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Best things to do in Essex County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Hockey Arena
“Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, United States. It was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous), with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the men's basketball program of Seton Hall University, known as the Seton Hall Pirates. The arena officially seats 16,514 patrons for hockey games and up to 18,711 for basketball. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the arena "The Rock"in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance of it. In December 2013, the arena ranked third nationally and ninth internationally for self-reported annual revenue. ”
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Clothing Store
“Luxury stores abound in this mall, a great place to walk around, have coffee, eat great food. Legal Seafood, Primo Mercado.”
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Museum
“The Ballentine House right next door is a fascinating look into Newark history and the museum holds fun free events weekly. ”
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Performing Arts Venue
“Prestigious performing arts center offering theater, concert, events. Check out their website for a list of current shows and schedule. Www.NJPAC.org”
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Park
“Just a 10 minute drive away, spend a few hours in the woods. Gorgeous sun sets and great for spotting some cute pups. On clear days, you might even get a glimpse of the NYC skyline. ”
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Cuban Restaurant
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“Famous Eatery...Call and reserve ahead, there is ALWAYS waiting time if you don't”
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Food & Drink Shop
“Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect and designer of Central Park in New York, visited Newark and Essex County and recommended a site encompassing what is now Branch Brook Park. Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, envisioned Branch Brook Park to be a "grand central park" for the City of Newark.”
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Zoo
“Wonderful zoo with kids’ railroad. 28 min. drive. One of the benefits of staying on this side of the Hudson!”
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Soccer Stadium
“Red Bull Arena is a soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, New Jersey that is home to the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and international soccer. ”
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Park
“Home to the Turtleback Zoo, The Fairy Trail (a secret spot), Waterfalls and ample hiking trails. ”
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Concert Hall
“They offer an eclectic mix of dance, music and theater performances including the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”
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Art Museum
“American and Native American Artworks. George Inness great landscape paintings. Amazing Native American objects including jewelry and clothing.”
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Shopping Mall
“Keep in mind all malls are closed in Bergen County on Sunday due to Blue Law. This alternative is 20 mins away.”
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BBQ Joint
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Portuguese Restaurant
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“Amazing Portuguese restaurant! The servings are plentiful and cooked to perfection. ”
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Music Venue
“Some big-name bands come into town on weekends! Check the local Montclair magazines for who is playing.”
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