The third oldest of the major U.S. cities, Newark is a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
The heart of New Jersey, Newark is the state’s largest metropolis. Vibrating with talent, culture and a scene throbbing with the performing arts and sports venues, Newark has a multitude of options to entertain visitors.
Although often overlooked due to its close proximity to New York City
, Newark is the third oldest of the major U.S. cities. It is only 13 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan
so New York visitors can easily have access.
Many take the train to Newark’s Penn Station and walk east towards the cafes, bakeries, coffee shops, family eateries and Zagat-rated restaurants.
As the largest city in New Jersey, Newark has an expanding business environment entwined with a great mix of culture, arts and shopping. The city is currently undergoing a revival process by promoting its own attractions namely large parks art galleries and other significant buildings.
Many of the highlights are within walking distance of each other in the downtown area. The NJ Performing Arts Center is a striking performance venue that hosts several national and international acts throughout its calendar months.
The Prudential Center, a new arena that was built for the NHL’s Stanley Cup champion NJ Devils also hosts plenty of concerts and other special events.
The Newark Museum houses a spectacular planetarium, a restored Ballantine Victorian mansion, natural history displays and an extensive collection of fine art paintings and sculptures.
The downtown area has kept much of its turn of the century architecture as seen in buildings such as the Eleven80 apartments. One other architectural gem is the gothic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Be sure to spend some time exploring the Ironbound Distric
t which is renowned for its Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish cuisine.