Six Can’t-Miss Attractions You Shouldn’t Pass Up On a Newark, NJ, Vacation

Old vintage Newark New Jersey Sign

Newark, New Jersey, is a budget vacationer’s best friend. Less than 10 miles from Manhattan, travelers can find some attractive, affordable hotels in Newark for substantially less than the price for comparable accommodations in New York City. Newark doesn’t deserve a one-night stand from any traveler, and it boasts some unique attractions to prove its point.  

Second Reformed Dutch Church

Through Hipmunk, vacationers can easily find hotels near the Second Reformed Dutch Church that not only provide easy access to Newark Penn Station, PATH, and Newark Light Rail, but also offer opportunities to see an awe-inspiring church that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it’s home to the Portuguese Assembly of God congregation Igreja Assembleia de deus.

Newark Museum

Don’t leave the city until you’ve visited the Newark Museum. Less than a mile from the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel, you can get lost for hours in its 80 galleries with exhibits focusing on stunning American, Asian, and African art and natural sciences collections.

Military Park

This 6-acre Newark park, less than a mile from the Courtyard Newark Downtown, always has something to see and do inside it, from concerts and outdoor movies to yoga and tai chi. Take time to study the famous “Wars of America” monument created by the famous Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

Shaq Attack: CityPlex 12

Prepare yourself for a Newark entertainment complex Shaq-style. Co-owner and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal’s CityPlex 12 definitely shouldn’t be missed. This behemoth of a theater, a mile from the Hilton Newark Penn Station hotel, treats audiences to all-digital presentations of latest movie releases. In a nod to Shaq himself, the theater boasts the SHAQ-DX “bigger-than-life Digital X-perience” complete with high-back leather rocker seats and a gigantic 47-foot-wide screen. Plus, it offers one sweet savings deal: All seats are just $6.50 on Tuesdays.

Glassroots Studio

At Glassroots Studio, it’s flame on! The artisans working here transform molten matter into stunning works of art through flame working, glass blowing, fusing, and slumping glass. The on-site gallery is a great place to find special gifts all handcrafted by the studio’s teachers and art students.

Ironbound District Nightlife

Native Newarkers know where to go at sundown: the Ironbound district. A fusion of Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian influences permeates the area’s arts and culture. Bring your appetite and your wicked dance moves, because you’re going to need them here. Feast on chorizo and broa (Portuguese cornbread), then shake it up with some Latin rhythms at Adega Lounge.

You’ve Been There And Done All That …

What next? Hop on the PATH subway or NJ TRANSIT trains and take in the New York City sights. Or head to Elizabeth, New Jersey, and shop more than 200 stores at The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens.

Been to Newark lately and know of another can’t-miss attraction not included here? Add your idea below, then go to the Newark hotel info page on Hipmunk to get insider tips about navigating the Newark hotel scene.

Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.