Maybe a mental-health day trip?
Consider Liberty State Park in Jersey City!
We visited Liberty State Park over Spring Break and had an amazing time!
Spring is just a beautiful time for traveling, hiking, day-tripping and anything outdoors really! The weather can be so pleasant and everything is started to bloom.
ALL TRAILS APP
If you have the All Trails App and you search up Liberty State Park which will give you directions on how to get to Liberty State Park and the New York Bay. FREE and easy parking!
NOTE: the only bathrooms we could find that were open were port-a-johns / porta-potties which weren’t the greatest – so bring wipes and your own sanitizing agents.
This 3 mile loop has stunning picturesque views of our number one lady, the Statue of Liberty. Provided is a gorgeous paved trail that wraps around the waterline. This path makes for easy physical distancing for safety and to enjoy the sun and air. Great for walking, biking, and photography! Wear your sneakers and be prepared to walk. The park is free to enter, free to park and free to explore! Only the ferries and anything over on Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty have fees.
Liberty State Park was pristine (aside from the Porta-Potties). When I say something is immaculate I mean “Disney clean”. If you are a Disney addict, you will know what I am talking about. There are no other parks in this country as clean and spotless as Disney World and Disneyland. You know how sometimes when you’re at an amazing zoo you might have Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park come to your mind. The water here and being on the boat reminded me of Seven Seas Lagoon – only wishing we were cruising over to Magic Kingdom for the day but perfectly satisfied to have the actual real view we had.
NOTE: we did not come across any food vendors so definitely bring your own food, snacks and drinks as of April 6, 2021.
LOTS OF PICNIC TABLES PROVIDED
Picnic Tables with nearby garbage cans are located near the playground area! So much to do for everyone and a wonderful area to explore. There was a restaurant near the boats but it looked closed – but not sure if it would be open for dinner.
Don’t miss the September 11 Memorial
STATUE CRUISES DIRECT TO ELLIS ISLAND / STATUTE OF LIBERTY WILL NOT RUN UNTIL MAY
We arrived about 10am the morning of our visit and there was barely anyone around so we decided to try to find our way over to Ellis Island. Unfortunately that never happened because it took us over an hour to figure out how exactly we could get over there.
*Should you want to visit Ellis Island there are ferry ships that will bring you across the water into NYC (not sure the name of what town that was exactly) and then you can take an additional 20 minute walk to Battery Park where you can hop another ferry over to Ellis Island to go exploring. When we finally realized this could be done it was already heading for 2pm and we wanted to beat rush-hour home. I think in order to do this, we would have needed to hop ships as soon as we arrived that morning.
We aren’t sure if the statute itself is open but usually you always need to buy tickets to walk up to the crown, months in advance during pre-covid times – so be sure to check the website if that is something you plan to do.
We were happily satisfied with our water-view pictures with the Statue of Liberty in the background. We do plan to travel back one day to go exploring in Ellis Island.
I am sure there is more to see and we can’t wait to head back again!
Things I had in my backpack:
- Sandwiches – lunch
- Hand Sanitizing Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sweatshirts (dress in layers)
- Extra cooler in the car with additional drinks and snacks
- Portable Charger for iPhone
- Bug Repellant
Check out my video on summer travel packing essentials here: