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Town Tour! Discover Robbinsville New Jersey!

Robbinsville Township’s motto “Be At The Center of it All” is an apt descriptor for this municipality in the middle of the Garden State. Measuring Discover Robbinsville New Jerseya little over 20 square miles with a population of around 13,600 residents, Robbinsville was established in 1859. Annual events like the Tomm May 5K Run, Robbinsville Irish Parade, Father/Daughter Dance, Father’s Day Fishing Derby, Summer Concerts, Movie Nights and a Community Festival reflect the small-town feeling in Robbinsville. 

When Guy Fieri visited Dolce & Clemente’s Italian market in his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives television series, he was impressed by their prosciutto bread and hearty meat-loaded ‘boss of the sauce’ ladled over pasta. Owned by Frank Dolce and Joe Clemente, the market at 2 North Commerce Square produces dozens of fresh items daily as well as pre-made meals, imported meats, cheeses and gourmet gift baskets.

Fun and food combine in Oasis Family Farm at 3 Circle Drive. Kids will enjoy the farm’s Fun Zone, Gem Mine, Fossil Adventure, Trading Post, Amazon Gold Rush, Live Bee Observatory, Ant Colony and more while adults relax in the shade with a water ice or a snack from Frontier Café. Mini golf, Just Scoops ice cream, a selection of local farm fresh produce, fresh raw and natural honey, homemade pies, donuts and other treats are also available.

The idea for Working Dog Winery began in 2001 when a group of friends relaxing after work discussed the possibility of opening a vineyard in Robbinsville’s rolling terrain. Today, this successful winery hosts live music every Saturday, all year long, and often has food trucks. Working Dog Winery is located at 610 Windsor-Perrineville Road.

Favorite green spaces in Robbinsville include Tantum Park on Meadowbrook Road and Assunpink Wildlife Management Area on Clarksburg-Robbinsville Road. 36-acre Tantum Park offers the Thomas J. May Nature Trail adjacent to Assunpink Creek, a playground, picnic pavilion, tennis and basketball courts, and baseball/softball fields. The 5,700-acre Assunpink Wildlife Management Area is a haven for native wildlife and a stopover for migrating birds. Recreational options abound with seasonal hunting and fishing, non-motor boating, a field for RC model planes and mountain bike trails.

The Robbinsville Farmers Market is a seasonal event every Tuesday from June through August. It provides a selection of locally sourced fruits and vegetables in The Shoppes at Foxmoor at 1095 Washington Boulevard. Speaking of food, did you know that one of the most hotlycontended pizza rivalries is in Robbinsville? In 1947, Chick DeLorenzo opened DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, one of the first Tomato Pie restaurants in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, adding a Robbinsville location in 2007. Also hailing from the Chambersburg section of Trenton is Papa’s Tomato Pies, opening their doors in 1912 (which makes them the oldest continuously-run pizza restaurant in the country still operated by a family). Papa’s moved to 19 Robbinsville-Allentown Road in 2013. Rivalry or not, both pizzerias have garnered rave reviews from local and international patrons.

Since opening in 2014, Amazon’s 1.2 millionsquare-foot warehouse in Robbinsville has attracted a steady stream of visitors for free one-hour tours held the first and third Tuesday of each month. Over 2,500 employees work in an area equivalent to 59 football fields that’s fitted with 14 miles of conveyor belts. The internet retailer’s fulfillment center is located just off Interstate 195 at 50 New Canton Way.

Robbinsville High School at 155 RobbinsvilleEdinburg Road has about 950 students in grades 9-12 with a low 6:1 student-teacher ratio. Boasting a graduation rate of 97%, students have been accepted to over 160 four-year colleges. The high school has been recognized for their World Champs Hopper Division EntrepreneurshipFirst Robotics team and 2017 Group 2 NJ State Champion Varsity Softball team.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at 112 North Main Street is a magnificent 12,000 square-foot temple constructed of stone marble quarried in Europe and sent to India where hundreds of talented artisans carved the stones by hand. The pieces were then shipped to Robbinsville to be assembled. A total of 4.7 million man hours were required by craftsmen and volunteers to complete the breathtaking structure. Visitors are welcome to learn more about Hinduism in this elaborate setting. 

Published October 11, 2019 in New Jersey Living