Hudson County Winner: SECAUCUS
It’s tough to beat a bustling Hudson County suburb just minutes away from Manhattan by train. But don’t let the town’s proximity to the Big Apple fool you: Secaucus boasts 22 community parks, a swim club, rec center and other outdoor facilities. Anna Lepin, a mother of two who’s lived in town for 42 years, loves spending the day at Secaucus Ice Rink. “For $5 total, you can take your child to skate at an open session for two hours with rental skates included. They also have an amazing travel hockey program.” Lepin, a teacher in the Secaucus school system, also raves about local schools and the high level of parent involvement. As for fun, she and her husband love Harmon Meadow Plaza for restaurants, shopping and movies.
Fun fact: Secaucus is home to the NBA’s review headquarters, which houses a massive replay center to help refs on close calls.
When ranking the most family-friendly towns in NJ, we weighed factors like school quality, safety, affordability and diversity, among other things. See the rest of our best Hudson County towns list here, including East Newark, Kearny, Bayonne, Hoboken and Jersey City.