Branch Brook Park – Newark’s Backyard Oasis

The immaculately designed gardens and cherry blossom-lined paths of Branch Brook Park transport you to an entirely different world, right in the heart of Newark’s urban landscape. Spanning 360 acres, Branch Brook is the oldest county park in the United States and home to the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the country – exceeding the famed Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Every spring, over 10,000 Japanese cherry trees erupt into a sea of delicate pink and white petals during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The rest of the year, the park’s Italian Renaissance-style fountains, scenic lakes, and striking architectural elements provide a peaceful respite from city life. Don’t miss the historic Prudential Concert Grove, where the likes of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie once performed at free summer concerts. A perfect place for an afternoon picnic or leisurely stroll, Branch Brook Park is located just 15 minutes from downtown Newark. Have our team drop your group off right at the Park Avenue entrance before enjoying Newark’s backyard oasis.

Branch Brook Park Park Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 (973) 268-3500

Newark Museum of Art – An Eclectic Treasure Trove

Far too many visitors overlook the Newark Museum of Art in favor of NYC’s mammoth Metropolitan Museum just across the river. But with an extensive collection spanning American art, decorative arts, contemporary art and more, this underrated gem has plenty to rival its famous neighbor. Spread across 80 galleries, the museum’s holdings include iconic pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and Edward Hopper. One standout is Tibetan Buddhist altars and statues dating back to the 1500s. The museum also houses an acclaimed collection of American and African-American quilts. Beyond art, you’ll discover cultural artifacts from around the globe, including relics from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and sub-Saharan Africa. The MakerSPACE is an innovative hands-on studio where visitors can get creative with 3D printing, jewelry making, and digital media. With so many unexpected treasures to uncover, you’ll want to spend an entire afternoon immersed in everything this dynamic museum has to offer.

Newark Museum of Art 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 596-6550

Ironbound Neighborhood – Take a Taste Tour

For an authentic taste of Newark’s diverse culture, no visit is complete without exploring Ironbound. This lively neighborhood bursts with Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants, Spanish tapas bars, and restaurants representing more than 25 ethnicities. Fuel up with strong Cuban coffee before strolling down Ferry Street past Brazilian bakeries stocked with fresh pão de queijo cheese bread. Authentic tacos, tamales, and mole poblano await you for lunch at any of the excellent Mexican eateries. Don’t miss dining at one of Newark’s many stellar Portuguese restaurants serving up plump pastéis de nata custard tarts. After tasting your way through Latin America and Europe, cool off with refreshing gelato or browse the locally owned shops. The Ironbound Business Improvement District offers an excellent neighborhood walking tour to hit all the highlights. Contact Newark Party Bus Company and we’ll make sure your group experiences the vibrant spirit and mouthwatering flavors of this diverse Newark enclave.

The Ironbound District Ferry St & Wilson Ave, Newark, NJ 07105

Thomas Edison National Historical Park – Gateway to Invention

Did you know Thomas Edison once called Newark home? The legendary inventor established his final laboratory and factory in downtown Newark, now preserved by the National Park Service as the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. This site lets you step back in time to when Newark stood at the forefront of innovation in America. Tour Edison’s massive laboratory complex, including the 1884 Machine Shop where the prolific inventor and his team dreamed up groundbreaking creations like the lightbulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera. See recreations of experiments that capture Edison’s incredible spirit of perseverance. Exhibits display hundreds of original artifacts, including prototypes, patents, and equipment used during Edison’s Newark years. Before you leave, don’t miss the life-size replica of Edison’s famous Menlo Park lab that first put Newark’s most famous resident on the map as the “Wizard of Menlo Park.” Contact our team to book a charter bus directly to the park for your perfect gateway back to an era of pure inventive genius.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park 211 Main St, Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 796-4736

GlassRoots – Newark’s Stained Glass Studio

Immerse yourself in Newark’s thriving art scene with a behind-the-scenes look at GlassRoots, the city’s one-of-a-kind stained glass studio and youth arts program. This innovative nonprofit provides underserved Newark youth with intensive training in fine arts like glassmaking, mosaic arts, photography, and graphic design. Visitors can tour the 7,500 square foot studio in the heart of downtown Newark, observe teen apprentices at work, and see gorgeous finished pieces. The onsitegallery features the students’ stunning mosaic benches, lamps, windows, and more available for purchase. Proceeds directly support the life-changing arts programming. When you book your visit with Newark Party Bus Company, we’ll transport your group to this uplifting community space showcasing Newark’s vibrant creative spirit. Your charter bus team can recommend the perfect place nearby for lunch or dinner after your tour.

GlassRoots 10 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102 (862) 210-7788

Grammy Museum Experience – Celebrating Newark’s Musical Legacy

It’s no secret Newark has birthed some of the most acclaimed musical talents over many generations. The city’s latest crown jewel, the Grammy Museum Experience, finally gives these artists the world-class exhibition space they deserve. With its grand opening in October 2022, this immersive museum now lets you journey through Newark’s rich musical heritage spanning jazz, gospel, hip-hop and more. Interactive exhibits feature icons like Sarah Vaughan, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, and Redman. State-of-the-art technology and personal artifacts immerse you in the city’s role in music history. Contact our team to book round trip transportation directly to the museum’s front doors when you visit Newark. After exploring the exhibits, your group can grab a bite in Newark’s lively downtown district just steps away.

Grammy Museum Experience 165 Halsey St, Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 230-6128

Riverfront Park – Urban Recreation

Right along the Passaic River, Newark’s Riverfront Park serves up recreation and relaxation with stellar city skyline views. Stroll along the waterfront promenade or take advantage of the athletic facilities, including soccer and softball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a roller hockey rink. Kayak and water bike rentals let you enjoy the river up close during warmer months. Special events like outdoor concerts and food truck festivals happen throughout the year. Don’t miss the cherry blossom trees donated by Newark’s sister city of Sendai, Japan that burst into color every spring. Have our team drop you off right at the walking bridge entrance to this scenic park along the Passiac River’s edge. After working up an appetite, Newark’s Ironbound District and its mouthwatering restaurants are just a short ride away.

Riverfront Park 1 Rector St, Newark, NJ 07102

NJPAC – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

No trip to Newark is complete without witnessing a spectacular performance at NJPAC, one of the nation’s largest and most renowned performing arts centers. Since 1997, NJPAC has been the premier destination to experience world-class dance, music, theater and more. The impressive architecture paired with acoustical excellence has attracted icons like Itzhak Perlman, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. But NJPAC also provides an invaluable platform for local arts groups and up-and coming performers. This year promises a stellar lineup of shows and events. Give your group the ultimate entertainment experience by reserving a charter bus ride to NJPAC for an unforgettable performance. Your team will get your group there right on time and can recommend great local eateries to grab dinner before the show.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102 (888) 466-5722

Plan Your Newark Adventure With Newark Party Bus Company

Newark rewards those willing to look a little deeper with hidden gems at every turn – you just need help uncovering them. Let Newark Party Bus Company simplify transportation so your group can focus on experiencing the diversity of attractions that make this city so special. Whether you need transportation for a corporate team, school group, church group, or family outing, our charter bus rentals can get your group there comfortably and conveniently. Contact us today at (551) 233-0076 to start planning your perfect Newark adventure. Our team is ready to help customize a unique itinerary just for you!