Panoramic aerial view Statue of Liberty, Jersey City, and Manhattan cityscape

Things to do in  Jersey City

Liberty by the sea

Jersey City is a place that straddles two worlds. The second-largest city in New Jersey after Newark, it is also part of the New York City metropolitan area, and its waterfront views look right onto the heights of Manhattan’s skyline. Technically, Jersey City’s biggest claims to fame are the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both of which fall within its jurisdiction. As the most diverse city in the United States, its dynamic neighborhoods, multicultural restaurants, Powerhouse Arts District, and Liberty Science Center also number among its charms.

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Liberty State Park

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Liberty State Park, a revitalized urban area in Jersey City, is a departure spot for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Once an industrial area, the land has always been crucial for arrivals to the Big Apple: The 1,000-acre park has views of the New York City skyline, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty.More

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When to visit

Spring is an excellent time to visit Jersey City. The full summer crowds won’t yet have descended on the ever-popular Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, while the weather will reward travelers strolling the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. Autumn is also another good time to visit, thanks to popular annual events like the Annual Cultural Diversity Festival and the McGinley Square Live Music Series.

Getting around

The closest airport to Jersey City is Newark Liberty International Airport. The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) transit system serves four different stations in Jersey City (Newport, Exchange Place, Grove Street, and Journal Square) and two in Manhattan (World Trade Center and 33 Street). Transit trains and buses can also be used to navigate the city. Ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can be caught at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

Traveler tips

New York City might be known for its pizza, but as the New York Times’ restaurant critic Pete Wells controversially claimed, the area’s best pizza is actually found in Jersey City, at a restaurant called Razza. Try the classic margherita as well as in-house specialties, and make the call for yourself.

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Is it worth visiting Jersey City?

Yes, it’s worth visiting Jersey City. Not only is the city home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but green spaces like Liberty State Park (including its 9/11 memorial) and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway are lovely to visit. The new Liberty Science Center rounds out the city’s attractions.

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What is Jersey City best known for?

Jersey City is best known as the home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as Liberty State Park. It is also notable for being the most diverse city in the country and the second-largest city in New Jersey, and it offers knockout views of the Manhattan skyline.

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What is the nicest part of Jersey City?

It’s hard to beat Jersey City's waterfront, which offers incredible Manhattan views, green spaces like Liberty State Park, and numerous walking trails. Jersey City’s Historic Downtown area is also picturesque, with its restored brownstones and other heritage buildings. And taking the ferry to the Statue of Liberty is a bucket-list experience.

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How do I spend a day in Jersey City?

Begin with a stroll through Jersey City’s scenic waterfront, including Liberty State Park. After a pizza lunch at the top-rated Razza, visit a museum like the Liberty Science Center or Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum. Discover the Powerhouse and Riverview arts districts before attending a performance at Mana Contemporary.

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Is Jersey City walkable?

Yes, Jersey City is very walkable, and many of its top sights are actually best discovered on foot. The spectacular sights along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway reward pedestrians, while trails in Liberty State Park extend all the way to the Liberty Landing Marina. Downtown is equally scenic and accessible.

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How do you get around Jersey City?

There are numerous public transportation options that make getting around Jersey City a breeze. Multiple PATH trains and NJ Transit light-rail services make charting the city easy, and much of Jersey City exists on a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly scale. Taxis and ride-hailing services also provide seamless journeys around town.

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