Parks & Nature

Hudson County offers a variety of exciting things to do outdoors including biking, eco-cruises, paddling, enjoying views of the New York Harbor, and the many parks in each city! Be sure to contact our Parks & Recreation department to discover the best places to try near your hotel.

While visiting the area, be sure to take advantage of the beautiful views and outdoor recreation available throughout Hudson County. Grab the whole family and bike the Hudson Loop, visit Liberty State Park on New York Harbor, stop by Lincoln Park, and more. Talk to us about more options for groups and families!

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Liberty State Park | Historic Gateway to America

Liberty State Park is a green oasis in the middle of Metropolitan northern New Jersey. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, Liberty State Park is one of the state’s most dramatic parks. See what programs are offered at Friends of Liberty State Park.

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The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), a grand setting for much of New Jersey’s transportation history in the northeast, sits prominently at the north end of the park. A two-mile promenade, Liberty Walk links the picnic area, Interpretive Center and the CRRNJ Terminal while presenting visitors with a sweeping view of the Hudson River. An outdoor performance area and other improvements mark the northern section of the park, while the western portion is dominated by the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center.

Liberty State Park also is the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

     

Visit Near by New Jersey’s Scenic By Ways

New Jersey’s scenic byways highlight transportation corridors that have outstanding scenic, natural, recreational, cultural, historic or archaeological significance. Scenic byways highlight transportation corridors that have outstanding scenic, natural, recreational, cultural, historic or archaeological significance. They represent the uniqueness and diversity of the state and together the byways tell stories about New Jersey’s history, natural features, recreational opportunities and beauty.

Visit Hudson County’s nearest Byway at the Palisades Scenic ByWay at Palisades Interstate Park. The Palisades Interstate Parkway provides a scenic 42-mile ride from the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge north to Bear Mountain State Park in New York. The 13-mile New Jersey section was designated as a New Jersey Scenic Byway in 2005.

The New Jersey portion of this Byway is located in the Palisades Interstate Park that is approximately 12 miles long and a half mile wide in Bergen County. The Byway consists of the Palisades Interstate Parkway located on top of the cliffs and the Henry Hudson Drive located between the Parkway and the Hudson River.

The Western Highlands Byway passes through thousands of acres of protected open space as it travels through the Newark Pequanock Watershed, hugs the Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area and continues along the Wawayanda State Park. It is situated in the northwest corner of the New Jersey Highlands which lies in portions of Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties and was created to protect the watersheds and environmentally sensitive areas of this region of the state from the pressures of overdevelopment.

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