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Fun Things to do in Jersey City

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Probably the most recognized features of Jersey City are its historical points of interest. Jersey City is home to Liberty Island National Park, including the Ellis Island Immigration Station, while The Statue of Liberty is completely surrounded by the City of Jersey City.

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Best time to go

Jersey City is best visited between spring and fall, when the weather is warm and the cold winters have subsided. Temperatures average below freezing in January, meaning this time of year is best avoided, although you can get great deals on hotel rooms during the winter.

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Fun city facts and activities

    Want to see whats buzzing in JC? You may already be hip to the amazing Jersey City bars and Jersey City restaurants, but the area offers so much more. Check out the list below for serious street art, verdant parks, sweet views, killer music venues and much more. Youll see why the city is having a moment in no time.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Downtown
    Liberty Park
    Grove Street
    The Waterfront
    Hackensack Waterfront
    West Side
    The Heights
    Mcginley Square
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    Just a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Manhattan, there are plenty of things to do in Jersey City. Sitting right on the Hudson, the bustling enclave has also become a culinary hub in its own right, complete with waterfront restaurants and bars, fine-dining restaurants and a critically acclaimed pizza joint slinging pies that (gasp) rival those across the river. Thirsty for more? Don't miss the best Jersey City bars.
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1. Take a Kayak Tour of the Hudson River: Jersey City is the perfect place to explore the majestic Hudson River. Take a guided kayak tour of the area and marvel at the beauty of the water and the New York skyline.

2. Visit Liberty Science Center: Explore the interactive exhibits, planetarium, and IMAX theater at Liberty Science Center. This educational and fun museum offers a variety of exhibits and programs for all ages.

3. Go for a Bike Ride: Jersey City is home to an extensive bike path that links the city with neighboring towns. Take a leisurely ride along the waterfront and enjoy the views of the New York skyline.

4. Visit the Historic Lighthouses: Jersey City is home to several historic lighthouses, including the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and the Conover Beacon. Take a tour of these unique structures and learn about the history of the area.

5. Attend a Concert at Historic Loews Jersey Theatre

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Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Spend the day at Liberty Science Center and take advantage of all of its exciting updates in the wake of its 25th anniversary.

2. Visit a farmers market to pick up some fresh goodies and get acquainted with the local crop of epicurean vendors: there are countless ones to choose from during the warmer months (starting as early as late April), spread all throughout the city (Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park, Newport Centre Mall, Grove Street, The New Journal Square, to name a few).

3. Sign your mini Mozart up for a music class! Jersey City offers several great options for musicians-in-the-making, young and oldchoose from local favorites such as A Sound Start, New City Kids, Preschool of Rock, and three little birds.

4. Looking for something to do on a rainy or super-hot day? The Jersey City Public Library is a wonderful resource.

5. Get your ice cream fix at any one of the dozen-plus delicious creameries around the city. Given how many choices you have to chow down, we suggest putting together your own brain-freezing touryour little scoop troop will totally dig it!

6. Along the waterfront in Newport sits LeFrak Lighthouse, a red-and-whitestriped beauty situated on a comfy patch of lawn. Offering excellent views of the Manhattan skyline, it makes a great spot for a lazy afternoon picnic.

7. Enroll your kiddos in classes at The Acting Space, a premier performing arts and acting school located in the Barrow Mansion. The fun, safe, creative and collaborative studio hosts after-school and summer camp programs that cater to students of every level (ages 5 and up).

8. Take advantage of one of Jersey City's many excellent parks. Some of our favorites include Berry Lane Park, Hamilton Park, Lincoln Park, Van Vorst Park, and Washington Park.

9. Sometimes a bigger park can be too overwhelming for younger kids. Luckily, Jersey City contains several small playground areas that are perfect for little ones to explore without getting trampled

10. Need to Zen out for a bit with your young yogis? Head over to Michelle Timek Yoga or Sattva Yoga for some mommy-and-me meditation with music and movement.

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City data and FAQ 

Are two days enough to visit Jersey City?

Possibly? But there is so much around Jersey City that you would shortchange yourself only spending two days there. It has great access to New York City, with lower costs of lodging. The Jersey City waterfront, overlooking downtown Manhattan, is stunning.
Donovan Bezer Lived in Jersey City (2022 2013)

Is Jersey City a walkable city?

Absolutely. It covers many square miles so you should not expect to walk from the northernmost part to the southernmost part in ten minutes (which is very possible in neighboring Hoboken), but as of September, 2022, Jersey Citys Mayor, Steven Fulop, has directed the Police Department and other departments to coordinate to ensure that pedestrians are safe crossing the street. And there are sidewalks everywhere.
Donovan Bezer Lived in Jersey City (2022 2013)

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