Jersey City Things to Do

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    The Ellis Island

    by jeffjun Updated Sep 10, 2005

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    The station opened in 1892 to process the 12 million immigrants pouring into NY harbor area. These people supplied the labor and in some cases the expertise used during the industrial revolution in this country. Today, over half of the people living in US can trace their ancestry back to those immigrants.

    Ferry service is available from Liberty State Park in Jersey City and Battery Park in NYC.
    Tickets: $10
    Hours of operation: 9:30am - 3:30pm

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    The Statue of Liberty

    by jeffjun Updated Sep 10, 2005

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    The statue was dedicated in 1886. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of US. Its original intent was to symbolize a common belief in democracy. It quickly became an universal symbol of hope and freedom, especially to those immigrants fleeing political and religious persecution in Europe and the Soviet Union.

    Ferry service is available from Liberty State Park in Jersey City and Battery Park in NYC.
    Tickets: $10
    Hours of operation: 9:30am - 3:30pm

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    Liberty State Park

    by jeffjun Written Sep 10, 2005

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    NJ's first largest urban state park. Open year round. Facilities and services include ferry services to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, visitor's center, CRRNJ Terminal, Liberty Walk, Liberty Landing Marina, Liberty Science Center, walking trails, and picnic areas.

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    CRRNJ (Central Railroad of New Jersey) Terminal

    by jeffjun Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    The terminal was constructed in 1889. It was expanded to its current dimension in 1914 due to increased rail and ferry traffic. Besides transporting hundreds and thousands of commuters to NYC, the terminal was used by about two thirds of the immigrants processed on Ellis Island, finding their way to a new life.

    The terminal is now the focal point of the three-part historic centerpiece that it shares with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on the Jersey City waterfront. The partially restored terminal is used as a visitors' center and for exhibits and social and cultural events. The "Blue Comet" Auditorium on the first floor was formerly a ladies' waiting room and part of the ticket office; it is used for interpretive programs about the facility. Ferries now leave from the front of the terminal to take visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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    Liberty Science Center

    by moiraistyx Updated Mar 8, 2009

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    I surprised Richie and the boys with a day trip to the Liberty Science Center this past Saturday. I was sure that they would enjoy themselves, but I didn't realize that they would have such a fantastic time. Each one of the boys had their favorite activity at the center, but I think that Patrick has the best memory from the center. As part of their skyscraper exhibit they have a high rise walk that visitors can actually do. It really isn't all that high, about a floor or so, but it's still pretty scary. They fasten each person with a harness and a rope and one at a time let them walk the beams. Patrick said that it was very scary. Sebastian almost took the walk but backed down at the last moment. There are several things for kids and grown ups to do here and most of it offers some type of hands on activity. In their exhibit Eat and Be Eaten, visitors are greeted by a wildlife exhibit with a little bit of everything from bugs to lizards to fish. The entry fee for the exhibits is actually a bit on the pricey side, but luckily I have an ASTC membership with another museum so we got in for free. If you want you can see one of the many IMAX shows and a flight simulator. Through out the museum there are live demonstrations of scientific principals including a really neat on on the states of matter. If the little ones get hungry, you can stop at the snack bar. Richie got a yogurt and fruit cup for just under $4.00. We brought our own snacks and drinks since experience has taught us that if we don't we're gonna drop a fortune at the snack bar.

    Hours are:
    Monday-closed
    Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Saturday-Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    General Admission
    Exhibits Only
    Adult (13+) Junior (2-12) Senior (62+) Teacher Infant(under 2)
    $15.75 $11.50 $11.50 $5.00 FREE
    IMAX Only
    $9.00 $7.00 $7.00 $8.00 N/A
    JD Williams Only
    $4.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.50 FREE
    JD Williams Feature
    $9.00 $7.00 $7.00 $8.00 FREE

    Combo Tickets

    Exhibits + JDW (R) + IMAX
    $24.50 $18.50 $18.50 $14.50 N/A
    Exhibits + IMAX
    $22.75 $17.50 $17.50 $12.00 FREE

    Patrick braving the high rise walk Patrick braving the high rise walk The boys building a skyscraper Sebastian finding out how much he weighs in space the boys learning about erosion and the Hudson The boys building a skyscraper Sebastian finding out how much he weighs in space the boys learning about erosion and the Hudson
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    THE STATUE OF LIBERY

    by moiraistyx Written Mar 9, 2009

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    Believe it or not, I have lived in New York for most of my life and up until this past Saturday had never seen The Statue of Liberty. We got lucky and happened to be in between floors at the Liberty Science Center when I looked out the window and saw the statue. The boys thought this was the coolest thing since none of them or Richie had seen The Statue of Liberty before.

    If you want to actually see more than just a view of the Statue of Liberty you can always take one of the many ferry boats to see the statue. There is not entrance fee to the statue, but there is a fee to ride the ferry. Prices start at $12 for an adult, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for children ages 4-12. If you want to go inside the statue you must have a monument access ticket from the ferry company. You can visit the statue most any day from 9-5. It is closed on Christmas Day.

    The Statue zoomed in from the observation deck The Statue zoomed in from the observation deck The Statue of Liberty not zoomed The Statue of Liberty not zoomed
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    Liberty State Park

    by barbskie Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    A drop here was no regret. This park , was opened in 1976 to celebrate the United States bicentinneal and features a beautiful, well-kept public space and a spectacular views of the New Yorker skyline, Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
    A must see area!

    Liberty State Park

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    Liberty Walk

    by barbskie Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    We took advantage of the miles of walkways by walking and enjoy the New Yorker skyline. For those who have enough time, jogging, biking, rollerblading is very inviting to do. More than that, get fit with the par course that runs along Freedom Way.

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  • Liberty State Park- drive all the way thru!

    by DonnaBella Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Breathtaking! We did the Ellis Island/Statue thing in the morning. Go as EARLY as possible. Then you will have an easier time leaving, as the ferry boat lines tend to be long. ALSO, try to use the NJ Side to visit Lady Liberty, as Battery Park from NY has a launch, too, but the lines were 4x as long as NJ Liberty Pk return lines. AFTER you visit the islands, drive thru to the Liberty State Park area. WOWIE! It's beautiful. Park close to the information bldg, go towards and beyond and you will see an amazing view, w/a walkway that extends for a mile of so. You look at Manhattan, talk to locals that fish and have crab baskets in the water. We saw real crabs from the Atlantic, and the locals are SO friendly. Ask them about 911, and they will let you know what they saw. We heard SO MANY stories, we had tears. This park is worth the visit, and MORE.

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    DEEP IN THE HEART OF JERSEY CITY

    by vaticanus Written Sep 29, 2003

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    JOURNAL SQUARE, home to the PATH train station, ethnic restaurants, dozens of little shops, an Art Deco Loew's movie theater and a statue of Jackie Robinson, is the business heart of Jersey City's downtown area and borders numerous entertainment, ethnic, and government centers. Another part of the city worth exploring is at Grove St (City Hall and neighborhood parks)- one PATH stop east of Journal Square.

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    CNNJT

    by barbskie Written Nov 6, 2006

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    Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal runs from 1892 through 1954. This 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.

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    J. Owen Grundy Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 27, 2014

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    One of the best areas to view the skyline of lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center is from J. Owen Grundy Park. This is a pier extending into the Hudson River. There is seating and several covered pavilions on the pier. It is very popular on weekends and evening hours. As the sun sets it lights up the Manhattan skyline. This is the best time of day to capture photos of Manhattan.

    J. Owen Grundy was the official historian and chairman of the Jersey City Municipal Historic Districts Commission until his death in 1985. The pier was completely destroyed during Super Storm Sandy in October 2012. What stands now is a complete renovation and is very well done.

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    Goldman Sachs Tower

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    Goldman Sachs Tower (30 Hudson Street), in Jersey City, New Jersey, is the tallest building in New Jersey, and the tallest in the United States of any building not in its metropolitan area's largest city.

    stay tuned..

    Goldman Sachs Tower

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    Liberty State Park

    by Toughluck Written Oct 30, 2013

    A wonderful open area of New Jersey. Located right on New York Harbor. You have a good view of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Battery Park across the Hudson. There is also the Empty Sky Memorial. This commemorates the destruction of the World Trade Center, which left an 'Empty Sky'.

    New World Trade Center Tower #1 Historic RR Terminal serving Ellis Island Waterfront at Liberty State Park Empty Sky with the new Trade Center Tower on left. Statue of Liberty
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    Enjoy the New York Skyline

    by Toughluck Written May 17, 2015

    A pleasant walk in the evening or any time of day. There is always something happening. It may be on the New Jersey shore, out in the river or across the water in Manhattan or up in the sky. Tour boats, helicopters, night lights, 'alpine glow'. For a pleasant walk or an early morning run, the heights of New Jersey is a nice area. We did the Weehawken area several times.

    Note: The Palisades (which this are a part of) refers locally to the State Park further up the Hudson.

    Midtown - Empire State Bldg Midtownnear sunset South towards 1 World Trade and the Ocean Early Evening
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