Join a Guided Bicycle Tour

The last guided tours of Newark’s historic buildings were on November 10th and 17th, 2018. Here are photos from that event. Please check back here for future tour dates in 2019.

This five-mile bike tour, researched and authored by building historian Gemma Tierney, features over twenty of Newark’s historic buildings. Tour guides Jim Jones and Jamie Magee will discuss the histories of Newark and of each building, as well as the buildings’ architectural features. The tour loops around the Main Street vicinity, with a couple of outlying stops, for a total of twelve stops. The duration of each stop ranges from five to ten minutes, during which the guide will discuss the buildings, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The tour begins at Academy Building lawn, which is the square at the southeast corner of East Main Street and Academy Street. Close to the middle of the tour, there will be a fifteen-minute break at a coffee shop. The tour ends at Deer Park Tavern, where tour participants are invited to continue the conversation.

Tour Dates in 2018: Saturday November 10th and 17th, 10:00am.

Start location: on Main Street, Newark. Email us to register, and we'll confirm the start location for your date.

End location: Deer Park Tavern (108 West Main Street)

Time: 10:00 am-12:30pm; after the tour, participants are invited to continue the conversation at Deer Park Tavern, where the tour ends. Plan to arrive at the start 10 minutes early to check-in and sign a waiver.

Difficulty: The tour route is fairly flat. We ride at low to medium speed (usually no more than 10 m.p.h.) in light to medium weekend morning traffic, and will not leave anyone behind. Not recommended for children under 10. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult participant.

Cost: This tour event is free, but donations are encouraged to help offset direct costs and support our non-profit sponsoring organizations.

Register: Space is limited! Email with your date preference, name, and any questions.

Remember to bring...

  • your bike, with pumped up tires
  • water
  • helmets recommended, and required for anyone under 18
  • sunblock
  • comfortable clothes
  • street shoes (not cycling) recommended because we will be walking around at some stops
  • optionally, bring money or a charge card for a 15 minute restroom and coffee stop and at the end at Deer Park Tavern.
  • bring a bike lock if you wish to stay afterward at the Deer Park to hang out
  • this tour is free, but any donations will be split between BikeNewark and Newark Bike Project. No tips are accepted by the tour guides.

The tour route and sample photos

Academy Building

Newark Train Station

Deer Park Tavern

Curtis Mansion