Child Newark Highlights

Newark Highlights

Newark is New Jersey's largest city, with a population of approx. 275,000 and is also the third oldest city in the United States with more than 330 years of history, surpassed by only New York and Boston. Newark is located 13 miles Southwest of Midtown Manhattan. Newark International Airport (NJ Turnpike Interchanges 13A & 14) is the closest airport to Manhattan and is also among the nation's busiest. Newark today is experiencing a renaissance and is again asserting its position as a dynamic city with a bright future ahead. New development is popping up throughout the downtown area, with Newark being the Gateway to New Jersey - the financial, commercial, transportation, and cultural nucleus of the Garden State. It offers a rich variety of quality entertainment, dining, culture, and sports, along with the following highlights:

The Newark Museum

Organized in 1909, The Newark Museum on Washington Street is the largest museum in New Jersey. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. In addition to its extensive art collections, The Newark Museum also includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall of Science which highlights some of the museum's 70,000 specimens. The Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, located behind the museum, is the setting for community programs, concerts and performances.

Branch Brook Park

Branch Brook Park is home to one of the world's largest displays of Cherry Blossoms each year. At 360 acres, Branch Brook Park is the largest public park in the city of Newark. The park is noted for having over 4,000 cherry blossom trees in more than fourteen different varieties. At its height each April, the spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people a day.

NJ Performing Arts Center


The NJ Performing Arts Center is the city's largest cultural center and houses two beautiful theaters: the 2,750-seat Great Hall and the 500-seat Victoria Theatre. Each boasting the best in national and international artistry and a center stage for New Jersey's finest performers. It is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. Home to the Grammy Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), NJPAC has been an important component to revitalization efforts for New Jersey's largest city.


Newark Symphony Hall


Newark Symphony Hall on Broad Street is one of the state's major cultural centers, where audiences have enjoyed symphony, ballet, opera, professional theater groups, and popular music programs. It enjoys a long and rich cultural history as New Jersey's oldest and largest showcase for the arts, education, and entertainment programming.


Prudential Center

For Sports, the Prudential Center is the home of the NJ Devils NHL Hockey team, and "The Rock" as it is affectionately known, also hosts large concerts and other events.

Metlife Stadium

Nearby, Metlife Stadium is in East Rutherford and part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. It is the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants of the NFL. The Meadowlands Sports Complex offers NY Jets and NY Giants NFL Football, NY/NJ Metrostars Major League Soccer, a racetrack with Harness Racing, and also hosts large concerts and other events.


In addition to all that Newark itself has to offer, one of the major benefits of living in Newark is the proximity and easy access to New York City. With a PATH station located in the hub of Newark, a trip into the heart of NYC can take as little as 25 minutes.