• Overview

    Plunging 77 feet into a chasm 300 feet wide, the Great Falls of the Passaic River has long been a source of inspiration and power. Alexander Hamilton, America's first Secretary of the Treasury, chose this place to begin implementing his ambitious plan to make the United States economically independent of foreign powers. Hamilton founded the City of Paterson in 1792 to create the world's first planned city of innovation built around a hydropower system to encourage manufacturing.


    The industrial center attracted entrepreneurs, laborers, and immigrants with diverse talents. They came here to work in the bustling mills that produced everything from textiles and Colt firearms to locomotives and aircraft engines. Today the Passaic River drives turbines in the hydroelectric plant at the base of the falls to provide clean, renewable energy to thousands of homes.

  • Amenities

    • Free Admission
    Activities
    • Self-guided tours
  • Nearby:

    •  Dining

      • Rare The Steakhouse
        3.8 MI
        973-256-6699 View >
      • Buco Ristorante
        4.3 MI
        973-779-3500 View >
      • Empanada Spanish Grill
        4.9 MI
        973-272-8202 View >
      • Sevilla Restaurant
        5.0 MI
        973-777-5827 View >
      • Martini Grill
        6.9 MI
        201-939-2000 View >
      • Mesob Ethiopian
        7.2 MI
        973-655-9000 View >
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    •  Lodging

      • Holiday Inn, Totowa/Wayne
        2.7 MI
        973-785-9000 View >
      • Home2 Suites by Hilton Wayne
        3.9 MI
        973-305-8844 View >
      • Crowne Plaza
        4.1 MI
        201-880-8250 View >
      • Marriott
        4.1 MI
        201-843-9500 View >
      • Residence Inn by Marriott
        4.2 MI
        973-872-7100 View >
      • Courtyard by Marriott, Wayne/Fairfield
        4.2 MI
        973-646-3377 View >
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    •  Activities

      • Paterson Museum
        0.1 MI
        973-321-1260 View >
      • Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Commission
        0.3 MI
        973-684-6555 View >
      • Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries at Passaic Community College
        0.3 MI
        973-684-6555 View >
      • Poetry Center & Cultural Affairs, Passaic County Community College
        0.5 MI
        973-684-6555 View >
      • 9/11 Memorial
        0.5 MI
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      • Garret Mountain Reservation
        1.1 MI
        973-881-4832 View >
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