You don't have to travel far to find a way to Newark. Catch a train on the North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor, or Raritan Valley Line to Newark Penn Station. Board a train bound for Newark Broad Street Station on the Montclair-Boonton Line or Morris & Essex Line. Hop on the Newark Light Rail or buses to see everything that Newark has to offer. Check Newark Happening for a calendar of events happening throughout the Brick City.
Catch a show from artists like Chance the Rapper or see a New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center. Grab a drink at Edison Alehouse or Redd's Biergarten. Get great barbeque from Dinosaur BBQ and lounge at Mulberry Commons. You can even grab a Reuben from vintage Newark staple Hobby's Delicatessen, and hotly debate whether it's better than New York's famous Katz's Delicatessen. Spoiler alert: it is.
Get there: 1/5/11/21/25/28/29/34/319/361/375 NJ TRANSIT Bus. NJ TRANSIT Train & Newark Light Rail, or PATH to Newark Penn Station.
On Center Street, you're a few steps away from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), one of Newark's premier music and performance venues. Performers have included Wendy Williams, John Kerry and Michael Ian Black and NJPAC also puts on free events. While waiting for a show, you can grab dinner at Nico + Bar located inside NJPAC or grab a drink at Kilkenny Ale House a few blocks away.
Come to Newark Museum and experience New Jersey's largest museum. With its vast collection, you can see art from the contemporary era, the ancient world, the Americas, Asia, and Africa all in one day.
Get there: Newark Light Rail to Washington Park Station, NJPAC/Center Street Station, or take the 11/28/29/39/59/65/66/72 NJ TRANSIT bus.
Welcome to Halsey Street, home to a range of unique Newark clothing stores. If the shopping wears you out, energize with a stop at Black Swan Espresso where they prepare all the classic espresso drinks, as well as Aeropress or Kalita on demand. If you still have a caffeine buzz, continue to Index Art Center or Gallery Affero to take in the art scene. Need a bite to eat? Stop at a quirky Newark favorite, Burgerwalla, for an Indian-inspired burger with a mango lassi.
Get there: Take the 11/28/29/65/66/72 NJ TRANSIT bus along Washington Street and walk one block to Halsey.
Newark's University Heights neighborhood is home to four major higher education institutions: Rutgers University - Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, and Essex County College. The four institutions enroll more than 35,000 students, and are key destinations for education, cultural events, and community activities. Be sure to visit the Weston Musem, a small museum at NJIT highlighting the work of Edward Weston, a contemporary of Thomas Edison in the early development of electricity.
Get there: University Heights is served by the Washington Park, Warren Street/NJIT, and Norfolk Street stations on the Newark Light Rail. Newark Broad Street station is nearby.
Cool off at the new Newark favorite Barcade. Sample some of their great beers and even greater collection of retro arcade games. Pro-tip: you can get a burger, side of fries and a beer for $15 any weekday between 11:30AM-4PM.
Get there: Newark Light Rail to Riverfront Stadium Station or take the 11/13/27/28/29/30/41/59/65/66/76378 NJ TRANSIT bus.
Branch Brook Park, America's oldest county park, contains the country's largest collection of cherry trees. You can enjoy them year-round, and you're in for a special spring treat when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom every spring. April is peak blossom viewing time at Newark's annual Bloomfest.
Get there: Branch Brook Park is big, and it's served by the Park Avenue, Bloomfield Avenue, Davenport Avenue, and Branch Brook Park stations on the Newark Light Rail.
One block away from Newark Broad Street Station is one of the best meat shops, Unity Sausage & Company, in Newark. If you just can't get enough, you can also go to Valley Provision in the Ironbound neighborhood and pick up some of the best bacon in Newark.
Get there: Newark Light Rail to Newark Broad Street from Newark Penn Station for Unity and then take the 30/72/76/78 NJ TRANSIT bus and transfer to the 62 for Valley.
Visit the beautifully renovated Hahne & Co. Building to explore the new Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Sweetwater Coffee & Tea or Newark Coolvines wine shop. Once the largest store in the entire state of New Jersey, the current Hahne & Co. Building blends art deco accents with modern touches to create a beautiful mixed-use experience. Nearby, you'll find world class chef Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant B&P for updated comfort fare in a relaxed setting with outdoor seating.
Get there: Newark Light Rail to Military Park or take the 11/13/27/28/29/30/39/41/59/65/66/66/76/78/378 NJ TRANSIT bus.
The Ironbound District in Newark has won acclaim for its delicious blend of authentic high-quality Brazilian, Spanish and Portuguese restaurants. Newark Penn Station is a five-minute walk from the action on Ferry Street. Not hungry yet? Swing by Mompou to sit out on the patio and drink a glass of their famous sangria. Looking to work up a sweat before a night on the town? Stop at Riverfront Park for yoga, Zumba, kickball or even capoeira right along the Passaic River.
Get there: 1/25/34/40 NJ TRANSIT bus, train & Newark Light Rail, or PATH to Newark Penn Station.