Posted 12/3/14 by Miles Young in Lifestyle

10 Most Surprisingly Affordable Reasons to Visit Newark, NJ

It’s tough being across the river from one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. But, here are 10 affordable reasons to spend more time exploring Newark, NJ, than the Big Apple.

Budget-Friendly Hotels


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Unlike neighboring Manhattan, Newark hotels are much more budget-friendly. You can save up to $200 per night without compromising your travel standards. Choose a modern property, like the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Newark Liberty International hotel, and still save lots of cash.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Nothing’s worse than leaving a Manhattan hotel six hours before a flight because you’re worried about traffic and then paying an expensive cab fare. There are many affordable Newark hotels with free airport-shuttle service near this international airport. As an added bonus, there are stunning views of the New York City skyline from different areas of this airport; be sure to have your camera with your carry-on luggage.

Cheap Concerts

If you’re looking for superstar entertainment, you don’t have to look farther than Newark. Many headlining acts pass through the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, while more affordable shows happen at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Affordable Transportation via Penn Station

This central downtown transit station offers commuter rail, bus, and Amtrak train service throughout the area, including New York City and the Newark Liberty International Airport. You can get from Newark Penn Station to New York Penn Station by bus for $4 or by train for $14.

Landmark Churches

Newark is home to several architecturally stunning churches. The Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart is not only a beautiful tourist attraction, but it also hosts classical music concerts. Admission is often by donation only and select concerts include a tour of the church.

Branch Brook Park

This 359-acre park is most breathtaking during the April Cherry Blossom Festival. If you’re looking for some retro fun, spend a few hours at the Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center.

Newark Museum

The Newark Museum boasts an impressive 80 galleries, including collections of 19th century American art, Tibetan art, and a 19th century mansion. Admission is free for residents, while tourists are asked to donate $12 to the museum.

Outlet Shopping

Save money on souvenir shopping at The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens. This outdoor outlet mall features many popular brands and accommodates about 18 million shoppers each year.

New Jersey Devils

Across the river, the NHL’s New York Rangers often sell out Madison Square Garden and the cheapest seats are around $100 each. In Newark, it’s a little easier to get hockey tickets to the New Jersey Devils. Tickets are about $35 cheaper per seat and you can get even bigger discounts on ticket reselling sites.

World-Class Soccer

The Red Bull Arena, home to the MLS New York Red Bulls, is found on the Newark waterfront. Fans can enjoy games in all-weather conditions under the partial roof. Most tickets are $45 or less.

What’s your favorite thing to see or do in Newark? Post your comments below.

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Miles Young is a freelance writer with a passion for sports, music, and pop culture. When he's not working on his latest feature story, he's out walking his dog or catching up on Game of Thrones.