Jersey City continues to evolve into a hub of diverse ethnic restaurants, outdoor bistros, breweries and distilleries, art galleries and venues to enjoy live music in intimate settings. Jersey City features a mosaic of cultures, cuisine and people that reflect the flavors and influences of dozens of countries. Feel the pulse of multicultural influences all over the world, celebrate at a colorful festival, take in a dance performance, listen to the music outdoors at Groove on Grove or hop on the ferry to explore American icons: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Plus, it’s just minutes from Manhattan. Jersey City is bordered by the Hudson River Waterfront overlooking all of Manhattan and features 30 miles of waterfront walkway with a multitude of restaurants and small attractions along the way, such as the well-known Colgate Clock, Powerhouse Arts district and the Newport Carousel and Ice Skating Rink, to name a few.
Jersey City’s cultural diversity and vibrancy is a welcome escape and will have you feeling right at home. A region of incredible historical significance, Jersey City has welcomed newcomers to the United States for centuries through Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. You have the fastest, most direct access to these iconic landmarks from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. From the Greenville neighborhood to the bustling Downtown area, Jersey City is engulfed in a blanket of diversity and growth. Moreover, a fast-expanding skyline, a collection of schools, and an integrated transportation system help to make Jersey City a top contender among the cities that line the Hudson River.
Top Reasons to Visit:
- Walk along the Hudson River waterfront and take in the breathtaking views of Manhattan thaqt you only get from the Hudson County side..
- Don’t miss the free art and music events throughout the entire year.
- Catch a ferry to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which are part of Hudson County, and just 2,000 feet away.
- Awaken young minds at the Liberty Science Center with hundreds of exhibitions and amazing films in the nation’s largest IMAX Theater.
- Celebrate at one of the city’s many ethnic festivals.
- Join the fun at Groove on Grove and one of the many outdoor seasonal concerts and festivals.
- Enjoy more affordable lodging, dining and shopping.
Stay and Eat
Many restaurants and hotels offer rooftop dining where you can enjoy a spectacular, unsurpassed view of the New York City Skyline. Only 4 miles from New York City, Jersey City has over 40 top quality hotels offering competitive pricing to those in New York City and group rate rooms. Many of the hotels sit directly along the Hudson River offering rooms with a view!
Jersey City is home to Liberty State Park, a 1200 acre open space of walking trails, biking trails, picnic areas and promenades. Liberty State Park is one of the country’s most dramatic parks showcasing the view of the Statue of Liberty and all of lower Manhattan. It also offers the fastest, most direct ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty at the Central Terminal Historical Building. The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in the Liberty State Park is a stunning memorial which overlooks the original site of the Twin Towers, which is now the home to One World Trade Center.
One of the best science museums in the northeast and suitable for all ages, is the Liberty Science Center, an absolute must for your Jersey City bucket list. Located within Liberty State Park, the science center is home to the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and a number of exciting exhibitions you won’t find anywhere else!