Jersey City, NJ

Travel Guide
Liberty State Park featuring general coastal views, night scenes and a city
Directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, this vibrant city offers a smaller scale metropolitan experience anchored by the famous Liberty State Park.

Skip the crowds of Manhattan to enjoy gorgeous vistas and an exciting cultural scene in Jersey City. Compared to its cousin across the Hudson River, Jersey City may seem small but it is actually the state’s second-largest city.

Spend the day outside exploring the 1,212-acre (490.5-hectare) Liberty State Park. Get your camera ready for panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline beyond. Stop at the Empty Sky Memorial to pay homage to the New Jersey residents who perished in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Walk by the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, which welcomed over 8 million immigrants stateside from Ellis Island.

See an IMAX film and check out the interactive exhibits in the Liberty Science Center, located in the park. Don’t miss its famous Touch Tunnel, which simulates sightlessness.

Enjoy beautiful sights as you walk or bike along the Jersey City and Hoboken Waterfront. Take the nearly 5-mile (8-kilometer) path from Liberty State Park up to Hoboken’s bustling Washington Street and Castle Point beyond.

Go inland and catch a show at Loew’s Jersey Theatre, located in the city’s commercial hub, Journal Square. This magnificently opulent cinema hails back to the 1920s and was recently restored to its former splendor. Check out the vintage working pipe organ inside.

Discover Jersey City’s bustling cultural life in its historic downtown. Walk by stately brownstones and sleek condominiums. Continue onto Grove Street and browse its vibrant array of boutiques and restaurants.

For a change of scene, go to the Palisades. These steep cliffs line the western side of the Hudson River. Their natural beauty is a contrast to the skyscrapers of New York City across the water. Explore The Heights, a residential neighborhood known for its exquisitely preserved Victorian mansions.

Where to stay in Jersey City

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clifton/Rutherford
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clifton/Rutherford
3 out of 5
265 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ, 07014
The price is $104 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Clifton. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,081 reviews)
"Great staff"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clifton/Rutherford
Best Western Premier NYC Gateway Hotel
Best Western Premier NYC Gateway Hotel
3 out of 5
2650 Paterson Plank Rd, North Bergen, NJ, 07047
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in North Bergen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"Loved it. Room was a nice size, free parking, and clean pool"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Best Western Premier NYC Gateway Hotel
Harmony Suites
Harmony Suites
3 out of 5
455 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ, 07094
The price is $135 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Secaucus. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions American Dream and MetLife Stadium are located nearby. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (56 reviews)
"I like this hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Harmony Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio Apartment Minutes Away from Times Square
Studio Apartment Minutes Away from Times Square
Weehawken, NJ
The price is $95 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this apartment in Weehawken. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Hoboken Waterfront and Madison Square Garden are located ...
Studio Apartment Minutes Away from Times Square
Beautiful One Bedroom Apartment - Close to NYC
Beautiful One Bedroom Apartment - Close to NYC
West New York, NJ
Stay at this condo in West New York. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle are located nearby. Discover ...
1/5 (1 review)
Don’t Stay Here If You’re Trying To Relax (Micromanaging Hostess)
"My partner and I were looking for a small space to stay while we were in the area for vacation. When we booked this location there was no mention of any house rules but a week prior to our trip the hostess sent a long list of house rules which we found to be unnecessary. At this point in time it ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Beautiful One Bedroom Apartment - Close to NYC
Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia
Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia
4 out of 5
1414 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Hoboken. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the bathrooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (254 reviews)
Super clean
"Clean and beautiful! Parking not great. When staying alone it is impossible to unload luggage and park two blocks away. May I suggest a ten minute unloading area for guests without the threat of being towed? Otherwise the place is excellent!"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Jersey City

Jersey City is well served by urban rail networks, which cover most of the city and surrounding area. PATH is a rapid transit train that covers much of New Jersey as well as Manhattan, while the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is also extensive and convenient. Buses are less so, although the unofficial ‘dollar vans’ offer a cheap way to get around. Water taxis and ferries are another way to reach Manhattan. Visit the Jersey City Transportation website.Browse Jersey City rental cars.

Best time to visit

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. The height of summer can be very hot and humid, so spring and fall are best for more temperate weather and smaller crowds than summer.

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