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The largest city in New Jersey, Newark is a popular place for NYC commuters due to its proximity to New York - it’s just 8 miles away! This historic college town is famous for being home to the nation’s oldest airfield and the oldest county park. Newark has a strong arts and culture scene too, with world-class artists performing in the city. Visitors can also enjoy The Mills at Jersey Gardens, New Jersey's largest premium outlet mall.
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Guide to Newark
Newark is situated on the west bank of the Passaic River on Newark Bay, a mere 8 miles (13 km) west of lower Manhattan Island in New York City.
The summers (May-Sep) are quite warm and humid in Newark, so the best time to visit is from late August-September when peak temperatures have cooled down a little. The winters (Dec-Feb) are cold and wet - often snowy. Newark receives a lot of rain and cloudy skies throughout the year. Temperatures typically range from 26°F to 86°F.
Things to do in Newark
Enjoy the art at Newark Museum
The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey and is home to 80 galleries of engaging collections including American, Asian, African and Classical works. A highlight of the museum grounds is the Victorian Ballantine House which is a National Historic Landmark. There is also a planetarium and hands-on science labs to discover, suitable for all the family.
Take a stroll along the waterfront
Wander along the 15 acre Riverfront Park, which boasts a walking and biking trail, sports fields and courts, a floating boat dock, a riverfront boardwalk and playgrounds. You can even take an informational boat tour to explore the Newark Riverfront. In summer time, there’s fun events for all ages on the Riverfront, from live music and movie screenings to yoga, kayaking, dance and chess.
See the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the USA
Branch Brook Park has more than 5,300 cherry trees, which is even more cherry trees than Washington D.C! Known as the nation’s oldest county park, Branch Brook Park has lots to offer for a day out in nature. Plan your trip to Newark to coincide with cherry blossom season (April). This is when the annual Bloomfest takes place, with festival activities that include Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a craft market, food, and more.
Eating out in Newark
Newark has a diverse and exciting food scene, with everything from kosher eats to celebrity chef restaurants. Be sure to make a beeline for the Ironbound district, which is Newark’s culinary heart for Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian cuisine. Nasto's Old World Desserts is famous for its old school desserts and ice cream, while seafood lovers should stop by Seabra Marisquieria for oysters, lobster and clams. Newark also has a strong soul food scene; Soul Food Chess House is a local favorite.
Airports in Newark
Newark International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, since it serves both Newark, NJ and the New York City area. It’s just 6 minutes away from the city itself.
Public transportation in Newark includes NJ TRANSIT trains and busses, subway (PATH), Light Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound, and Bolt Bus.