About This Place
Located in Southwestern New Jersey, Moorestown is a quaint, comfortable community of approximately 21,000 people. Founded as an agricultural area in the late 17th century, Moorestown evolved into a commerce center and, later, a quiet commuter town.
Convenient to the New Jersey Turnpike and Philadelphia—located a mere 12 miles across the Betsy Ross Bridge—Moorestown draws visitors with its small-town charm and well-preserved sense of history. Cultural attractions and ample opportunities to enjoy local nature add to the city’s appeal.
Moorestown attractions include a visit to Main Street, the heart of public life here. Punctuated by leafy green trees and antique street lamps, Main Street is home to Friends Meeting House, a brick Quaker meeting house and school, plus Revolutionary War sites the Hessian House and Smith-Cadbury Mansion. The latter tidy, white 18th-century home serves as the Historical Society of Moorestown headquarters. Visitors can tour its exhibits, local artifacts and gift shop. Additional things to do in pedestrian-friendly Moorestown include boutique shopping, dining and taking in the picturesque homes, many of them Victorian.
The community atmosphere extends beyond Main Street to Moorestown Mall, located along New Jersey Route 38. The mall, a collection of department stores, chain retailers and a movie theater, features a year-round calendar of civic events, from concerts and craft shows to fundraisers and a springtime rose show.
Things to do in Moorestown in winter depend on how cold and snowy it gets. Take advantage of the city’s 670 acres of open space and over 20 parks. If it snows, visit Stokes Hill, a sledding hotspot where the “Flexible Flyer” steerable sled was invented by a local man over a century ago. In cold weather, Strawbridge Lake freezes for ice skating; in warm weather, fishing is the lake’s draw. Additional fresh-air attractions in Moorestown in spring, summer, and fall include biking around the lake and enjoying the pastoral beauty of the 120-acre Swede Run Fields.
Music and theater are emphasized in the town, which benefits from an engaged populace and the influence of nearby urban centers. Get the local twist on Broadway shows by seeing a performance at Moorestown Theater Company, home to a community musical theater group. The regional Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey and the West Jersey Chamber Symphony also perform in local venues throughout the year.
Moorestown hosts a lively calendar of seasonal celebrations and activities. In summer, Moorestown Day is held on Main Street. The classic American festival offers live music, local food, retail vendors, and a pie-eating contest staged on the lawn of the sprawling Moorestown Community House. Music fans can head to the Perkins Center for the Arts, a Tudor Revival-style building that hosts an open-air summer concert series. October brings Autumn in Moorestown, a popular event emphasizing arts and crafts along with family-friendly activities such as painting pumpkins and building scarecrows. Wintertime visitors can hand-select and cut Christmas trees at Lew’s Market, a local stop where fresh flower bouquets and gift baskets are custom-arranged throughout the year.