Liberty State Park, New Jersey
A Visitors Guide
Created in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial, Liberty State Park is as large as New York's Central Park but is far less developed.
It is a prime waterfront location that draws 4 million visitors a year to experience the many world class park attractions.
Liberty State Park is the crown jewel of urban northeast New Jersey's parks. With a huge variety of outdoor activities and world class scenic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty State Park is one of the state's most treasured recreational parks.
The huge park has 1,122 acres of open space with 300 acres developed for public recreation.
The park is easy to access via car, bus or light rail
Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Drive,
Jersey City, NJ
(201) 915-3403 or 3404
Daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
The Park office: Open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
Things to See and Do at Liberty State Park
Getting around by car, biking or hiking
The main road through the park is Freedom Way that cuts through the center and serves as a barrier between the area closed to the public to its west and the area that is open to the public to its east. Connects with the major attractions,bike paths, walkways, and fields.
A two-mile walking, jogging, biking, and roller-blading path along the waterfront with awesome backdrop of panoramic views of lower Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The pathway connects with picnic areas, The "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial , The Interpretive Center, and the CRRNJ Terminal. There is also a "Get Fit" with the par course that runs alongside Freedom Way
The Statue of Liberty
From Liberty State Park you can just simply take in this awesome view strolling along Liberty Walk or for an in depth experience, take a ferry to the Statue from Liberty State Park. Located on Liberty Island, this 12 acre island is located just 2000 feet from Liberty State Park. The Statue of Liberty actually lies in the State of New Jersey, retaining the riparian rights to all the submerged land surrounding the statue. For a relaxing outing, you can enjoy the view by picnicking at the southern end of the park located near the Administration building. Picnic tables are provided with magnificent views of the harbor and skyline.
Ferry Service to the Statue of Liberty and Ells Island
Liberty State Park is the only location in New Jersey with ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Ferry service from Liberty State Park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is available throughout the year. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office located near the CRRNJ Terminal. Nearby parking is available for a fee. To purchase tickets and more information call 1-877-523-9849
The "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial
This is the official State of New Jersey's Memorial that honors the memory of the 749 people that lived in or had ties to New Jersey that lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The names of the deceased are engraved on the twin brushed stainless steel walls, and are within reach and engraved deep enough for hand rubbing.
Twin walls divide a gently sloped mound with a granite path heading toward Ground Zero. The length of each wall is exactly equal to one side of the former World Trade Center Towers with the height of the wall reflecting the proportion of the former buildings as if they were lying on their side. The seven hundred and forty nine (749) victims’ names from the State of New Jersey face one another on the interior elevations of the twin stainless steel walls within easy reach. The walls channel visitors to the location in the Manhattan skyline where the former World Trade Center towers once stood. The low, grassy raised bank surrounding the walls gently rises to ten feet and then gradually returns to the level of the promenade creating an amphitheater-like incline that faces Lower Manhattan. Patches of weeping cherry trees atop the raised bank reinforce the panoramic views of Lower Manhattan and the harbor.
Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. The memorial invites visitors to literally and metaphorically look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community.
The Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ)
Located in the northern section of the park, this historical rail terminal played a key role in the early days of New Jersey's transportation history. The (CRRNJ) Terminal was opened in 1864. Constructed primarily on landfill from New York City and ballast from ocean going vessels. At that time in history, the CRRNJ Terminal provided both an easy route across the Hudson and a gateway to the ocean.
From 1892 through 1954, the CRRNJ Terminal stood with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern and eastern Europeans, among others, into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at the Terminal that took them to their new homes throughout the United States.
At this time the interior historic CRRNJ Terminal Building are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage. Plans are underway to re-open the
concourse at scheduled intervals as each phase of the overall restoration permits.
Nature Interpretive Center
Temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage. The is an environmental and historical education facility located on Freedom Way. The center features exhibits focusing on the natural history and ecology of the Hudson River Estuary and offers programs for school and community groups and the general public. At this time, the staff is offering public interpretive programs. For more information and to register for any one of their programs call (201) 915-3402, ext. 109
Liberty Science Center
Located in the western section of the park, Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum and learning center with science exhibits, the largest IMAX Dome theater in the United States, numerous educational resources, and the original Hoberman sphere, a silver, computer-driven engineering artwork
Bicycles can be rented on an hourly and daily basis at the US Flag Plaza located near the Park Office at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City.
Guided Segway tours are also available, providing sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline. For more information, please contact Bike and Roll at 212-260-0400
Enjoy a Day Out with the Family
A great inexpensive way to enjoy a day with the family You can picnic at one of the many playgrounds. Barbecues are allowed. You must supply your own grills (charcoal, not propane). Located on the waterfront, there is always a nice breeze for flying a kite. Not enough, want to do more, there are spots where you can go fishing or crabbing, boating or kayaking
Popular Summer Events.
The park is active place for festivals, concerts, and other cultural happenings, and offers a great view of the fireworks displays over the water on the Fourth of July.
Other New Jersey Resources
New Jersey state and national parks, with hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and recreation areas are a diverse outdoor journey
Discover New Jersey Camping opportunities at the state operated campgrounds.
Private Camp Grounds
The popular private New Jersey camp sites and resorts open to the public and offer a wide variety of scenery, facilities, and nearby attractions for the family with kids.
They range from zoos, outdoor nature education centers, lakes, scenic settings with hiking trails, boating, living history farms and everything in between