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February 08, 2016

The best towns in South Jersey: Haddonfield

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Haddonfield, New Jersey

Settled in the early 18th century, charming Haddonfield regularly ranks as one of the best places to live. Haddonfield’s residents boast of excellent public schools (its high school was named a National Blue Ribbon school in 2005), proximity to Philly and a bounty of fantastic eateries, shopping and cultural fun, not to mention its picturesque setting, as the borough is dotted with handsome sycamore trees that provide shade for the pretty homes that line the street. After just one visit to Haddonfield, you’ll find that you don’t want to leave.

Right in Philly’s backyard

Only 10 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge, historic Haddonfield is a quaint town close to all the downtown splendor that Philadelphia offers. The PATCO high-speed train stops in the center of Haddonfield, and a trip to Center City takes less than 20 minutes. Bordering the town, Route 70 and I-295, which border the town, render an excursion to Philly one of the fastest in South Jersey. That’s why Haddonfield is home to many of Philadelphia’s pro athletes who enjoy the cozy downtown without sacrificing a quick commute to work. Haddonfield’s central location is not only convenient to Philly but puts downtown Wilmington and the Jersey Shore right at your fingertips.

Hang out in Haddonfield

Kings Highway shapes the borough’s central shopping district, with dozens of boutiques and stores, tantalizing restaurants and hip art galleries. With more than 200 shops and galleries right downtown, Haddonfield is an all-encompassing shopping destination. The charming Colonial main street features unique treasures that you won’t be able to find anywhere else, as well as must-have essentials for everyday life. Check out Happy Hippo Toys for a gift that is sure to charm anyone on your list, and stop by Hugh’s Clock Shop to discover one-of-a kind grandfather clocks, a must-have for any home. Conveniently, on Thursday nights, the downtown Haddonfield shopping scene is open late for any last-minute errands. For something different, be sure to visit the fascinating Indian King Tavern Museum, and don’t forget to snap a selfie with Haddonfield’s Hadrosaurus sculpture.

Outdoor amenities

Even with such a convenient metropolitan location, Haddonfield still offers plenty of opportunities to get outdoors. The plethora of parks offers several sunny spots to exercise, meet with friends and watch the world go by. Explore Pennypacker Park, where William Foulke discovered the world’s first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton, which the Hadrosaurus sculpture memorializes. The park features the Cooper River, Hopkins Pond and Driscoll Pond, providing hours of entertainment in boating, fishing and exploring the nature of South Jersey. The Haddonfield Farmers Market brings the best goods and produce of the summer season right to downtown Haddonfield every Saturday. Enjoy artisanal treats and fresh shopping while listening to local music and experiencing neighborhood camaraderie. From independent baseball leagues, to playgrounds and natural beauty, Haddonfield easily balances the best of the outdoors.

Haddonfield’s matchless mix of education, nature and shopping render the town one of the best places to raise a family. And even with so much to offer, Haddonfield still has room to grow to incorporate new families into the wonderful community culture.