Jersey City, NJ

This Throwback Thursday is a piggy-back from last week’s post about New Haven, Connecticut. We drove over to Jersey City after that, and made our way to Ellis Island and NYC. Andre’s oldest son, Bishop, had to head back with his team after his football game, so Andre and I took his youngest son, Quinn, and his friend, Keith, with us on this next adventure.

New Jersey has an amazing view of the New York City skyline, so it is a must see if you head up that way. It also has a great starting point for the ferry ride over to Ellis Island, which is how we made our way over there back in September 2015. Jersey City also has quite a bit to explore on it’s own as well, so leave plenty of time to reach all of these hot spots.

Our recommendations are listed below if you are able to plan a trip there after the COVID pandemic.


• CASUAL: The Boil, Gringo’s, The Bistro at Grove Square, Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden, Frankie

• DRESSY: Rumba Cubana, Edward’s Steakhouse, Orale Mexican Kitchen

• DESSERT: Cocoa Bakery, Torico Ice Cream, #Baonanas


• MULTI: Liberty State Park

• FULL: Lincoln Park

• HALF: J Owen Grundy Park, Paulus Hook Park, Newport Green Park, Hamilton Park, City Hall Park, Van Vorst Park, Riverview-Fisk Park


• HISTORY/ARTS: Ellis Island, Empty Sky – 9/11 Memorial, The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, White Eagle Hall, Katyn Forest Massacre Memorial

• SPORTS: Liberty National Golf Course

• ATTRACTIONS: Liberty Science Center, New Jersey Colgate Clock, Liberty Landing Marina