Nearly 400 acres of protected wetlands make up Kearny Meadows, a dominant feature of the town's landscape. Most of the marsh is about two and a half feet deep, although deeper channels do make their way through this ecosystem. Explore the meadows from the trail along the abandoned railroad tracks, remnants of Kearny's days as an industrial boomtown, or launch a canoe from the back end of Gunnell Oval Ball Park off Schuyler Avenue for a bit of catch-and-release fishing. Whatever route you take to explore the meadows, you are bound to see abundant wildlife, including many varieties of freshwater birds, turtles, small mammals, and interesting insects.
Kearny is a foodie's paradise, with Italian, Brazilian, Chinese, traditional American, and Portuguese being only a few of the local flavors. For a cozy Sunday brunch, the best spot is The Greeks downtown, a diner with a pleasant atmosphere and loyal following. Traditional delis, bakeries, and pizzerias are abundant, too, and for the best of each, be sure to check out Cappelluti's, Domingo's, and Big Nick's, respectively. Whether it is a casual dinner out with the family or some quick takeout, picked up on your way home from work, you will never run out of options in Kearny, a town that truly appreciates good food.
West Hudson Arts and
Primarily bedroom community, Kearny does not have a big arts scene, but it is the home of the West Hudson Arts and Theatre Company, a local troupe that puts on some attention-getting performances annually. This includes a 24-hour musical challenge where the actors, production crew, and staff have just a day to prepare and perform a full-scale musical that always wows the crowds. The theater’s main stage, located on Midland Avenue near downtown, is the venue for about half a dozen major plays, including dramas, musicals, and children's theater productions, but the troupe also hits the road for a few shows in nearby communities, too.