Flights to Newark
It can be easy to overlook Newark as a holiday destination since it is so close to New York City. Manhattan is just 10 kilometres and a short train ride away. Even so, Newark is the largest city in the state of New Jersey and has several interesting sights of its own. There is a lot of history in Newark, as it was founded back in 1666 making this among the oldest cities in America.
Though so close to New York, there is a busy international airport in Newark as well. The Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR) handles traffic from around the world and is a major travel hub for New Jersey. Nearly all flights to Newark from Johannesburg have 1 connection. Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and British Airways all have their connection at London’s Heathrow airport. Airlines like Lufthansa have a European stop in Frankfurt instead. For a connection in the United States, a flight to Newark on Delta Airways will stop once in Atlanta.
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The Tourist Attractions in Newark:
Newark is often off the map for international visitors to the USA because of its proximity to New York City and Manhattan, yet it’s this proximity that should actually make this an appealing destination – staying so close to Manhattan but benefiting from cheaper accommodation and a range of attractions in its own right make Newark a good place to visit.
There are a number of contemporary art galleries in Newark, showcasing a wide-range of modern and alternative artwork. The best known is the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, on Broad Street. Their collections are usually described as “cutting edge”. Other galleries include City Without Walls, Gallery Twenty-Two and the Red Saw Gallery (also on Broad Street).
The Newark Museum is more than just a typical museum. There are art galleries, a planetarium, zoo, and a restored 1885 mansion open for tours. Newark Museum is open year round and 7 days a week. Exhibits include natural history, and art collections from around the world. The focus of the complex is more on art than history.
New Jersey Historical Society
Find out more about the history of New Jersey with the Historical Society’s collection of artefacts. There is furniture, clothing, artwork, rare books and documents in the museum. The museum area is closed Mondays and Sundays, and the research library has limited hours (so call first). Admission fee is by donation.
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is one of the largest French Gothic cathedrals in the United States, and is a beautiful example of this architecture. Situated on Ridge Street, visitors should respect that it is an active church and behave appropriately while touring the building. After the Pope’s visit in 1995, it officially became a basilica.
Many of the buildings in downtown Newark are in the Art Deco style of the 1920s. It’s not something you see in major cities anymore, so take a walk past the National Newark Building, the public library, the Essex county courthouse and Penn station. Newark is a very vintage city.
When Should You Visit?:
The best time to visit Newark would be during the spring and autumn. The summer months can be very hot and humid, with July and August being the worst. Average daytime highs in those months can reach 29C (85F). The winters in Newark can be somewhat cold, with temperatures just above freezing for January, February and December.