Visit clean, green Somerset County to discover historic settlements, important Revolutionary War sites, fine golf courses and upscale restaurants.

New Jersey’s Somerset County is located within the New York metropolitan area but its strong environmental ethos, abundance of green space and quaint Dutch settlements make it feel like a world away from the bustle of Times Square.

Tour Somerset County’s historic Revolutionary War sites or enjoy your days hiking, biking and camping in the area’s excellent parks. Visit 17th-century settlements or browse one of many galleries in the county’s small towns.

Those who love the outdoors will find a wealth of parks. Colonial Park, which abuts the Delaware and Raritan Canal and the Millstone River, offers a championship golf course. Duke Island Park, located between the Raritan Canal and Raritan River, features fishing and bike trails.

Somerset County is indeed a golfer’s paradise, with wide green spaces and rolling terrain perfect for several luxury courses. Between days on the fairways pay a visit to the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills to investigate the history of the sport in America.

All Somerset’s 21 towns have good accommodation options, though you’ll find the greatest variety in the largest township, Franklin. While here, visit the Franklin Inn for a drink. The pub dates back to 1752 and served as headquarters for the British General Cornwallis in the Revolutionary War. Make sure to see the Van Wickle House, a fine example of the architecture of the early Dutch settlers.

Head to General Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters at Rockingham or the historic Washington Rock State Park. This elevated location gave the general sweeping vistas across the Raritan Valley as he scoured the horizon for enemy troops. Somerset County’s landscape is a photographer’s dream in winter, with pristine snow covering the fields. Summers though are when the county is at its best, the perfect time to explore parks, gardens and quaint streets.

Somerset County is just 57 miles (92 kilometers) from New York City’s JFK airport. Buses do run throughout the county but driving is the easiest way to get around.

Top Hotels in Somerset

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motel 6 East Brunswick
Motel 6 East Brunswick
2 out of 5
244 Route 18, 10 Edgeboro Road, East Brunswick, NJ
$52
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Situated in East Brunswick, this motel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Rutgers Gardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rutgers New Brunswick and Albany Street Bridge. George ...

3.7/5Good! (928 reviews)

"This is an adequate location. The staff is friendly. Maintenance will respond right away. The property and building looks overall clean. They do give your room a once over daily including clean towels. But I believe they mop all the rooms with the same water and some mop without sweeping first. I ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2019

Motel 6 East Brunswick
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
3.5 out of 5
2 Albany St, GPS Address: 200 Neilson Street, New Brunswick, NJ
$129
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in the heart of New Brunswick, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Christ Church New Brunswick and Rutgers New Brunswick. Rutgers University, ...

4.1/5Very Good! (811 reviews)

"I liked it’s location, easy access to the theatre district and major roadways. I would have preferred a fridge in the room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
APA Hotel Woodbridge
APA Hotel Woodbridge
4 out of 5
120 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ
$87
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Located in the heart of Iselin, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thomas Edison Museum and Edison Memorial Tower. John F. Kennedy Hospital and Menlo Park ...

4/5Very Good! (927 reviews)

"Everything was fine...no bath towels in the room, but that may've been an oversight."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

APA Hotel Woodbridge

Top activities in Somerset

2-Day SecretCavern/WatkinsGlen+NiagaraFalls from NYC/NJ)NF2J
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2-Day SecretCavern/WatkinsGlen+NiagaraFalls from NYC/NJ)NF2J

$134

Day 1: In the morning we head to Corning for a quick stop to enjoy the Corning scenery and optionally a visit to the Corning Glass Museum! The Glass Museum is dedicated to the history, art and science behind glassmaking featuring over 45,000 unique items some of which dates back millennia.

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

$64

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

$28

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

$41

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island

$59

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.

Gossip girl Tour
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Gossip girl Tour

$83

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Lotte New York Palace Spa, 455 Madisonn Aveune, New York City, NY 10022-6845 Where Chuck resides and where Blair had the w Magazine’s party Duration: 5 minutes Stop At: c/o Madison Avenue Business Improvement District 59 East 79 Street, Lower Level, New York City, NY Where Dan comes out of a bakery after picking up pie and sees Serena wandering into the street, narrowly missing several oncoming cars.

Reviews of Somerset

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

I thought it was kind of strange the front desk to take a photo copy of my credit card and license.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Just side street parking is not accessible

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Just visiting family

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

The Palace at Somerset was awesome!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 3, 2019

Quiet area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 31, 2019

I love that breakfast has a lot of selection and it ends late at 10:30

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