Central to many Jewish communities in both New York and NJ, you’ll find a terrific State Park, featuring so much to see and do in one location, you’ll never get it all in in just one or two visits.
Liberty State Park is a green oasis in the middle of Metropolitan northern New Jersey. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, Liberty State Park is one of the state’s most dramatic parks!
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), a grand setting for much of New Jersey’s transportation history in the northeast, sits prominently at the north end of the park.
A two-mile long, wide, bench-lined promenade, Liberty Walk links the picnic area, Interpretive Center and the CRRNJ Terminal while presenting visitors with a sweeping view of the Hudson River.
Bring along the bikes, take a walk, check out the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline, or just watch the incredible amount of boat and helicopter traffic on the Hudson.
A terrific playground area and other improvements mark the northern section of the park,
while the western portion is dominated by the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center (which does cost to get in, and will iy”H be featured in a future article).
Springtime is a beautiful time to see the rebirth of the trees, flowers and shrubbery coming back into bloom!
If that isn’t enough to overwhelm you yet, Liberty State Park also is the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, in our humble opinion, full day trips in their own right.
Click on and print out the convenient map below for details and locations within the park.
Two more highlights you may want to check out:
The “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial is the official State of New Jersey’s Memorial that honors the memory of the 749 people that lived in or had ties to New Jersey that lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The brushed stainless steel twin walls are 210 feet long, the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. They rise 30 feet, standing parallel to each other with a 12-foot wide paved path of bluestone between them. Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. The memorial invites visitors to literally and metaphorically look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community.
Explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River Estuary by kayak. Tours will embark from the canoe/kayak launch located at the south side of Liberty State Park near the park office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.
Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required, however, participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required. This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. Children 16 and older need to be acompanied by a legal adult.
For registration and payment information, or any other questions, please contact Liberty State Park at (201) 915-3402. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All programs run from 10 a.m. to noon. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in. Kayak Eco Tours Schedule is subject to change, so be sure to call ahead!
So where is it and how do you get there?
Details coming right up!
Distance from Passaic / Clifton / Fairlawn / North Bergen: Approx 30 min.
Distance from Teaneck / Monsey: Approx 45 min.
Distance from Elizabeth / West Orange: Approx 30 min.
Distance from Highland Park / Edison: Approx 45 min
Distance from Brooklyn / Queens: Approx 55 min.(more with traffic)
Distance from Lakewood: Approx 1 hour 10 min
Distance from Philadelphia: Approx 1 hour 35 min.
Get out and enjoy this BEAUTIFUL DAY!
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