-- Day Trips - Liberty State Park
- Day Trips -
-- Liberty Park -- Princeton -- Lambertville -- Morristown -- Pinelands -- Camden -- Wildwoods
-- Cape May -- Asbury Park -- Ocean Grove -- Trenton
Located in Jersey City on former waste dump and landfill reclaimed by state government. Site of rail and ferry terminal which many newly-arrived immigrants processed at Ellis Island used to travel to first residences in US, also site of Black Tom Explosion at ammunition depot in 1916 during World War I killing seven and causing some $20 million in damage attributed to sabotage by German agents.
Park opened on Flag Day in June 1976 just before celebration of nation's bicentennial, Liberty State Park is also an embarkation point for ferry trips to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island immigration museum.
It features the Liberty Science Center, one of the nation's leading science and technology centers with frequently changing exhibits and extensive educational, school and scout visit programs, which includes the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest planetarium in Western Hemisphere with state-of-art projection and audio systems. Liberty Walk two-mile waterfront promenade along Hudson River connects picnic area and Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (site of first ferry service begun in 1880s from west side of Hudson River to Manhattan); and "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial (official State Memorial honoring 749 residents or otherwise tied to New Jersey who died at World Trade Center on 9/11/2001). Outdoor performance area site for concerts, ethnic festivals. Guided Kayak Tours of approximately two hours embark from launch site at south side of Park, highlight local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point, no prior paddling experience required.
- Dining: Maritime Parc (dinners Wednesday-Sunday; Sunday brunch; entrees range from $20; panoramic views of Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan skyline).
- Fees: Park admission free, parking $7 per car; Liberty Science Center (children 2-12 $19.99 each, adults $24.99 each - additional fees for theater shows and combo tickets).
- Ferries to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: (children 4-12 $9 each, adults 13-61 $24.99 each; seniors 62 and over $14.