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Military Park

Inspect the array of military sculptures and see the sword from above in this scenic park in the downtown area.

Military Park is a glorious 6-acre (2-hectare) park with a triangular shape and a range of soldier-themed monuments. It takes its name and theme from its former use as a training facility for soldiers from 1667 to 1869. Relax in this slice of serenity in downtown Newark and consider military history in the United States. 

Gaze up at the impressive Wars of Americastatue, which was sculpted by the creator of the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The war memorial depicts 42 soldiers and two horses in the midst of battle. Note that this statue connects to a floral display, forming the crossguard and blade of a sword when seen from above.

Admire the lifelike bust of President John Kennedy and see the other statues of famous figures from U.S. history. Sip from the water fountain that bears the inscription, “My cup runneth over.” Have a picnic with your family in this pleasant park and appreciate the escape from the hubbub and concrete of the downtown surroundings. 

Discover the reading library and watch an outdoor movie screening. Attend one of the events that take place here throughout the year, such as the Afro Beat Fest. Regular farmers markets and jazz concerts are also organized in the park. Join such activities as yoga, Zumba and line dancing on the grass. Look up at the skyscrapers surrounding the park. 

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the park’s charming restaurant, which is open Monday through Friday from morning until evening. Purchase snacks or hot drinks at one of the many cafés in the area. 

Military Park is a block west of the Passaic River in the center of Newark. Arrive by rail at nearby Newark Penn Station or take the Newark Light Rail system to Military Park Station. See other sights in the area, such as the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Washington Park.


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TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown £71
TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown

TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown

24 East Park Street, Newark, NJ
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is steps away from Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 15 minutes. NJPAC - Center Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Military Park Station is 5 minutes.

    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel £77
    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

    50 Park Pl, Newark, NJ
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is steps away from Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 10 minutes. Military Park Station and NJPAC - Center Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts
      Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts

      Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts

      55 Halsey Street, Central Business District, Newark, NJ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Newark, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Military Park and Rutgers University Newark. Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center are also within 15 minutes. Washington Park Station is 5 minutes by foot and Washington Street Station is 6 minutes.

        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station £73
        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station

        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station

        1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Prudential Center. Newark Museum and Red Bull Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Newark Penn Station is only a 2-minute walk and Military Park Station is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown
          Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

          Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

          810 Broad St, Newark, NJ
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prudential Center, Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Newark Museum and Riverfront Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Military Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Washington Street Station is 7 minutes.

            Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk £61
            Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

            Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

            100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Military Park. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 1 mile (2 km). Atlantic Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Riverfront Stadium Station is 8 minutes.

              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown
              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown

              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown

              858 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Prudential Center, Rutgers University Newark and Newark Museum. Cape Liberty Cruise Port and Statue of Liberty are also within 12 mi (20 km). Military Park Station is 6 minutes by foot and Washington Street Station is 9 minutes.

                Luxury City Escapeclose to Nycwalk to Prudential
                Luxury City Escapeclose to Nycwalk to Prudential

                Luxury City Escapeclose to Nycwalk to Prudential

                15 William St, 210, Newark, NJ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Newark, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Prudential Center, Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Rutgers University Newark and Red Bull Arena are also within 2 miles (3 km). Military Park Station is 8 minutes by foot and Washington Street Station is 9 minutes.