Destination guide

Maplewood is "Brooklyn of the West"

Maplewood, often called the "Brooklyn of the West", oozes charm. Though it's just a half-hour from New York City, it's got a decidedly small-town feel. You could hop on a train to visit the big city, but why would you want to, when you've got everything you need right on the doorstep of your Maplewood vacation rental? When you wander along the pretty streets, you'll discover numerous antique shops, independent boutiques and even an old-school bulb-lined cinema. Bringing the kids? There's plenty to keep the little ones busy, including one of the best zoos close to NYC.

Things to do

A thriving art scene

The town has a thriving art scene, which can be explored through its many galleries, art centers and theaters. Look out for performances at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. You'll also find a packed schedule of shows and concerts at SOPAC, the South Orange Performing Arts Center. If you want to get involved, the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center offers workshops and classes to both beginners and experts. Nothing beats a night at the movies, and the town's lovely old theater is slap bang in the downtown area, near your Maplewood vacation rental.


A great place for the whole family

Just a short drive from your Maplewood vacation rental, you've got the 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation, a playground for outdoor recreation. Between spring and fall, residents and travelers head up to the park to walk along the scenic trails. If you're with the kids, you can pack up a picnic and head up to the reservoir in the park to paddle around on swan boats or let them run amok in the Regatta Playground. There are plenty of grills around the park, so light up and have a BBQ with the family near to the kids' playground area.


Long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters

Being so close to New York City, the weather patterns are almost the same. The shoulder months can be a little changeable, but the summers are typically long and hot, while the winters drop below freezing and see plenty of snow. If you want the best deals, visit during the weekdays between April and May or September and the end of October when the town is at its quietest, but the weather is still comfortable. The festive season can be a magical time to visit, with the Christmas lights in full swing and the town dusted in powdery snow.

Natural features

Close encounters with over 1,000 species

Other than the odd backyard critter, there isn't an awful lot of wildlife in the town itself. Your best bet is to head up to the Turtle Back Zoo, not far from your Maplewood vacation rental. Established in the early 1960s, the historic zoo houses over 1,000 fascinating creatures. There are far too many species to list here, but highlights include the 11,000-square-foot gibbon sanctuary, the jaguars that lounge around the waterfalls and rocky outcrops in the Big Cat Country exhibit and the lions and Masai giraffes in the African Adventure section.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Maplewood

The nearest airport is in Newark, NJ (EWR-Liberty Intl.), located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Linden, NJ (LDJ), which is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Irvington Maplewood Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Maplewood?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 278 vacation rentals near Maplewood. From 113 Houses to 140 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maplewood for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Maplewood?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maplewood:

  • Manhattan: 3,037 vacation rentals
  • Brooklyn: 1,031 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Queens: 5,156 vacation rentals
  • Upper West Side: 527 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Maplewood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Maplewood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Irvington Maplewood Station: 5,091 vacation rentals
  • Times Square: 5,630 vacation rentals
  • Central Park: 3,904 vacation rentals
  • MetLife Stadium: 5,555 vacation rentals
  • Broadway: 5,642 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maplewood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Maplewood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 113 Houses in Maplewood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Maplewood include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 140 rentals available
  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Maplewood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14 vacation rentals with pool available in Maplewood. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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