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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 which includes heritage architecture, outdoor art and a square or plaza

Downtown Newark

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Noted for its live music and theatres, 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

Top hotels in Newark

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown
TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown
3 out of 5
24 East Park Street, Newark, NJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$187 per night

Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is steps away from Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prudential Center and Red Bull Arena are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,020 reviews)

"It lacked proper vending machines you have to go out and get everything or bring it and there are no refrigerators"…"

Reviewed on 23 May 2020

TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Newark Airport, NJ
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Newark Airport, NJ
3 out of 5
100 International Blvd., Elizabeth, NJ
The price is NZ$164 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Prudential Center and Statue of Liberty. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,205 reviews)

"I really like this hotel cause it had a bar a restaurant and a grocery store inside very convenient and also very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Newark Airport, NJ
Extended Stay America Elizabeth - Newark Airport
Extended Stay America Elizabeth - Newark Airport
2.5 out of 5
45 International Blvd., Elizabeth, NJ
The price is NZ$135 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall and within 9 miles (15 km) of Prudential Center and Military Park. New ...

3.1/5 (1,541 reviews)

"It’s was a nice hotel and nice workers and close to airport"…"

Reviewed on 13 May 2020

Extended Stay America Elizabeth - Newark Airport

Popular places to visit in Newark

Prudential Center
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Prudential Center

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

Military Park
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Military Park

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

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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. 

Top activities in Newark

City Lights Skyline Experience
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City Lights Skyline Experience

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$338
Per adult
Private New York Helicopter Airport Transfer and Scenic Tour
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Private New York Helicopter Airport Transfer and Scenic Tour

NZ$3,604
Per adult
Jersey Garden Luxury Shuttle
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Jersey Garden Luxury Shuttle

NZ$91
Per adult
Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket
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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$68
Per adult
Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours
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Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$106
Per adult
The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass
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The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$212
Per adult

Reviews of Newark

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4 Nov. 2019

Newark is an amazing and up and coming place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Aug. 2019

Transport to New York can be costly if you need to travel there everyday - NJ Transit costs $5.30 per trip, PATH is $2.75 per trip but does not go to NY during weekends.

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