Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in NJ

If you’re heading to New Jersey for an upcoming vacation, visit one of America’s newest national parks: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The Great Falls of the Passaic River has long been one of the largest waterfalls in the nation, but in November 2011, Great Falls was designated as America’s 397th national park.

Designating Paterson Great Falls is the end result of a natural progression. In as early as 1967, Paterson, New Jersey’s Great Falls had already been established as a national natural landmark. In 1976, a section of Paterson became a national historic landmark and Great Falls raceway and power systems has been designated a historic civil landmark since 1977. On November 7, 2011, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar officially named Great Falls its national park title.

About the Park

Located on the Passaic River in Paterson, NJ, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is only a fifteen minute drive from Newark when you rent a car from Value Van & Car Rental. You can explore this gorgeous park year-round with your family in a NJ car rental.

With no admission costs, this park is a perfect destination for the budget conscious vacation. There are plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in at Paterson Great Falls. Gaze at the breathtaking falls, trek through hiking trails in the park, and take a light walk through the park’s historical district.

The Paterson Museum

While in the Paterson vicinity, why not check out the Paterson Museum? This great museum is a partner site of the National Park Service. The museum has exhibits which focus on the town’s history. Featured in the exhibits are a selection of historic machinery, including steam locomotives, textile machines, and a prototype of the modern submarine.

You’ll find the Paterson Museum at 2 Market Street in Paterson. You can visit the museum from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

When you visit the museum, you will have to pay an admission fee, unlike the park. But tickets are just $2 for adults, and admission is free for children. The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a must-see (and supremely affordable) location to visit during your next trip through New Jersey. With your NJ car rental from, the Garden State is at your command. Contact us today at (908) 851-9595 (Union) or (973) 792-0343 (Newark) and let us put you in the driver’s seat on your next NJ road trip.