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“Out of the way park offers a walk in the wetlands, lot of history, best views of Lower Manhattan”
Review of Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park
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Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Jersey City
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

I had a few hours to kill before my flight, not enough time to go into NYC and back, but more than enough time to check out Liberty State Park for one last look at Manhattan. Well worth detouring off of I-95 in order to see the Big Apple from the Empire State Building down to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, as well as a multiple angles to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and you can catch the ferry to those places from the park, as well as water taxis into the City.

This park is less than 20 minutes from Newark Airport, the easiest route is via the 1 and 9 truck route from the Newark Airport exit, but there are other easy roads as well through Jersey City. Parking is free, IIRC.

Other than the incredible view of Manhattan, the Central Railroad Station is a well restored remnant of the days when NJ was the hub for workers going to Manhattan and and immigrants to the rest of the state and all points west. I got a kick out of reading the names of the cities served by over a dozen platforms. The rail platforms are closed to the public, and overgrown with plants, but one can easily see through the locked gates and view the old columns and skylights the sheltered travelers and imagine what it might have looked like. Outside of the platform area there are rail cars and other memorabilia. The station itself serves as a visitor center and sells tickets for the fairies, there are also several choices of hot and cold food and drink sold by vendors, and souvenirs of course. One can also go to the open doors at the second floor for a nice elevated shot of the sights in and across the Hudson River.

The grounds of the park south of the station are very open and have a fantastic walking trail along the riverfront, through the wetlands, to Liberty Science Center, and all the way down to the south end of the parking which features a WWII memorial, a shaded picnic area and a great view of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.. I'm told that some of the areas were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but I don't know to what extent. You can drive within the park grounds to all these places as well.

North of the station is he 9/11 memorial, and an incredible view of the buildings that replaced those destroyed on 11 Sept 2001.

1  Thank Rahaal
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This park has some of the most gorgeous views of NY that you can hope for - on a clear day, you'll never seen Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island looking better. And of course, the Statue and Ellis Island are right there as well. Ride your bike through the park and you will see everything - you can even get to Port Liberte with some maneuvering. It's huge, so walking the entire park could take a while. Great spot for soaking up some sun & fresh air, plus good people watching.

Thank landminseattle
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Last summer we headed to Liberty State Park after having spent an afternoon in Liberty Science Center. We figured it would be a perfect end to the day. We got there and were quite surprised that there was very little shade and no sprinklers! It was a very hot day and we had to leave after only a short time because the heat was getting to us. The climbing structures were cool and different, but considering that our area gets pretty hot over the summer, I was quite disapointed that the playground was not built with that in mind.
If I would return here it would have to be in the spring or fall when the weather is mild.

Thank naomi613
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We opted to take the Statue of Liberty cruise from here rather than from Battery Park in NYC. By far this was our best decision on this trip. We arrived early afternoon and loved seeing the old train station, the NJ 911 Memorial to their residents who perished that day and the beautiful Manhattan skyline. A beautiful place to walk or sit and watch the harbor traffic or view Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The cruises are not as full leaving from this side and made for a very pleasant and uncrowded cruise.

Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Liberty State Park overlooks the Hudson River and provides outstanding views of the NYC skyline. There are panoramic views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty (from the back), and the Freedom Tower as well as lower Manhattan.There are paths for walking, jogging, or biking and plenty of benches for those who prefer to just gaze. Many boats and cruise ships pass by; the view is especially lovely at sunset casting a golden glow on the Manhattan buildings providing a perfect backdrop for photographers. The park has plenty of open space and is well maintained. Pack a light meal and enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view. Family retreat or couples getaway. All will enjoy a day spent here. At certain times, the park also hosts concerts and other special events.

Thank ticcr
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