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

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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.

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    Liberty State Park

    by barbskie Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    Liberty State Park

    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!

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    Liberty Walk

    by barbskie Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    Liberty Walk

    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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    Goldman Sachs Tower

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    Goldman Sachs Tower

    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..

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    Liberty State Park

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 21, 2012
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    Opened in 1976 to mark the United States Bicentennial, Liberty State Park may very well be the crown jewel of Jersey City.

    I especially enjoyed Liberty Walkway, a promenade along the waterfront that offers surprising views of the Jersey City and Manhattan skylines, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

    As well as some monuments and memorials scattered across the park, there is also a large playground for children. If you bring a picnic, you can easily find yourself loitering here for half a day. There are even barbecuing facilities in the southern end of the park

    Liberty State Park is also the departing point for cruises heading to Ellis Island and Liberty Island (that bridge you will see linking the park to Ellis Island is closed to the public, cruises are the only way to go). The ferry terminal in the northeast corner of the park, at the end of Audrey Zapp Drive.

    Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    Historic Downtown

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 22, 2012
    Montgomery St. between Jersey Av. & Barrow St.
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    Well hidden behind the modern towers looming over the waterfront, Jersey City's Historic Downtown district is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

    Beautiful rows of townhouses take visitors back to the 19th century. The areas surrounding Van Vorst Park (nestled between Barrow, York & Montgomery Streets and Jersey Avenue) and Hamilton Park (at Jersey Avenue, between 8th & 9th Streets) are particularly charming.

    The section of Grove Street south of 1st Street that leads to the impressive city hall is full of local eateries and shops reflecting Jersey City's diverse population and many layers of history. Newark Street, which crosses Grove Street, is also commercial, but of lesser interest to tourists in my opinion.

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    Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 22, 2012
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    As it name indicates, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is a walking path along the Hudson River. The Jersey City section of this large-scale project, which is planned to extend from Bayonne to Fort Lee, is already almost complete, taking the visitor from one end of the town to the other while going through the high-rise Newport community, the financial district of Exchange Place (home of the Colgate Clock) and State Liberty Park, among others.

    It is a great way to see the different facets of Jersey City and get excellent views of Manhattan's skyline.

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