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Things to Do in Newark

Here at Newark Airport Long Term Parking we’ve compiled an extensive list of things to do in Newark. Our city’s greatest attractions from bars & restaurants to museums & nightlife there’s something fun for everyone. We’re proud of our city so while you’re here be sure to check out these amazing locations and remember anytime you’re heading to Newark Airport to park with us at Newark Airport Long Term Parking!

Things to Do in Newark

Things to Do in Newark - Attractions

Attractions

  • Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

    The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the fifth-largest cathedral in North America. It took nearly 95 years to finish, from planning to the final build and today, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

  • Newark Public Library

    Located right outside of the University Heights neighborhood, the historic Newark Public Library opened in 1889 and now serves the entire Newark community, offering a variety of programs and events to locals and visitors.

  • Ironbound Neighborhood

    This historic neighborhood is a multi-ethnic community that was once considered the most industrial area of Newark. Today, it’s reminiscent of a European market town with a variety of restaurants, parks, and historical landmarks.


Things to Do in Newark - Bars & Restaurants

Bars & Restaurants

  • Manu’s Sushi Lounge

    Located on historic Ferry Street in the Ironbound neighborhood, Manu’s Sushi Lounge features a two-level dining room and blends a traditional Japanese menu with Mediterranean dishes and tapas for a unique experience.

  • Nico Kitchen & Bar

    This huge upscale restaurant is located in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is a popular spot after shows. It features high ceilings, a cozy ambiance, and an Italian menu with an American twist.

  • Fernandes Steak House

    Also located in the Ironbound neighborhood, Fernandes sits inside a former bank and features two levels of dining and an open kitchen. The menu is packed with meats galore and meals are served in large, family-style portions.


Things to Do in Newark - Museums

Museums

  • Newark Museum

    Known as New Jersey’s largest museum, the Newark Museum holds art collections from the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In addition, there are multiple science exhibits, a planetarium, and the restored Ballantine House.

  • The New Jersey Historical Society

    This fully-functioning historical society is also the home of a museum that features historic costumes, paintings, furniture, and more as well as a library that showcases rare books, photographs, maps, and prints.

  • Liberty Science Center

    Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum that features a variety of hands-on and interactive exhibits for all ages. It’s also known for housing the largest and most advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.


Things to Do in Newark - Music & Arts

Music & Arts

  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    Located in downtown Newark, the NJPAC is one of the largest in the U.S. It showcases artists from all over the world who excel in jazz, dance, classical, rock & pop, and more. It also offers a variety of arts education programs.

  • The Wellmont Theater

    Just outside of Newark, this theater opened in 1922 and over the years, has become a venue for live entertainment, movies, concerts, shows, and festivals. In 2008, it was fully renovated and was refurbished again in 2015.

  • Newark Symphony Hall

    Newark Symphony Hall is New Jersey’s oldest and largest showcase for the arts, education, and entertainment programming. It features a wide variety of events that span all ages, cultures, and interests.


Things to Do in Newark - Nightlife

Nightlife

  • Krug’s Tavern

    Krug’s Tavern is one of the oldest bars in Newark and is considered by many to be a dive bar. The tavern is known for its award-winning burger, sports-themed televisions, and overall laid-back atmosphere.

  • Hell’s Kitchen Lounge

    This lounge combines the looks of 1950s Las Vegas with the feel of a traditional pub. It features comforting food, a fun staff, and a slogan that reads “Damn Fine Food, Wicked Drinks, and a Hell of a Good Time.”

  • QXT’s Night Club

    QXT’s is an iconic place to find cutting-edge dance music until the wee hours of the morning. The alternative club also features open mic nights, karaoke, local performances, and even art shows and film festivals.


Things to Do in Newark - Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

  • Greater Newark Conservancy

    This non-profit organization offers a variety of programs, activities, and special events. It also features 10 themed gardens on 1.5 acres of land, where you can find birds, wildlife, butterflies, and more.

  • Riverfront Park

    Situated along the Passaic River, Riverfront Park features baseball diamonds, soccer fields, running tracks, picnic tables, and playgrounds. In the summer, there are free movies and boat tours on the river.

  • Boat Tours

    With the Statue of Liberty and New York City just over 10 miles away, there are a variety of boat and water tours that can give visitors a glimpse of the iconic statue and skyline as well as the history of the city.


Things to Do in Newark - Parks & Nature

Parks & Nature

  • Branch Brook Park

    Known for having the largest amount of cherry blossom trees in the world (next to Japan), this park is the place to be in spring. There are also pathways for walking and biking, playgrounds, tennis courts, and athletic fields.

  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    This park preserves the large laboratory and Glenmont, the estate of the famous Thomas Edison. Visitors can tour the laboratory and learn more about the American inventor who began his career in Newark.

  • Military Park

    A relaxing park that features a huge “Wars of America” monument by the famous Gutzon Borglum. It is also a great spot for locals and visitors to enjoy live music, movies, yoga, ping pong, Zumba, chess, and more.


Things to Do in Newark - Sights & Monuments

Sights & Monuments

  • Ferry Street

    Running through historic Ironbound, Ferry Street was once known as “Old Ferry Road” and was named for the ferry that used to travel between Newark and points east. Today it’s filled with restaurants, bars, shops, and more.

  • The Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty is a must-see for everyone and is easily accessible from Newark. Visitors can take a ferry trip to Liberty Island to climb up inside the iconic statue or simply take a boat tour around it to learn more about it.

  • 24 Commerce Street

    This historic 18-story office building is a newly renovated space in the heart of Newark’s business district. It features elegant marble, gold-plated fixtures, and a medieval-inspiring façade that is a feature of the Newark skyline.


Things to Do in Newark - Sports Arenas

Sports Arenas

  • Prudential Center

    Located in the business district, the Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is home to the New Jersey Devils (of the NHL) and the Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball team of Seton Hall University.

  • Red Bull Arena

    This stadium is the third-largest soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. It is home to the New York Red Bulls (of Major League Soccer) and is located on the waterfront across the Passaic River from Newark.

  • Meadowlands Sports Complex

    This complex located 10 miles outside of Newark consists of MetLife Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack, and the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here, you can catch a professional football game or a horse race.


Things to Do in Newark - Transportation Information

Transportation Information

  • NJ Transit

    This public transportation system serves New Jersey as well as portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Visitors can find trains, buses, and light rails that run frequently throughout the area.

  • Amtrak

    Amtrak is a national railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service throughout the U.S. There are currently 15 stations throughout New Jersey, including two in Newark.

  • Taxi Services

    There are a variety of taxi services throughout the city of Newark. Some of the most popular include: Black Crown Taxi, Gold Lincoln Taxi, Classic Taxi Transportation, and A2B Taxi.