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Four Fun Newark Attractions (and How Self-Storage Can Make Them Even Better)

Despite its status as the third oldest city in the U.S., Newark continues to offer a fresh new perspective on the arts and sciences, the glories of nature and insights into many other cultural fields. Here are four of Newark's most interesting attractions for residents and guests to explore and enjoy, along with some ideas about using self-storage facilities to streamline these activities year after year.

Newark Museum

One of the top-rated tourist attractions in Newark, the Newark Museum, combines the best in natural science, fine art and history to provide an eclectic blend of exhibits sure to suit a wide range of tastes. The museum recently received a donation of 145 works of contemporary and modern African art from noted scholar Dr. Simon Ottenberg. The carefully controlled climate conditions in the Newark Museum are designed to protect this valuable collection. "I chose the Newark Museum since it is a first-rate institution of long standing," said Ottenberg. This gift will further cement the Newark Museum's already illustrious reputation for its African art.

Branch Brook Park

Home of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Newark's Branch Brook Park is also the first county-run park to be opened to the public. More than 2,700 Japanese cherry trees are located throughout the park and provide a stunning display of floral colors each spring.

The park is also home to the Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, the subject of a recent documentary entitled, The Rink. According to the film's producers, "Branch Brook is one of the last urban roller rinks in the tri-state area."

More than just a lovely place to take a springtime stroll or a turn around the roller rink, Branch Brook Park also maintains a working greenhouse where employees participate in urban gardening and hydroponic projects designed to increase knowledge and awareness of modern agricultural techniques.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Stunning architecture and beautiful stained-glass windows make this National Historic Landmark well worth the trip. Started in 1899 and finally completed and dedicated in 1954, the Cathedral Basilica serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Newark and is known for the reliefs, mosaics and exquisite decorations that cover nearly every inch of its exterior and interior. Annual Christmas concerts and other events held at this beautiful cathedral attract crowds each year from both the religious and secular communities within Newark.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Located west of Newark, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is home to numerous plants, animals and insects. It is especially beloved by waterfowl during their annual migrations; American black ducks, blue-winged and green-winged teal, wood ducks, mallards, Canada geese and many other species of migratory waterfowl have been reported in the area.

The U.S. Federal Wildlife Service recommends the use of waterproof footwear and protective outerwear while exploring the park during the summer months: "Mosquitoes, ticks and deer flies may be numerous from May to September throughout the refuge, so insect repellent and protective clothing are advisable."

After the hiking season is over, coveralls and waterproof boots can be cleaned and packed away into a storage unit to await next year's expedition into the wild.

While exploring the numerous attractions and activities available in Newark, residents should also consider the benefits of a self-storage unit in managing the equipment, gear and tools needed to fully enjoy these activities. Self-storage facilities can help free up space at home while providing clean and climate-controlled units ideal for seasonal storage needs.

If you are in need of a self-storage unit, look for surrounding self storage locations online.

"Pioneering Scholar of Nigerian Art Gifts Major Collection to the Newark Museum", ArtDaily.org - http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=62853#.UcBwkthkllM

"Wheels Keep on Turning: 'The Rink' Documents Newark's Last Roller Skating Haven", NJ.com - http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/05/rink_branch_brook_newark_film.html

"Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: Plan Your Visit", U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Great_Swamp/visit/plan_your_visit.html

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