Only a short eight miles from the dazzling lights of New York, the cultural kaleidoscope of Newark, New Jersey beckoned me in with open arms. I didn’t waste any time before setting out to explore this historical city that dates back to the 1600s. With every turn, I would stumble upon something new, exciting and filled with charm.
Once “Spring has sprung” on the East Coast, Newark proudly wears mother nature’s crown with what is the said to be largest collection Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom in the country, with 5,300 trees. I was incredibly lucky to take a stroll through Branch Book Park and marvel at these delicate flowers to the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky.
In addition to the cherry trees, the park is brimming with fun activities. I discovered, to name a few, an urban farm, skating rink, children’s garden, tennis courts, basketball courts and a fitness course! I could of literally spent the whole day here amongst the cherry trees, but I knew I had only touched the surface of Newark’s delights.
A visit to Newark must also include a trip to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. A back-to-back calendar of events includes performances covering almost every genre of the arts, from dance and theatre to poetry and music.
As a history buff, I was also excited to explore the Newark Museum. I marveled at the collections of American, Asian and African, decorative and contemporary art. My favorite was the Tibetan galleries, which are considered among the best in the world.
Newark is more than just a city; it’s a happening city!