Flights to Paterson
The city of Paterson is the third largest in the state of New Jersey and is located just 12 miles (19km) away from Manhattan. Most of the city’s attractions are based around its history as an industrial town.
If you’re taking a flight to Paterson, plan to arrive at the busy Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR) in the nearby city of Newark. You can take a commuter bus to Paterson from Newark. Flights to Paterson usually have just 1 connection, with the most common transfer being in London. British Midland, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic all take this route. Alternatively, KLM transfers in Amsterdam, or Swiss Air goes through Zurich.
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The Tourist Attractions in Paterson:
Paterson is not a tourist destination per se but the city does have a few attractions that would make this a worthwhile stop on a longer trip. If you were visiting some of the popular nearby cities such as New York City or Newark you might want to base yourself there and come to Paterson for a day trip or two. Paterson does not have much in the way of accommodation after all, so finding a place to stay elsewhere is a better choice.
The Great Falls of the Passaic River
The reason why Paterson was established in this position is because of the Great Falls situated on the Passaic River here. Paterson was established as a planned industrial city so as to take advantage of the power of the water in these falls, so as well as being very scenic the falls served an important purpose. The area around the falls has been designated the Great Falls Historic District and here you’ll find a visitor centre with a museum-like overview of the history surrounding the falls and Paterson.
Also within the Great Falls Historical District is the Paterson Museum. The museum hosts a number of different exhibits, covering a wide variety of subjects and is housed within the Thomas Rogers Building on Market Street. The Thomas Rogers Building was formerly a locomotive and machine works.
Lambert Castle Museum
Another museum in Paterson is the Lambert Castle Museum. Lambert Castle was built by the owner of a prominent silk mill in Paterson who wanted to build something akin to the castles he knew as a boy in Britain. The building has been owned by the country for many years and the small museum inside was expanded during major renovation in the 1990s to cover all four floors of the castle. A visit to the castle provides an opportunity to see the interior of this grand old home as well as its changing exhibits.
When Should You Visit?:
Paterson has a humid subtropical climate providing visitors with warm and humid summers with average high temperatures in the high 20’s C. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year so should be expected whenever you visit Paterson, though June and October generally receive less rain than other months. During the winter there’s often some snow but not substantial amounts. The winter temperatures are cool though the average high in January stays above freezing, at 3C.