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Van Vleck House & Gardens

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Address: 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042-2373
Phone Number: +1 973-744-4752
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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An oasis amidst the bustling city...

This place is absolutely gorgeous. The grounds are always well maintained. You can sit on a bench beneath a tree and feel the air around you change; you just feel at peace. If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
Vnzla88
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Garfield, New Jersey
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Garfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This place is absolutely gorgeous. The grounds are always well maintained. You can sit on a bench beneath a tree and feel the air around you change; you just feel at peace. If you need to mediate, you should definitely go there. Beautiful place. Beautiful grounds.

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Verona, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I've lived 5 minutes from this place for 18 years and finally visited and what a treat. We saw monarch butterflies going into the chrysalises. The gardens are lovely and very peaceful. There is wildlife everywhere. Sign up for email alerts to hear about events.

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Wantage, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We stopped here to visit the 'free' gardens. They were absolutely lovely; there were some interesting plantings, a butterfly garden plus more. Unfortunately the wisteria was not in bloom but you could imagine how beautiful it would be. There is a small parking lot inside the gardens but we chose to park on the road. We did this so we... More 

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Thank charisma2015
Livingston, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Lovely. delightful short outing with the family - a real change of pace. It allowed everyone to slowdown and enjoy a path through beauty.

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Thank funfam18
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We drove by here by accident and pulled in. It was such a lovely surprise! Great audio tour via the phone and a quiet escape!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

One square block in the middle of town with gardens. Wonderful old wisteria. Lots of seasonal planting seeds.

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Thank pilgrim672015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Former estate of prominent local boo-pahs. Gardens are in a woodland setting that is enchanting, with semi-hidden paths and glens. Wonderful plantings of ferns and flowering spring bulbs. Huge wisteria around back veranda in something to see in spring. The inside is, I believe, only open for special events and is not particularly impressive. Annual Bastille Day festivities are very... More 

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Thank William B
Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Van Vleck is a beautiful place to stroll and take a leisurely walk. The gardens offer interest all year long. And they are free! Mother's garden is more formal and has beautiful trees; the formal garden behind the manor house is filled with flowers and you can admire the ancient wisteria vines growing up the columns of the house. The... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This treasure in Montclair is free and open to the public for quiet walks in the formal, well maintained gardens, discovering the plant-life, most of which is labeled. There is also an audio tour that can be accessed via cell phone. Within the Van Vleck house, there are scheduled musical performances and lectures of local interest. Check the web page... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The gardens are lovely, especially the wisteria. I have also attended meditations in the fireplace room. Another fine experience. You

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