Newark, New Jersey - A Visitors Guide
Newark is a Revitalized City with World Class Attractions and Entertainment
In the shadows of New York City, Newark is just five miles and a seventeen minute train ride away to New York City's major attractions. It has plenty to offer visitors, or the New York City tourist who chooses to visit or stay nearby at less expensive restaurants and hotels.
Newark is a popular destination for a day trip, or weekend getaway, or even for the budget conscious tourist looking for a place to stay when combining a visit to NYC with Newark.
Situated on the south branch of the Raritan River, Clinton's historic Red Mill, is widely popular with photographers and visitors and is rich with circa 1880 history having 6 historic districts and 72 state registered historic places, historical museums, and wildlife trails.
Newark also stands on its own as a city that can be safely walked around the downtown center with easy access to hotels, major entertainment venues, restaurants, churches, museums, parking, and public transportation.
Newark is also home to one of the nations largest International Airports - Liberty International Airport.
Newark has an excellent public transportation system and plenty of safe, affordable downtown parking. The hub of rail transportation is the restored Penn Station, an art deco landmark, used by over 70,000 commuters per day.
Newark has a good Subway system. The system is a subway-surface light rail line which runs underground downtown and above-ground in outlying areas. The line is 5.3 miles long and runs between Newark Penn Station and Grove Street in Bloomfield.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Things to See and Do
Branch Brook Park
The second largest Cherry Blossom display in the United States with the National Cherry Blossom display in Washington, DC being the largest and usually occurs about two weeks earlier. This blossoms peak in the second and third weeks of April. There are over 3,000 cherry trees. The blossoms can be best enjoyed by a casual walk or picnic in the park. This is a week long festival with many events including a 10K race, trolley bus tours, and family Day with Japanese cultural activities, including demonstrations on origami, bonsai, ikebana, and martial arts
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The fifth largest cathedral in North America. The French Gothic structure took more than fifty years to build and earned Basilica status from Pope John Paul in 1955. Located near Branch Brook Park on Ridge Street, the architecture closely resembles two of the world's great cathedrals at Cathedral Notre Dame at Chartres in France and the Cathedral of Rheims in Germany.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Houses two venues that attract the world's best performers in Prudential Hall, one of the world's great concert halls, and the Victoria Theater. It is also home to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
The Newark Museum
New Jersey's largest museum provides experiences in the arts and natural sciences. In operation since 1909, it includes an 1885 brick-and-limestone restored mansion, the Dreyfuss Planetarium, and a zoo with more than 100 animals. Take an inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical. Take a walk through the beautiful sculpture garden, visit the museum shops and enjoy a delicious lunch or snack at the cafe.
The Prudential Center
This18,000 seat arena is one of the finest in the country and home to the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey team and other college basketball, indoor soccer, concerts, family shows and special events.
The Ironbound Neighborhood
Ironbound is a Portuguese neighborhood with Ferry Street, being its commercial hub, is noted for it's moderately priced Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian restaurants. In the mood for an ethnic lunch or snack? Try one of Ironbound's cafes and bakeries. Enjoy a sandwich or some pastry and a cup of dark South American coffee. With the revitalization of Newark, new restaurants are beginning to emerge that offer the diner a variety of different dining choices.
Courtyard Marriott Newark Downtown
Places to Stay
One of Newark's newest hotels --- opened in 2012, is located in the heart of Newark. The hotel is steps from Newark City Hall, Prudential Center and public transportation to NYC. Also nearby are Grace Church and Gallery Aferro. Amenities include wi-fi, self parking, fitness center, business center, on-site restaurant.
A contemporary, upscale boutique hotel with convenient access to the businesses, restaurants, shops and popular destinations that include the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center "NJPAC".
Hilton Newark Penn Station
The hotel is located in the heart of the downtown business district in the prestigious Gateway Center. The Hilton hotel is directly connected to Penn Station and the Gateway Center, which makes it very convenient for travelers to reach it via Amtrak, New Jersey Transit or PATH.
Robert Treat Hotel
The contemporary and elegant Robert Treat Hotel is located in the heart of the downtown district with views of New York and the city skyline.
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Located on the grounds of Newark Liberty International Airport with free shuttle service to all EWR terminals. Elegant hotel rooms boast modern design and soundproof windows Keep energized with the exciting shopping and cultural attractions nearby including Newark Museum and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Relax at their on-site restaurant or the indoor and outdoor pools.