The City of Newark is near New York City and often overlooked as a tourist destination. Its reputation is not great either, especially with Manhattan just eight kilometers to the east. But the Port of Newark is a hidden treasure. It still has much of its turn-of-the-century architecture, and it has extensive transportation facilities, making it easy to get around. The Port of Newark is a flourishing cultural center as well, offering attractions and events throughout the year. It offers a wide range of cultural dining opportunities that include Portuguese, Brazilian, Spanish, Greek, and soul food cuisines. For complete information on the many things to see and do in the Port of Newark, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Newark has a humid subtropical climate with hot humid summers and cold winters. The nearby Atlantic Ocean moderates weather effects, giving it warmer winters than cities at the same latitude. Snow remains only briefly when it falls. Summers are hot, and heat advisories are relatively frequent in July and August. Temperatures range from an average high of 30 °C (85 °F) in July to an average low of -4 °C (24 °F) in January.
Visitors to the Port of Newark will want to check out the Newark Museum. The complex has 80 galleries of science and art exhibits, a mini-zoo, a planetarium, sculpture garden, auditorium, schoolhouse, a cafe, and the 1885 Ballantine House, a restored Victorian mansion and National Historic Landmark. Exhibits contain works of art and artifacts from all over the world. The African gallery features art-producing cultures like the Asante of Ghana and the Yoruba of Nigeria. It contains a beautiful collection of ivory jewelry and adornments from the Congo, gold jewelry from Zanzibar, beadwork from South Africa, and silver from Niger. The Picturing America exhibit contains 17 galleries that examine the impact of artists in shaping American culture since colonial times and includes sculptures, paintings, and photography. The Art of the Americas exhibit includes Native American and Latin American art. The Asian Galleries contain Tibetan art and galleries devoted to South and Southeast Asia, Japan, China, and Korea. The Classical Galleries display works from early Mediterranean cultures like Egypt, Greece, and Rome, including a permanent exhibit of Coptic Art.
The Military Park in the Port of Newark was training green for the New Jersey militia from the 1600s until 1869. Today, the 2.4-hectare park includes the Wars of America monument created by Gutzon Borglum, creator of Mount Rushmore. It also contains the Common Greens, a farmers market opened on Thursdays in the summer. Beneath the park is a three-level underground parking garage and the Military Park subway station.