Newark's Best Attractions & Activities (Besides The Airport)

Quick: name something (or someone) famous that came out of New Jersey. If you mentioned the Jersey Shore, the place, as opposed to Jersey Shore, the TV show, you are one step ahead of many. By the way, Jersey is the reason Frank Sinatra existed. If that isn't reason to go and pay tribute, we don't know what is.

Newark, New Jersey is an experience unlike any other. Where else are you prohibited from pumping your own gas (well, Oregon, but we digress)? Where else can you eat a Jersey breakfast (Taylor ham, egg and cheese)? Newark is truly a diamond in the rough. 

You can go to the world-class New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (or NJPAC) for everything from dance performances to reality shows (America's Got Talent has been filmed here). Newark is also home to the fifth-largest cathedral in North America. The imposing Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an imposing French Gothic Revival cathedral. During Christmas, hundreds of candles are lit on the inside, reflecting off of the stain glassed windows. It is a sight to behold as much today as it was in 1954 when construction completed.

Any of these attractions and activities in Newark will make you see the true heart and soul of New Jersey.



"The only thing that you absolutely have to know," said Albert Einstein, "is the location of the library." Although the physical locations of books may be less popular with the invention of tablets, libraries still hold clout and intrigue as...  Read More



The New Jersey Historical Society and Museum is aptly named. Housed in the former headquarters of the Essex club, it was founded in 1845 by intellectual and business leaders of New Jersey. Although it was originally in Trenton it only took one...  Read More



Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, is different from most of the art galleries you have probably been to, in that the walls are hung with artists who are not yet famous. Aljira as a word comes from the Australian Aboriginal word for...  Read More



Glassroots declares that they can forge lives through fire and glass. Lest you scoff, this nonprofit New Jersey initiative is ready to prove you wrong. It is a youth-serving glass studio that welcomes students who don't do as well in traditional...  Read More



Located in Newark's Downtown Arts District, this huge multifaceted museum features 80 galleries of art and natural science exhibits. The extensive collection includes Native American, Asian, and African arts and artifacts, as well as the largest...  Read More



This downtown park seems to be the hub of activity in Newark, particularly on a blue-skied day. A dramatic revitalization took this once decaying space and pepped it up with a new restaurant, beautiful gardens and farmer's markets. A weekly...  Read More

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart


If you haven't had the opportunity to view European architecture first thing, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark comes pretty darn close. From the moment you walk into the sanctuary, you notice the Rose Window, which is 37 feet in...  Read More



This multi-purpose indoor arena has only been open since 2007, but has quickly made great strides. Home to the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball, it can hold up to 18,711 rowdy fans. It has been nicknamed...  Read More



Designed by the Olmstead brothers firm in 1900, this park encompasses 360 acres and is about four miles long. Wandering paths, a lake, and winding streams feature predominantly, but perhaps the crowning glory of Branch Brook Park is its cherry...  Read More



This ultra-modern art center houses the 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and the 500-seat Victoria Theater. It plays host to an array of annual cultural events and arts programming, including concerts by the esteemed New Jersey Symphony, the Vienna...  Read More


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