Jersey City, NJ - A Visitors Guide

Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City, NJ is a vibrant destination that offers a wide range of visitor attractions. With waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling city

One of the must-visit attractions in Jersey City is Liberty State Park. Located on the waterfront, this expansive park offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. There is no better view in the world than Jersey City’s view of the harbor, overseeing the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is a must. Learn about the millions of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island on their journey to America and gain a deeper understanding of the country's rich cultural heritage.

If you're looking for a unique shopping and dining experience, head to the vibrant downtown area of Jersey City. Here, you'll find a wide array of boutiques, art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Don't miss the chance to try some of the city's famous food trucks, offering a variety of cuisines from around the world.

Jersey City also boasts a thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries and performance spaces. Catch a show at the historic Loew's Jersey Theatre or explore the exhibitions at the Mana Contemporary Art Center.

It is also a city with fascinating small ethnic neighborhoods, modern high rise condo towers, and attractions that include museums, a nationally recognized science learning center, and unbeatable, world class harbor views overlooking the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Jersey City is steep in history. Before the Civil War, the city was an important stop on the Underground Railroad that led to a secret trail of safe houses that helped runaway slaves escape from the southern plantations. Four main railroad routes converged in Jersey City, and thousands of slaves passed through here on their way to freedom.

For travelers visiting New York City, Jersey City is a popular place to stay overnight with less expensive hotels, and excellent PATH train service that take you directly to midtown or lower Manhattan.

Jersey City ’s Neighborhood’s

The Grove Street area, with easy access from the PATH station, is the center of downtown activity with arts, restaurants, and nightlife.

Van Vorst Park is one of the city’s nicest neighborhoods, with tree lined historic brownstone homes, and a convenient walk to the Grove Street Path station, café’s and restaurants.

Paulus Hook is a charming neighborhood of Brownstone Row Houses with an excellent view of New York City and is convenient to the ferries to and from Manhattan. It also has many restaurants, arts and shopping throughout the mostly residential district.

The Jersey City financial waterfront, known as Exchange Place, is home to many large financial firms and tall office towers. 30 Hudson Street, at 781 ft and 42 floors, is the tallest building in New Jersey, and the tallest building in the United States which is not within its metro area's largest city.

However, like many financial centers it’s virtually deserted after 6 PM.

Journal Square is anchored by the Loews Jersey movie palace, which is also home to live music and art works. A short walk from Journal Square is Little India, where you can sniff the aroma of spices, and sample some of the excellent Indian restaurants.

Newport is a complex of residential condos, office buildings, a marina, restaurants, hotels and the Newport Center Mall with on-site parking for more than 15,000 vehicles.

Jersey City’s Major Attractions

Statue of Liberty

Liberty State Park
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.

With sweeping views of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and ferries to all of the above, it is the home of The "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial, The Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), Nature Interpretive Center, Liberty Science Center, and Ferry Service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It has playgrounds, picnic areas, bike paths, jogging paths, estuary, gardens, a marina and a large, beautiful restaurant with an awesome view. The park is host to many festivals, concerts, and other cultural happenings, and offers a great view of the fireworks displays over the water on the Fourth of July.
Learn more

Liberty National Golf Course
Liberty National Golf Course is the world's most expensive golf course. Opened in 2006, it stretches along New York Harbor with awesome waterfront views of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

Jersey City Museum
Located in the historic Van Horst district of Jersey City, it contains a collection of more than 20,000 objects of regionally significant art and historical objects, and important 20th century acquisitions. The Collection includes over 300 paintings and works on paper by local illustrator and landscape painter August Will (1834-1910), as well as drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, maps, textiles, decorative arts and industrial objects.

Places To Stay

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Located two blocks from the Pavonia/Newport PATH train station with easy access to Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, Tribeca and Soho in NYC. Also near the PATH Train via Exchange Place one stop to the World Trade Center and New York Financial District.

Marriott Courtyard

Marriott Courtyard
Walking distance to PATH train and ten minutes to NYC. Near Newport Center Mall and 1 block from waterfront.
Swimming Pool, Fitness Center, Broadband Internet Access, Kitchen, Hot Tub, Whirlpool Bath

Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency
Walking distance to PATH train and ten minutes to NYC for shopping & entertainment.
Waterfront and skyline view of NYC
Fitness Center, Indoor Lap Pool, Promenade for Running - Walking

Westin Jersey City Newport

Westin Jersey City Newport
Located on the waterfront in the Newport section with awesome views of NYC. Has many business and leisure amenities including an on site restaurant, the Fire & Oak.
Minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, and one block from the Pavonia/Newport PATH station to New York City.

Jersey City B & B

Jersey City Bed & Breakfast
B & B with 3 rooms. 10 minute walk to the PATH train station with a 10 minute ride into Manhattan. Includes soda, and use of computer, printer and office supplies, and box office movies.