Summit, was created as Summit Township in 1869 and reincorporated as a city on March 8, 1899. In the 19th century, Summit served as a nearby get away spot for wealthy residents of New York City in search of fresh air. Weekenders or summer vacationers would reach Summit by train and relax at large hotels and smaller inns and guest houses.
The Town of Summit is one of the most widely-known and most highly considered communities in Union County, NJ. It sits poised over 400 ft. above sea level in the least densely populated portion of the county.
Summit continues to be a very desirable place to live because of its beautiful, lush appeal, school system, it’s thriving downtown and a train station which serves both the Midtown Direct line (to Penn Station, NYC) and the Hoboken line. The train schedule is very favorable since it is an express stop for many of the trains going through the area.
Cultural Activities in Summit
Summit offers its residents and surrounding towns an immense amount of cultural activities throughout the year. Three of the best resources for exploring are:
Reeves Reed Arboretum – 13.5 acres of natural beauty including both historic and contemporary gardens and 6 acres of natural forest. They have great events and classes for adults and kids. Get info here.
Summit Community Programs – available for kids, teens, adults and senior – there is sure to be something everyone can enjoy. View the Options Here
Visual Arts Center – located in the heart of Summit, is this incredible resource that offers classes, exhibits, lectures, workshops and more. View details here
Summit School Info
Summit’s public school system is very well rated by Great Schools.org and offers diverse course offerings, winning sports teams and after school programs. To find out more please click on the Great Schools.org logo below.
The Visual Arts Center in Summit is an incredible resource that offers art exhibits, classes and workshops to kids and adults. It is conveniently located at 68 Elm Street. For more information on their current offerings, please click on Visual Arts Center.
The Summit Playhouse is a non-profit community theater housed in an old stone building from 1891. It offers live performance throughout the year and you can learn more about The Summit Playhouse here.
The Summit YMCA is a great place for families. There are a plethora of programs and classes for kids and adults including fitness classes, sports leagues etc. Find out more details about the Summit YMCA.
Summit’s downtown is a shopper’s paradise with high end stores like Lululemon (active wear), Blue Mercury (high end cosmetics and fragrances) and Willow Street (clothing for women). There is also a brand new West Elm, lots of restaurants a movie theater and an old fashioned diner. View more about downtown Summit here.
Summit Events Guide 2017
This events guide is updated daily with local area events happening in and around Summit including sports, theater, dance, kids performances, nightlife, and much more.
Summit has historically been, and remains, a town that is very much in demand. More than just a town - Summit is really a city. Because it has many large corporate headquarter in the town - the real estate taxes are more favorable for residents than in comparable towns (like Short Hills) in Essex …