Newark. This hub of the Tri-State area is carving out a name for itself, between the growing activities, influx of business and new arrivals, Newark is increasingly becoming a destination, and with good reason. Whether a tourist drafting an itinerary or a curious local, both will find that Newark has so much to offer, and more with each year. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the outdoors around Newark, and get ready to explore!
Branch Brook Park
For those unfamiliar with New Jersey, you’ll be delighted to see this beautiful icon, right here in Newark. Branch Brook Park and its ever-famous cherry blossoms bring a striking display of pink over this Newark institution, drawing crowds to enjoy in the colors of early spring. If you’ve timed your visit to Newark to arrive in time for the full bloom of the cherry blossoms, be sure to bring your party to Branch Brook Park. Even if you’ve arrived out of season for the Blossoms, visitors will enjoy the ample space, great for larger groups and families.
Allamuchy Mountain State Park
Over thirty-four miles of trails, hiking, cycling, jogging, (off-road biking!) fishing, historical houses, disc golf, and opportunities for photography and wildlife viewing, there is so much to do at Allamuchy Mountain State Park, one of New Jersey and the Newark area’s most beloved places to do and see it all outdoors. We recommend the Deer Park Pond area for a tranquil setting for your stargazing experience.
Eagle Rock Reservation
Eagle Rock Reservation is a great stop for those time-lapse, cityscape, and skyline photographers, stralling the boundary of nature and the presence of New York City. Those who want to view both won’t be disappointed at this unique vantage point. The height of this attraction also provides for a clear view into the skies over New Jersey, complimenting the faraway gaze of the New York skyline.
Riverfront Park is one of Newark’s most popular gathering spots, a great spot for the casual family/group picnic by the river and recreation. The abundant sunshine and iconic orange pillars make for a jolly addition to any albums of your visit to Newark. Due to the proximity to much of the city, this is a great destination for tighter itineraries and those stargazing trips where you’ve still got to make it back home by the end of the night.
This park features quiet, peaceful terraces and corners as well as a tour of the many faces of Newark’s outdoors, a solid choice for outdoorsy activities without getting too far from Newark proper. Here, visitors can enjoy ball games, jogging, picnicking, and strolls around this historic New Jersey staple. The open spaces and range of characters between the park’s different boundaries also offers plenty of space for those more creative undertakings.
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