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Newark, NJ

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Downtown Newark featuring a square or plaza, a city and outdoor art

New Jersey’s largest metropolis features a stunning grove of cherry trees, a park where George Washington and his soldiers camped and one of the biggest airports in the country.

Many people only see Newark from its international airport, but New Jersey’s largest city is a fantastic destination of its own. Packed with national historical sites, popular parks and excellent cuisine from around the world, the city has more than enough to fill an itinerary.

One of Newark’s most popular attractions is Branch Brook Park. Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Manhattan’s Central Park, designed this urban oasis. See the beautiful park-side Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Visit the park in spring to see the blossoms of the United States’ most impressive collection of cherry trees. This 4,300-tree grove is home to Newark’s Cherry Blossom Festival each April.

Stop by Military Park in downtown Newark to explore one of the city’s most significant historic sites. General George Washington and his soldiers camped here while retreating from British forces during the American Revolution. The park also contains significant works of public art including Wars of America, a sculpture by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, and an 1898 cannon from the Spanish-American War.

More of Newark’s history is on display at the Newark Museum where exhibits include a preserved 1885 mansion, a large collection of Tibetan art and a planetarium.

For a fantastic Newark dining experience, explore the Ironbound district. The streets of this immigrant neighborhood are lined with restaurants serving authentic cuisine from around the world. While in the district, head to the banks of the Passaic River to take a stroll along Riverfront Park’s gleaming orange boardwalk.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center offers world-class entertainment. New Jersey Devils play hockey at Prudential Center and great events happen nightly. Just over the border you’ll find New York Red Bulls soccer at Red Bull Arena and New Jersey’s largest outlet shopping mall The Mills at Jersey Gardens where 18 million shoppers find bargains annually.

Newark’s international airport is one of the largest in the U.S., so the city is easy to reach. Tour the city for a few hours while on a long layover or spend a few days here on a trip from New York City, located 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) east.

Where to stay in Newark

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk
Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk
2.5 out of 5
100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Military Park. Prudential Center and Rutgers University ...
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Nice to have onsite parking"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
3.5 out of 5
128 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ
The price is $128 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Bull Arena, Prudential Center, and The Mills at Jersey Gardens. Military Park and New Jersey ...
3.6/5Good! (1,300 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
4 out of 5
Newark International Airport, 1 Hotel Road, Newark, NJ
Fully refundable
The price is $159 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Prudential Center, and Military Park. New Jersey Performing Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,836 reviews)
"All the Lines all moved quickly. Fist airport all the TSA employees were friendly and helpful. Airport was clean.."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Newark Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Newark Airport
2.5 out of 5
620 Route 1 and 9 South, Newark, NJ
The price is $114 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from Cape Liberty Cruise Port and 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from Statue of Liberty. One World Trade Center ...
4/5Very Good! (507 reviews)
"Room was lovely, but bathrrom door of 319 got stuck. Pool wasn't open for guests. Coffee was great. Very nice staff."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Newark Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rahway, NJ
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rahway, NJ
2.5 out of 5
667 East Milton Avenue, Rahway, NJ
The price is $133 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Union County Performing Arts Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rahway River Park and Wilson ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (762 reviews)
"Nice hotel in a great neighborhood. The pool was closed and we weren’t informed before booking. Expedia website does not give that information. Also the walls are thin. You could here people walking upstairs which was very surprising to us because I’ve never experienced that before. Also, we could ..."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Rahway, NJ
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Private Room With Bathroom Near Ewr/nyc Room 1
Elizabeth, NJ
Situated in Elizabeth, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from The Mills at Jersey Gardens and within 9 mi (15 km) of Prudential Center and Staten Island ...
Private Room With Bathroom Near Ewr/nyc Room 1
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Newark

It’s easy to get around Newark on public transit. If you’re coming from the airport, trains, buses and taxis will take you to downtown. Renting a car and driving yourself is a popular option, although maneuvering the famous New Jersey Turnpike can take some patience, and it can be difficult to find parking spaces downtown. Taxis are another option for distances in the center that are too long to walk. Visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website.Browse Newark rental cars.

Best time to visit

The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are great times to visit Newark. Winters can be very cold and summer stiflingly hot. If you’re looking to explore nearby New York City, these two seasons also see huge tourist crowds, although Newark itself is less busy. Visit during spring to see the cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park. In summer, catch movie screenings in Riverfront Park.

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