Though it’s just a stone’s throw - or 20-minute PATH ride - from New York City, Jersey City has increasingly become a destination in its own right. With a bustling restaurant scene, a wealth of attractions, and more than a few picturesque parks to enjoy, this former factory hub has plenty to offer its visitors. With that in mind, below are some suggestions for a fun-filled weekend in Jersey City. Whether you hit them all or just pick a few, you’ll definitely be in for an adventure.
On a nice day, there’s no better place to take in picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline than the Hudson River Waterfront. Stroll along the mixture of promenades and pagodas or join in on one of the many yoga classes and jogging groups that frequent the area.
Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center was recently named the largest and most advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Kids and adults alike will enjoy fun and educational exhibits on topics such as engineering, ecosystems, and energy-efficient technology.
After you’re done at the science center, take some time to explore the rest of Liberty State Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy the many playgrounds this site has to offer while adults can bike, run, or jog along the park’s scenic walkways. In the summer months, head to the water for an afternoon spent fishing, boating, or kayaking.
Those who love the thrill of hunting for the perfect find should look no further than Another Man’s Treasure. Established in 2006, this one-of-a-kind vintage store has made a name for itself in the neighborhood and beyond by stocking a plethora of clothing, jewelry, accessories, vinyl records and even luggage.
When you’re ready to sit down for a bite to eat, head to Broa for some authentic Portuguese classics. While the menu changes daily, selections include chorizo bread, chickpea salad, grilled sardines, squid stew, all made from fresh, local ingredients. When you’re done with the dining half of this sibling-run collaboration, head upstairs to look for wares from the family’s home goods and accessories shop.
Journal Square might be best known as a transportation hub for those commuting to NYC and other parts of New Jersey, but it’s also home to the historic Loew’s Theatre. Built in the 1920’s this venue now serves as a space for live concerts and other performing arts events. It also holds classic film screenings throughout the year.
If you’re a fan of the urban-meets-industrial vibe, you’ll love Jersey City’s classic cocktail bar, The Archer. Sip on hand-crafted specialties like the “ Bronco Buster”, which features rye, apple brandy, lemon, and curacao while noshing on revamped bar bites like duck poutine and pretzels with beer cheese.