Mount Laurel

Walk past the historic homes in this beautiful township and it’s easy to imagine a figure from the past sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, just taking in the scenery.

Mount Laurel is part of New Jersey, but its proximity to Pennsylvania means it benefits from much of the latter’s natural beauty. From religious meeting houses to revolutionary history, there’s tons to explore in this lovely suburb.

Whether you want to prepare yourself for a busy day of sightseeing with a hearty breakfast or rest and relax after already working up an appetite, you can’t go too far in Mount Laurel without running into somewhere to eat. Enjoy the best in food and drink at an ale house or brewery, stop by a fast food outlet for a quick pick-me-up, or dress up to the nines for an evening of Italian food on the waterfront.

Heard of Alice Paul? If you haven’t yet, you soon will. As a famous leader of the suffrage movement, her house has been preserved as one of Mount Laurel’s most iconic landmarks. Sit on the front steps sipping a lemonade, then journey inside to see artifacts and displays explaining her life’s work. If you’re still in the mood for some blasts from the past, take a short drive to the Evesham Friends Meeting House, where local Quakers met for centuries.

Nature lovers will be spoiled for choice with multiple open parks and walking trails to choose from. Refresh your lungs with some fresh air at Laurel Acres Park, or go play a few rounds of basketball with friends.

Mount Laurel is also home to an indoor waterpark for family fun in all seasons, as well as a bowling complex and some great opportunities for antique hunting. Children can explore the Paws Discovery Farm, where rescued animals are cared for and fed until they’re ready to head back into the wild.