Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park

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Liberty State Park

New Jersey

(201) 915-3403

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Things To Do

Overview

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 promenade, Liberty Walk links the picnic area, Interpretive Center and the CRRNJ Terminal while presenting visitors with a sweeping view of the Hudson River. An outdoor performance 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. Liberty State Park also is the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Map of Liberty (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.695475, -74.060635

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Activities

  • Boating

    Liberty State Park's boat launch provides access to the Hudson River and opens at 6 a.m. throughout the year. There is also a kayak launch site, which is free of charge.

  • Bicycling

    There are miles of paved walkways open to biking. Bicycles can be rented on an hourly and daily basis at the CRRNJ Terminal Building. Bicycles and accompanying equipment are available for children and adults.

  • Fishing

    The Upper New York Bay and Hudson River offer excellant opportunities for fishing. Common species include bluefish, shad, striped bass and blue claw crabs.

  • Hiking

    There are miles of paved walkways with spectacular New York City Skyline views throughout the park.

  • Historic Sites

    There is a ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island available year-round. Another destination is the Liberty Science Center, which provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. The center hosts nine permanent exhibition galleries integrating science and technology into all facets of life. They also have the nation's largest IMAX dome theatre, and offer lots of hands-on science and programs for all ages. The Interpretive Center at Liberty State Park is an environmental and historical education facility located on Freedom Way. Also open year-round is the interpretive center, which features exhibits focusing on the natural history and ecology of the Hudson River Estuary and offers programs for school and community groups and the general public. The center also offers a variety of Professional Development Workshops for formal and non-formal educators.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic area, with picnic tables and magnificent views of the harbor and skyline, are located throughout the park. Group picnic reservations are available.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open daily starting at 6 a.m.

Directions

Driving

Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 14B. Follow the signs into the park.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation from the Hoboken Train Terminal: From the Hoboken Train Terminal you can take the Bergen-Hudson Lightrail to the Liberty State Park Station. Go north to Johnston Avenue from the station. Turn right on Johnston Avenue. Walk, bike or drive underneath underpass where the street becomes Audrey Zapp Drive, a cobblestone walkway. Audrey Zapp Drive will connect you with various locations and roads to park destinations.

Public Transportation from NY: Via Train: Take the PATH to the Hoboken Train Terminal. Then follow directions above from the Hoboken Train Terminal. Via Ferry: From the North Cove Marina, directly in front of the World Financial Center, take the Liberty Landing Ferry to the Liberty Landing Marina, which is located in Liberty State Park. For ferry information, visit the Liberty Landing Ferry website: www.libertylandingferry.com.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(201) 915-3403

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