Harrison is a town in Hudson County, in the New York metro area. The community was named for President William Henry Harrison. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Newark, New Jersey. It’s a happening place. The Garden State’s largest metropolis, blossoms just 8 short miles from Manhattan. Air, water, roadway, railway, bike path, footbridge and subway, Newark offers every manner of transportation imaginable, providing access that’s unbelievable.
Be entertained at one of the country’s largest and most glamorous performing arts venues, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Take on the largest premium outlet mall in the state, The Outlet Collection, Jersey Gardens, welcoming over 18 million visitors a year. Explore the masters at the Newark Museum, featuring renowned American and Tibetan collections, sculpture gardens, the Ballantine Victorian mansion and even a planetarium.
Cheer on the NHL New Jersey Devils or NCAA Seton Hall Men’s Basketball as they battle for glory at Prudential Center, or rock the house with legendary artists like Jay Z, Taylor Swift, and Pink. Join the stampede to Red Bull Arena for a Major League Soccer showdown or Rugby Match. Play with fire at GlassRoots Studio and discover the art of glass blowing, or take a bite of the Ironbound, a district renowned for its Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian delicacies.
Each spring, magic unfolds and outdoor adventurists can enjoy the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the nation. Branch Brook Park blossoms with over 4,300 cherry trees, and holds the continent’s 5th largest cathedral.
Top Places to Dine:
- Tops Diner - This diner TOPS "best of" lists every year, and gets more mentions on social media than any other diner in the state.
- Spanish Pavillion - The first Spanish restaurant in New Jersey opened in 1963 by our grandparents, Antonio and Estrella Martinez. They dreamed of bringing excellent Spanish cuisine to New Jersey. It was difficult introducing this new cuisine, but little did they know the effect it would have on dining in New Jersey. Putting together equal parts imagination and culinary expertise, Spanish Pavillion Restaurant is one of the finest Spanish restaurants throughout the greater Newark /Harrison region. We proudly boast signature dishes and a host of gourmet specialties, rotating new dishes and old favorites on a daily basis.
- Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant - We, at Pic Nic, pride ourselves on making the freshest and tastiest dishes, while at the same time providing top notch service allowing us to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere for your entire family.
- New Jersey Performing Arts Center - NJPAC is a spectacular live venue - the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and tranform every day.
- Newark Museum - The Newark Museum’s distinguished art collections are international in scope and importance and span from antiquity to the present day. The Museum boasts the most significant historical collection of Tibetan art in the Western hemisphere, including a consecrated Buddhist altar, as well as collections of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian and Southeast Asian Art. The renowned American art collection, on view in Picturing America, ranges from Colonial portraiture to a superb collection of Hudson River School landscape paintings, folk and outsider art, as well as major works of modern and contemporary art in all media. The extensive collection of African art includes masks and other sculpture, ceramic vessels, dress and adornment, as well as photography, painting and video art. Collections of ceramics, glass, silver, jewelry, furniture and textiles comprise the considerable Decorative Arts collection. Ancient
art is also well represented in the Museum’s collection with objects from Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome.
- Branch Brook Park - Branch Brook Park, the nation's first county park, is located in the North Ward of Newark, between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville. A portion of the park is also located within the Township of Belleville. The park is noted for the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States. The Newark Light Rail runs on the park's west side providing multiple access points to the park from Downtown Newark. Branch Brook Park is listed on both the New Jersey (1980) and National (1981) Registers of Historic Places.
- Riverfront Park - Riverfront Park is the only public green space in Newark along a waterfront. It displays sparkling amenities, including a baseball field, two playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, an open grassy area and a turf soccer field with a huge county logo in the center.