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NewarkUnited States of America

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

Downtown Newark showing heritage architecture, a square or plaza and outdoor art

Downtown Newark

3.5/5Good!(558 area reviews)

Noted for its live music and theaters, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Newark. Top attractions like Prudential Center and Military Park are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Military Park Station or Washington Street Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Newark
Newark showing a skyscraper, landscape views and a city

Central Business District

If you're spending time in Central Business District, check out sights like Prudential Center or Military Park and hop on the metro to see more the city at Military Park Station or Washington Street Station.

Central Business District
Branch Brook Park showing a park

Forest Hill

When in Forest Hill and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Branch Brook Park or Prudential Center and hop on the metro to see more the city at Davenport Avenue Station or Branch Brook Park Station.

Forest Hill
A friend took me to the perfect spot where the Statue of Liberty lines up exactly with the  Empire State Building.

Constable Hook

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While there might not be top attractions in Constable Hook, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Staten Island Children's Museum and Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Constable Hook
Branch Brook Park showing a park

Upper Roseville

When in Upper Roseville and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Branch Brook Park or Prudential Center and hop on the metro to see more the city at Davenport Avenue Station or Bloomfield Avenue Station.

Upper Roseville
Some of the most wonderful bakeries are in Ferry st Newark New Jersey.. Wonderful Portuguese pastry

North Ironbound

North Ironbound might not have many top sights, but Prudential Center and Red Bull Arena are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

North Ironbound

Top Hotels in Newark

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Newark Airport
Holiday Inn Newark Airport
3.5 out of 5
450 US Highway One and Nine South, Newark, NJ
The price is $87 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, Prudential Center, and Military Park. New Jersey Performing Arts ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,423 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable accommodations. Absolutely in close proximity to the airport. Check in and check out was a breeze. Very close to the best eateries that will deliver."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Holiday Inn Newark Airport
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 $101 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Bull Arena, Prudential Center, and Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall. Military Park and New Jersey ...

3.8/5Good! (1,116 reviews)

"The elevators in bad shape need maintenance as well the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk
Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk
2.5 out of 5
100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ
The price is $96 per night

Situated in Harrison, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Military Park. Prudential Center and Rutgers University ...

4.1/5Very Good! (955 reviews)

"The front desk staff is amazing. Jean and David are very courteous, professional and have such a great attitude ! Even tho we are going thru a pandemic and masks are required. You can really see Jean and David are smiling thru their eyes . Very easy and quick check in. The room was super clean and ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

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.

Popular places to visit in Newark

Prudential Center
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Prudential Center

4/5(183 reviews)

See everything from electrifying hockey games and huge musical concerts to monster truck rallies and children’s shows at The Rock.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center

5/5(9 reviews)

Come for a night at the theater and be dazzled by a Grammy Award-winning symphony orchestra, an international ballet company or a famous rock group. 

Military Park
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Military Park

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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

South Mountain Reservation
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South Mountain Reservation

2.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at South Mountain Reservation, a lovely green space in Newark. Make some time to visit the shops while you're in the area.

Newark Museum
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Newark Museum

5/5(3 reviews)

With extensive art collections, fascinating science exhibits and exciting interactive displays, you could easily spend the whole day in New Jersey’s largest museum. 

Newark City Hall
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Newark City Hall

Gaze up at the sparkly 24-carat gold dome that juts out from the roof of this stately and historic city hall.

Top things to do in Newark

The Big Apple Package
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The Big Apple Package

$200
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey

$10
Per adult
City Lights Skyline Experience
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City Lights Skyline Experience

$204
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private New York Helicopter Airport Transfer and Scenic Tour
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Private New York Helicopter Airport Transfer and Scenic Tour

$2,200
Per adult
Newark Scavenger Hunt: A Destination In Itself
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Newark Scavenger Hunt: A Destination In Itself

$20
Per adult
Private One-Way Transportation to Cruise - Port Of Cape Liberty
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Private One-Way Transportation to Cruise - Port Of Cape Liberty

$101
Per adult

Reviews of Newark

3.4

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
291
5 - Excellent 14.535464535464536%
4 - Good
655
4 - Good 32.717282717282714%
3 - Okay
772
3 - Okay 38.561438561438564%
2 - Disappointing
175
2 - Disappointing 8.741258741258742%
1 - Terrible
109
1 - Terrible 5.444555444555444%

4/5 - Good

Fernando

May 20, 2020

Best the airport and hotel suflee

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 13, 2020

The town was fine. I’m familiar with the area. A dunkin donuts and a Starbucks within walking distance. Broad street a short drive so I can purchase little odds and ends.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Apr 18, 2020

I don’t really love Newark as a city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

Hotel still having released my hold

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

I leave here and got a hotel here for the first time and I must admit I was shockingly satisfied

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Great city with a ton of food options. Downtown has changed alot, some for better some for worse (gentrification).. but downtown for the weekend is great for anyone to enjoy; still some small businesses around and its convenient to everything!

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