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Spring Activities in Newark

Spring just may be the most lovely of seasons to spend in Newark, as the slow melt of the Winter thaw makes way for pink cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park and dining al fresco on Halsey Street. Yes, Spring is your signal to come out of hibernation, step out into sunny weather and explore all our city has to offer. Spring has also been known to inspire love and romance, so why not fall in love again while you’re falling in love with Newark? Whether you’re already coupled up or single and ready to mingle, Newark is the perfect place to spark the flame. Ready to feel the heat? Below, check our guide to Spring Flings, your guide to great Spring dates.

Spend a Day on the Links

Designed by Baltusrol Golf Club professional George Low in 1913, Weequahic Golf Course is set on a gorgeous rolling property in the corner of Weequahic Park, and provides the perfect setting for a great day of golf. Work on your putting game with your partner at this impressive course, offering an ideal golfing landscape. Fore!

Couple on the Weequahic Golf Course

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares! See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert on the big screen in high-definition and experience the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing Nicholas Hooper’s iconic score live.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Take a Romantic Walk along the Riverfront

What’s better than a view of the river? Make date night sultrier with a romantic stroll along Newark's Riverfront. The 800-foot-long orange boardwalk built from recycled plastic planks will be your colorful companion, and since the color orange induces hunger, your final stop should be one of the Ironbound's plentiful eateries.

Romantic Walk Riverfront Park

Enjoy the Splendor of Blossoms in Bloom at Branch Brook Park

Newark has the nation’s largest collection of cherry blossoms, and each April more than five thousand Japanese cherry blossom trees burst into bloom and turn Branch Brook Park pink and white. Spend a few hours enjoying the expansive green space with, with the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart as a backdrop. There’s hardly a more romantic space in the city.

Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossoms

Spark a flame at GlassRoots

Remember that clay-making scene from the movie "Ghost"? Creating something beautiful together can be quite the aphrodisiac. Try your hand at glass making when you visit GlassRoots’ hotshop on Bleeker Street. Using a 2000 degree torch may just ignite the attraction!

Creating glass object at GlassRoots

Sip and Smoke

Are cigars more your speed? Plan a night out at Jimenez Tobacco on Liberty Street. This savoir-faire speakeasy is one of the coolest places in the city, boasting a dimly lit lounge, upscale cocktails and hand-rolled cigars. During late Spring, the secret garden patio is the perfect place to snuggle up.

Cocktail and Cigar at Ironbound Cigars

See Stars at the Planetarium

The Newark Museum is not just the largest museum in New Jersey but it features a Planetarium perfect for visiting distant galaxies. The Solar System is at your fingertips when you visit this Planetarium, the oldest in the state. You’ll never forget that time you soared to the edge of the Universe together.

Newark Museum Planetarium

Ice Cream Date at Nasto’s

Since 1939, sweethearts have headed to Nasto’s for homemade Italian ice cream in an array of delicious flavors. A warm Spring day is the perfect time to visit Nasto’s and pretend you’re traveling through Italy as you order up a decadent Tortoni, Spumoni, Tiramisu, Tartufo or Reginetta.

Ice Cream at Nasto's

Flamenco Night at Catas

What pairs best with Spanish tapas and sangria? A live flamenco performance, of course! Head to Catas in the Ironbound for a sizzling night for two with live entertainment in a gorgeous space. You’ll feel as if you’ve traveled from Newark to Barcelona in an instant.

Flamenco Dancer at Catas