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Newark
Travel Guide

Downtown Newark which includes outdoor art, a square or plaza and a city

New Jersey’s largest metropolis features a stunning grove of cherry trees, a park where George Washington and his soldiers camped and one of the biggest airports in the country.

Many people only see Newark from its international airport, but New Jersey’s largest city is a fantastic destination of its own. Packed with national historical sites, popular parks and excellent cuisine from around the world, the city has more than enough to fill an itinerary.

One of Newark’s most popular attractions is Branch Brook Park. Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Manhattan’s Central Park, designed this urban oasis. See the beautiful park-side Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Visit the park in spring to see the blossoms of the United States’ most impressive collection of cherry trees. This 4,300-tree grove is home to Newark’s Cherry Blossom Festival each April.

Stop by Military Park in downtown Newark to explore one of the city’s most significant historic sites. General George Washington and his soldiers camped here while retreating from British forces during the American Revolution. The park also contains significant works of public art including Wars of America, a sculpture by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, and an 1898 cannon from the Spanish-American War.

More of Newark’s history is on display at the Newark Museum where exhibits include a preserved 1885 mansion, a large collection of Tibetan art and a planetarium.

For a fantastic Newark dining experience, explore the Ironbound district. The streets of this immigrant neighborhood are lined with restaurants serving authentic cuisine from around the world. While in the district, head to the banks of the Passaic River to take a stroll along Riverfront Park’s gleaming orange boardwalk.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center offers world-class entertainment. New Jersey Devils play hockey at Prudential Center and great events happen nightly. Just over the border you’ll find New York Red Bulls soccer at Red Bull Arena and New Jersey’s largest outlet shopping mall The Mills at Jersey Gardens where 18 million shoppers find bargains annually.

Newark’s international airport is one of the largest in the U.S., so the city is easy to reach. Tour the city for a few hours while on a long layover or spend a few days here on a trip from New York City, located 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) east.

Where to stay in Newark

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
3.5 out of 5
128 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €84 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Red Bull Arena, Prudential Center and The Mills at Jersey Gardens. Military Park and New Jersey ...

3.7/5Good! (1,160 reviews)

"last minute availability."…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
4 out of 5
Newark International Airport, 1 Hotel Road, Newark, NJ
The price is €95 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Prudential Center and Military Park. New Jersey Performing Arts ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,766 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Wish the bar was open later than 10pm for a Saturday night- I don’t know their covid restrictions though."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Hilton Newark Airport
Hilton Newark Airport
3.5 out of 5
1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ
The price is €94 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

Located in the heart of Elizabeth, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Prudential Center and Military Park. New Jersey Performing ...

4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"I stayed overnight for a flight. The hotel provided good service and value"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Hilton Newark Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
2 Bedrooms Gr8 for Groups Sleeps 8
2 Bedrooms Gr8 for Groups Sleeps 8
564 Trinity Pl, Roselle, NJ

Situated in the suburbs, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Wilson Park, Unami Park and Rahway River Park. Hyatt Hills Golf Course and Galloping Hill ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Recent Roselle stay.

"The property was what we needed for our recent stay in New Jersey. The beds were comfortable with clean sheets and plenty of towels. Karen was most accommodating when we needed an additional hour before check out. This VRBO was different than others I have used, as it seemed more of a residence than ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

2 Bedrooms Gr8 for Groups Sleeps 8
The Place Next to Home w/ Balcony Access + More!
The Place Next to Home w/ Balcony Access + More!
476 S 13th St, 3, Newark, NJ

Situated in Newark, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Prudential Center, Rutgers University Newark and Military Park. New Jersey Performing Arts ...

The Place Next to Home w/ Balcony Access + More!
NYC NJ Romantic And Cozy Hideaway
NYC NJ Romantic And Cozy Hideaway
3 out of 5
111 Murray St, Elizabeth, NJ

Situated in Elizabeth, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Kean University and within 9 miles (15 km) of The Mills at Jersey Gardens and Prudential ...

NYC NJ Romantic And Cozy Hideaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Newark

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

Beautiful indeed

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Nov 2019

it's just a place to get to somewhere else

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Aug 2019

Apologies but didn't spend time in Newark. This was just a passing stay until we picked up car and headed on our tour.

1/5 - Terrible

Stella

21 Aug 2019

Seems like a dead end area! The hotel was in the middle of nowhere with nothing interesting to do or see.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

30 May 2019

Was only there for late arrival at airport and left by Amtrak next morning. Pretty stupid that with the station rignt next to tbe carpark I had to get a bus back to the airport to get to the station. Wouldn't have stayed there if I had known.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 May 2019

Great hotel for visiting Jersey Gardens shopping malll and for Newark airport