Located in central New Jersey, Parsippany is at the crossroads of several major transportation routes in the state, offering easy access to corporate centers and numerous visitor attractions. The township gets its name from the Lenape word meaning "the place where the river winds through the valley." Parsippany is situated in the dry basin of an ancient lake. Visitors can enjoy the pleasant town and take a tour of the National Historic Landmark Craftsman Farms, a sustainable community organized by Gustav Stickley in the early 20th century. Nearby attractions include historic Morristown, the Turtle Back Zoo, the Meadowlands sports complex and the Mountain Creek ski area, which provides powdery slopes for visitors to enjoy in the winter.
Parsippany is close to several major highways in New Jersey, offering travelers easy access to points around the state and into New York City. The township features New Jersey Transit bus and train service to Manhattan and other locations, and Newark International Airport (EWR) is 35 minutes away.
Parsippany has a typical mid-Atlantic climate with cold winters and warm, humid summers. Due to its location near multicultural Manhattan where people of all backgrounds thrive, the town's dining choices reflect ethnic eateries such as Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Moroccan and Indian options.