NEW PROVIDENCE

Courtesy New Providence Borough

From picturesque tree-lined streets to friendly neighbors, this borough is beloved by its residents. “When we relocated to New Jersey, away from family, we were looking for a town that felt welcoming, warm and also had a great school system,” says mother of two Jessica Short, who’s lived in New Providence for eight years.

Whether you’re diving into the community pool, sampling IPAs at Untied Brewing Company or munching avocado fries at Prestige Diner, New Providence is brimming with family fun in the form of events like summer concerts, a fishing derby and fall street fair. Short loves taking her kids to Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream in the summer and ice skating at Oakwood Park’s pond in the winter.

Fun fact: Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote Disney’s Up and the biographical drama Spotlight, grew up in New Providence.

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