Rural and picturesque, East Amwell remains predominantly a farming community in spite of residential growth. The township is dedicated to preserving its open space through farmland preservation programs and low-interest loans for recreation areas. The largest of the villages, Ringoes, forms the base for railroad that runs steam-engine excursions from Lambertville to Flemington. In addition to local shopping facilities, residents often shop at the mall and outlet stores in Flemington. Recreational facilities range from parks and sports fields to outdoor adventures at Sourland Mountain Reservation.