Edison Things to Do
After touring the Edison Tower, a monument to Thomas Edison (see our other tip), drive a few miles away to explore the Menlo Park Mall, nexus of a large shopping mecca that includes a nearby Target and lots of chain restaurants, including a vintage 1960s International House of Pancakes.
Here are some of the stores, as listed on the mall's site: Macy's, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Godiva, Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Coach, Chico's, Hollister, H&M, Armani Exchange, Kenneth Cole, Lucky Brand Jeans, Sephora, Soma Intimates, Sony Style, Swarovski, Work Out World and Zara. Some places to eat inside: The Cheesecake Factory, Champps Bar & Restaurant, Romano's Macaroni Grill, IchiUmi Seafood & Sushi Buffet and a food court. New since the years our teenaged kids haunted the place is a 12-screen Multiplex Cinema.
Woodbridge Center is another mall, almost the same short distance in the opposite direction from the Tower. It was the first large mall in the area when we moved here and a favorite spot for our kids to hang out — they used to have fireworks in the parking lot on July Fourth, a big area attraction, but no more. Here's that website:
Visit a tribute to our town's namesake, Thomas Alva Edison, even though it is located not in Edison but in close-by Menlo Park. Here is the link to the website of the tower dedicated to the iconic inventor, which is open to the public, and to the small park that circles it. Joe helped our oldest daughter build a replica of it once for a miniature gold course set up as a fund-raiser for her Girl Scout troupe. A toilet bowl's float ball made a perfect light bulb shape for the top.
Here's the museum website, source of the photo, for some nicely-presented history and visitor information:
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