One of the must-see attractions in Newark, New Jersey, near Penn Station is the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Originally built in the late 1990’s, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, also known as NJPAC, provides culture, talent, and entertainment to Newark’s visitors and residents through its fine facility. Though the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra knows it as a home, the NJPAC strives to host a large variety of entertainers and events that occur every year. For music lovers, there are Jazz festivals, classical music venues, and hard rock entertainers to name a few. The NJPAC puts a priority on instilling a love of music to the youngest generation through “Art Education.” There is always something going on at the Performing Arts Center whether it be a event or a workshop and folks are invited to come and stay awhile.
The Newark Museum, located just a few blocks from Penn Station, offers interest, intrigue, and adventure for people of all ages. In addition to being New Jersey’s largest museum, the Newark Museum has a number of large collections of art and is known for its exhibit dedicated to natural science. Permanent galleries of art include paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The Historic Ballantine House is connected with the museum and was built in 1885. The Ballantine House invites visitors to step back in time and view how people lived life over one hundred years ago and offers a number of rooms as art galleries. In addition to the Ballantine House, the Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, which is behind the museum, offers visitors a wonderful view and pleasing paths to walk along as they enjoy the beauty of creation.
The city’s Prudential Center, known to some as “The Rock”, is an arena just a couple blocks away from Penn Station. The Rock is home to the National Hockey League professional team the New Jersey Devils. In addition to the Devils, the Rock is home to the college men’s basketball team Seton Hall Pirates. Finally, the Rock is home to the Women’s National Basketball Association New York Liberty until the renovation is complete in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This arena offers attendees a terrific evening of competition and sportsmanlike behavior from one of their local teams.
Traveling around Penn Station can be very taxing on the body. Fortunately, there is a city park close by called the Peter Francisco Park. Named after the famous American Revolutionary War hero, Peter Francisco, this park offers folks a place to stop where they can rest for a while. In addition, the park has a number of restaurants close by for those who choose to eat their food in the park.