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10 Activities For Your Next Jersey City Staycation

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While all of your friends might be headed DTS this summer, there’s no need to have FOMO if you can’t make it. There are plenty of things to do right in town for you to have your very own “staycation”. Luckily for you, we’ve planned it all out for you {you’re welcome}. Here are 10 activities to consider for your next Jersey City staycation:

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1. Picnic {or BBQ} in Liberty State Park


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Liberty State Park is a beautiful landmark with AH-MAZING views of the NYC skyline, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. There is a ton of green space for you to set up shop for your own little picnic {checkered blanket and wicker basket optional} anywhere in the park.  If you have something bigger in mind {20 people or more} you can actually reserve space.  There are seven group picnic areas equipped with picnic tables and a large grill, and the use of the space is free {score} — but you have to reserve it ahead of time. To find out more and reserve your grill now, click here. Read more about all to do in Liberty State Park here.

2. Get Active in Lincoln Park


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Lincoln Park is a beautiful park that claims over 270 acres of Jersey City. The park offers a ton of activity options, be it tennis on great courts, {they get crowded so you may have to be patient}, a paved road for runners and bicyclists, a track, and a huge playground {for kids}. In the back of the park, you will find walking paths and a great dog run.  For you yogi’s, sometimes yoga classes are offered outside. The park is a bit of a trek from the closest PATH station {Journal Square}, but you can get a little closer to by taking the bus {80} or light rail {West Side Ave stop}.

3. Catch Some Rays at the Urban Beach {Washington Boulevard & 14th Street}

Is that a beach you see in the middle of Jersey City? Yes, albeit small, but yes it is. Even though it doesn’t hold water against the Jersey Shore, this is a great little urban beach nestled in Newport, JC.  Park your tush in one of the Adirondack chairs {or under an umbrella}, relax, and soak up the sun — you deserve it. 

4. Grab a Drink {or Two} Outside

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There’s nothing better than sitting outside with a drink in hand on a beautiful day. Our picks for great bars with outdoor seating/rooftops include Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Porta {rooftop}, Rooftop XP, Lutze Biergarten, and Skinners Loft {rooftop}  Of course, you can’t forget Surf City {above} which is an outdoor mega-bar that sits right on the marina — and with views of the city, sand, and firepits — you can’t go wrong. Lutz

READ: Hooked JC: Laid-Back Seafood Joint in Jersey City

5. Plan a Food Tour on Newark Ave


Photo via New York Times

Newark Avenue is densely populated with amazing restaurants ranging from Italian to Japanese and everything in between.  Start from the Grove St PATH and work your way up. We’re thinking some charcuterie at Roman Nose, then a few small plates at Raval, share {maybe} a burger at Left Bank, then finish it off with some ramen at Miso Ramen.  Go on an empty stomach and enjoy. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

6. Grab Some Ice Cream at  Torico or Milk Sugar Love 

While there are some great froyo spots {shout out to Downtown Yogurt}, you MUST try Torico and Milk Sugar Love.  Torico has been featured on the Food Network and in the New York Times because of its delicious homemade ice cream {even their waffle cones are made on-site}. They serve a ton of flavors ranging from the classics {chocolate, strawberry & vanilla} to butterscotch and avocado {yes, we said avocado}.  And on the other end of downtown, Milk Sugar Love is an organic ice cream staple — with locally-sourced flavors such as Red Velvet Dream, Matcha, Lemon and Olive Oil, and their ridicccc non-dairy chocolate coconut, it’s sure to please even the toughest of ice cream-loving crowds. They also have a new location in Jersey City Heights, if that’s closer for you.

7. Take a Cruise to The Statue of Liberty


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Take advantage of the history that’s in your backyard and hop on a cruise to visit Lady Liberty herself {and Ellis Island} via Statue Cruises. Reserve your tickets online {$18 for adults, $9 for kids} and head to Liberty State Park to catch your cruise. Check here for timetables.

8. Visit The Liberty Science Center {222 Jersey City Boulevard}


Photo: Instagram via @libertysciencecenter

Relive your childhood and visit one of the coolest places Jersey City has to offer. Some of the exhibits are geared towards kids but there are many you can appreciate too {they even host LSC After Dark parties which is a 21+ event that occurs after-hours}. Best part: heading into the dome to experience the brand-new Planetarium {formerly the IMAX theater where films were shown, but trust us, this is just as cool}. See ticket options here.

9. Pay Your Respects at The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial  {1 Audrey Zapp Drive}


Photo: Instagram via @dcollazos

Memorial Day is near, which is the perfect time to pay homage to our troops at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial. Two beautiful walls facing ground zero represent the towers that fell on that terrible, life-changing morning. This site is extremely humbling and one of Jersey City’s most beautiful tributes.

See More: A Guide to Riding a Bike in Hoboken + Jersey City

10. Tour JC on a Citibike


Photo: Instagram via @citibikejc

With bike stations set up all over the city {City Hall, Lincoln Park and Hamilton Park to name a few} this is the perfect activity for an afternoon adventure. If you have a membership, you’re all set for your “Tour de Jersey City”. If you don’t have one, just click here to sign up for a package or an unlimited 24-hr pass. Once you’re all set with that, all you have to do is find an available bike nearby {use a ride code or use your member key to unlock it}, take as many {30-minute} rides while your pass or membership is active, then return your bike to any station. Click here for a map of all Jersey City station locations. Happy riding!

Have you ever done a Jersey City staycation before? What did you do? Share with us in the comments!

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Christine is a born-and-raised Jersey Girl who landed in Jersey City several years ago. After a year of living in JC and absolutely loving it, Christine and her husband decided to make it a little more permanent and buy their own little piece of downtown Jersey City. When she isn’t crunching numbers as a merchandise planner in NYC, you can find her strolling down Newark Avenue heading to Barre, running along the waterfront, trolling the awesome JC vintage shops or discovering another great place to grab a bite to eat. If she’s not enjoying all that Jersey City has to offer, you will most likely find her on her couch…watching Bravo.

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