Newark New Jersey, though not often categorized with
many other Eastern U.S. cities, is the third oldest city
in the United States. The city of Newark was established
in 1666 during the colonial era of U.S. History, third
only to Boston and New York City in longevity. Many make the mistake of knowing Newark
only for its busy airport, never taking the time to see
what this excellent city has to offer aside from airlines
to New Jersey and New York City. Although the Newark
Liberty International Airport is one of the most efficient
hubs for U.S. travel, Newark tourism itself is growing
in popularity for several reasons. The unique culture
found in the city of Newark, and its upcoming spirit of
creativity and performance, make Newark tourism a great
option for young people today.
Newark New Jersey has a history unlike any other city. Founded by Puritans in the seventeenth century, the city of Newark was right in the middle of colonial and Revolutionary War America. Later, Newark New Jersey became a major part of the rise of American industry and commerce. New Jersey history is marked by industry, blue collar hard work, and ingenuity, and Newark New Jersey is no exception. Later, the twentieth century brought harder times to the city of Newark, including major race riots during the civil rights movement, and the urban decay and crime which many cities suffered in the 1970s and 1980s. However, in recent years, the term ‘renaissance’ has been ascribed to what’s going on in Newark, which is making a formidable rebound, especially with all the things to do this city has to offer when it comes to culture, art, and performance.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, renowned for the quality of performances found here, is located in Newark, perking up Newark tourism with its ability to draw major artists. Also in the downtown section is the Newark Museum, which is not to be missed for those who love excellent exhibits. Other notable venues are the Newark Public Library and the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, which is a major center for upcoming and well-established African American artists of all kinds: whether you are visiting New York or New Jersey, find out what is going on at Aljira if you appreciate the richness of African American culture. Also found in Newark is the excellent Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, in the University Heights section of the city of Newark.
If you like Central
Park or Prospect Park in New York City, be sure to
visit Branch Brook Park,
also by F.L. Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who,
with his associates, is responsible for designing many
of the best outdoor public spaces in the United States.
Visit the breathtaking Cherry Blossom Festival in April
to appreciate the best natural beauty this park has to
offer. Also visit the Farmers and Community Market, held
on Saturdays from July through October. Choose one of
the downtown Newark hotels with a kitchenette suite and stay in to cook a great meal
from the goods you buy at the market in Branch Brook Park.
Fans of Gothic architecture will also appreciate the beautiful
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which overlooks
If you enjoy a good day spa Newark is a great place to splurge on this revitalizing experience. Near Branch Brook Park, you can find the In Style Day Spa Newark. Located on Passaic Ave in Kearney (East of the Park), this spa will give the weary traveler a relaxing experience. Newark offers some of the best New Jersey spa options available. Other notables are the VIP Day Spa on Ferry St, and the Demetrius Day Spa along Market Street. Whether part of a Newark tourism visit, or just a stop between New York and your flight home, if you decide to treat yourself to a day spa Newark is a great place to enjoy massage, facials, and much more.