Things to do in Newark, NJ

Get Your Bearings in Newark

See & Do
Stay
Eat
Party
Shop

Things to See

The dominating attractions are the Prudential Center (which hosts local favorite New Jersey Devils' games) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (calendar always stacked with the best shows). The city has a great art presence with many galleries scattered throughout the city limits; Seton Hall's campus is also close by. Getting around to all of these is easy with Newark's extensive public transportation network. 

Caution:

You may come from an area that under-appreciates hockey. That doesn't happen in Newark, so if you are planning to go to a Devils' game, buy in advance.

Hot Tips:

History buffs will dig the Thomas Edison National Historical Park located just outside the city limits.

Where to Stay

When hearing "Newark" uttered, one tends to think "airport." The Newark airport area is home to many of the city's hotels and are good for quick stays if you are in town predominantly to fly out. Downtown Newark is where to stay if you plan on a longer trip. This section of town has plenty of hotels priced mid-range with great city views and access to local attractions (including Manhattan). 

Take It or Leave It:

Staying in Newark is a great alternative to staying in Manhattan if you don't want to deal with as much hustle and bustle on a daily basis.

Hot Tips:

The newest and most modern hotel in town is the "Hotel Indigo."

What to Eat

Newark has three "restaurant rows" in the area: the Prudential Center, Halsey Street and Ferry Street (Ironbound District). The many new and hip restaurants popping up around the Prudential Center are where to head pre-game or concert for a delicious meal and drink (and to avoid arena prices). The Ferry Street area has an abundance of Spanish and Portuguese food options. 

Caution:

Some areas can appear sketchy when the sun goes down. Stick to one of the three above to ensure safety.

Be Sure to Sample:

Some of the Ecuadorian food (try "Sabor Latino").

Places to Party

Newark has a solid nightlife scene, led by the establishments in the Ironbound district. Ferry Street (within the Ironbound District) is where to head for a wild assortment of bars and cocktail lounges, filled to the brim with the working class after hours. Bars around the Prudential Center tend to heat up for happy hours and post-game/concert celebrations. 

Caution:

In downtown Newark, crowds can thin after happy hour as it's predominantly a "commuter city." Around the Prudential Center and on Ferry Street, things stay popping regardless.

Take It or Leave It:

If you have time to take a Spanish dance lesson before your trip to Newark, it could play to your advantage inside some of these clubs.

Where to Shop

On Ferry Street, you will find plenty of boutiques and small artisan shops. There are no malls directly in the city, but using public transportation you can quickly get to Jersey Gardens (a two-story indoor outlet mall and largest outlet in New Jersey). Jersey City, six miles to the east, is a quickly modernizing locale which will have many of your upscale and luxury stores. 

Take It or Leave It:

If you are a big shopper, be prepared to head outside the city limits to get your fix. Jersey Gardens will blow your mind.

Hot Tips:

Do your Ferry Street shopping earlier in the day to avoid the lunch crowds and early happy hour attendees.