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About Jersey City

Just across the Hudson from New York, Jersey City feels a million miles away from Manhattan. With lively nightlife and plenty of cultural attractions, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular towns in the Garden State. Find your dream Jersey City vacation rental today with FlipKey!

About Jersey City

Jersey City is divided into numerous different districts, each with its own cultural identity and attractions. The city was once a center of industry and was the first stop for many immigrants to the US who came through Ellis Island. Today, the city is a cultural melting pot that is in constant transition, ensuring it’s a vibrant and exciting vacation destination.

Bring your appetite to Jersey City as you’ll find multicultural cuisine around every corner, from Cuban to Korean and Japanese. Dine on Filipino dishes in Little Manila, or sample Cuban sandwiches at La Nueva Isla Meat Market on Grove Street. For the best place to enjoy craft beer in the sunshine, head for the Zeppelin Hall biergarten, with 144 beer taps and a variety of food on offer including schnitzel and pretzels.

What to do

Liberty State Park is a great place to enjoy a walk or relax, catch the ferry to Ellis Island or visit the Liberty Science Center with its galleries and IMAX Dome Theater. Or why not take a walk along the Hudson River Waterfront for great views of NYC and Manhattan?

Take a trip on the ferry to Ellis Island to uncover the history of Jersey City’s people. This was the country’s first federal immigration site and today it’s a US National Monument that makes for a fascinating day out.

Visit from May-September and you can enjoy the free weekly street festival, taking place every Wednesday from 6-9pm at Grove PATH Plaza, with live music, food, drink and the opportunity to people watch. It’s here you’ll also find the Historic Downtown Farmers Market every Monday and Thursday from 4-8pm, with the best local produce and handmade goods.

Top Jersey City travel tips

The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International, just a 10-minute drive away, with La Guardia Airport and JFK International Airport also close by.

The best way to get around Jersey City is by PATH/light rail, which covers most major areas. Taxis can be hard to find here and generally have to be called in advance. Another option is to take a ‘Dollar Van’ – these small buses serve selected areas of the city and you can flag them down for a cheap journey to your destination.

A melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, New Jersey’s lively atmosphere makes for an exciting family vacation, with plenty to keep all ages amused. Search for your Jersey City city condo or loft with FlipKey.