Welcome to Basking Ridge, NJ
A small region within Bernards Township, Basking Ridge is a charming modern community with roots stretching back to colonial times. This legacy is reflected in the picturesque townscape – centuries-old homes stand next to Colonial-style manors and modern condos. A popular choice for young professionals, families, and retirees alike, Basking Ridge provides its residents no shortage of fun and excitement in a beautiful, calm setting.
An excellent public school system – with low student/teacher ratios and high per-student expenditures – attracts families from across the region to settle here in Basking Ridge. And with a remarkably low crime rate, you can rest easy knowing you and your loved ones are cared for.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Basking Ridge
Where to EatFoodies, get ready. Some of the Somerset Hills region’s greatest eateries can be found here in Basking Ridge. Tuck into a sandwich downtown at Mockingbird Café, grab a slice at Figaro’s Pizza, or fill up on incredible seafood and pasta at Ristorante Italino. But while it’s more than possible to have a great night out in Basking Ridge, a large part of the town’s appeal is a sense of quiet calm amidst a gorgeous natural backdrop. If it’s bright lights and big crowds you seek, consider a getaway to bustling New York City or the exciting Jersey Shore – both a mere 30 minutes away.
That’s not to say there’s little to keep you occupied here at home. The Somerset YMCA is open daily, offering a wide variety of fitness and martial arts classes as well as youth programs and summer camps. The Trilogy Repertory presents a year-round assortment of live theatrical performances, encouraging residents to join in on the fun. And if you’re looking for a more exclusive option for golf, tennis, and poolside recreation, consider a membership with one of the region’s many private country clubs.
Parks and Playgrounds in Basking Ridge
Basking Ridge certainly doesn’t lack for outdoor recreation areas. At Pleasant Valley Park, visitors will find tennis courts, walking paths, and the expansive municipal pool. Lord Stirling Park, along the Passaic River, is a diverse ecosystem of fields, forests, and marshes, with hiking and horseback-riding trails running throughout. And although smaller, the Rebel Hill, Southard, and Harry Dunham Parks provide a great chance to picnic, play sports, and relax in the shade during a warm Jersey summer.
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