Newark Attractions

Even though Manhattan is just a car ride away, there is plenty to do in and around the city of Newark that does not involve traveling into New York. The largest city in Jersey has its own parks, museum and zoo to keep you entertained! Check out just some of what the Gateway City has to offer using our list of popular attractions below.

Branch Brook Park
Located just minutes away from the heart of downtown and all of its attractions, Branch Brook Park is a gorgeous retreat in the middle of an urban landscape. Wander through its 360 acres of sprawling meadows and woodlands. Walk, jog, bike or birdwatch along the miles of undulating terrain, filled with streams and lakes and lined with 4,000 cherry blossom trees.

Address: 115 Clifton Ave., Newark, NJ 07104 - MAP
Phone: (973) 268-2300
Web: www.branchbrookpark.org

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
It’s hard to miss the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart as you explore downtown Newark. This French Gothic-styled cathedral features more than 200 stained glass windows and 14 giant bells imported from Italy. The fourth largest of its kind in North America, this cathedral is not only a beautiful architectural attraction but also a performance venue for several choirs and symphonies.

Address: 89 Ridge St., Newark, New Jersey 07104 - MAP
Phone: (973) 484-4600
Web: cathedralbasilica.org

Great Falls of the Passaic River
See the breathtaking Great Falls of the Passaic River, the second largest waterfall next to Niagara Falls and an intense force of nature. This National Historic Landmark played a vital role in New Jersey’s early industrial development and continues to draw in visitors wanting to see this spectacular sight.

Address: 65 McBride Ave., Paterson, NJ 07501 - MAP
Phone: (973) 279-9587
Web: www.patersongreatfalls.org

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Since 1960 the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge has protected the New Jersey wildlife and its habitat. One of 553 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Great Swamp has become a home and resting ground for fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and more than 244 species of birds. Follow along the trails for a chance to see these creatures up close.

Address: 241 Pleasant Plains Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - MAP
Phone: (973) 425-1222
Web: www.fws.gov

The Hermitage House & Museum
Walk the halls where the first president, George Washington, once roamed. The Hermitage House, a National Historic Landmark and museum, consists of a preserved and restored stone house from 1763. This lovely home features several stunning Gothic Revival architectural details, from the diamond-paned windows to the high Tudor arches and gabled roof, as well as a collection of period furniture, clothing, accessories and other attractions on display.

Address: 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 - MAP
Phone: (201) 445-8311
Web: www.thehermitage.org

Hunterdon Art Museum
Step into the quaint nineteenth century stone mill and immerse yourself in the unexpectedly contemporary collection of art and design. The Hunterdon Art Museum is full of surprises for you to discover, through gallery tours and talks, studio classes or workshops. Discover some of the best contemporary pieces by established and emerging artists at this unusual art center and attraction.

Address: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 - MAP
Phone: (908) 735-8415
Web: www.hunterdonartmuseum.org

Liberty State Park
Opposite the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is Liberty State Park. On this side of the Upper New York Bay, the enormous historic park commemorates Jersey’s industrial waterfront transportation hub and its connection to New York City. Inside the peninsula park, you will find a variety of walkways, bike paths, fields, monuments, the Liberty Science Center and other attractions, not to mention the best view of the Big Apple.

Address: Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07302 - MAP
Phone: (201) 915-3409
Web: www.libertystatepark.org

Montclair Art Museum
Art aficionados will not want to miss the opportunity to explore one of the only art museums in the US dedicated to forms of American and Native American art. The Montclair Art Museum boasts a collection of more than 12,000 pieces, including art and artifacts from all regions of the country dating back to the 18th century.

Address: 3 S Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042 - MAP
Phone: (973) 746-5555
Web: www.montclairartmuseum.org

Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum
Learn more about the Garden State’s two-century aviation and space heritage at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey. Founded in 1972, this unique museum has collected, preserved and displayed aeronautical artifacts and attractions, and has honored men and women whose achievements brought global recognition to the state.

Address: 400 Fred Wehran Rd., Teterboro, NJ 07608 - MAP
Phone: (201) 288-6344
Web: www.njahof.org

American Labor Museum
The American Labor Museum, also known as the Botto House National Landmark, was the site where Industrial Workers of the World union leaders spoke to the crowds gathered beneath the balcony during the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Since that historic day, this house attraction has served as an educational museum meant to further American understanding of “the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world.”

Address: 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508 - MAP
Phone: (973) 595-7953
Web: www.labormuseum.net

Turtle Back Zoo
Why travel all the way to central NYC to see some animals, when you can visit your local zoo instead? Turtle Back Zoo is home to more than 700 animals, including gibbons, a reptile center, a petting zoo and much more! Aside from seeing the animals, you can enjoy attractions like a train ride, carousel, playgound, treetop adventure course or even miniature golf.

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