“A hike through Speedwell Park is a perfect way to disconnect and reconnect with yourself.”
“There’s a reason they call this ‘the community of caring’—it’s welcoming and vibrant, with a ton of things to do.”
The welcome sign to Morris Plains declares it “The Community of Caring,” reflecting the community spirit shared by all who call this place home. Relaxed but not sleepy, connected but not congested, Morris Plains is a walkable, bikeable, and diverse community that exudes a welcoming, small-town appeal. Residents enjoy convenient access to cultural attractions, plenty of shopping and dining options, and direct rail service to Manhattan’s Penn Station.
All this urban culture and connectivity comes in a green, suburban setting with room to breathe and grow. Curving suburban streets lined with well-kept homes surround a main-street-style downtown of local shops and eateries, conveniences, and services. Residents are never far from public parks for dog walking, playing soccer or softball, or simply enjoying some downtime in the sunshine.
Shopping in the area.
Favorite local shops include I Love’t health & beauty, Taylor’s Consignment Shop, Regalo Gift Shop, and, in adjacent Morristown, 23 South gifts and accessories, Old Book Shop, and more. Nationally known brands are well represented at Cedar Knolls Plaza and Briarcliff Commons mall.
Briarcliff Commons is also home to the very popular Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, while Stop & Shop is across the street. Morristown boasts both Morristown Farmers Market and Morris Farmers Market, as well as Whole Foods. Wegmans and Trader Joe’s are also within a short drive.
Bars and restaurants nearby.
Rather than urban-style nightlife, Morris Plains is about casual taverns like Tommy’s Tavern Tap, Tabor Road Tavern, and Arthur’s Tavern. Family-friendly spots include Time for a Bagel, Scoop Station ice cream, Plaza Restaurant & Diner, and Annabella’s Pizzeria & Restaurant. Popular places like Delicias Latinas, Carmel Haifa, Woodham Korean BBQ, and Aji Japanese restaurant reflect the diversity of the community.
A short drive to neighboring Morristown expands the menu of options. The Committed Pig calls itself a “burger & pancake house”; Fig & Lily Garden offers Mediterranean food; The Grande Café features French cuisine with outdoor seating; Marjan Fine Persian Grill is a cozy choice; and Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is about “stylish, seasonal, sustainable” dining in a beautiful 1918 building.
Community service opportunities.
Engaging with the surrounding neighborhood is a cornerstone of every Veris Residential community. The Arc/Morris serves the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Kids Outdoors Inc., provides fun outdoor learning experiences for ages 9–17. North Bridge Foundation is a nonprofit that supports underserved communities with education, groceries, and emergency response services.
The Morris Plains Community Center is a governmental hub for opportunities to serve the community in many ways, from the Volunteer Fire Department and rescue squad to gardening, beautification, and recycling groups to serving on boards, commissions, or committees. And numerous places of worship sponsor frequent food and clothing drives.