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Military Park

Inspect the array of military sculptures and see the sword from above in this scenic park in the downtown area.

Military Park is a glorious 6-acre (2-hectare) park with a triangular shape and a range of soldier-themed monuments. It takes its name and theme from its former use as a training facility for soldiers from 1667 to 1869. Relax in this slice of serenity in downtown Newark and consider military history in the United States. 

Gaze up at the impressive Wars of Americastatue, which was sculpted by the creator of the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The war memorial depicts 42 soldiers and two horses in the midst of battle. Note that this statue connects to a floral display, forming the crossguard and blade of a sword when seen from above.

Admire the lifelike bust of President John Kennedy and see the other statues of famous figures from U.S. history. Sip from the water fountain that bears the inscription, “My cup runneth over.” Have a picnic with your family in this pleasant park and appreciate the escape from the hubbub and concrete of the downtown surroundings. 

Discover the reading library and watch an outdoor movie screening. Attend one of the events that take place here throughout the year, such as the Afro Beat Fest. Regular farmers markets and jazz concerts are also organized in the park. Join such activities as yoga, Zumba and line dancing on the grass. Look up at the skyscrapers surrounding the park. 

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the park’s charming restaurant, which is open Monday through Friday from morning until evening. Purchase snacks or hot drinks at one of the many cafés in the area. 

Military Park is a block west of the Passaic River in the center of Newark. Arrive by rail at nearby Newark Penn Station or take the Newark Light Rail system to Military Park Station. See other sights in the area, such as the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Washington Park.


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Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

50 Park Pl, Newark
3.8
of 5, from 3,332 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Newark hotel is 3 blocks from the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

810 Broad St, Newark
4.1
of 5, from 453 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prudential Center, Military Park, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Newark Museum and Riverfront Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hilton Newark Penn Station

Hilton Newark Penn Station

1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark
4.1
of 5, from 1,696 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This downtown hotel is connected to Newark Penn Station, which offers trains to NY Penn Station and the World Trade Center. The hotel is 4 miles from Newark Airport and 8.75 miles from Manhattan.

Courtyard Newark Downtown

Courtyard Newark Downtown

858 Broad St, Newark
4.3
of 5, from 564 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Downtown Newark, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newark Museum and Prudential Center. Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$118
Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

100 Passaic Ave, Harrison
4.4
of 5, from 1,151 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Harrison, this hotel is close to Riverfront Stadium, Prudential Center, and Newark Public Library. Area attractions also include Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium and Red Saw Gallery.

$139
Element Harrison - Newark

Element Harrison - Newark

399 Somerset Street, Harrison
4.6
of 5, from 706 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Newark Museum and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Prudential Center. Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Incredible Studio With Manhattan View

Incredible Studio With Manhattan View

25 Clifton Ave, Newark
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newark, this apartment building is close to Newark Museum and Prudential Center. Area attractions also include Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University.

Comfort Suites Newark

Comfort Suites Newark

1348 Mccarter Hwy, Newark
3.9
of 5, from 1,456 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This contemporary, 86-suite hotel is 1 mile north of downtown Newark attractions and business offices, and 1 mile from Branch Brook Park and its 2,000 blossoming cherry trees.