Top Newark Attractions for 2021

Looking for the top Newark attractions for 2021? Whether you’re currently shopping for new home builders in Newark or you’ve been living there for a while and just want to find something different to do — here are some new ideas, and some old ones from a different perspective.

Newark Museum of Art

You might have been to the Newark Museum of Art before (although if you haven’t, you need to get on that). As the state's largest museum, it holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and parts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world.


But outside of its regular collection, the museum hosts plenty of events. That includes hosting the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Movie Nights at the Riverfront Park. And in August, two museums go head-to-head during the Art Olympics — an audience-driven competition, where each of ten museums will present a work of art for viewers to vote on.

Staten Island Ferry

Now wait, what? We can’t possibly mean that free public transit thing that’s a good twenty-minute drive over the bridge. But maybe? Hear us out. If you have a car, getting to the ferry isn’t too bad. And you can find easy parking at the ferry for just over $5. The ferry itself is free and dog friendly! You can even grab a beer while you’re on it. And when it’s not part of your daily commute, you might be surprised by some of the more picturesque moments you can enjoy either at the front or end of the boat, or on the upper deck. You’ll also get a great view of the Statue of Liberty so if you haven’t been yet, you can scratch that off your list (it counts!).


Now, if the idea of driving to the ferry just so you can take a free, half-hour ride doesn’t excite you then consider this—Battery Park is just on the other side. On a nice day, it’s a great walk with plenty of benches and vendors in the area. Or you can pack yourself a picnic. There’s also plenty of landscape to interact with and a glass carousel.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park

Explore the laboratory and residence of Thomas Edison himself in Glenmont, West Orange. Originally designed in 1887 by architect Henry Hudson Holly, the Edison laboratories operated for more than 40 years and was the creation place of the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies, and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.


Just a 15 to 20 minute drive from Newark, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to relive the experience today. Kids also have the opportunity to become a Thomas Edison National Historical Park Junior Ranger. Kids can draw their own invention, pretend to be a representative of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, or create an advertisement for the park. There are also opportunities to hunt for Edison's Logo, complete the timeline, and even watch some early Edison movies.


Adult visitors can try out the cellphone tour and immerse themselves in history while they browse the grounds on their own—or should we say, left to their own devices?


While these may not quite make the list of top Newark attractions for you, if you’re looking for something a little different or more inspired, taking a different perspective of your current surroundings could be a fun exercise. Or if you’re just planning a move to Newark and exploring new home builders in the Newark area, these Newark attractions could be a great way to learn a little more about the surrounding area.



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Published 9.1.2021

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