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Jersey CityUnited States of America

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

Downtown Jersey City featuring outdoor art

Downtown Jersey City

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 area reviews)

Travellers to Downtown Jersey City praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Newport Mall and Newport Center Mall.

Downtown Jersey City
Newport, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Newport

Unique features of Newport include the river views and bars. Make a stop by Newport Mall or Newport Center Mall while you're exploring the area.

Newport
Jersey City featuring signage

The Waterfront

If you're spending some time in The Waterfront, Newport Mall and Newport Center Mall are top sights worth seeing.

The Waterfront
West Side, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

West Side

2.5/5(3 area reviews)

West Side might not have many top sights, but Journal Square and Lincoln Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

West Side
Jersey City featuring signage

Historic Downtown

While visiting Historic Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Hamilton Park and Jersey City Museum.

Historic Downtown
Communipaw, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Communipaw

Visitors to Communipaw like its monuments and parks, and Lafayette Park is a sight worth a stop.

Communipaw

Top hotels in Jersey City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Residence Inn by Marriott Weehawken
Residence Inn by Marriott Weehawken
3 out of 5
100 Ferry Way, Weehawken, NJ
Free cancellation
The price is £87 per night

Situated in Weehawken, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Times Square and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Meadowlands Exposition Center. Rockefeller Center and Newport ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (591 reviews)

"That it’s close to the waterfront and the views. Parking is a little to much for a night stay.."…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Residence Inn by Marriott Weehawken
Extended Stay America Meadowlands - Rutherford
Extended Stay America Meadowlands - Rutherford
2.5 out of 5
750 Edwin L. Ward, Sr. Memorial Hwy., Rutherford, NJ
The price is £81 per night

Situated in Rutherford, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of MetLife Stadium, Journal Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Macy's are ...

3.2/5 (1,033 reviews)

"It was clean but no paper towels in room. We ordered pizza and nothing to eat it on or drink soda from"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Extended Stay America Meadowlands - Rutherford
Hyatt House Jersey City
Hyatt House Jersey City
3 out of 5
1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ
The price is £159 per night

Located in Downtown Jersey City, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Liberty State Park, Newport Mall and One World Trade Center. National September 11 Memorial ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (718 reviews)

"Well located with a nice view of Hudson river and convenient access to stores and transportation."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Hyatt House Jersey City

Popular places to visit in Jersey City

MetLife Stadium
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MetLife Stadium

5/5(8 reviews)

Catch an event at MetLife Stadium during your trip to East Rutherford.Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Liberty State Park
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Liberty State Park

Besides its many attractions, Jersey City’s sprawling waterfront park offers beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline.

Hoboken Waterfront
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Hoboken Waterfront

With a bustling downtown vibe and several scenic pier parks, the Hoboken Waterfront is picturesque entertaining precinct with excellent views of New York City .

Liberty Science Center
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Liberty Science Center

Dig for dinosaur fossils, feel your way through a pitch-black touch tunnel and discover a range of other hands-on exhibits at this huge family-friendly facility.

Hamilton Park
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Hamilton Park

Picnic and relax in this attractive park, which is surrounded by tree-lined residential streets and well-preserved 19th-century brownstones.

Goldman Sachs Tower
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Goldman Sachs Tower

One of the tallest skyscrapers not just in Jersey City, but in the entire Garden State, this towering steel construction looms over the waterfront. 

Top things to do in Jersey City

New York CityPASS: Admission to Top 6 New York Attractions
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New York CityPASS: Admission to Top 6 New York Attractions

90% of travellers recommend
£110
Per adult
New Jersey & Carlo's Bake Shop Tour
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New Jersey & Carlo's Bake Shop Tour

£48
Per adult
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

£54
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Jersey
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Jersey

£16
Per adult
Hoboken Scavenger Hunt: Hoboken Harbor & History
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Hoboken Scavenger Hunt: Hoboken Harbor & History

£16
Per adult
4-Day DC+NiagaraFalls Tour (NYC departure) DN4 (summer)
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4-Day DC+NiagaraFalls Tour (NYC departure) DN4 (summer)

£457
Per adult

Reviews of Jersey City

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Lovey place to walk around, close to the harbour which is a nice walk, people are friendly and nice, I would recommend going to Carlos bakery this place is amazing, must do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Dec 2019

NJ is the most densely populated State in the USA and is now Manhattan's (for the Brits - New York) dormitory town It is also The Garden State - so lots of fresh produce

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Very nice location

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

Shopping for groceries is quite expensive but I would recommend going to Sprove near Grove Street station as there are options for self catering with basic ingredients or very good ready made fresh foods to reheat at the apartment .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

The transportation was easy to get to, although there were engineering works at the weekend which made the journey to NYC a bit longer.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

It's close enough to take the bus to Manhattan

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