If you’re looking for diverse experiences, Bayonne is a great place to start. This multi-cultural city embodies Hudson County’s American Mosaic ethos, with large Latino, Indian, Egyptian, and Filipino communities. In fact, Bayonne is home to the largest Egyptian Community Coptic community outside of Egypt!
When you’re in the mood for a getaway, Bayonne’s Cape Liberty Cruise Port offers Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, and TUI Cruises departures for everywhere from the Bahamas to Bermuda, and beyond.
Bayonne’s iconic Tear Drop Memorial, built to commemorate the victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, is also located along the city’s waterfront. This 10-story sculpture was an official gift from the Russian government.
As expected, this diversity means local food is authentic and flavorful. Let your taste buds whisk you away to Egypt at the authentic A1 Grill, enjoy the Italian food New Jersey is known for at the authentic Buon Appetito restaurant, or enjoy authentic local favorites like Café Bello and Little Food Café for tasty bites in hip digs. And, don’t miss breakfast at 24-hour Broadway Diner, a Bayonne version of the Jersey Shore staple that serves up “the best pancakes in the world.”
To work off those calories, head to one of the city’s many parks, including the waterfront Stephen R. Gregg Park, the serene Hackensack RiverWalk, or bike or walk across the Bayonne Bridge, the third-longest steel arch bridge in the world.
5 Reasons to Visit Bayonne
- Sail Away: Bayonne is a cruiser’s paradise, with ports for major lines like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port. Even better? You can conveniently park here as well.
- Take a Bike Ride: With the local Hudson Bike Share, you can rent some wheels and explore Bayonne on bike—be it a ride along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway or a scenic cycle through Stephen R. Gregg Park. Stations are available throughout Bayonne.
- Go Fishing: Richard A. Rutkowski Park is filled with great fishing holes, not to mention a quarter-mile long wooden pathway to enjoy the water vistas. You can also fish at the nearby Dennis P. Collins Park fishing pier, which is also a great spot for birding.
- See the Tear Drop Memorial: Set along the Bayonne waterfront, where the Twin Towers once stood as the backdrop, the Tear Drop Memorial commemorates those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- Watch Pro Soccer (Coming Soon!): NJ Teamsters FC is an American pro soccer club based in Bayonne; the team is set to begin playing as part of the National Independent Soccer Association in 2021.