While European settlement of the area began in the 17th century, the city was not established by royal charter until 1758. Today Newark is one of the largest cities in Delaware and is home to the state's largest institution of higher learning, the University of Delaware.
By car: From the south take Maryland 279 (Exit 109 on I-95) north to Delaware 2 and continue directly into town. From the north exit I-95 at Exit 3 and take Delaware 273 west. 273 continues directly onto East Main Street.
Public Transportation: Newark is well-served by public transit. DART First State buses, routes #6, 16, 33, 34, and 65, providing service to Wilmington, the nearby Christiana Mall, and Elkton, Maryland. Most routes travel through the university campus.
Newark's Rail Station on South College Avenue at Mopar Drive is served by both SEPTA and Amtrak. Newark is the last stop on SEPTA's Newark line, and fare from Central Philadelphia is $6.25 one way. Regular Amtrak service is available from nearby Wilmington station.
The best way to get around downtown is on foot or by bicycle, but please do not bike on the sidewalk. Where available, such as on Delaware Avenue, use dedicated bike lanes.
Motorists will find ample spaces to park on-street or in lots operated by the Newark Parking Authority. Just be sure to feed the meter when parking your car on the street, because the meters run all night. The downtown lots have free parking on Sunday mornings, and throughout the week you can get parking validation from most local businesses.
A free bus, called the Unicity, is operated jointly by the city and the University of Delaware to shuttle people around town Monday through Friday.
Take the James F. Hall Bike Trail to cut through town the scenic way. Starting in College Square Shopping Center, and ending just off of Elkton Road, the trail roughly follows the Amtrak tracks that run parallel to Main Street.
In the evenings, Bike Line offers a bicycle pedi-cab service that runs all over Newark. All rides are free, but please tip your driver.
The Green is the centerpiece of the University of Delaware's campus. It is a handsome, tree-lined mall framed by Georgian revival buildings situated on a roughly north-south axis, best viewed from East Main Street, just east of South College Avenue. University buildings of architectural significance include the antebellum Old College, home to Old College Gallery (open W-Su 12:00-5PM and Thursday 12:00-8PM), the Frank Furness-designed Recitation Hall and Venturi, Scott & Brown's controversial Trabant Student Center. Geology enthusiasts will want to visit the university's Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall on Academy Street just south of Lovett Avenue.
There is more to this college town than the cap and gown. Check out the delightful mural honoring Edgar A. Poe on a concrete wall on North Chapel Street just south of East Cleveland Avenue, and tour the Newark History Museum at 148 E. Main Street for a crash course in local history.
The Newark Reservoir on Old Paper Mill Road, north of downtown, boasts a path around its perimeter offering commanding views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Boundary markers north and west of town mark points on Delaware's border with Maryland and Pennsylvania. Most accessible is the Tangent Stone, laid in 1892, along Hopkins Bridge Road.
Catch Blue Hen fever at a Fightin' Blue Hens football game at Delaware Stadium on South College Avenue. For a change of pace, take in a free concert in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building at Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road, a film at Newark Cinema Center 3 (401 Newark Shopping Center) or commune with nature at White Clay Creek State Park, north of town on New London Road. Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club is open to the public and is just north of town at 507 Thompson Station Road.
Retailers downtown come and go, and most cater mainly to college students. But there are some gems that have stood the test of time. These include:
Abbott's Shoe Repair -- 92 E. Main. Wide selection of Boots available that suit any purpose.
Bing's Bakery-- 253 E. Main. A local landmark, Bing's has been selling delicious baked goods since 1946.
Gamble's Newark Florist--258 E. Main. Local florists with amazing and beautiful displays. Perfect for Prom Night or Mother's Day.
Wooden Wheels--301 Newark Shopping Center. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, this bike shop is the one stop spot for all of your BMX, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, or Fixed Gear needs.
Bike Line-- 212 E. Main. Local Bike store, specializing in top of the line products and extensive repair.
Grassroots -- 93 E. Main. Handcrafts for that special lady.
Herman's Quality Meat Shoppe -- 64 E. Cleveland Avenue. All-natural meat products. Open since 1967.
Minster's Jewelers -- 205 Newark Shopping Center. Family-owned since 1895.
National 5 & 10-- 66 E. Main. Family-owned variety store with souvenirs, co-ed essentials, University gear, costumes and everything in between.
Newark Newsstand -- 70 E. Main. Periodicals, tobacco products and the like.
Rainbow Books & Music -- 54 E. Main. This Newark institution has a wide selection of used and new books, vinyl, CD's, DVD, art and more.
Switch Skate & Snow -- 54 E. Main. Skateboarding is not be a crime, but failure to mention the local skate shop ought to be. Opened 1994.
Newark Natural Foods Co-op-- 280 E Main. Support local agriculture and organic produce here, where you can find all of the delicious vegetarian and vegan goodies that the chain stores don't carry.
Aunt Margaret's Antique Mall294 E Main. Amazing selection of antiques, from ancient cameras to Buddy Holly records.
The Deer Park Tavern -- 108 W. Main. This West Main Street and New London Road landmark has been a tavern since the early 1800s. Notable guests include Edgar Allan Poe who is said to have laid a curse on the entire town after tripping on his way out of the tavern. Completely renovated in 2002.
Grotto Pizza -- 45 E. Main, and at 280 College Square. Grotto's sauce-rich pie is a regional favorite. The Main Street location is popular with college students who prefer watching sports to conversing.
Jake's Wayback Burgers -- 1100 Ogletown Road. Original location of growing burger franchise.
Margarita's Pizza -- 134 E. Main. New York style slices and pies.
Newark Deli & Bagels -- 36. E. Main. Specializes in bagels.
Home Grown Cafe- 126 E. Main. Local flavor with a particular flair for vegan and vegetarian specialties. Great food, great bar, the perfect spot for a laid back dinner with friends.
Main Street Sliders-- 133 E. Main. Sliders (little burgers) like White Castle wishes they could make.
Mojo Main-- 270 E. Main. Cajun style dive bar. Specials include Tater Tots, Nachos, and Po' Boys.
Like any college town Newark has plenty of places to wet your whistle. The demise of the storied Stone Balloon where a young Bruce Springsteen played, and the stoner's favorite East End Cafe, has left:
Deer Park as the undoubted king of bars, but thirsty visitors have options. So pick one, saddle up to the bar, and order "a lager". If that gets you a Yuengling, stick around. If it gets you a blank stare, try someplace else.
Iron Hill Brewery (147 E. Main). There's no Yuengling here, but since opening in the late 1990's this popular brewpub has added six locations in the area. This is the original.
Klondike Kate's (158 E. Main Street), across the street, is a college bar with nightly specials and deejay nights, where in clement weather you can fill your belly with beer on the porch over what was once a gasoline filling station.
Timothy's (100 Creek View Road) is a vaguely Irish sports bar in a former industrial building overlooking White Clay Creek.
Home Grown Cafe-- 126 E. Main. Awesome selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles, relaxed atmosphere and live music make this a great stop for your weekend.
Mojo Main -- 270 E. Main. Two bars, 10' TV, weekly karaoke and Live DJ Dance parties make this dive a guaranteed interesting night on the town.
Catherine Rooney's -- 102 E. Main. Irish pub with specials to match. If they don't draw a shamrock in the foam of your Guinness, switch to another brew.
Cooch's Bridge -- On Old Baltimore Pike just south of town. Site of a Revolutionary War skirmish, and the only action fought on Delaware soil.
Fletchwood Inn -- 208 Fletchwood Road, Elkton, Maryland. This roadside bar has a pool table (or two) and serves beer and sells six-packs to go until 2:00AM. (In other words, one hour after liquor sales end in Delaware.)
White Clay Creek Preserve -- In nearby Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate -- 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. World-class decorative arts museum with beautiful gardens to boot.
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