A Sunny blue sky, sea breeze, 1,200 acres of lush trees and green grass all set against the picturesque backdrop of the lower Manhattan skyline. That is what you’ll observe looking east across New York Harbor from Liberty State Park. Who could ask for anything more on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Liberty State Park on the Jersey City waterfront is like a scene out of a dream.
Such was not always the case. Before 1976, this beautiful public park was little more than an abandoned railroad yard. It took the vision of Jersey City’s planners to make it what it is today. Liberty State Park is home to the Liberty Science Center, the Central Rail Road of New Jersey Terminal Building (a National Historic Site), and the Jersey City Promenade. You can also catch a ferry from the park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which are both only a stones throw away.
In addition, Liberty State Park is a great place to get your nature fix. There are trails through the wooded areas of the park so that you can burn off a few calories following the picnic which I encourage you to plan. During the cooler months of the year riding a bike along the promenade and through the park is another suggestion. It will provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this open space while getting a little exercise. The air at Liberty is blowing straight off of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, so it's some of the freshest air you’ll breathe in the metropolitan area.
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry operates Liberty State Park, which is 400 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park. You will find that they do an excellent job of keeping Liberty State Park tidy. For this reason, and all of the others I have mentioned, I encourage you to put Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey on your list of places to visit in the New York City metropolitan area. It’s easy to reach, and you will love it.
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