Newark Sports and Recreation

Newark Sports and RecreationGet out and active in this urban metropolis. Newark has plenty of parks, filled with open spaces for stretching your legs, as well as several recreational centers and popular amusement parks. Check out some of these favorite recreational areas. Or, head to a stadium and cheer on some of your favorite Brick City sports teams.

 

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Pro Sports

New Jersey Devils
See the New Jersey Devils heat up the ice in the Prudential Center. This NHL team suffered a losing streak during their first thirteen seasons, but the sports team's luck turned around and the Devils are currently tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the longest winning streak in the US.

Address: 165 Mulberry St., Newark, NJ 07175 - MAP
Phone: (201) 935-6050 or (973) 862-2200
Web: devils.nhl.com

New York Red Bulls
Although the New York Red Bulls may represent the Big Apple, you’ll find their home arena in the Garden State. Come by the Red Bull Arena to see this sports team face their competitors head-on. A charter club of the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls do not have the best domestic record–even though they were the first MLS team to win a trophy outside of North America.

Address: 600 Cape May St., Harrison, NJ 07029 - MAP
Phone: (877) 727-6223
Web: www.newyorkredbulls.com

Newark Bears
Come to the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium to watch the Newark Bears take to the field. This professional American baseball team is actually a part of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball rather than the MLB. That doesn’t stop the Brick City Bruins from raking in the league and division titles, however.

Address: 50 State Rt 120, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 - MAP
Phone: (201) 935-2152
Web: newarkbears.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Lenape Trail
Hike along part of the Lenape Trail, a 34-mile trail extending from Newark’s Military Park to west of the Passaic River. This unique recreation trail links dozens of other parks, rail trails and historical landmarks throughout Essex County. One of the most popular sections includes the path in Brook Branch Park lined by gorgeous cherry blossom trees.

Address: Brook Branch Park, Newark, NJ - MAP
Phone: (973) 268-3500
Web: www.nynjtc.org

East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway, or ECG, spans almost 3,000-miles along the Atlantic coast, linking several major cities with its urban path. The section that runs through New Jersey is 97 miles long and encompasses many major metro areas like Newark and Jersey City. Get a taste of this enormous path while enjoying recreation at the popular Weequahic Park.

Address: Weequahic Park, Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (919) 797-0619 or (973) 926-2536
Web: www.greenway.org

Hackensack RiverWalk
Although still under construction, the Hackensack RiverWalk offers hikers and bikers an excellent urban walkway. This eight-mile recreation trail follows along the Hackensack Riverfront and the Newark Bay. Many residential areas and parks are connected by this greenway already, and Hudson County plans for more sections to come.

Address: The Bayonne Bridge to Bellmans Creek, Jersey City, NJ - MAP
Phone: (201) 915-1386
Web: hudsoncountywebsite.com

 

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Watersports

Pedals N Paddles
Head over to Pedals N Paddles in Seaside Heights to take advantage of Newark’s proximity to water. Whether you are new to boating or an expert, you’ll find some fun ways to take to the water at this aquatic sports rental store. Attempt to ride a water bike, practice your kayaking, challenge yourself to stand-up paddle boarding or relax in a classic pedal boat.

Address: 3 Route 35 South, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751 - MAP
Phone: (732) 830-5757
Web: pedalsnpaddlesnj.com

Mountain Creek Waterpark
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, cool off at Mountain Creek Waterpark. Great for all ages, this water park offers tons of fun and recreation for all ages. Hang out with a few friends or bring out the whole family to experience some of the amazing rides in Adventure Ridge, Wild River Canyon, Park Central or even Kids World.

Address: 200 Rt 94, Vernon, NJ 07462 - MAP
Phone: (973) 827-2000
Web: www.mountaincreek.com

Land of Make Believe & Pirate's Cove
The young and the young at heart won’t be able to wait to cool down at Land of Make Believe & Pirates Cove. This award winning water park offers guests a great escape from the summertime heat, straight into water recreation. Float along a lazy river, swirl down the Black Hole, get drenched by a giant water cannon, soak in the wading pool and much, much more!

Address: 352 Hope Great Meadows Rd., Hope, NJ 07844 - MAP
Phone: (908) 459-5100
Web: lomb.com

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

Pole Position Indoor Karting
Experience a spike of adrenaline when you circle the track at Pole Position Raceway. This indoor go-kart and recreation facility offers elaborate indoor road courses and some of the fastest rental karts available. One out of six franchises in a chain, the popularity of this facility is growing so much that the owners plan to open even more across the country.

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

Skydive Sussex
Nothing can compare to the thrill of falling hundreds of feet from a plane. Skydive Sussex helps you capture that feeling with the additional safety of professional skydivers. After a short but thorough briefing, you can safely tandem dive with a certified instructor. Those with more experience can even take lessons on how to freefall.

Address: 55B Loomis Ave Sussex, NJ 07461 - MAP
Phone: (973) 702-7000
Web: www.jumpsussex.com

Six Flags Great Adventure
You can never go wrong with a visit to Six Flags Great Adventure. In addition to the main amusement park, you can access the Wild Safari animal park and the Hurricane Harbor animal park inside the complex. All ages can indulge in a day of thrills, chills, entertainment and adventure!

Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527 - MAP
Phone: (732) 928-1821
Web: www.sixflags.com

 

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Leisure

Branch Brook Roller Skating Center
Lace up your skates and head out onto the rink at the Branch Brook Roller Skating Center. Whether you are just learning how to roller-skate or could pass for professional, you’re welcome at this recreation center. Wobbling too much and need help? Try signing up for lesson on Saturdays, available for children, teens and adults.

Address: Clifton Ave., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 482-8900
Web: www.bbpskating.com

Brunswick Zone
Brunswick Zone has it all: bowling, billiards and an arcade. Slide into a pair of bowling shoes and head to one of the 32 lanes available for public bowling. Challenge a group of friends or family members to a little competition at the alley or wander over to the pool tables or video games.

Address: 679 Washington Ave., Belleville, NJ 07109 - MAP
Phone: (973) 751-2111
Web: www.bowlbrunswick.com

Monster Mini Golf
For a spooky good time, visit Monster Mini Golf where you can golf amongst monsters. This indoor mini golf course and recreation facility has a Halloween theme that is torn between scary and silly, great for adults looking for a gimmicky glow-in-the-dark course or children looking to have fun with the bright neon and black light colors.

Address: 1235 W Chestnut St., Union, NJ 07083 - MAP
Phone: (908) 686-7200
Web: www.monsterminigolf.com

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Weequahic Park Sports Authority

Address: 92 Thomas Carmichael Dr, Newark, NJ 07112 - MAP
Phone: (973) 877-9772
Web: www.weequahicpark.com