Newark. This bustling hub and focal point of the larger tri-state area has its presence felt in the arts, sport, and industry. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted to know that what it boasts in these areas, it also does for nature, with its own collection of parks and institutions. Read on for some of our favorite aquariums, parks, and places to watch aquatic life around Newark.
New Jersey SEA LIFE
A drive into the neighboring suburb of East Rutherford and visitors will arrive at the New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium, an immersive aquarium experience housing over 3,000 animals. Among these are some very iconic faces, including the southern stingray, Atlantic stingray, California spot prawns, clownfish, blacktip reef sharks, moon jellies, lion’s mane jellyfish, and the red bellied piranha. The theme of the aquarium also pays homage to the New York City area, taking visitors on a tour of the concrete jungle and tunnels of the Big Apple, except the inhabitants are fish! There is also the enchanting Reef at Night exhibits and moon jelly displays, and the colorful steps into a coral reef and the Amazonian rainforest. For more interactive experiences, there is also the touch pool, where visitors can personally touch a variety of tidal species such as starfish! The star of the aquarium, however, is the Ocean Tunnel exhibit, surrounding and immersing guests in a walk through a massive tank, a unique view into this aquatic community.
Richard W. DeKorte Park
The Richard W. Dekorte Park and its acres of open space, parks and varied topography is a great option for the public to tour the wildlife and varied scenery of New Jersey. Tidal zones, marshes, hills, and meadows are the backdrop for dozens of species of amphibians, reptiles, and fish respectively, and some 280 species of bird. A wealth of different trails and sections showcase New Jersey’s diversity of flora and fauna and provide more than a day’s worth of sightseeing. Sandpipers, snowy egrets, great blue herons, mourning doves, and woodchucks can be seen commonly, as well as a rotating list of seasonal species that make their way through the Newark area on migratory routes.
Weequahic Park is a hub for outdoor activities of all interests, from a number of wildlife observation opportunities to community events, concerts, and sports. Some of the wildlife visitors can observe here include the largemouth bass, common carp, channel catfish, red cardinal, American goldfinches, white-tailed deer, red foxes, and bullfrogs. In addition to these, picnics, poetry readings, and music events are common throughout the year, for those visitors who also wish to participate and really enjoy the strong sense of community in this area of Newark. Finally of note, is the iconic stone temple on Dividend Hill, today a gazebo and pavilion proving a landmark and gathering place for visitors to the park. Whether visitors wish to be among nature, observe the wildlife of New Jersey or get to know the community of Newark, Weequahic Park is a great choice.
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