15 Best Things to Do in Newark (NJ)

Joined at the hip by subways and bridges, light rail and roads to the massive metro area of New York City across the Hudson to the west, Newark might look small next to its near neighbour but it’s still the largest city in the entire of the Garden State.

That means travelers who make their way here across state borders are in for a medley of history going back to 1666 (this is actually one of the oldest cities in the US to boot!), unique art, heritage and cuisine, all infused and powered by a multicultural mix of Jewish, Creole, African-American, Italian, Irish and a whole load more influences besides.

In this list, we flit between the blossoming parks of cherry trees on the edge of the city, along the riverfront walkways with views of Jersey City in the west, back to the downtown theatres and art centers, and into some of the enticing little eateries and jazz bars that pepper the inner districts of Newark itself. Here’s the best things to do in Newark, Enjoy!

1. See a show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center

For almost 20 years the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has reigned as one of the largest and most prolific performing arts centers in the entire United States.

With a mission to showcase a diverse range of live entertainments and performances both home-grown and from abroad, the institution hosts everything from stand-up comedians to jazz jam sessions to R&B gigs to classical ensembles, drawing whopping great crowds from both New York and the larger Garden State.

The spot also has regular festivals, like Newark’s only major jazz fest – the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival in November – and the Sounds of the City: a not-for-profit event that sprawls onto Theater Square during the summer.


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15 Best Things to Do in Newark (NJ):

Riverfront Park

  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center: flickr
  • Branch Brook Park: flickr
  • Newark Museum: flickr
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart: flickr
  • Riverfront Park, Newark: tumblr
  • Ironbound Neighbourhood: flickr
  • cwow newark: newarkusa
  • The Priory, Newark: flickr
  • Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant: hobbysdeli
  • Statue in Military Park: flickr
  • Jewish Museum of New Jersey: wikipedia
  • Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant: patch
  • Kilkenny Ale House: yelp
  • The New Jersey Devils at the Rock: flickr
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park: flickr