Cherry blossom trees at Branch Brook Park, which has the largest collection of Japanese cherry blossom trees

Things to do in  Newark

Not just for layovers

Many visitors experience Newark, New Jersey, exclusively as a travel hub: It’s 8 short miles (13 kilometers) from Manhattan, and many NYC tourists reach the Big Apple by way of Newark’s international airport. But those who are just passing through are missing out on what makes New Jersey’s biggest city a cultural hub in its own right. From the Newark Museum of Art and New Jersey Performing Arts Center to celebrity-chef-run brunch spots, Portuguese community restaurants, and pretty public gardens, there are many things to do in Newark. Truly, it’s so much more than New York’s next-door neighbor.

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Medieval Times

Medieval Times

Few dinner shows compare to Medieval Times. The long-running attraction combines an 11th-century feast with an exciting family-friendly performance, complete with jousting and sword fights. Perfect for travelers looking for a not-so-typical night out, Medieval Times is a mix of fairy tale and spectacle.More

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester

Dedicated to everyone’s favorite Danish building block, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester is open to children 17 and younger, and their adult guardians. The center has a variety of themed rides and activities, and gives you the chance to pedal through the sky in Merlin's Apprentice; meet Lego characters in the 4K theater; and peek at pint-sized replicas of New York City landmarks in MINILAND.More

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All about Newark

When to visit

Spring is when Newark really shines. Branch Brook Park—designed by the Olmsted brothers, whose father famously developed New York’s Central Park—is home to the country’s largest collection of cherry trees (take that, DC). Visit in April, when the Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom. Summer is also a good time to flit among the boutiques of Halsey Street, enjoy warm-weather Brazilian and Portuguese fare in the Ironbound district, and scope the street art at the “Newark Allery.”

Getting around

Newark Liberty International Airport is Newark’s major hub, putting the city on the map for scores of international travelers. Nearby is Newark Penn Station (not to be confused with Manhattan’s Penn Station), which is served by Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train lines. The city is also served by NJ Transit buses, while taxis and ride-hailing services make it easy to get around town.

Traveler tips

Celebrity chef Marcus Samulesson is famous for his celebrated Manhattan restaurants (like Red Rooster Harlem and Aquavit), cookbooks and TV appearances, and for winning multiple James Beard Awards—and now, he’s also a Newark restaurateur. Head to his restaurant Marcus B&P, located in the city’s historic Hahne & Company building, for a gourmet brunch, dinner, or cocktail out.

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Is Newark, NJ worth visiting?

Yes, Newark is absolutely worth visiting. The largest and most dynamic city in New Jersey, it boasts enviable public parks, lively shopping districts, diverse neighborhoods, and celebrity-chef-run restaurants. And its cultural destinations, from the Newark Museum of Art to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, regularly draw visitors from nearby Manhattan.

What is Newark, NJ famous for?

Newark is New Jersey’s largest city (and one of the oldest cities in the country), and is famous as home of Newark Liberty International Airport—one of the three main airports that NYC travelers arrive at. It additionally boasts the largest collection of cherry trees in the country.

What can you do with a long layover in Newark?

If you have a long layover in Newark, head into the city to visit a museum—the New Jersey Historical Society is perfect for history buffs, and the Newark Museum of Art is New Jersey’s largest art museum. Then, enjoy a Portuguese meal in the Ironbound district before returning to the airport.

How do I get from Newark Airport to the city?

The easiest way to get from Newark Liberty International Airport to downtown Newark is to take a NJ Transit train to Newark Penn Station. Taxis and rideshare services, as well as the 62 bus, also make it easy to get from the airport to central Newark.

What is the nicest part of Newark, NJ?

Some of the most popular parts of Newark include the Ironbound neighborhood (famous for its wealth of Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish restaurants), Downtown Newark (where many of the city’s museums and cultural attractions are found), and Forest Hill (a peaceful neighborhood located adjacent to the cherry trees of Branch Brook Park).

Is Newark a walkable city?

Yes, Newark is quite a walkable city, particularly in the center. Downtown—home to the Newark Museum of Art and the shops and restaurants of Halsey Street—rewards strollers, while the North Ironbound district is great to walk around. Don’t forget to plan a peaceful excursion in Branch Brook Park.

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