Newark, New Jersey has access to a variety of afternoon adventures that are anything but tame. So, when you’re not checking out vibrant art galleries or enjoying a good meal at one of the best restaurants in the region, lace up your sneakers and explore the wild side of Newark.
Visit Real Wild Life
Just minutes away from downtown Newark, you can see exotic wildlife at one of the state’s best zoos. Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo lets you get close to wolves, black bears, alligators, kangaroos, and more. For a cool perspective, scramble over and around the exhibits on the zoo’s Treetop Adventure Course. The obstacle course includes zip lines for both adults and kids. Don’t forget to take gloves to protect your hands.
Watch Wild from Way High
Ever wonder what Newark looks like from the air? For a creative and memorable sunset or afternoon escapade, rent a helicopter from HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport, to embark on your own personal tour with a bird’s-eye view. Experience the city from above with your family, friends, and co-workers with this wild concept.
Wild on the Water
With the New York City skyline in the background, Pier 13 in nearby Hoboken is a popular spot to get on the river. If adventure is your middle name, rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or jet ski to check out the Statue of Liberty, Liberty State Park, and the Empire State Building from a different point of view. Want to get in a little workout? Try one of the paddleboard yoga classes to really work your core.
Say What? That’s Wild!
Have you met Newark? Well, not literally. This is the name of one of the city’s sassy tour companies that takes groups on walking tours through the streets. Learn all kinds of cool facts about Newark, and try some of the tasty creations in the trendy Ironbound District with the Nom Nom Newark tour.
All the big concerts and sporting events take place at Prudential Center. Check to see who’s in town, and pick up some tickets online. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the New Jersey Devils are playing, pick up a red and black jersey, and root for the three-time Stanley Cup champs.
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