Guide to Newark
Newark may seem small compared to its gigantic neighbor, New York City, however this rapidly developing city has a lot to offer. Founded in 1663, this city blends together the old and new perfectly. Since the year of its founding, Newark has also been home to a blending of cultures and ideas that have made it a destination of choice!
Top Attractions in the City:
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One of the largest performing art centers in the United States, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is treat for all visitors. Here you?ll find a vast array of performances including but definitely not limited to live music, stand-up comedians, operas, soloists and much more. Each month is devoted to a multitude of performances that are perfect for all age groups. Be sure to check their website and definitely book ahead!
Turtle Back Zoo
A short drive from Newark will bring you to Turtle Back Zoo, nestled in the oldest park in America, the Essex County Park System. Here you?ll find an array of animals that will peak the interests of all age groups! This expansive park-around 20 acres- also hosts events at nights, so be sure to check them out!
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Designed in 1887, this park hosts both Thomas Edison?s laboratory and his mansion, Glenmont. Learn about the origins of sound recording by taking a tour of the lab! If you?re up to an adventure, propose your own experiment and carry it out to see the results as Edison once did. Unleash your inner mad scientist!
Other Sites to See:
Branch Brook Park
Eagle Rock Reservation
Places to Stay:
Ironbound: One of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Newark, Ironbound is considered to have wonderful food and nightlife. With heavy influences coming from the South American and European immigrant communities, there is no doubt you?ll have the perfect night out while staying in one of this area?s many hotels and Airbnbs.
Downtown: Downton Newark will offer an array of standard hotels that will be both comfortable and affordable. Alongside good accommodation, you?ll find amazing restaurants, cafes, and bars. Staying in Downtown will give you a chance to experience the heart and soul of Newark.
NJ Transit, the commuter rail, will bring you into and out of Newark. The bus and train systems are definitely the most convenient and affordable way of getting around the city. The bus operates on a zone basis so be sure to check what zones you?re traveling into and between. For example, a one-way ticket within Zone 1 costs $1.60.
Newark also has a light rail that will take you through the city and into the outskirts. Be sure to check the destination of your ticket, as prices depend on the destination.
Ironbound: Along with the many amazing restaurants, Taste of Portugal is a favorite of both tourists and locals alike, this area has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. Catch a game of soccer for an entertaining night out at any of the bars that line the streets.
Rio Lounge: If you?re in the mood for tapas and dancing, then this restaurant is perfect for you! Located on the trendy Market Street, this restaurant brings the flare of Brazil to Newark. Explore delicious food in small plates and drink fun cocktails as you dance the night away!
Performances: If you?re looking to catch a performance, whether it be musical, ballet, opera, or film, then the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will surely have something for you. Regardless of what time of year you visit Newark, you?re bound to find something you?ll love at this space!
Downtown: Alongside delicious restaurants and bars, Downtown has a lot to offer in terms of shopping. Discover high end boutiques, including high fashion brands for men. When you need a little break, head on to the T.M. Ward Coffee, a fourth-generation owned coffee shop.
Ironbound: Head to this area for gorgeous handmade crafts, including jewelry and homeware. Here you?ll also find an impressive selection of wines from Europe and South America.
The Mills at Jersey Gardens: This outlet mall is the largest in the state. Find great deals as well as shop at high end stores, including Prada and Dior.
Taking a Bus trip to Newark
Taking a bus trip to Newark has been found to be more beneficial, flexible, cheap, comfortable and safe than any other option. Ourbus is one of the Newark?s favorite bus services. There are so many benefits that come along with it too:
Bus tracking service
Free bottled water
Personal power outlets
Free internet (Wi-Fi)
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