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Best Tourist Spots in Newark

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If Newark is your next holiday destination, then there is plenty of things to do and see, it is highly recommended to set your priorities. One of the city's must visit is the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which is among the nation's most astonishing and largest performing arts venues. You must also stop by one of its several popular Beaux-Arts buildings, Gothic architectural structures and Art Deco buildings like the Newark Museum, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the Newark Public Library and beyond. From the glamorous art events to a relaxing stroll around a park - the City of Newark has everything to make your vacation worthwhile. Refer to the below given list that highlights the city's major point of interest.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

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Not to mention the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is one of US's largest performing arts centers and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra thrives here. It attracts millions of visitors and is located in the city's cultural district, accessible to many other major sites. What to explore? you must visit NJPAC's large Prudential Hall,
Victoria Theater, The Chase Room an Horizon Theater. If you don't have the time in hand to watch an event, simply visiting this glamorous center is worth your time.

Address: 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States
Website: www.njpac.org

Newark Museum

Newark Museum
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Newark Museum is one of the city's high point of interest without a doubt. This is not just a place for art aficionados, as it also never fails to amuse less artistic group of people. What's not love? With 80 galleries of art and science, planetarium, a mini zoo, auditorium, the Ballantine House and sculpture garden schoolhouse
- the museum serves multipurpose and is a fantastic amalgamation of natural history, ancient arts and modern arts. Aside the extensive art collections, you'll also appreciate the friendly staffs and the varied insightful programs for families and children. Moreover, the museum garden provides a perfect setting to enjoy performances, community events and exhibitions.

Address: 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102-3176
Phone: 973 596 6550
Website: www.newarkmuseum.org
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 pm

Branch Brook Park

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When you think of the largest park in Newark, Branch Brook Park is the answer. At 360 acres, the park has gained rave reviews for its largest collection ofdifferent varieties of cherry blossom trees in the country, called Cherryblossomland. The remarkable Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off here each April. The other highlights of the park is the several architecturally significant structures it holds.From buildings, bridges and sculptures - they are simply awe-inspiring. There is more to the park - tennis courts, picnic areas, kid's play spaces and much more.

Address: Newark, NJ 07104
Phone Number: 973-268-2300
Website: www.essexcountyparks.org/

The New Jersey Historical Society Museum

Founded in 1845, the NJHS Museum is a historic museum that houses collections of books, furniture, paintings, pamphlets and memorabilia about New Jersey. The museum is quite enticing and fun as the exhibits keep changing and the fun part is the historic walking tours organized by the society, a group of highly educated strong individuals. If you're really interested to know more details about Newark history, then you ought to attend the lectures provided by articulate and well informed presenters. Admission to  NJHS is free.

Address: 52 Park Pl., Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-8500
Website: www.jerseyhistory.org
Hours: From Tuesday through Friday - 10 am to 5 pm.

Military Park

If NYC has Byrant Park, Newark has the immaculately landscaped Military Park. At 6 acre, Military Park is roughly triangualar in shape, surrounded by Park Place, Broad Street and Rector Street. The name 'Military Park' was given as it was a training area for soldiers until 1869. From the park you can grasp great views of  downtown business district that is a never ending hustling and bustling. Swing by its ping pong tables for few quick games or find some peace in the reading room.  all new landscaping and the whole park has been refreshed and open for business. I hope they do this to all the parks in the city.

Address: Newark, NJ
Website: www.militarypark.com

Dreyfuss Planetarium

It's all about science and space here. Dreyfuss Planetarium is an astonishing interactive theater that offers a solid learning platform about space, astronomy and science. The theater features upscale full dome digital projection technique that gives you a clear display of the correct positioning of the Moon, Sun, planets and stars. Visitors are completely immersed in a travel through the Solar System, exploring the constellations and distant galaxies. They offer public tours from Wednesday through Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Address: 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-6529
Website: www.newarkmuseum.org/planetarium

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey

This is the National Historic Landmark church and the 5th largest cathedral in North America. The awe-inspiring architecture both outside as well as inside, its layout, stained window panes and the stunning high ceiling grasp the attention of all the visitors. If you're interested, you can attend a mass held daily in morning and evening. The Cathedral is noted for hosting spectacular concerts and it feature the largest pipe organ , which includes 154 stops playable from 2 consoles. Do not miss a visit to this magnificent cathedral while in Newark.

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

Prudential Center

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Wanna catch a game on hockey, indoor soccer, basketball, lacrosse or concerts while in Newark? Look no further than Prudential Center. It is very conveniently located, walking distance from Newark Penn Station and easily accessible from major highways. All seats in the house offer a great view of the stage. And when it comes to snacks to nibble, there is a wide selection of food sold there.

Address: 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone Number: 973-757-6000
Website: www.prucenter.com

John Ballantine House

Ballantine House
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The John Ballantine House was built in 1885 by the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family. Originally the house held 27 rooms - 8 bedrooms and3 bathrooms. In 1985 this brick and limestone mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark. The house's two floors are coined as "House & Home", which features 8 period rooms, thematic galleries and two hallways. The furnishings, upholstery and all things in the house depict the 1650s era. The first-floor include the Parlor, the Billiard Room, the Reception Room, the Dining Room and the Library. The John Ballantine House is a part of the Newark Museum and follows regular museum hours.

Address: 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176
Website: www.newarkmuseum.org/

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