Things to see and do at Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ

Amidst the bustling city life of Jersey City, New Jersey, is a beautiful haven called Liberty State Park. The park, once a busy industrial area of the 19th and early 20th centuries, is now a scenic nature and historical site. With the Hudson River running along side the park, views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, this is a New Jersey destination people need to experience and enjoy.

At the entrance to the park are the flags of all 50 states in order of their admittance to the Union. Next to the Visitors Center is Flag Plaza, with 13 United States flags representing the 13 original colonies. To the right of those flags are more flags, duplicates of those flown during the Revolutionary War. Columbus Monument, which commemorates the Columbus Quincentennial Celebration, is located at North Cove on the north end of the park. Liberty Walk, on the east side of the park, is a 2 mile long promenade that runs near the Hudson River. The walkway goes by the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) terminal at the north end, the Interpretive Center, the Statue of Liberty Overlook, and the picnic area at the south end of the park, which has views of the harbor and the Manhattan Skyline. In addition, at the south end of the park is South Overlook, were Liberation Monument is located. This is a tribute to our soldiers, and is a holocaust memorial that stands as reminder to everyone about our country’s past, and how we came to the aid of those that needed help, and freedom.

The Interpretive Center is an education center that teaches about the history of the area and the environmental significance of the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area. The 36 acres nature area is next to the center, and it has a salt marsh, and a tidal marsh at the estuary of the Hudson River. There are nature trails throughout this area that have observation points to view the unique wildlife of these habitats, where one might see horseshoe crabs, wood ducks, and a variety of shorebirds, to name a few. Bird watching is another activity that is popular at the park. For more information about special programs that are on going throughout the year at the Interpretive Centergo online and read The Green Oasis, the official newsletter of the park. It gives the dates and times of programs at the center and other events at the parks, along with informational articles about the park.

The park is 1,122 acres, and 300 of these acres have been developed for recreational use. Throughout the park are pathways for walking, jogging, or biking, along with picnic areas and a playground. A par course is also available for a more strenuous physical workout.

Only 2000 feet away from the park is the Statue of Liberty. There is a ferry service, Circle Line Ferry, which takes people from the park, to the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. The ferry runs everyday (except Christmas), from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and tickets can be purchased at the CRRNJ terminal.

Liberty Science Center, at the west end of the park, has nine permanent exhibits. The exhibits show how science and technology affects our everyday lives. There are also interactive exhibits, and fun demonstrations designed for kids of all ages. A digital 3D theatre shows three dimensional science flicks and 3D laser shows produced to teach and entertain all that see them. Liberty Science center is also the home of the IMAX Dome Theatre, which is the largest IMAX theatre in the United States. A must see for all who visit. The center is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

For the anglers and crabbers, the Hudson River area of the park, is a great place to relax and catch a few. There are striped bass, blue fish, shad, and blue claw crabs. All fishing and crabbing has to be done according to the New Jersey Game and Fish Department laws so learn what the limits are, then go out and enjoy the day.

On the grounds of the park, for those with an appetite, is Liberty House Restaurant. Their featured foods are seafood, steaks, chops and a sushi bar. There are also banquet rooms available for weddings or other events. May through September the restaurant presents Art in the Park, where artists gather and do their craft and people can watch as they paint and draw. Finished art pieces are available for purchase. It is a free event open to the public.

Liberty Landing Marina is open for boaters and accesses the Hudson River. The marina is open all year, and has docking facilities that can berth boats up to 23 feet. Liberty Landing also has restaurants and maritime shops.

There are activities in Liberty State Park for ages; walking, biking, garden areas to sit and enjoy, a playground, boating, kayaking and canoeing on the river, a ferry service, and a shuttle bus to take people around the park. Whatever you are up for, you can find it at Liberty State Park. Moreover, while you are doing your favorite activities, do not forget to enjoy the views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan Skyline. The park is truly a one of a kind recreational area filled with history, science, and fun.