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Liberty State Park is Jersey City’s Best Hangout Spot

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Liberty State Park in downtown Jersey City is as picturesque and historical as it can get in this part of the state of New Jersey. While small in stature and lacking expansive mountain passes, campgrounds, and hiking trails, Liberty State Park is a fantastic getaway for residents of Northern New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area. More than 1,200 acres of land make up this state park that sits right on the Hudson River. This scenic recreation area is the go-to spot for views of Lady Liberty on Ellis Island. What’s more, this park is the perfect go-between for residents of New Jersey and New York.

What to Do at Liberty State Park

This state park in the Garden State is the spot to view the park’s namesake: The Statue of Liberty. The Park is an easily accessible and scenic trip for the whole family, couples, or groups of friends. The breathtaking view of the Manhattan Skyline is often enough to make the journey worthwhile.

Park guests can use facilities for hiking, walking, and biking around the park. The Liberty Walk is a popular start to the trip. Visitors can walk or bike along this two-mile promenade towards the park’s picnic areas and playgrounds. Tourists can take in miles of city views on the horizon from the comfort of the park’s grassy, green fields. The “Green Oasis” also makes for the perfect area to play outdoor games and sports.

Guests of Liberty State Park will experience waterfront views at every turn. The Hudson River and Liberty Landing Marina are accessible to visitors who want to go fishing, crabbing, boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Visiting fishers and watermen can cast from land, secure a boat launch permit, or drop their kayak in the water for free. Whether fishing, paddling, or just hanging out, the riverfront area is the spot to be when the weather gets warm at Liberty State Park.

How to Get There

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The Park address is 1 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City, NJ 07305. The area is part of New Jersey’s Hudson County and is located just below NYC. Travelers arriving at Liberty State Park need only follow (the aptly named) Freedom Way as well as the Liberty Walk to access historic sites, education centers, skyline views, riverfront scenes, the free parking lot, and more.

Liberty State Park is close to areas in New York City like Brooklyn and major metro hubs in Jersey like Hoboken. The Park has a light rail stop nearby and is also accessible via ferry from Manhattan. The park’s accessibility to these nearby places makes it an easy stop during a day of shopping, dining, or viewing live entertainment.

Planning Your Trip

Liberty State Park is home to an array of historic landmarks and opportunities for education! Tourists exploring this park can take advantage of the on-site ferry service to Ellis Island, visit the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRNJ Terminal), and pay homage to the World Trade Center at the Empty Sky Memorial for 9/11. Moreover, park-goers can learn about local history at the park’s Interpretive Center and experience the Liberty Science Center exhibits.

Liberty State Park is an easy choice for a day outdoors in a well-kept recreation area for visitors in NJ, NYC, and the surrounding area. Often, people will plan a trip to this park to experience live entertainment like concerts and outdoor events. Travelers come time and time again for a pet-friendly park, superb accommodations, and of course, the age-old view of Liberty Island.

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