A DESTINATION WORTH DISCOVERING
Paterson is a city rich with history, alive with energy, and eager to welcome you. Plan a day trip or class trip, include us in your next family vacation, or stop along the way when you head to New York City. You can schedule your visit to take in a parade or a special event, or just drop by to shop and have lunch. The choice is yours. The pleasure is ours.
SO MUCH TO SEE
A CITY OF HISTORY
- Founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1778, Paterson played a part in America’s history from the start.
- The nation’s first planned industrial city, Paterson is considered the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America.
- Paterson’s mills helped free the new nation from dependence on British manufacturers.
ONE OF OUR NEWEST NATIONAL PARKS
- Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is America’s 397th national park.
- It has one of the highest waterfalls in the Eastern U.S.
- Take a ranger-led tour, hike the nearby trails, and discover the ingenious system of raceways that once channeled water to power the city’s mills.
A MAJOR MANUFACTURER
- Paterson was once the world’s largest producer of silk outside Japan.
- Other notable Paterson products included Colt revolvers, Rogers locomotives, and aircraft engines.
- The story of Paterson industry is on display at the Paterson Museum, adjacent to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.
FUN AND CULTURE
- Browse the 75-year-old Paterson Farmers Market or one-of-a-kind shops.
- “Ooh” and “aah” at our Fourth of July fireworks.
- Join us for our African-American Day Parade, Dominican Day Parade, Turkish-American Day Parade—or other celebrations that dot the calendar in this city of more than 50 ethnic backgrounds.
CLOSE BY AND EASY TO REACH
- Whether you are traveling from points across the New York/New Jersey area or visiting from out of town, this is a city easy to reach.
- Paterson is accessible by I-80 or the Garden State Parkway; by New Jersey Transit trains and buses; or by plane via Newark Airport, just 30 minutes away.