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Welcome to Cranford, NJ.

Through the years, the business district and neighborhoods of Cranford have sprung up around the train station and the Rahway River. Today, the downtown is flourishing, thanks to a wide variety of locally owned  restaurants and shops, as well as town- wide festivals and family entertainment. The train station (providing service to Newark Penn Station with connections to New York City) remains a valued amenity to more than 22,000 residents. The township is also proud of its recreational facilities which include two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and fitness complex, a bike path, a canoe club, tennis courts, sports fields, and parks. Residents of this modern community with historic charm are actively involved in its first-rate schools, sports, and civic and community organizations.


Cranford is a walkable town with outstanding shopping, restaurants, parks & facilities. With a strong emphasis on community, and neighbors who look out for each other, it is not a surprise that so many people choose to call Cranford home.

What we love about Cranford, NJ.

  • Vibrant downtown and great schools
  • Close to New York and the Jersey Shore
  • Rahway River & Green Spaces

Living In Cranford, NJ


People and Lifestyle

Cranford has a small-town feel with big community values. The heart of Cranford is its residents, who pride themselves on taking interest and care in one another. Cranford is a great town for anyone looking for a small town to meet neighbors and make new friends, and enjoy plenty of local activities, events, and traditions. 


Downtown Cranford

You won’t find a lot of chain and franchised businesses in Cranford’s award-winning downtown. Cranford has been uniquely successful in its support for local businesses. Whether you are shopping for clothing at Anthem or Augusta Mae, or looking for a housewarming gift at Hickory & Hill, you will love the boutique feel of every storefront you enter. 

 While you are walking around, treat yourself to the best Boba outside of the city at Cafe Tesia.  And for a great meal, try the birria tacos at Folklore Artisinal Tacos or the Spicy Shish Tawook at Old City Cafe & Grill. For date night, you can’t go wrong at 100 Steps BYOB raw bar, or the beautiful new Vine & Oak. And when you want to make a great meal at home, you will find exceptional ingredients at Pastosa Ravioli and Dreyer Farms. If you are downtown looking for something to do, catch a show or live-stream event at the Cranford theater. If you are feeling creative, Art e Vino, or Fire Me Up, maybe a fun activity.

Things To Do In Cranford, NJ

Cranford also boasts a variety of community facilities, outdoor activities, and seasonal community events.  Stroll along one of the many walking trails, grab a new book at the library or rent a kayak or canoe for an hour along the Venice of Cranford. Nomahegan Park encompasses the Rahway River, Nomahegan Lake, walking trails, and sports fields. Hanson Park is also a beautiful and popular area for local residents.


Cranford hosts fun family events throughout the year. The Scarecrow Stroll through town is an annual fall and Halloween-themed celebration held each October.  For amateur astronomers and stargazers alike, the Sperry Observatory is a great activity for anyone interested in space.  In the winter, buckle the kids into their car seats, get your popcorn and cocoa and find all of the items for the Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town.

Schools In Cranford, NJ

  • Bloomingdale Avenue School (K - 2nd Grade)
  • Brookside Place (K - 5th Grade)
  • Livingston Avenue (3 - 5th Grade)
  • Orange Avenue (3 - 8th Grade)
  • Hillside Ave School (K - 8th Grade)
  • Lincoln School  (K -  12th Grade)
  • Walnut Avenue (preK - 2nd Grade)
  • Cranford High School (9-12th Grade)

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