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7 Fun Things To Do On Your Own in Essex County

by Lisa Batitto
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Sure, we’re social creatures, but there’s truly nothing like spending some good quality time with your lifelong bestie – yourself. For those looking for a little solo adventure, there are plenty of activities here in Essex County to enjoy all on your own. From exploring nature to trying new hobbies, we’ve rounded up just a few of the local opportunities to try something new and to grow as an individual. Whether you’re seeking a day full of fun, looking to meet new people, or simply want a few hours of alone time, keep reading for seven activities to do along in Essex County. 

The Book House I 281 Essex St, Millburn

The Book House

If you love to lose yourself in a good book, this is where you can meet fellow bibliophiles while discovering new reads. The club for adults typically meets on the last Thursday of the month. Don’t forget to check out the author events.

The Ivy at Chatham

Bullet Hole Annex I 236 Washington Ave, Belleville

This shop offers certified training for police officers and security guards. But you can also take introductory archery lessons and practice in their bow range. You can bring your own or rent one at an extra cost.

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FIAF Montclair I 17 Munn St, Montclair

Parlez-vous français? If you don’t, but you’d like to, Montclair is home to a branch of the popular New York City French school. You receive a free one year FAIF membership when you take a class one week or longer, which includes benefits such as free CinéSalon film screenings at the New York location.

LaChaney’s Dance and Music Academy I 1747 Springfield Ave, Maplewood

If you have a love for music and dance, you’ll find a variety of classes to help you express yourself. Choose from ballet, tap, jazz/hip hop, and modern dance lessons. Not sure where to start? Register for the two-group class intro program.

Laurelwood Arboretum I 725 Pines Lake Dr,  Wayne

Laurelwood Arboretum wayne

While the flowers in the gardens are at rest for the winter, you can still enjoy a self-guided tour of the Sculpture Trail. You can take a cell-phone your or pick up a map at the noticeboard. The grounds are dog-friendly, so you can bring Fido as long as he is leashed. 

Montclair Art Museum I 3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair

montclair art museum

There is always something going on at the museum. There are weekly workshops and free First Thursdays that include crafts, art, music, and food. Of course, the main attraction hangs in its galleries. Plan to see vanessa german: …please imagine all the things i cannot say…, a large-scale, immersive installation that runs through June 25.

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Pizza Porta I Multiple locations

porta jersey city

While eating at a counter or solo at a table for two can often fit the bill, sometimes you want to share the experience with others. Book a seat at one of their communal tables and make new friends while eating a Neapolitan pie and sipping a cocktail. Try the Winter Betty, made with Brussels sprouts and goat cheese béchamel.

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