerging visual artists from the surrounding community.



Walsh Gallery | 1.1 miles from SOPAC

A contemporary art venue at Seton Hall University that promotes critical thinking and cultural appreciation through poetry shows, symposiums, film screenings and artist talks that reflect the diversity of the surrounding campus and community. 



South Mountain Reservation | 1.8 miles from SOPAC

One of New Jersey’s most historic parks features gorgeous scenic views, view of the NYC skyline, a waterfall, dog park and access to public transportation. Visitors can follow the four hour Lenape Trail or more moderate trail options. 



South Mountain Recreation Complex | 3.4 miles from SOPAC 

The complex a variety of recreational opportunities including the Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Mini-GOLF Safari, the children’s Regatta Playground, Paddleboating, a 1.7 mile walkway and the Clipper Pavilion picnic shelter. 



Turtle Back Zoo | 3.5 miles from SOPAC

See more than 100 species of animals from five different continents at the Turtle Back Zoo. The zoo offers tours and party options as well as popular annual events that the whole family can enjoy.



Thomas Edison National Historical Park | 4.2 miles from SOPAC 

A noteworthy museum with the most expansive collection of Edison-related material that is only a short distance away from the inventor’s estate and archives five million of his documents and plant specimens.



Eagle Rock Reservation | 5.9 miles from SOPAC

The home of Essex County’s 9/11 Memorial offers a beautiful view of the NYC skyline. The 400+ acre park is skirted by hills, streams and valleys.



Montclair Art Museum | 7.0 miles from SOPAC

MAM is an award winning and world-renowned museum also offers community-oriented educational programs that connect contemporary art to modern personal experiences yet on a global scale.



Newark Museum | 7.5 miles from SOPAC

The largest museum in New Jersey features major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. 



New Jersey Historical Society | 7.9 miles from SOPAC

As the oldest cultural institution in the state, the NJHS collects and preserves records of New Jersey’s unique political, social, cultural and economic history.



Riker Hill Art Park | 8.1 miles from SOPAC 

This former U.S. Missile Tracking Base has been transformed into studios for artists-in-residence who work in various disciplines such as painting, fine metal jewelry, ceramics, pottery, glass-blowing, fine prints, photography and sculpture.



Yogi Berra Museum | 10.7 miles from SOPAC

A tribute to one of the most interesting man in baseball. A resident of Montclair, NJ for over half a century, Yogi Berra has inspired many baseball fans from near and far. The museum holds many nostalgic pictures from Berra’s St. Louis home, metals from his WWII accomplishments and major artifacts.