With diverse dining and a dazzling waterfront, Bayonne is one of Hudson County’s best-kept secrets. Here, everyone from cyclists and nature lovers to foodies and history buffs can get their fair share of fun. If you’re looking to get your authentic fill of this hidden gem, you’re in for a treat. Here’s how to spend a half-day exploring the best Bayonne has to offer.
Tiny Trip Highlights:
- Grab a bite at A1 Grill or Broadway Diner
- Walk or bike the Bayonne Bridge Walkway
- Stroll through Stephen R. Gregg Park
- Visit the Tear Drop Memorial
Trip Time: 2-4 hours
This trip is best traveled by car, although it’s accessible via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Cyclists can enjoy on bike, too, with rentals available via JerseyBike.
First, fuel up at one of Bayonne’s beloved local favorites. A1 Grill, a traditional Egyptian restaurant, pays tribute to Bayonne’s large Egyptian Coptic community—the largest outside of Egypt. Or, head to Broadway Diner for 24-hour breakfast, not to mention the “best pancakes in the world.”
From here, drive over to the bucket-list-worthy Bayonne Bridge Walkway, a 12-foot-wide path across the Bayonne Bridge that’s perfect for pedestrians and cyclists. This unique experience, accessible from Bayonne’s John F. Kennedy Blvd. between Sixth and Seventh streets, connects to Trantor Place, south of Innis Street, on Staten Island. The path is roughly one and a half miles long.
After your bridge walk, don’t miss the city’s stellar park scene, including Stephen R. Gregg Park, a nearly 100-acre stretch of greenspace along the Bayonne waterfront. Top-notch features include cherry blossom trees, an ornamental garden, and a half-mile Newark Bay-view waterfront promenade, where everyone from joggers to local fishermen flock to soak up the views.
Finally, take a drive over to the Tear Drop Memorial, a 10-story sculpture built to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.