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Written by Nigilesh on September 18, 2020 Share on

Best Things to Do in Jersey City

Jersey City has now been a multicultural metropolitan society, propelled by refugees who work within the transportation and manufacturing sectors. According to the annual Diversity Studio of WalletHub, Jersey City is the most diverse city in America and ranked 6th in the vicinity of New York City. In this article, we take a look at the best things to do in Jersey City.

Jersey’s most common activities like strolling along the waterfront to see the New York City skyline from across the water and glimpses of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The presence of too many cultures affects the feeling between the food and the nearby shops. Jersey City gives NYC living a new flavour.

Top things to do in Jersey City

  • Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
  • Empty Sky Memorial
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
  • Liberty State Park
  • Liberty Science Center
  • Colgate Clock
  • Katyń Massacre Memorial

1. Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
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The Central Line of the New Jersey Terminal was their first encounter on American soil with immigrants moving to Ellis Island at the end of the 19th century. They could ride trains all over New Jersey and to other parts as well. Before its eventual closure in 1967, it was one of the active stations in the region. The renovated terminal now part of Liberty State Park and a historical site where tourists can take a ferry to the Liberty Statue and Ellis Island. This is one of the must-do things to do in Jersey City.

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2. Empty Sky Memorial

The Empty Sky Memorial is a monument built as a remembrance of the 749 New Jerseyers who perished in the 11th September attacks. Their titles are graved into the memorial’s two thick silver pillars. As tourists follow the granite walk across the gates, they are guided to the location of the towers of the World Trade Center across the Hudson River. Located near New Jersey Terminal central railroad, the monument “remembers those missing when linking New Jersey with Ground Zero in clear and efficient ways.

3. Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
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From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, refugees from many parts of the world came to America through Ellis Island. Although it is no longer operational, the site was turned into a museum where people can learn more about immigrants who have come to the city of New York. From the moment they exit the ship and walk along the corridors of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to find out more about their ancestors’ past. In fact, Ellis is legally part of New Jersey through the address is located in New York City. This is one of the informative things to do in Jersey City.

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4. Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Drive from Jersey City’s eastern edge in the waters of the Upper Harbor. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a stunning view of the city and the Statue of Liberty in Owen Grundy Park. A combination of wooden paths and pagodas, it’s busy in summer, with frequent walkers. Not to mention the weekends with jogging lessons and yoga. You can see the contour of the massive Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the south shore. And this is where the water parts New york city into two before joining the New Jersey Bay and the Atlantic.

5. Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park
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Liberty State Park has more than 1000 acres of open space with beautiful views of NYC for outdoor recreation. Benefit from the thousands of biking, jogging, cycling or rollerblading tracks. Take your jumble and look at the many bird species that inhabit the park. Your family and lunch can even be taken to one of the playgrounds. Also, taking a dive through the sea to fish or lobster, sail or kayak are some of the other things that one can try out. Rest to take part in one of the ecological or historical interpretation activities of the park. The Liberty State Park Interpretive Center is an educational facility on the Independence Way.

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6. Liberty Science Center

The Liberty Science Center shows the possibilities of science and the world around us to people, to all travellers irrespective of their age.  The Immersive museum is located in the Liberty State Park and contains many permanent exhibits, including the Touch Tunnel, an 80-foot (24.3-meter) dark path that will force you to use all senses but your eyes, and Pixel Art to create a masterpiece by means of several colour variations. The museum focuses primarily on children, but also organizes an after-hours party called LSC After Dark on each month. In the night you will find the museum, try a choice of food and shops.

7. Colgate Clock

Colgate Clock
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Since its completion in 1924, the Colgate Clock has been running. At first, it stood on top of Jersey City’s old Colgate plant. In a green lot near the Goldman Sachs building, its diameter of 50 feet (15.2 meters) makes it one of the world’s biggest timekeepers. It is certainly a surprise to see that Jersey City has been a tourist spot for a century on the waterfront. This is one of the best things to do in Jersey City.

8. Katyń Massacre Memorial

The monument was erected in order to remember the Katyn’ Massacre, one of the countries worst tragedies in the past. This is visited by the native people every day before work. The tourist from around the world find the place quite calming whilst cities busy life. It is a very sight to see with the hands of the soldier tied at the wrists and then his torso outlined with a bayonet. The bronze piece crafted by Polish sculptor Andrzej Pitynski is one of the main eye-catchers out there. This is one of the best things to do in Jersey City.

Obviously, these are not the only things that one can get a glimpse of while you are in Jersey City. But if you are looking for a standard visit to Jersey City, these shouldn’t be missed. What more are you looking for? Get in touch with the destination experts from Pickyourtrail to plan your next United States vacation according to your needs. Check out our guides page for more info on the destination or leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options.

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