Newark, NJ

Travel Guide
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 Gardenswhere 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

Hotel Executive Suites
Hotel Executive Suites
3.5 out of 5
30 Minue Street, Carteret, NJ, 07008
The price is $84 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Carteret. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"It would be so convenient to have available the restaurant / bar ( "AS IT WAS INDICATED " on Expédia)"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hotel Executive Suites
Hampton Inn Newark Airport
Hampton Inn Newark Airport
3.5 out of 5
450 US Highway One and Nine South, Newark, NJ, 07114
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $133 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Newark. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,015 reviews)
"Awesome location. 8 mins feom the airport and easy on and off highway."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Hampton Inn Newark Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
4 out of 5
128 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ, 07114
The price is $155 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newark. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.3/5 (1,476 reviews)
"The bathroom was really small"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
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.
COZY APARTMENT NEAR UMDJ/ NJIT/NYC/ EWR
COZY APARTMENT NEAR UMDJ/ NJIT/NYC/ EWR
Newark, NJ
Stay at this apartment in Newark. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Great stay! If you’re just looking for a place to crash every night. You can’t go wrong with this spot!"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

COZY APARTMENT NEAR UMDJ/ NJIT/NYC/ EWR
Nice private Basement bedroom
Nice private Basement bedroom
Newark, NJ
Stay at this business-friendly vacation home in Newark. Enjoy WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Late July 2022 stay for 4 nights.
"The property is a nice older home located in Newark, NJ. My host greeted me the evening that I checked-in and let me know the information I needed in order to access the residence and the room where I would be staying. Mr. Simms was cordial, polite and a delight to talk to regarding the property. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Nice private Basement bedroom
Luxury 1BR 30 Mins to Manhattan Evonify
Luxury 1BR 30 Mins to Manhattan Evonify
3.5 out of 5
Elizabeth, NJ
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Prudential Center and The Mills at Jersey Gardens ...
Luxury 1BR 30 Mins to Manhattan Evonify
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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