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Tours & Festivals

Different local activities

Take a class, tour museums or visit a wolf preserve. Enjoy festivals at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Something different is right around the corner.

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From the Ground

  • Lakota Wolf Preserve

    89 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, NJ
    908-496-9244
    Call to reserve your time and for tour details. Explore and learn about four different wolf packs. Learn about their social habits and pack structure.

  • The Sterling Hill Mining Museum

    30 Plant St, Ogdensburg NJ
    973-209-7212
    The Sterling Hill Mining Museum (SHMM) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, understanding, and appreciation of the history of mining, mining technology, mineralogy, and geology unique to the State of New Jersey through educational programs and scientific research.

  • The Franklin Mineral Museum

    32 Evans St, Franklin NJ
    973-827-3481
    The Franklin Mineral Museum's mission is to preserve the mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of "the greatest mineral locality on earth. The Buckwheat Dump is a 3.5 acre mine dump that has gained world fame; NEW minerals have been discovered here. Open March through November.

  • Gillinder Glass Store and Museum

    39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY
    845-856-5375
    The Gillinder Glass Store offers unique, colorful, and beautiful products and special events featuring acclaimed artists using centuries-old techniques to blow and decorate one-of-a-kind glass creations. Take a tour of the factory historic procedures and modern technology blend to produce glass lenses and domes used throughout the world.

  • Friar Mountain Model Railroad Museum

    240 Demarest Rd, Sparta NJ
    973-579-9833
    Large display of model trains featuring trains that change with the seasons. There are eight trains and two trolley lines running on, through and around the mountain in the fifty foot display area. Open Saturdays & Sundays January through March.

  • Angry Erik Brewing

    10 Millpond Drive, Unit #8, Lafayette, NJ
    862-432-9003
    We will be offering an ever changing variety of artfully crafted ales including traditional American, & Belgian styles, but also exploring the unknown. "Bring your own Food". Tours Thursday's through Sundays.

  • Grey Towers National Historic Site

    151 Grey Towers Drive, Milford, PA
    570-296-9630
    Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first forester and founder of the USDA Forest Service.

  • Humming Meadows Alpacas

    131 Halsey Road, Newton
    9973-362-0429
    Humming Meadows Alpacas is a family owned alpaca farm in Sussex county, New Jersey, nestled in 27 acres of beautiful woods and fields.

  • Rutherfurd Hall

    1686-R Route 517 Allamuchy, NJ 07820
    908-852-1894 Ext. 138
    The building tells many histories: including architecture and landscape histories, material and decorative histories, as well as worker history. There are marvelous stories about the local food production and the hunts; animal breeding, boating, horse riding and hiking filled one’s days. So many important people, including President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt , were ‘entertained’ in this remote landscape, a sanctuary out of the urban.

On the Water

  • Lake Hopatcong Cruises

    37 Nolan’s Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    973-663-5000
    The largest boat on the lake, Miss Lotta offers a range of cruises to fit your every need. From daytime tours to dinnertime cruises, from soaking in the scenery to hearing about the sights, Miss Lotta delivers. Booking in advance is required for all meal cruises and highly recommended for others.

In the Air

  • Skydive Sussex

    Sussex County Airport, 55 County Rd 639, Sussex, N.J. 07461
    973-702-7000
    Closest Skydiving Facility to New York. Tandem Skydiving - Beginner to Expert

  • Biplane Rides at Andover Flight Academy

    Lake Aerofex Rd (Off Limecrest Rd) Andover, NJ
    973-786-6554
    What better way to see the local area than from an open cockpit biplane? Rides are available on an appointment and walk-in basis, plane and pilot availability based. Please call to set up an appointment. Ride durations can be as short or long as desired and can be a short, local sightseeing flight or a more "wild", barnstormer aerobatics ride in the local designated aerobatic area. Prices are commensurate with the duration and style of ride but begin at just $60. Gift certificates for both rides and training flights are always available, please call or stop in for more information.

Classes and Workshops

  • Stir and Shoot Cooking Classes

    Newton NJ
    973-948-5069
    Located in Newton. Call for more details Ms. Alampi’s cooking classes can accommodate up to 8 people per seating. Maria will guide you through the preparation of an entire meal of her family recipes—which you will immediately indulge in!

  • Peters Valley School of Craft

    19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851
    973-948-5200
    It is a non profit organization to promote excellence in fine craft. Offers adult education programs for blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber surface & structure, fine metals & jewelry, photography, woodworking and more. Annual open house, studio tours and craft fair.

Shoot for the What?

  • Stir and Shoot Training Academy

    Newton NJ
    973-948-5069
    Stir and Shoot, LLC offers training courses to meet any level of interest or skill.  You can attend our group classes, or, request private sessions for one-on-one training, couples, father-son/mother-daughter, families, or, womens' only classes.

Festivals

  • Crawfish Fest

    Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta NJ
    What started as a small crawfish boil for 70 people homesick for boiled crawfish in 1989, has turned into Michael Arnone's Annual Crawfish Fest. Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages.

  • State Fair and Horse Show (plus tons of other festivals!)

    Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta NJ
    The Sussex County Fairgrounds, located in Augusta, NJ, serves as the hub for year-round entertainment and education for the residents of New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and more! The great people behind the success are now calling on the community for help beautifying, preserving, and improving The Fairgrounds, as well as enhancing the farming community.