Newark (Delaware)

Joseph Dean & Son Woolen Mill

Newark is in Delaware.


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.

Get in

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. DE-273 continues directly onto East Main Street (which becomes one-way westbound at Library Avenue).

By bus

By train

Newark's historic train station

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 Wilmington/Newark line, and fare from Center City Philadelphia and the university stops (Temple University and University City) is $6.50 one way. Regular Amtrak service is available from nearby Wilmington station, with both standard-speed Northeast Corridor trains and high-speed Acela Express trains serving the station. SEPTA service from Newark is only available on weekdays in the morning and evening hours; daily service from Wilmington is more regular.

The Maryland Transit Authority is currently considering extending its MARC Train Penn Line service to Newark. This would allow for direct travel to Baltimore and Washington via commuter rail.

Get around

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. Bike lanes in Newark run in the same direction as automobile traffic.

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. The N1 route runs from 8:51 AM - 3:46 PM. Be aware that this route runs every two hours. This route only stops at the train station at 11:57 AM. Routes N2 and N3 are primarily for commuters.

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.


John Evans House

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. Wildlife, especially birds, flock to the area. Fishing is not permitted.

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.


White Clay Creek

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:



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:


Go next

Routes through Newark

Baltimore Aberdeen  SW  NE  Wilmington Philadelphia
Philadelphia Wilmington  N  S  Perryville Baltimore
END  SW  NE  Wilmington Philadelphia

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