The most popular New Jersey destinations to visit in 2018

January 25, 2018 / New Jersey

The new year is the perfect time to resolve to try new things. Shake it up a bit in 2018 with some new destinations for drinking, dining, spectating, and sightseeing. Uber compiled our anonymized trip data to compile this list of the most popular destinations in New Jersey in 2017. If you haven’t explored these exciting spots, maybe it’s time you did. And if you have, perhaps it’s time for a reprise.

Top destinations in New Jersey

Restaurant | Porta Pizzeria

A charming spot with high, tin ceilings and exposed ducts and pipes, Porta Pizzeria is fun, festive, and filled with the heady aroma of delectable Neapolitan-style pizzas baking in a hot oven. Long wooden tables and mismatched chairs add to the rustic charm of the dining room, which is lit with old-school string lights for a laid-back, late-night patio vibe. Order up a fresh, signature pie, and enjoy a specialty cocktail or a tasty selection from the extensive wine list while you wait. Later, take the party up to the rooftop, where you can take advantage of the bocce court and soak in the dazzling downtown views.

Where: 135 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Bar | Texas Arizona

Featuring sprawling digs and a younger crowd, this lively, classic sports bar draws them in for the cold beer and cocktails, the delicious pub grub, and endless games on myriad TV sets. Drink and menu specials abound Monday through Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Every Thursday night, you’ll find a live band playing your favorite danceable tunes, and DJs keep the party going into the wee hours on the weekends. Join the Texas Arizona Beer Club, and try all 250 bottled beers. As a member, you’ll get discounts and special invites to fun events throughout the year.

Where: 76 River St, Hoboken

Landmark | Morristown National Guard Armory

The Morristown National Guard Armory is a large event space housed in a former National Guard building. The site hosts the Morristown CraftMarket, the Big Brew NJ beer festival, the Morristown Wine Festival, the Jazz Supper Club Series, and a variety of expos and other events throughout the year.

Where: 430 Western Ave, Morristown

Attraction | Liberty State Park

Opposite both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, Liberty Park in Jersey City is a beloved local landmark covering around 1,200 acres and bordered by water on three sides. Located on the site of a former landfill, the park features the Liberty National Golf Club, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, and Communipaw Cove, a 36-acre state nature preserve. The park is dotted with monuments and memorials, including memorials for the Holocaust and 9/11. The Liberty Science Center at the northwestern entrance of the park is an interactive science museum for curious people of all ages.

Where: 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City

Entertainment venue | MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford

Part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, MetLife Stadium is the home base for the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, the stadium hosts more than 20 NFL games each year, along with concerts featuring national acts like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift. You’ll find plenty to nosh on here, including Bubba Burger, New York Delicatessen, Thumann’s, and the Muscle Maker Grill. Guided tours of the stadium offer a close-up view of premium spaces like the Commissioner’s Club, Coaches Club, luxury suites, the press box, and the field.

Where: 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford

Park | Pier A Park

Pier A Park offers stunning views of the New York City skyline from its expansive green lawns, where locals gather to sunbathe, picnic, and pick up a game of tag or frisbee. Home to a number of local festivals and fairs, the park offers wide sidewalks for jogging or strolling, and local sports-women and men congregate to do a little fishing from the pier. The Pier A Harbor House is a 28,000-square-foot historical site offering cocktails and gastropub dining as well as an outdoor patio for enjoying fine food and drinks with a perfect view of the Manhattan sunset.

Where: 100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken

Shopping | Newport Centre

Newport Centre is a three-level shopping destination located in the heart of the Newport Hudson Waterfront Community. Anchored by department stores JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Sears, the sprawling mall features more than 130 specialty and boutique shops and a state-of-the-art, 11-screen movie theatre showing the latest releases. The 1,000-seat Dining Pavilion houses nearly 20 eateries, and on-site restaurants include Panera Bread, Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, The Cheesecake Factory, and Johnny Rockets.

Where: 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City

Our riders know fun when they see it. If you haven’t yet explored any of these destinations, put them on your bucket list, and make some plans with your pals to try something new in 2018.