A melting pot of cultures and people, Jersey City was the first destination for many immigrants entering the U.S. through nearby Ellis Island, which operated from 1892 until 1954 and processed more than 12 million immigrant steamship passengers.
Today, Jersey City still reflects the flavors and influences of the international populations that call the city home.
An urban sophistication exists in the downtown area, from the waterfront landmark Colgate Clock through the Powerhouse Arts District, home to some of the city’s many talented artists.
To sample just a few of the multicultural influences in Jersey City, one must start with the vast array of food options. From Korean, Indian, Filipino and Cuban, bring your appetite! Complete information on restaurants, accommodations and attractions can be found at Destination Jersey City.
Although area is city, there is a surprising amount of green space here. Best known for Liberty State Park, a 1,212-acre oasis in the middle of a major metropolitan area, you can catch ferries to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, only 2,000 feet away. Check out the Liberty Science Center which offers hundreds of exhibitions in 12 galleries and amazing films in the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater.
Follow the pedestrian walkway around the vibrant park or kick back and relax on the grass. Pop into the park’s Central Railroad Terminal of New Jersey, and explore the historic depot where many immigrants’ began their New Jersey story. Currently closed, but still valuable moment of history.