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Newark lies just eight short miles from Manhattan, making it a perfect pit-stop for a weekend visit before heading to New York City. The Garden State’s capital is a happening place. With arts, culture, sports, science, and nature to keep you occupied, you will have plenty of reasons to stay and explore the city.

What to See in Newark

Be immersed in culture at Newark Museum, New Jersey’s largest museum. Enjoy some unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences through the 80 galleries, which are housing some world-class collections. But if you prefer sculpture, you can take a walk through its beautiful sculpture garden. Within the Newark Museum building, the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium is also worth a visit if you fancy a trip to the stars. Audiences can adventure through the solar system and visit distant galaxies from the 50-seat theater that has a state-of-the-art fulldome digital projection system. Wannabe astronauts, get your space suit and jet packs ready.

In case you are in town for only a few days, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center hosts national orchestra performances, classical dance shows, and opera and jazz concerts all throughout the year. Or get your foam finger ready at The Prudential Center, affectionately known as ‘The Rock’. Its home to the New Jersey Devils hockey team, but also hosts occasional basketball games. In case soccer is your game, the Red Bull Arena is the place to be for some Major League Soccer showdowns.

Hit the road to Branch Brook Park, which was the nation’s first national park. Situated in the North Ward of Newark, between the pretty neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville, the park has the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States. Each spring, 5,000 cherry trees come into blossom and the season is celebrated with a park festival that attracts hundreds of visitors each year from the states and abroad.

Should you like gothic architecture, visit the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. You can find it on the grounds of Branch Brook Park. The cathedral is the fifth-largest cathedral in North America and looks like it was shipped over straight from Europe with its French Gothic Revival architectural style. The Cathedral Basilica also holds public concerts all year round and has the largest pipe organ built by the world renowned Schnoz Organ Company.

Car Rental with Orbitz

Navigate Newark’s city streets or open roads with ease with a car to suit your size and budget. At Orbitz, we will help you find the perfect car for your next Newark adventure and beyond. As soon as you step off your plane at Newark Liberty International Airport, we can get you going in your new rental car, which you have resevered online.