Family Attractions in Newark

Family Attractions in NewarkNot sure what to do with the kids? While Manhattan is just a few miles away and overflowing with attractions, there are also plenty of things to do in Newark. Instead of fighting the crowds (and traffic), go with the flow and bring the whole family out to explore the Gateway City. Whether you are looking for something educational or purely recreational, you’ll find the perfect family destination in Newark.

Turtle Back Zoo
Bring your wild things out to see the really wild things at the Turtle Back Zoo, the #1 zoo in New Jersey. Over 700 animals call this 20-acre zoo home. Discover all sorts of new creatures as you explore, like the Filipino flying foxes. Little ones will love attractions like the train ride, carousel and playground, not to mention the petting zoo, reptile house and aquarium!

Address: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052 - MAP
Phone: (973) 731-5800
Web: www.turtlebackzoo.com

Liberty Science Center
Located in Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center is a fun, interactive science museum where children (and adults) can turn learning into an adventure! Explore the exhibits and attractions and learn about the local environment, ecosystem and the creatures that live there, as well as other topics like energy sources, global health and human communication.

Address: 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 - MAP
Phone: (201) 200-1000
Web: lsc.org

Jersey Explorer Children's Museum
Built and staffed by the NJ Youth Corps, the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum allows children to “live” history and “play” science through a variety of excellent interactive exhibitions and attractions. The minute you and your kids walk through the door, everyone becomes an explorer! Search for an ancient mummy, journey through a distant galaxy, travel back to the Underground Railroad and much, much more!

Address: 192 Dodd St., East Orange, NJ 07017 - MAP
Phone: (973) 673-6900
Web: www.jerseyexplorer.org

Newark Museum
See everything from ancient Asian artifacts to contemporary African art at the Newark Museum. Known for its huge collection of art attractions from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world, the largest museum in New Jersey also doubles as a natural science museum. Little ones will especially love exploring the Memorial Garden behind the museum, as well as the small Fire Museum.

Address: 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 596-6550
Web: www.newarkmuseum.org

Wild At Play
Let the kiddos burn off their excess energy at Wild At Play, one of the best indoor playgrounds and jungle gyms in the area! Children can climb and run, as well as join in music, dance, martial arts, chess and art programs set up throughout the attraction. There are even a few (caged) exotic animals, like lizards from around the world, on display. Best for families with younger children.

Address: 125 River Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07310 - MAP
Phone: (201) 333-4244
Web: www.wildatplay.com

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Feast upon a delightful four-course meal, which you shall eat like royalty. Medieval royalty, that is, which means with your hands. Children and children at heart will love the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, an attraction where the whole family can enjoy a unique twist on dinner and a show. Cheer for your knight as he fights with and against other knights, both on foot and on horseback.

Address: 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 - MAP
Phone: (201) 933-2220
Web: www.medievaltimes.com

Pole Position Raceway
Give family time a slightly competitive edge at Pole Position Raceway, an indoor go-kart racing attraction in Jersey City. This huge indoor track features two quarter-mile tracks and adult karts that can go all the way up to 45 mph. Kid’s karts, of course, are also available. Race each other or team up to beat your opponents on these fun, winding racetracks.

Address: 99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 - MAP
Phone: (201) 333-7223
Web: www.polepositionraceway.com