Maplewood was originally formed as South Orange Township in 1861 and became independent in 1904.
Today, Maplewood Village is filled with locally-owned boutique shops, bakeries, wine store, toy store, movie theater and ice cream shop. It has a varied mix of restaurants; farm to table Italian, American, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, diners and coffee shops.
Maplewoodians have tennis courts available in the town parks, a Community Pool, the South Mountain Reservation and The Maplewood Country Club offers a private golf course.
Maplewood is on the New Jersey Transit Midtown Direct Line. Trains go to and from Penn Station seven days a week. Trains continue westbound to Summit, Morristown and Dover.
Buses go to Livingston and Newark from Maplewood and NJ Transit runs buses to Newark on Springfield Avenue. Easy access to Routes 280, the Garden State Parkway and Routes 24 and 78 pave the way for north, south and westbound commutes.
Clinton, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Tuscan, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Seth Boyden, kindergarten through 5th grades.
(Any family in the district may choose this demonstration school, established to provide an innovative program of instruction to meet the needs of a diverse student population reflecting the integrated communities of South Orange and Maplewood.)
Jefferson, 3rd through 5th grades.
Maplewood Middle School, 6th through 8th grades.
All South Orange and Maplewood students attend Columbia High School which is in Maplewood.
Underhill Field, the high school athletic fields and track, is a half mile away from the high school, in a residential neighborhood.
Milo S. Borden Park
South Mountain Dog Park
Underhill Sports Complex
South Mountain Reservation is filled with hiking trails, waterfalls and great views of the New York skyline. Part of the Watchung Mountains, the reservations covers 2000 acres.
Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria
Coda Kitchen and Bar
Maplewood Deli and Grill
St James’s Gate Publick House
Tandoori Chef 2
Freeman’s Fish Market
Arts and Theater
The town runs the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, home to several performance groups including The Strollers and What Exit?. There are also classes for children and concerts.
The nonprofit 1978 Arts Center.
Gerlyn’s Art Studio offer classes, shows and sales.
Maplewood Movie Theatre, is a historic building that shows first run movies.