Newark – Things to do with your Team

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States, and Newark is the state’s largest city.  That being said, Newark and the surrounding towns and cities have more for your team to do than you can fit into one trip.  Every attraction in this guide is a half hour or less from Newark, so don’t let the fact that some of them are in other cities worry you.


Grammy Museum Experience

Newark - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsGrammy Museum Experience is a one of a kind attraction that your team won’t be able to stop talking about.  The museum is a part of the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team, and provides a hands on encounter with the music recording process.  Your team can get up on stage and understand what it’s like to be a recording artist.  Plug in headphones and play a variety of instruments like electric drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar.  The museum also has an extensive history of the Grammy’s that is sure to teach you something new. 25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102


Branch Brook Park

When you think of urban New Jersey, one of the last things on your mind is a large park.  Shockingly, there’s one right in Newark! Branch Brook Park supplies a lot for your team to do.  The park spans 360 acres and has a mix of walking paths, fields, lakes, and pools.  Your team can take in the park’s beauty and walk on one of its many paths, or if they still have some energy after a game, they can utilize one of the baseball fields or basketball courts.  For an even more unique park experience, Branch Brook Park has a roller skating center.  The Branch Brook Roller Skating Center has cheap prices for admission and skate rentals.  The roller park has group events and discounts year round so make sure to keep an eye out for those. Lake St & Park Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104


Red Bull Arena

Bet you didn’t plan on going to a Major League Soccer game while you were in Newark?  Luckily for you, there’s a stadium nearby that has very reasonable prices.  Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls is located in Harrison, New Jersey.  Yes you read that correctly, the team is affiliated with New York, but the stadium is only about a 10 minute drive from Newark.  The arena itself can hold roughly 25,000 spectators.  Witnessing a MLS game is an awesome experience and because tickets are so affordable, this is an easy activity to plan! 600 Cape May St, Harrison, NJ 07029


Turtle Back Zoo

New Jersey’s most notable zoo, Turtle Back Zoo, is a must see while you and your team are in the Newark area.  Located in West Orange, NJ, Turtle Back Zoo is well worth the 20 minute trip from Newark.  With over 21 exhibits and 30 different species, this zoo will surprise you with its diverse collection of animals.  Observe sea lions playing, sea turtles elegantly swimming, penguins waddling, jaguars acting ferociously, and much more.  Zoo admission is inexpensive, and they have group rates.  While Turtle Back Zoo may not impress you with its size, it will impress you with all the different animals you’ll see. 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052


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Treetop Adventure Course

After being inspired by the monkeys at the zoo, swinging on vines and making tree climbing look easy, check out Treetop Adventure Course.  Constructed right next to Turtle Back Zoo, Treetop Adventure Course allows you to climb, swing, and jump until your heart is content.  Visitors of Treetop Adventure Course do not need to pay for zoo admission before entering.  The adventure course is affiliated with Turtle Back Zoo, but exists as its own attraction.  Climbers have the option of three courses to choose from: Junior Course, Adult Course, or Zip Line.  The junior course consist of 15 elements and takes anywhere from a half hour to 45 minutes to complete.  The adult course doubles that, consisting of 30 elements and lasts between an hour to an hour and a half.  Reservations are suggested for larger parties. 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052


Monster Mini Golf

The farthest attraction from Newark included on this list, Monster Mini Golf of Fairfield, New Jersey is only a half hour away.  Monster Mini Golf puts a spooky spin on traditional mini golf.  You can’t depend on your eyes as much as you’d like to get your glow in the dark ball in the hole, because the entire course is under black lights.  Each of the 18 holes has its own monsters and scary obstacles that will try to add strokes to your score; it’s up to you to overcome them.  Besides mini golf, your team can also enjoy an arcade that includes a nice mix of classic arcade games like Skeeball, air hockey, and Pacman, and more modern games.  Monster Mini Golf does do private events for groups and has great deals for them. 194 US-46, Fairfield, NJ 07004


Bane Haunted House and Escape Room

Newark - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsA terrifying mix of haunted house and escape room, Bane Haunted House and Escape Room is sure to give your team a scare.  The haunted house was named, “scariest haunted house in New Jersey”, according to The Star Ledger, New Jersey’s largest online newspaper.  Bane Haunted House employs over 70 actors that are trained to have you screaming at the top of your lungs.  Unlike other haunted houses, Bane makes you climb up and over obstacles, push objects, and spin things around.  It brings haunted houses to the next level.  The escape room portion has two different rooms that you and your team can attempt; both can only fit up to eight people at a time.  Bane Escape room offers discounts for groups. 630 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039


The Mills at Jersey Gardens

Looking for a great mall with cheaper prices near Newark?  Look no further than The Mills at Jersey Gardens.  The Mills sees more than 18 million visitors each year from all over the country and world.  The mall consists of over 200 stores for your team’s shopping pleasure including an AMC theatres and a plethora of food options. There’s something there for everybody. 651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth, NJ 07201


While there may not be as much to do immediately in Newark as you would have hoped, the nearby towns and cities fill in the gap of things to do with your team.  Driving a town or two over is a simple trip and opens your team up to a lot more exciting activities.