City Guide: 10 Best Places to Visit in Newark

May 20, 2019 0 0

The Garden State boasts beautiful beaches and the infamous Jersey Shore, but there’s much more to enjoy than meets the eye here — just read our list of the 10 best places to visit in Newark, NJ to learn more. Case in point: The city boasts amazing museums, impressive restaurants, top music venues, and popular sports teams. Looking to get started on trip planning? Here are 10 of the best places to visit in Newark, NJ and things to see when exploring the town. 

Name

Location

Description

Prudential Center

25 Lafayette St

Opened in 2007, the Prudential Center holds more than 17,000 people for hockey games and around 18,000 for basketball games. The Center is the home of the New Jersey Devils as well as the NCAA’s Seton Hall Pirates. Visitors can also visit the Grammy Museum inside the venue for just $7 per person. Inside the museum, explore the New Jersey Legends exhibit, featuring iconic artists from the Garden State.

Manu Sushi Lounge

90 Ferry St

Manu Sushi is located in a historical building in the Ironbound area of Newark. The dining experience is one-of-a-kind with dishes like sake drunk’n Portuguese chorizo or Manu’s Primavera served with a medley of seafood and veggies in a sundried tomato and vegetable sauce over Asian rice. Desserts range from tiramisu to mocha ice cream and banana tempura with vanilla ice cream. Dine al fresco outside on their sidewalk tables during nice weather.

Branch Brook Park

Lake St and Park Ave

One of the most interesting and best places to visit in Newark, NJ, Brook Branch Park is the first county park in the US, established in 1895 by the Essex County Parks Commission. A total of 360 acres, the park allows visitors stroll and admire the beautiful cherry blossom trees. With more than 4,300 cherry blossoms, the park turns pink in the month of April with the Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to the trees, there are beautiful lakes, bridges, and sculptures.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

1020 Broad St

Founded in 1922, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs at six venues in the state, including Princeton University, Englewood’s Bergen Performing Arts Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The orchestra has more than 100 musicians and three musical conductors who take part in summer concerts festivals around the state.

Riverfront Park

1-3 Brill St

The Riverfront Park connects the Ironbound area with the romantic riverfront. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy the beautiful views of the city skyline. Since the park is supported by the Trust for Public Land, its mission is to connect visitors with the river and to promote physical health and environmental awareness, and hosts activities like yoga, meditation, Zumba, and much more.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge St

The Basilica of Sacred Heart structure is the fifth largest Roman Catholic church in North America, dating back to 1899. The style is French Gothic Revival and it is noted for its one-of-a-kind stained glass windows. From the moment you walk into the space you will notice the 37-foot Rose Window — hands down one of the most breathtaking visual displays in the cathedral.

Nasto’s

236 Jefferson St

Nasto’s Old World Desserts is a Newark staple. In 1939, owner Frank Nasto started selling homemade Italian ices and ice cream on the corner of Jefferson Street in the historic Ironbound Section of the city. Nasto’s recipes are original from Nocera, Italy with only the freshest ingredients used. Local favorites include Tortoni, Spumoni, Tiramisu, Tartufo and Reginetta. The storefront also offers a variety of gourmet cakes, sorbets and gelatos. The ice cream shop ships all of their sweets nationwide.

Military Park

51 Park Pl

Visit Military Park in downtown Newark for a history-filled afternoon, with military monuments of President Kennedy and sculptors of battle scenes from from World War I. The park also has a restaurant, an outdoor bar, and a great lawn where visitors can play kickball, Frisbee and other outdoor activities. The park also has a carousel, a concert stage, and a large screen for movies on the lawn during warmer months.

South Mountain Reservation

W South Orange Ave

This reservation is 2,110 acres of nature with hiking trails, a dog park, and outdoor entertainment. Discover the 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, and view the tiny “fairy houses” entirely crafted from natural materials to not disrupt the natural land. Events at the reservation include Ales ‘N Trails, an evening of local and seasonal brews, wine, spirits, food and a live band to benefit the Essex County Parks Foundations.

Newark Museum

49 Washington St

The Newark Museum is one of the largest museums in the state, housing a collection of global art and natural science exhibits. Experience the Tibetan galleries, one of the best in the world showcasing a sacred Buddhist altar consecrated by the Dalai Lama, or stroll through the Victoria Hall of Science displaying more than 70,000 specimens. The museum also houses a planetarium for guests to visit in additional to the fascinating works.

Cheat Sheet

There’s a lot of nature and culture in to be found at the best places to visit in Newark, NJ and top things to do in New Jersey. See what the city has to offer:

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Meg Parisi

Meghan Parisi is an accomplished freelance writer and the managing editor for a luxury design publication that covers homes in New York City, the Hamptons, San Francisco and Connecticut. Meghan enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants and cities as often as possible. She is an avid cook and enjoys sharing her recipes on her blog: Whiskey + Aprons.

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