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A Day in Newark

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The City of Newark is home to a truly fantastic variety of arts organizations and cultural centers. There are several world renowned museums dedicated to art and natural history, but if you dig deeper you'll also find appealing smaller museums that feature astonishing narrower collection of arts, crafts, photography and design. With many historic and architectural structures, fascinating neighborhoods, serene parks, charming shopping centers, amazing restaurant scene and nightlife venues - get a complete overview of Newark with the help of the below given 24 hours itinerary.

Newark Downtown
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Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Looking for a good breakfast joint? There are an array of eateries to opt around downtown district. For great healthy and delicious options, you can stop by Cafe Airlie (32 Commerce St). Stop at Dario’s Restaurant (20 Academy Street) and their spicy chicken beef burrito bowl will wake you up.

Concerts or Games at Indoor Arena - Prudential Center at 9:00 AM

Your first stop of the day is Prudential center or "The Rock" that is located in the central business district of the city. This 700,000 square feet indoor arena is a multipurpose space that hosts many events, games and concerts. This is the home of the NCAA men's basketball team (Seton Hall Pirates) and NHL's New Jersey Devils. You can book your ticket ahead to watch your favorite sport- Ice hockey, indoor soccer, basketball or lacrosse. For upcoming events, schedules and more, visit their website.

Address: 25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102, US
Website: www.prucenter.com

Explore Extensive Art Collections - Newark Museum at 10:30 AM

Of course you shouldn't miss a visit to Newark Museum - the largest museum in New Jersey. As you stroll around the huge space you will notice the extensive collections of decorative arts, American art, contemporary art, ancient world arts and arts from various regions, including Africa, Asia and the Americas. If you want a more insightful exploration with the help of a guide, there are public and group tours available.  Wrap up your art expedition with a shopping spree in the museum shops that offer varied choices of gifts, souvenirs, jewelries, apparels, books and many more. You can browse their website fro more details.

Address: 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Phone: 973.596.6550
Website: www.newarkmuseum.org

Explore Gothic Renaissance Style House - John Ballantine House at 12:00 PM

Fancy exploring a compact, symmetrical house in a Dutch Renaissance style? Stop by John Ballantine House,  the home of John Holme Ballantine and Jeannette Boyd of the celebrated beer-brewing family in Newark. Arriving there you will notice the house adorned with many windows and the exterior pops out in salmon-colored Roman bricks with limestone corners. From the dining room's embossed panels to exquisite furnishings and upholstery, the two floors of the house feature 2 hallways, 8 period rooms and 6 thematic galleries. There is so much to explore and marvel in this house. Definitely worth a visit.

Address:  49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176

Satiate Your Palate - Lunch at 1:30 PM

When you're done exploring John Ballantine House, stop by Uptown Grill at 164 University Avenue to relish some delish grilled meals. Or for Latin American and Cuban cuisine, you can sit yourself down at La Cocina (61 New St)

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Sacred Landmarks - Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Hearts at 2:30 PM

Take a cab and head to Ridge street to explore the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Newark's architectural and sacred landmarks. This French Gothic Revival Style monument of faith offers astonishing decor and a serene place to find some peace. The high ceiling is simply astonishing to gaze and admire the beauty. Another big draw is music at the Cathedral that kicks off with the largest pipe organ which holds 154 stops playable from 2 consoles.

Address: 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: (973) 484-4600
Website: www.cathedralbasilica.org

New Jersey Performing Arts Center at 3:30 PM

While in Newark you ought to visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which is among the country's largest performing arts centers. Whether you want to catch up on Grammy recipient, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or other entertaining events - NJPAC has it all. It is highly recommended to avail the guide tour if you're not up for a show. Or perhaps, you can sit yourself down in its onsite restaurant - NICO Kitchen & Bar which offers exquisite Italian lunch and dinner menu. For events and more information, Click Here.

Address: 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102, US
Website: www.njpac.org
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM

Historic Park - Military Park at 5:30 PM

Time to explore the historic city park - Military Park. The park is a perfect place to socialize with locals and visitors as this is the city's primary gathering space. This 6 acre park is nestled between Rector Street, Park Place and Broad Street. There are heaps of social affairs to keep you occupied, including fitness activities (Zumba, Tai Chi Kung, Yoga, Capoeira etc.), entertainment in the form of after work music, line dancing piano music and for kids, there is an story time and imagination playground. Stop by here and feel the relaxing vibe. Stop by here and leave recharged and energetic.

Address: 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Website: www.militarypark.com

Shopping at Westlake Lido Faire Shopping Center at 7:00 PM

You will enjoy a visit to this huge shopping center that holds varieties of stores and restaurants. There are heaps of stores and it is noted for its thriving  Asian shopping center. Stroll around and explore the 99 Ranch Market, Newark Buffet, Dollar Tree, Fitness 2000 & Kids Castle, Quiznos and more.

Address: 35233 Newark Boulevard, Newark, CA 94560
Phone: (510) 794-6349

End with a Great Meal - Dinner at 9:00 PM

At 35233A Newark Boulevard, Zensen Sushi Express is a Japanese, Sushi bar that will totally delight you with fresh and scrumptious food. Most things are self serve here. For Szechuan cuisine, Newark cafe (35201 A Newark Blvd) is the place. Here you can relish amazing selections of tender, juicy fish items with chili oil. 

Allure Lounge - Sophisticated Night Out at 11:00 PM

Socialize with elite crowds in Allure Lounge that offers chic atmosphere. They have a VIP lounge which oozes sophistication and class. Your drinks are taken care by the illuminated bars. And their music flavors are superb including top 40, cumbia and reggae. They hosts sports nights, stand up comedy on Saturdays and happy hours with under $5 martinis and amaretto.

Address: 417 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 908-510-6063

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