Free Things to do in Jersey City, NJ
We like to hang out and watch the ferries here in Jersey City, New Jersey, coming and going all day long, but there are so many other free things to do!
Liberty State Park: Words can’t describe the beauty of this 1,200+ acre park right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Jersey City. From boating and canoeing on Hudson Bay, to having a picnic surrounded by amazing views, Liberty State Park is a must-see for everyone that visits Jersey City.
There’s hiking and biking trails, nature trails, and even fitness trails. The kids will have fun on the playground, and the entire family can enjoy fishing and crabbing. While not free, you can take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island right from this park.
Jersey City Cemetery: This cemetery’s historical significance dates back to the 1700s, and the Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812, it was an active Ammunition Bunker, and it’s now the resting place of thousands of soldiers from many wars – including the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, the War of 1812, WWI and WWI.
The cemetery is 6 acres, speckled with towering trees, and is the perfect place for a history lesson. If you visit during the summer, while on the property, you’ll notice adorable little goats working hard to keep the grounds clear of weeds. They have a feed machine, so bring quarters if you know your little ones will want to feed the goats.
We haven’t taken a tour yet, but one tripadvisor said that volunteers work every Sat from 9 am til 1 pm, and tours of the grounds, including the underground bunker from the War of 1812, are offered to visitors.
Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial: Ranked #2 out of nearly 50 things to do in Jersey City, the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial is not only a moving experience, it’s an amazing history lesson. You’ll see two huge memorials where the buildings used to stand, with names of the victims engraved into the stone. It will probably be a bit depressing to make a visit to this memorial, but I really think anyone that is local should do so. It’s an important part of our country’s history.
Groove on Grove: Listen to live bands every Wednesday throughout the summer, from 6PM til 9PM at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. It’s a great time for the whole family! Pack a picnic and blanket.
Creative Grove: Just like Groove on Grove, the Grove Street PATH Plaza is where you’ll find Creative Grove. It’s every Friday afternoon, and you’ll find many local artists selling handmade jewelry, fine art, and more.
Newport Green: We love this park for it’s playground area, because of the awesome sand pit and sprinklers for when summer gets HOT! There’s also a field that’s perfect for playing soccer or just letting the kids run around.
Before leaving Jersey City, be sure to stop by the farmers market, too.