Whether you are in the market for your first home, looking to spend the day shopping, or enjoying nature, Galloway Township in Southern New Jersey, is your destination. Conveniently nestled in Atlantic County, Galloway residents know the secrets to what makes Galloway a great place to live. So what does make Galloway a favorite destination?
1. Country Mixed with a Dash of City
Galloway can provide that “country feel” without the impression of complete isolation. In certain areas, Galloway is undoubtedly rural. In other areas, it is growing rapidly in both population and business. Galloway supports residents seeking to be separated from the hustle and bustle without sacrificing important needs such as access to quality healthcare, banking, shopping and dining. Even though Galloway is in close proximity to Atlantic City, residents can live here for years, feel far enough from Atlantic City, but still be able to navigate there easily when needed.
2. Smithville Shindigs
Much of Galloway’s charm comes from Historic Smithville’s yearly festivals and events. Smithville hosts it all from classic car shows, seasonal fairs, to holiday parades, Art walks and food markets. No matter the month, residents can be sure something entertaining is on the docket. Whatever your age group there is always something to do within the Historic Smithville community. Smithville Village Event Listings
3. Community Camaraderie
Community is strong in Galloway. Much of Galloway’s charm comes from the close knit community and various events that bring the town together. From the local Wawa to Gabriel Memorial Field, it is highly likely you will recognize or be recognized by friendly neighbors. Galloway residents enjoy gathering together at yearly events such as “Trunk or Treat”, “Movie in the Park”, or the carnival. There is an undeniable perspective that Galloway is a great place to live and raise children. Community members have a strong sense of pride that is exhibited through volunteering and strong involvement and dedication to raising their children.
4. Park it Here
The peace and tranquility of Galloway is unmatched. Galloway provides the perfect combination of nature and city with lots of opportunity for education and exploration. With plenty of parks to fish, ride bikes, and play sports, Galloway will entice parents to drag children out from the world of video games and into nature. Located within the Pinelands National Reserve, you could easily find yourself spending the day gazing at the beautiful wildlife inhabiting the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge or exploring the Pinelands on its many trails.
5. World Class Educational and Medical Facilities
Feel smart and safe with Galloway’s accessible, top-notch educational and medical facilities. Tucked within Galloway’s Pineland National Reserve, Stockton University Galloway campus sprawls out over 1,600 acres It is ranked among the top public universities in the Northeast with more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as continuing education opportunities. Just a stone’s throw from Stockton University’s Galloway campus, AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center dominates in providing quality healthcare treatment.
6. Holding on to History
Galloway is undoubtedly rich with history. On any given day, residents and visitors can be taken back to a “simpler” time in American history. Whether it’s sauntering through the 18th and 19th century cemeteries or strolling through the shops at Historic Smithville. Galloway’s historical characteristics are hard to miss. Legends and stories are also strong in Galloway as the Jersey Devil was reportedly born in the Leeds Point section of Galloway.
7. The Restaurant Scene
If you consider yourself a foodie, Galloway has one of the most diverse restaurant options you can imagine. Historical and scenic, the higher end Historic Smithville Inn is a favorite of residents and visitors alike. Established in 1787, Historic Smithville Inn combines elegant dining with a historical ambience that is hard to beat. If your palate desires diversity, spend some time getting a burger at Tony Beef, seafood at Oyster Creek Restaurant and Boat Bar or Italian food at Vincenzo’s Smithville. Whatever your taste buds call for, you can find it in Galloway!
8. The Golden Years
While the Four Seasons at Historic Smithville is exclusively for 55+ community residents, it is undoubtedly a popular and highly coveted Galloway community. Four Seasons at Historic Smithville is a 55+ Active Adult retirement community for seniors that refuse to slow down. Covering a large area within Galloway that consists of ten villages and 1,200 single family homes, condos and manor homes, the community is linked by scenic roads, walking paths and a state of the art adult recreation center. Galloway’s real estate experts at Quail Hill Realty at Smithville, say the community is easily a top-notch destination for residents of neighboring states to begin their retirement.
9. It’s a Kid’s World, We are Just Living in it
Keeping the kids off the couch can be a challenge. Whether you are driving kids to the myriad of athletic endeavors or simply finding ways to keep them busy, Galloway helps keep kids moving. A very popular kid’s park among the locals is Imagination Station. Located just behind the Galloway Township Municipal Facilities, Imagination Station Park offers children a large scale structure jungle gym, swing sets and slides which easily distract the most hardened child gamer. Within walking distance of Imagination Station Park, kids can also enjoy a beach volleyball court, basketball courts, community pool and the public Library. For an inspirational summer camp experience, sign the kids up for the Beacon Summer Day Camp run by the Beacon Evangelical Free Church. For the tumblers in the family, be sure to check out Everest Gymnastics and Tumbling Center.
10. Location, Location, Location
Galloway is strikingly close to Atlantic City, once proudly designated as America’s Playground. Just a few minutes away and widely known for its unmatched boardwalks and beaches, Atlantic City provides all who come with a flashy nightlife that includes world-class entertainment, shopping and dining, weekly events, as well as a choice of exciting casinos to choose from including the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Just under an hour’s drive from Philadelphia and 2 hours drive from New York City, Galloway is uniquely accessible to world class amenities.
Galloway is a wedding destination unlike no other. Smithville Village weddings are as old world romantic as you can get. Having your wedding at the Smithville Inn puts you in the heart of the village with 60 unique shops including a gourmet chocolate shop, a Christmas shop and many more. There is also the newly remodeled Renault Winery which is the longest operating winery in the country with multiple ballrooms and can handle weddings of more than 500 people. The Seaview, what can we say, Grace Kelly the Princess of Monaco had her 16th birthday party there. Multiple Presidents, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and many more have stayed and played there. The LPGA has an annual tournament there. Then there is the Carriage House, a newer but very grand southern plantation style venue. Whichever you choose, your wedding will be most memorable in Galloway.
12. Activities Galore
There are so many things to do in Galloway. You should never get bored. There are festivals and wine tastings, fitness events like the annual Smithville Freedom Run 5K, bike trails, fishing, hunting, family events, the areas biggest National Night Out and so many special interest groups and organizations that you can not keep count.
13. Veterans Community
Galloway has a large and active veterans community. The Four Seasons Active Adult Community has a large veterans club plus there are many other veterans organizations including “Last Salute“, the country’s most elaborate Military Funeral Guard outside of Arlington National Cemetery. Last Salute is Galloway’s “Officicial Military Funeral Honor Guard” and conducts over 100 military funerals each year in Atlantic County at no charge to the families. Galloway also has an active Veterans Advisory Board which hosts many events including a very large annual FREE BBQ for veterans held each September.
If you already live in Galloway, you know just how great a place it is. If you are looking for an amazing place to live, this it.
This story was produced by Quail Hill Realty and the Galloway Patriot. Contact the great Galloway people at Quail Hill to see how to make Galloway your home. 609-404-3100
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