Things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

Things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

Summer in the city is all about balmy nights being out and about enjoying life in downtown Jersey City! It’s an easy commute to all the action via the Grove Street Path station, multiple bus lines, Citi Bike docking stations, and a 24-hr taxi stand. (And of course, there’s always Uber!)

With outdoor markets and live music, great happy hour specials, restaurants bursting with delicious food, places to grab a quick ice cream cone or frozen yogurt, and many fun activities and entertainment to enjoy, it’s a great of year time to relish all that downtown Jersey City has to offer!

Below are highlights of some of our favorite things to do in Downtown Jersey City and places to go on a summer evening.

Outdoor Markets & Live Music & Van Vorst Park

Downtown Jersey CityOn Mondays and Thursdays from May to December you will encounter the Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market from 4-8 p.m. outside the Path station at Grove Street Plaza, where a variety of local farms sell produce, jarred sauces & condiments, meat, milk and cheese, fresh flowers, cookies, and pies. Other market vendors sell ready-made food and take-home meals, fresh bread/baked goods, grass fed meats, seafood, pickles, nuts, Kettle corn, French macarons, and even homemade soaps and bath bombs! There’s sure to be something for everyone at this quintessential downtown Jersey City open air farmer’s market.

   Downtown Jersey City

If you enjoy live music, don’t miss Groove on Grove every Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. May to September. Enjoy free live concerts at Grove Street Plaza in downtown Jersey City, featuring a wide variety of musical acts, bands, and performers representing a range of musical tastes and talent. This family-friendly event also features a lovely green turf/sitting area in front of the stage where you can let the little ones dance till they’re ready for bedtime. Many local businesses sell food & drink

(including adult beverages) that make this an excellent way to spend a summer evening outside in downtown Jersey City

  Happening in conjunction with Groove on Grove, the Artist & Maker Market (AAM) runs every 1st and 4th Wednesday 5-9 p.m. May through September. Also located at Grove Street Plaza in downtown Jersey City, the market brings local artisans together and gives people an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. The AAM mission is to support handmade goods and cultivate small business in downtown Jersey City. New in 2018 season is “Feel Good Fridays,” happening the first Friday of every month from 3-10 p.m. featuring a handmade art market with over 30 vendors, DJs, food & drinks!

Downtown Jersey City     On Saturdays, definitely check out the Historic Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m for fresh farm produce and local vendors. It’s a bit smaller and more intimate.

Historic Van Vorst Farmer’s Market every Saturday, May-December

Downtown Jersey CityVan Vorst Park is a downtown Jersey City gem, beautifully landscaped with a great playground for younger children (ages 2-6) with adjoining sprinklers for those hot summer days or evenings. (Although, please note that the playground and sprinklers do close at dusk!)

Downtown Jersey CityVan Vorst Park playground

 They also has a wonderful Films at Van Vorst outdoor film series every other Wednesday night at sunset, check their Facebook page for more details

https://www.facebook.com/VanVorstParkAssociation/

Location: Van Vorst Park is between Jersey Avenue and Barrow Street and Montgomery and York Streets in downtown Jersey City.

Places for Food & Drink 

Good food will definitely will be the major part of our list of things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

There are so many wonderful places to eat a good meal in downtown Jersey City! Across from Grove Street Plaza, begin a leisurely stroll up the Pedestrian Plaza on Newark Avenue, where you’ll be in the heart of Restaurant Row in downtown Jersey City. 

 For those that love Italian food, try Roman Nose, a family-owned trattoria with a relaxed atmosphere that is known for its simple yet high-quality food using the freshest ingredients. They also have an excellent brunch on weekends! (Location: 125 Newark Ave. http://www.romannosejc.com/

   
(Caption: Owner greeting a family enjoying brunch at Roman Nose]

Or, you can always pick up a quick slice or pie at Two Boots pizzeria, which offers to-go and eat-in options with a selection of traditional and specialty pizzas, served with soda, beer & wine. Location: 133 Newark Ave. www.twoboots.com

 Downtown Jersey CityFor al fresco dining, there are so many of the places along Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Jersey City

 

[Caption: Interior of Two Boots in Jersey City]

One can enjoy a wide selection of craft beers and delectable wines at Atlas Public House, an eclectic gastropub that serves classic pub food with an international twist. Its homey vibe makes it a popular place to unwind.  Location: 130 Newark Ave http://atlasjc.com/

 

Skinner’s Loft is an early arriver to the downtown Jersey City scene. Located further up on Pedestrian Plaza, the restaurant is a downtown Jersey City institution and is known for its simple yet delicious food and cocktails, and quaint rooftop bar. Location:14NewarkAve. https://www.skinnersloft.com/   [Caption: Rooftop Bar at Skinner’s Loft]

 South House opens up onto Pedestrian Plaza and has delicious food and drinks, and a lively night scene with live music and an adult “rec room” with pool table, dart boards, foosball, and shuffleboard.

(Location: 149 Newark Ave https://www.southhousejc.com/

Porta is a popular place to gather and is known for its farmhouse-style seating and amazing rooftop bar! Location: 135 Newark Ave https://pizzaporta.com/jersey-city/

There are so many great restaurants to try in downtown Jersey City, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy eating outside on a rooftop or along Pedestrian Plaza, where you can enjoy time with family and friends, and even catch an impromptu performance from talented musicians who busk like local JC violinist Nathan L’Heureux https://www.facebook.com/thehappyviolin/

 [Caption: Local JC violinist Nathan L’Heureux]

After dinner, or perhaps in lieu of dinner on a hot summer night, it’s time to enjoy a cool and refreshing dessert. Torico’s Ice Cream parlor is local favorite, a family-business soon to celebrate 50 years in downtown Jersey City. With over 60 premium ice cream flavors to choose from, along with various cones and sundae configurations, you will have endless possibilities to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

One of the best things about summer is the opportunity it affords you to visit somewhere nice, somewhere lush…somewhere worth visiting.

Let’s see some amazing sites in Westside Jersey City which you can enjoy in this beautiful city whether you are a local, nearby or looking for a fun-filled tourist destination.

Jersey City NJ is home to numerous attractions including large amusement parks, fun water parks, discovery museums, and so much more. To help you get started on your summer of exploring, we have listed several favorite places to help you and your family begin enjoying the top things to do this summer in West side Jersey City.

Lincoln Park

On your list of top things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City, you can’t leave this one off. This one is a must do for your family this summer. Plan a day to spend at Lincoln Park. It is a large park in Hudson County with approximately 273 acres.

Lincoln Park has so much to offer including a nature walk, three children’s playgrounds, numerous athletic fields, courts, a cricket pitch, and a running track. There is a 3-acre lake for fishing and four gazebos to pose in for beautiful pictures or take a break. There’s also a dog park so your furry companion can make friends too!

While you are at Lincoln Park, you’ll get to see and enjoy some fantastic art and structures including Lincoln The Mystic, a Jersey City Civil War Memorial, Farrier Memorial, and the Great Irish Famine Memorial. It’s another opportunity to appreciate art and architecture with the children!

One thing you won’t miss is the 365 ton Lincoln Fountain. It’s the worlds largest concrete monument! It’s stunning and something the whole family can enjoy.

Lincoln Park is also home to the Casino In The Park. This is another excellent place to plan to eat sometime this summer! You’ll experience delicious food, and you’ll be at a popular destination!

Keep your eyes open as you walk around this beautiful environment and you may see some rare bird species including Black Skimmers, Osprey, and Egrets.

Free – Jazz Music by the Fountain ALL Summer  

Each summer you’ll get to listen to beautiful jazz music by the fountain. This is a free and family-friendly event that takes place each week throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more details!

Stop by Rosebud Florist on your way home and pick up their some fresh flowers. It adds such a nice feeling to home any time of year even when it isn’t a special occasion.

It’s a big event every year and if you don’t want to stay home and celebrate in your own home and backyard, here’s a popular event to make plans to attend:

Liberty State Park

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

The Statue of Liberty is located here in this city! This incredible 1,212-acre park is a green oasis nestled in an urban setting. You just have to see this park. Walking along the waterfront southward lets you have a really splendid view of the Statue of Liberty, and in case you decide to take your time and visit Ellis Island, you shouldn’t forget to visit the incredible old (the 1930s) railway station.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

If you’re local, while it isn’t in Jersey City, it is nearby and a historical point to visit. If you are a tourist looking for a destination, this is it. This is a place that changed the lives of many people and shook the world all over. The museum is really magnificent. You might actually spend hours just taking a tour around the museum. You get to enjoy breathtaking stories and see amazing artifacts. There is an audio tour available to anyone who chooses to enjoy it, so you might want to try that on your visit.

Staten Island Ferry

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

The island ferry operates between the St. George ferry terminal and the Whitehall terminal in lower Manhattan. You will enjoy the views of the surrounding area throughout your 25-minute ride. Interestingly, this ferry is free; you just have to comply with the applicable U.S Coast Guard Security Regulations.

If you’re thinking of what it will cost you to enjoy views of the Manhattan Skyline, World Trade Centre, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this is your free ticket.

Strolling The Streets on the West Side Of Jersey City NJ

The West side of Jersey City has shopping and a lot more to offer locals and tourists alike. You’ll be able to relax, play, take your time and explore. You just might discover a lot of amazing adventures just waiting to be found on the West side in Jersey City.

It’s always great to support local businesses whenever possible. There are still plenty of mom and pop shops in existence on the West side of Jersey City! You will see plenty of stores and restaurants to visit, with exciting deals to offer.

As you begin your stroll, there are two top places you need to be sure to stop this summer! In no particular order, you need to stop for breakfast or brunch at these excellent places. Visit Wonder Bagels where you’ll find hand-rolled bagels and a fantastic menu to find new favorites. Also, visit Gary’s Sweet Shoppe which has been around for decades and you’ll see locals enjoying coffee, butter bread, and solving the world’s problems.

As you stroll the West side of Jersey City, one thing to do as a family if you have young children is count and identify different shapes. The adults will enjoy appreciating the architecture of a different era while the children will be happy, learning, and busy.

Stop to Eat

Have a taste from the selection of restaurants in West side Jersey City. One of the best things about having diverse neighborhoods on the West side of Jersey City is that different types of restaurants are there and serving delicious foods. If you and your family are at all “foodies,” you can enjoy a summer-long food adventure. Pick a different place each week and take a night off of cooking at home. It will be exciting, and you’ll be introducing your children to new foods and cultures as well as getting the opportunity to taste a vast variety of different types of food.

Here are some favorite places to stop to eat where there’s usually something on the menu even for the child that doesn’t like to try new things.

La Primicia Restaurant

A Taste You Won’t Forget – They are open Monday thru Saturday from 7 am to 9 pm offering convenient hours to fit busy schedules. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll find Carribean, Dominican and Hispanic cuisine in a casual atmosphere.

Jerkin Chicken

You’ll enjoy a taste of Jamaica! They have convenient hours and are open until 8 pm each evening. They’ve been serving this area for two decades.

Georgio’s Pizzeria

Simply great pizza, pasta, salads and more! If it’s a hot evening and you don’t want to turn the oven on, pick up some pizza and stroll over to Lincoln Park or have it delivered to your door.

Miss America Diner

The Miss America Diner is a must visit this summer! It is an old-fashioned diner offering home cooking and is sure to please a hungry appetite. They are a prestigious landmark with over 75 years in business. They offer daily deals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are open seven days a week.

Light House Tavern

The Light House Tavern is a resorted public house from late in the 1850s, and you might end up imagining the days of prohibition when those smoky recesses were filled with bootleggers and whiskey sippers. The spot integrates modern cuisines into its history, focusing mainly on east coast fare, oysters, Maine lobsters and kale salads and crispy cod fillets.

 

Fourth Of July 2018

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

Don’t let summer slip away without attending a big event where the children will be in awe of the fireworks. Make plans now to celebrate The Fourth Of July by attending the 5th Annual Freedom and Fireworks Festival. This exciting family-friendly event is on July 4th and begins at noon.

While those are our top things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City, here’s a couple more items that are often wonderful to add to our summers plans.

Learning and Growing Opportunities

If you want to add in some programs for this summer, here’s a couple of places with some great offerings:

Three Little Birds on Westside Avenue has an assortment of classes, programs, and events for children. It may offer the summer opportunity you are looking for as you make plans for your top summer activities!

Also, Jersey City Recreation has multiple classes and programs available!

Jersey City Waterfront

Top Things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City

Located downtown, this waterfront gives you excellent views of the Manhattan Skyline. You’ll really enjoy visiting some of its many restaurants and hotels. Many have experienced lodging at the hotels and air bnb choices nearby just so that they can enjoy the magnificent views throughout their stay in this city. Even if you are local to Jersey City, this can be a fun type of “stay-cation” that gets you out of the house yet nearby to have a less expensive “vacation”.

Few MUST do ….

Crema – (Must Try )An ice cream and coffee shop at Duncan and Bergen Ave.
The Dairy Queen on Westside Blvd – walk up DQ without an inside area,  A really fun thing to do in the summer-513 West Side Blvd.
The Lafayette Pool on Johnston Avenue:A free public pool and is a great place to cool off and is not that far from the neighborhood.

Summer 2018 Memories

Whatever you do, we hope you have lots of fun, embrace every moment and make lots of memories this summer as you begin exploring the top things to do this summer in Westside Jersey City.

 

Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Places In and Around Jersey City

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Adventures in Jersey City with Man’s Best Friend

When the weather is nice after a long cold season filled with indoor winter activities, who doesn’t like to get out of the house to shake those winter blues? What’s even better is being able to pull out the dog leash and see the look of excitement on your dog’s face when they know an adventure is forthcoming. Establishments are finally becoming friendlier by allowing the pup to enjoy time with the entire family like they should. Now Fido doesn’t have to look at you with his cute puppy eyes puddled with sadness as you take the kids out to enjoy time away from home. There are plenty of fun dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants:

Square 1 Community Eatery

283 Saint Pauls Avenue

Square 1 is a popular farm to table eatery that provides homemade dog treats for your four-legged friend. While the pup is happily playing with other dogs, you can kick back and enjoy some vegetarian-friendly cuisine. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

The Light Horse Tavern

199 Washington Street

This restaurant features a nice patio area, making it part of the dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City. They go out of their way to make Fido feel special and will provide a fresh bowl of water. With an expansive beer selection and bar food classics, you can’t beat a night on the town with your furry companion. Open on Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 10:00pm and Friday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.

Wonder Bagels

517 Jersey Ave

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

The smell of freshly hand-crafted bagels greets you when you walk into the door of Wonder Bagels making your mouth water. Your dog gets to enjoy a meal with you while you dine on a unique take of classic foods like sandwiches and grilled Paninis. Their hours are from 5:00 am to 3:30 pm every day.

Amelia’s Bistro

187 Warren Street

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

The ambiance is full of energy making this restaurant one of the best dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City. Hours are from Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for lunch, and dinner every day from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Rita and Joe’s Italian Restaurant

142 Broadway

Yearning for some Italian food? Get the leash out and head to Rita and Joe’s for some spaghetti, risotto, or a variety of other dishes. When the weather is nice, Fido will appreciate having a spot next to their favorite person while you both chow down on scrumptious bites. Get your Italian food fix on Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 9:45 pm, Friday, and Saturday from 12:00 pm through 10:45 pm, and Sundays starting at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Parks for Pups

Lincoln Park Dog Run

W Park Dr and Lakeview Dr

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Dogs love a big open space to run around and go crazy in. Lincoln Park Dog Run allows your pet to feel like they’re running free in the wilds. Since the park has routine maintenance you don’t have to worry about your dog finding anything dirty to get in to. Small dogs have their own area to prevent accidental injury from larger playful pups. Best of all, the park is the perfect match for dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City. Feel free to contact (201) 9150-1388 for more information.

Van Vorst Park Dog Run

257 Montgomery St

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

When the dog wants to break free from the leash, they are more than welcome to do that at Van Vorst Park. The grounds are well kept so you know that your dog will stay safe. Big dogs and little dogs have their own areas to play with other four-legged friends of the same size.  Reach out to (201) 547-4449 for more info.

Sgt. Anthony Dog Park

88 Palisade Ave

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

If you work a job at odd hours or simply want to go out later in the evening, Sgt. Anthony is open all hours of the day and night. The park has a reputation for being taken care of and being a safe space for dogs and their owners alike. Currently, it is undergoing some maintenance, but feel free to drop by anytime. If you have comments or questions, the contact number for them is (201) 430-5747.This is certainly one of the best dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City.

Hamilton Park Dog Runs

680 Jersey Ave

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Hamilton Park is made just for dogs to socialize and have a good time while their human companions wish they could join in. There are designated areas for the dogs to be off the leash. If your pup weighs twenty-five pounds or less, they are allowed to use the small dog area. For larger breeds, they have their own space as well. Call (201) 915-4303 for park information.

As you can see, there are many dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City to be explored. This list is only a sample of what Jersey City has to offer the family and your canine companions. So many restaurants let you bring the dog, so you don’t have to leave her/him at home whenever you want to go out. Perhaps you weren’t aware of what wonderful options are available to dog owners, but now you do. Go forth and have an adventure with man’s best friend.

 

Top 5 Scenic Places To See Cherry Blossoms Near Jersey City

Top 5 Scenic places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ

The coming of spring is more than welcome to ease away the long winter and have some fun. That means it’s time to get out and see the renewing of the earth and celebrate nature. There is no better way to enjoy the upcoming season than to look at the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. Quite a few sites can be visited to spark a new love for these unique trees. You and your family don’t have to go all the way to Japan to see cherry blossoms. Washington D. C. may be closer still, but why drive all the way there when you can venture out into your own city and see the trees? While Jersey City may not have all the cherry trees in the United States, New York City is a close drive to view other areas if you just can’t get enough of the gorgeous scenery. Here are the top five extraordinary places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ. Let this list help you bloom into spring with a bang.

places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ

Branch Brook Park-Lake Street & Park Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104

https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park

New Jersey has the bragging rights to the largest collection of cherry trees within the United States. Branch Brook Park boasts well over 4,000 cherry tree blossoms, offering the closest you can feel to being near the festivities in Japan than anywhere else. Their annual Bloomfest celebrates the cherry trees from April 7th to April 15th. Around 10,000 people are reported to attending the festival every day, totally about 80,000 for the entirety of Bloomfest. The park has 360 acres and was founded in 1895. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit Branch Brook Park as it is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ.

Central Park-Central Park West and 5th Ave, NYC

http://www.centralparknyc.org

places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ

Everyone knows about Central Park in New York City. But many folks don’t know about the cherry trees that bloom there every April until May. The Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees both pull their share of nature modeling for the enjoyment of you and your family. The drive from Jersey City is around thirty minutes with good traffic. With it being so close, you don’t need any other excuse but to take a picnic with the family to enjoy a pretty spring day. Dining under the cherry blossoms is so enticing that you will never want to leave. There are plenty of activities to check out in Central Park to make an entire day seem like a vacation. The hours for the park are daily from 6:00 am until 1:00 am.

Queens Botanical Garden-43-50 Main St, Queens, NY     

https://queensbotanical.org

places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJAt a little under an hour’s drive from Jersey City, Queens Botanical Garden is well worth the visit. The Bird Walk has an array of must-see cherry blossoms during their blooming season between April and May. You may see a few bridal photo shoots, as the garden is a popular wedding destination this time of year. They offer nature tours that are geared for the season. The hours for the weekdays are 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and weekends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission for adults is 6$, children 4-12 are 2$, and children under 3 are allowed in for free. The garden also offers a few free walking tours during the season. If you want a guided tour to learn about the blossoms and other plants then make this one of your places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ.

Riverside Park-100th St and 125th St, Manhattan, NY

https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riverside-park

places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ

The Cherry Walk located in Riverside Park is one of the most unusual places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ. Beautiful blooming trees that fall to the ground create an ethereal experience. With the ground’s delicate floral covering, it’s like walking on a cloud of cherry blossoms. Gaze up to see the sky bordered by luscious pink blooms that will brighten anyone’s mood. Take your camera for some high-quality visuals to remember for years to come. The park is beautiful year-round.

Roosevelt Island-1 FDR Four Freedom Park, NY

http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org

places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ

For the past six years, Roosevelt Island outside of New York City has put on a Cherry Festival for tourists and residents alike. What makes this spot unique is the cultural learning activities it provides for those who attend. Traditional Japanese activities are showcased to teach visitors about the culture behind the cherry blossoms and Japan, truly allowing it to be one of the best places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ. Some of the activities available are dancing, karate, Japanese music, and so much more. The events are mostly free and there is food available to purchase from local food trucks. No admission fee is required, but small donations are suggested.

Jersey City is one of the best places to live, as it is so close to many fascinating areas of interest. Spring offers an array of cherry tree viewing activities that will provide memories for many years. Cherry blossoms are special since they can only be seen from April to May. Most parts of the country do not have the opportunity to see one of nature’s finest works of art: the cherry tree in bloom. The festivals are a huge occurrence with many visitors annually that you can partake in. Be sure to take advantage of the top five places to see cherry blossoms near Jersey City NJ. The opportunity awaits with just a short drive. Be sure to check them all out for a fulfilling spring excursion. Enjoy the crisp spring air before the heat of the summer hits.

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City

Jersey City is full of amazing playgrounds and parks for children of all ages. From pirate ships to ice skating rinks there is tons of family fun to be had. Here are some of our top picks for playgrounds for kids in Jersey City.

Berry Lane Park

http://berrylanepark.org

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityIn the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City, there is a playground named Berry Lane Park. It is right across the street from New Jersey Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station. It the city’s largest municipal park and the newest, making it one of the best playgrounds for kids in Jersey City. The park boasts two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, a network of bike paths and two plazas.

Address: Berry Lane Park, 1000 Garfield Ave, Jersey City

Hours: 24 hours

Website: http://berrylanepark.org

Hamilton Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityMany call this the best park in downtown Jersey City. It’s located in a great area surrounded by cute boutique shops and is great for all ages and pets. The park is dog-friendly and has two dog parks. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, green areas and a pagoda. The park has three playgrounds for Jersey City kids including a water park and a park designed for Tots. Hamilton Park is fun for the whole family and has fun events year round such as farmer’s markets, outdoor movies, and holiday events.

Address: 1 West Hamilton Pl (between 8th & 9th St), Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hours: 24 hours

Lincoln Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City

Lincoln Park is a historic park that was founded in 1905 and used to be known as West Side Park. It was among the first parks and playgrounds to be built for Jersey City kids. The park features 21 tennis courts, three playgrounds, a public golf course, dog run and several sports fields.  The pre-schooler playground is very clean and safe with fun climbing areas, slides and lots of parts that children can turn, push and pull. The park is perfect for families who are exploring the surrounding nature areas. Lincoln Park is certainly one of the best playgrounds for kids in Jersey City.

Address: West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Hours: 6 AM- 10 PM

Newport Green Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City

Between the two major downtown centers of Jersey City lies Newport Green Park. This park is relatively new and was created in 2012 as part of a Jersey City revitalization project and features a playground for Jersey City kids. This park is much more peaceful than parks located in downtown Jersey City or in the more touristy areas. The park has a very imaginative playground and is home to the Hudson River’s only man-made beach with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. There is also a splash pad and picturesque carousel.

The playground itself is very colorful and has different play sets tailored for preschool and elementary school children. One of the climbing contraptions is designed to be like a pirate ship and it is extremely popular among the smaller children. There is a network of climbing apparatuses connected by ropes for older kids complete with rock walls, dangling bridges and slides. It is one of the most unique playgrounds for kids in Jersey City to explore.

Address: 14th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Hours: 10 AM-6PM

Pershing Field Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityPershing Field Memorial Park is a large park full of fun activities for residents and visitors. There is a great playground with lots of swings for Jersey City kids to enjoy. During the summer children love running through the sprinklers in the splash park area. There are also multiple sports fields, two basketball courts, four tennis courts, a swimming pool and an outdoor running track. In the wintertime, many locals can be seen gliding along the outdoor skating rink. Pershing Park is the perfect place for families in the Heights to enjoy outdoor fun year round.

Address: 201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Hours: Open 24 hours

Liberty State Playground Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City

This park features amazing views of the Hudson River, majestic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Freedom Tower. It features sprawling lawns, perfect picnic areas, a two-mile riverfront promenade and a gigantic playground. The park is popular for skaters, joggers and walkers alike. On a windy day, Jersey City kids can be seen flying their kites in the green fields. In the summer families can be seen having barbeques using the charcoal pits located throughout the park. The pre-schooler playground features a multitude of climbing structures, low sloping slides, bouncy bridges for tots and a make-believe sailing ship complete with steering wheels and a lookout post. The portion of the park designed for older kids has winding slides, artificial rock climbing walls, ladders, bridges, monkey bars and tunnels. In addition to the main playground, a second smaller park is located at the south end of the state park. This is one of the most popular playgrounds for kids in Jersey City, New Yorkers, and tourists.

Address:  200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Hours: 6 AM- 10 PM

Website: http://www.libertystatepark.org

Van Vorst Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityThis Jersey City Playground is in the upper-class, swanky neighborhood of Jersey City’s historic downtown. It features a beautiful expanse of greenery amidst old buildings and some great playgrounds for school-aged children and pre-schoolers.

Address: 257-287 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hours: 8 AM-10 PM

Website: http://vvpa.org

JC Riverview Park

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityRiverview-Fisk Park is on Ogden Avenue, on top of the Hudson Palisades, and offers the best scenic views of the New York City skyline. There is a great children’s park that is one of the best playgrounds for kids in Jersey City.

Address: 1 Bowers St Jersey City, NJ 07307

Hours: Not specified

Washington Park Playground

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityWashington Park features 4 baseball fields, 9 tennis courts, several basketball hoops and a playground. The park is between Union City and Jersey City in Hudson County and is popular among visitors and Jersey City kids alike.

Address: Union City, NJ 07087

Hours: 10 AM- 8 PM

Website: http://www.wpanj.org

Riverview Park and Playground

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityRiverview Park is located in the Heights of Jersey City. It is full of scenic viewpoints and features a few playgrounds for Jersey City kids to enjoy as well.

Address: Jersey City, NJ 07307

Hours: Open 24 hours

Website: http://riverviewneighborhood.org

Pier 51 Playground

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey CityLocated just across the river from Jersey City this playground is located along the scenic Hudson River Greenway. Pier 51 playground is very clean and great for preschool-aged children. There is a water/splash pad, sandbox and lots of equipment for kids to climb. Adults can watch their children play while sitting in the shade and taking in some gorgeous views of the city.

Address: Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014

Hours: 7 AM- 8 PM

Website: https://hudsonriverpark.org/explore-the-park/activities/pier-51-play-area

Pier 25 Playground

Playgrounds for Kids in Jersey City Just down the Hudson River Greenway between Laight Street and Rockefeller Park lies the Pier 25 Playground. This park offers an entirely different experience than the Pier 51 Playground. It features a very popular mini golf course that is fun for both children and adults. There is also a skate park, children’s play area, 2 volleyball courts and a small soccer field. In addition to loads of fun activities the park is lined with benches and has a wooden lookout area where people can enjoy the views.

Address: 227 West St, New York, NY 10013

Hours: 8 AM- 6 PM

Website: https://hudsonriverpark.org/explore-the-park/locations/pier-25

Few other parks in the area are General Nathanael Greene Park: in front of essex street light rail station, Angel Ramos Park : 88 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA, Village Park: 384-388 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA Jones Park: 237 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

There are loads of fun playgrounds in Jersey City for kids and adults to enjoy. We are excited to watch this list grow as more projects and developments create more wonderful playgrounds for kids in Jersey City. In addition to tons of outdoor playgrounds, Jersey City is home to some amazing indoor parks, sprinkler parks, indoor and outdoor waterparks, and great spots for summer get-togethers.

 

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City: Things to do in Jersey City

There are so many fun things on tap for Spring!
To kick off JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City, join us for the Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th. This is the perfect event to get the family out of the house and allow the kids to burn off some of the energy they’ve been storing up all winter. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be a bunny meet and greet, numerous kids activities, music and dance performances. Check the website for details and be sure to RSVP if your kids are joining the egg hunt (BYO Easter basket). JCFamilies Spring & Summer Events include numerous festivals and fairs. Mark your calendars for the popular Spring Festival taking place on Saturday, April 14th. This is a fun indoor community event with lots of entertainment and activities for the whole family. You won’t want to miss the Mother’s Day event on Friday, May 11th. This was the first event JCFamilies ever hosted, and it’s always well attended. It’s a family event, but with a  few pampering things on offer for mom.  For new and expecting parents, be sure to RSVP for the Baby Fair taking place on April 14th. If you’re in the market for a summer camp for your kids, don’t miss the Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, April 28th. One of the most fun events of the year is the JC Kid’s Run happening on Saturday, June 2nd.  This event will sell out, so please RSVP.
With so many fun JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City, make sure to mark your calendars and RSVP!  We hope to see you.

Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park, Jersey City

March 31st @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/easter-egg-hunt-jersey-city/ 


Be sure to RSVP for the annual Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th!If your child wants to participate in the egg hunt, be sure to check the schedule of events as there will be different time slots for different age groups. The younger kids can be accompanied by parents, and older kids will have the opportunity to search for eggs on their own. This surely is the most favourite Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City. Since it was a huge success last year and we received lots of positive feedback from families.There is also a time slot for kids with special needs.  Be sure to check the schedule and RSVP to join in on the fun!

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Spring Festival, Jersey City

April 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/spring-festival-in-jersey-city-nj/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityJoin us for the Annual JCFamilies’ Spring Festival in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, April 14th. For the 2nd year in a row, this event will take place inside the beautiful and light-filled Harborside Atrium, close to the PATH train and Light Rail stops.

While most of the Spring Festival is free to attend, this family event will feature activities that are both free and cost a nominal fee. Activities include spring-related arts and crafts, entertainment for kids and a kid’s train. This is a wonderful way to welcome Spring to Jersey City.

Free activities will include music, dance and puppet show.

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 JC Baby Fair’18, Jersey City

April 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/baby-fair-in-jersey-city-for-expecting-and-new-parents/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CitySupported by : Harborside, Carepoint, JCFamilies & Downtown Pharmacy

The journey to motherhood begins the moment one starts planning for a family. While it can be rewarding and fulfilling, it comes with some challenges too. We want to make this journey easier for you by bringing important information and resources at your doorstep. Whether you are thinking of having a baby, expecting, or a new mom, JC Baby Fair’18 is just the event for you. Here is what we have planned for you:

  • Breastfeeding Consultation:Breast Feeding can be difficult for some in those early days. Our experts can give you some great tips.
  • Product Samples: The market is flooded with baby products. Product samples can help you choose the right one for your children.
  • Raffle Prizes & Giveaways: There is always a long list of “must buys” for families. We have some essentials that would make any family happy.
  • Massage for Parents: Happy Family, Happy Baby! Pamper yourself with that much needed massage for those busy days.

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The Fun is Coming With the Sun,  Jersey City (Free Event)  

April 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/the-fun-is-coming-with-the-sun-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityPut your sun hats on for 3 hours of FREE & FUN-TASTIC outdoor fun for the whole family! Join for us for “Fun In the Sun” on April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the City Hall Plaza, Jersey City.

Here is what to look out for:

– Be blown away with our Bubble Show for kids

– Get ready to rock and roll with Pre School of Rock. They have the music and the moves!

– Put your creative hats on with Arts & Craft activities during JCFamilies Summer Camp Fair’18 happening at the same venue.RSVP now…..

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JCFamilies School Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2018

April 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/summer-camp-fair-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey City

Only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & speak to the representatives of major Schools, Day Cares, Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey City & Hoboken.

JC Summer Camp Directory 2018: JCFamilies has the most trusted directory of summers camps serving Jersey City, Hoboken and the surrounding areas.  We have assembled a list of the best options for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

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Mother’s Day Celebration, Jersey City

May 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/mothers-day-celebration-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityMother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City Roll out the red carpet and make mom feel like a Queen this Mother’s day! JCFamilies is throwing a fun celebration for its moms on Friday, May 11th, 4.00-7.00pm at Hamilton Park in Jersey City. While moms get pampered with a free massage, families can enjoy the beautiful outdoors with entertainment for all. Event details coming soon…..

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JC Kids Run 2018, Jersey City

June 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
http://jcfamilies.com/event/jc-kids-run-2018-kids-run-in-jersey-city/

JCFamilies Spring and Summer Events for families in Jersey CityJC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey CityThe Kids Run is back for the 4th year of JC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey City and it keeps getting bigger and better!  Children race through the course with the biggest smiles on their faces as the community cheers them on.The excitement and joy on their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless!In addition to the kids run, there are a wide variety of activities for children of all ages.  This event takes places at Exchange Place, along the Hudson River, with views of the Manhattan skyline.JC Kids Run 2018 : Kid’s Run In Jersey City: Calling all KIDS from 1 to 10 years for The JC Kids Run 2018!!!Saturday June 2nd 2018

 

Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa In and Around Jersey City

Make sure you’re on the nice list because Santa is officially coming to town! There may be nothing more magical than bringing the kids to visit the jolly man in the red suit for during the holiday season. See your child’s face light up as they get to whisper their Christmas list to Santa while you capture these moments to keep forever! But where can you find the place with the perfect holiday backdrop? We’ve created a list of the The 8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa In and Around Jersey City!

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Newport Centre

30 Mall Dr E W, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 626-2078

Located right in Jersey City, the Newport Center is a great place for your kids to meet Santa. Santa is located in the center court of the mall and is available to take pictures and sit with your kids during normal mall hours. Santa will be there right until the day before Christmas! Make sure you RSVP your slot with the Santa Fast Pass to skip the long lines!! This is a great option for one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City

The Mall at Short Hills

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: (973) 376-7350

Santa started early here this year giving you more time to get the littles ready for a photo-op! This year’s theme offers kids an interactive experience fit for the holidays! Kids receive a personalized badge at check-in which allows them to try on a virtual flight suit, learn about navigation, power Santa’s sleigh, and dance under magical lights and snowfall before taking their place on Santa’s lap. You can simply show up, or purchase your photo package in advance online to skip the lines.

Garden State Plaza 

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 843.2121

This holiday season, not only can you take pictures with Santa, but the Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to celebrate the return of its legendary, iconic “Big Santa” display. From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, an unforgettable 51-foot high, illuminated “Big Santa” was perched atop a chimney in Westfield Garden State Plaza’s parking lot facing Route 17 – from which it could be seen for miles. For generations of Bergen County residents, “Big Santa’s” arrival signaled the unofficial start to the holiday season every year.

Willowbrook Mall

1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne

Phone: (973) 785-1655

Taking photos with Santa is the perfect way to create lasting memories for the holidays. Get into the festive spirit by making a trip to visit Saint Nick at Willowbrook Mall! Kids will love having the chance to tell Santa Claus what’s on their wish list; plus, your pictures will make for excellent holiday cards! Skip the line by making reservations to see Santa. Reserve Monday – Wednesday through December 5 and save $5 on your photo package. Plus, receive a FREE personalized video with any purchase of a premium photo package.

Jersey Gardens

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth

Phone: 908-354-5900

From now until December 24th you can get your holiday shopping done and still have time to take a selfie with Santa!

Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Turtleback Zoo

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. You can take “Selfie” with Santa Claus. There will also be a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole. You can enjoy the holiday fun on Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2, every night from December 7 – 31. However they are closed Christmas Eve and Day! Admission is free however, donations on non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are always welcome!

New York

Macy’s Santaland

151 W. 34th Street, New York

Herald Square

Every year, Macy’s leaves visitors and in awe with their amazing Christmas displays. Santa makes an appearance every year but you must make a reservation in order to see him! He’s a busy man after all. Reservations open up November 18th!

Santa at Brookfield Place

230 Vesey St, New York

Phone: (212) 978-1673

Create lasting photo memories with the jolly man in red! Santa’s winter wonderland features a special children’s coloring area and is a place for everyone to capture the magic of the holidays while shopping and dining at Brookfield Place. Santa will be there until December 24th and you can even include your furry friends in the holiday festivities on December 3rd and 10th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Looking for my holiday fun? There are several winter activities to enjoy with your family around town and at home!

Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City

The Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City

Tis’ the season to be merry and festive! With all of the fun-filled places to visit near Jersey City this winter, there won’t be any time for the cold weather blues!  Just because it is cold and snowy doesn’t mean all your fun has to stop for the season. We’ve created a list of the Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City!

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Lambertville & Winter Festival 

2019 marks the twenty-second year for the Lambertville * New Hope Winter Festival. The Festival is hosted by the Twin Rivertown Projects, Inc., a 501c3 organization consisting of a group of dedicated board of directors and many volunteers who give generously of their time – from late summer up to and including the Winter Festival activities. You can also opt to partake in free and ticket events like the chili cook-off, pub crawl, fire and ice ball, and so much more. There is certainly no shortage of events to go to at this Winter Festival, making it a perfect addition to the list of Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City!

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum  

353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was founded in 1972 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote the development of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other horticultural facilities of the Morris County Park Commission. They’re known for their Gingerbread Wonderland event which will celebrate 27 years of wonder this year! Guests of all ages will marvel at the creativity and skill of the amazing edible structures that will be on display. You can even enter your own creation!

Mountain Creek

200 NJ-94, Vernon Township

Mountain Creek offers 167 acres of trails on four mountain peaks, 100% snowmaking coverage and full night skiing, the region’s highest skiable vertical and is the only true All-Mountain Terrain Park south of Vermont. They offer golf, spa amenities, lodging, several restaurants, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and more! New to the slopes? No problem they offer lessons and a beginners guide to ensure your safety!

CoCo Key’s Water Resort

915 Route 73,  Mount Laurel

The frigid weather doesn’t mean the water themed fun has to stop! With over 55,000 sq. ft of space including pools, waterslides of all sizes, and tons more, Coco Key’s Water Resort is the perfect place to take the kids for the day! Check out their hours of operation so you can plan your perfect little winter getaway!

Northlandz

6028 495, US-202, Flemington

Northlandz is the perfect place for the little train enthusiast in your life! This 3-story railroad layout and museum features hundreds of trains, 400+ bridges, 30 foot tall mountains and so much more! The museum all showcases over 200 dolls from all around the world and a 94-room dollhouse.

Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Boulevard

Interactive exhibits and fun to watch demonstrations earns the Liberty Science Center a spot on our list of Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City! The LSC is home to the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, which is the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! Their films and shows are fit for any age!

Ice House

111 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack

Ice skating is a perfect way to get active and spend the day with your family during the winter months. The Ice House is home to four regulation size NHL rinks and operates one of the largest full service hockey and skating Pro Shops in the New York-New Jersey area. Get ready to hit the ice!

Campgaw Mountain

200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Campgaw Mountain offers an alpine escape located about an hour away from Jersey City! This is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard.Campgaw Mountain offers daily group, private and semi private lessons for all ages starting at around $39.

Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Years before it was a public garden, the land on which Longwood Gardens stands was home to the native Lenni Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers. Since then, the land has undergone significant transformation to become the magnificent property that is enjoyed by more than a million guests each year. Keep up with all of their winter events and performances and make sure to bring your camera!

These places will give you all the winter wonderland feels and you’ll family will have a blast. Gone are the days of being bored on a snow day!

 

Pole Position Jersey City, NJ

Pole Position Raceway Jersey City, NJ

Indoor and outdoor go-karting is becoming a popular sport and fun activity all around the United States. This is a great activity for both kids and adults alike, making this the perfect way to spend time with the whole family. It is fun, active, and a great way to get out of the house and spend time together. Plus, Poe Position Jersey City is all indoors, which makes it the perfect rainy day activity!

How It Works

Racing at Pole Position Jersey City could not be simpler. Go-karts are Italian designed and go up to 45 mph. They are designed to emulate real race cars and the tracks heed to formula racetrack courses. All participants are required to sign a waiver and if you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign it for you.

Ages

All participants are required to sign a waiver and if you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign it for you.

There are 3 different age categories for racers – adults, non-license, and junior. Adults require a valid driver’s license and a minimum height of 4’8″, non-license requires no driver’s license, ages 12-17, and height of 4’10”, and juniors are for ages 6+ and height of 4′ – 5′.

Types of Racing

There are two different kinds of racing you can do at Pole Position Jersey City. We will take a look at those two options below.

Arrive & Drive

This is the most popular style of racing at Pole Position Jersey City. Essentially, all you have to do is walk in, sign your waiver, register, and get into the racing queue. They will get you out onto the race track as fast as possible and there is no reservation required.

Head to Head

Head to head racing required reservations and a group of 8 drivers, minimum.

You can compete in head-to-head, two, three or four race events. The main event will be lined up in pole position. The first driver to cross the finish line on the final lap wins. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals will be awarded at the Winners Circle Podium. This is popular for company team building events or group parties.

Racing Leagues and Lessons

If you are looking to do something a little more serious than just racing around the race tracks at Pole Position Jersey City, you can opt to take lessons or even join a league!

Racing leagues race one night per week for four weeks. Leagues are only open to adults who have a valid driver’s license and are 58″+ tall.

Racing lessons are available as well. Pole Position Jersey City offers summer camps, a racing clinic, and the Academy of racing science. You will learn from the pros, how to drive like a pro, and will become the best go-kart racer you can be! You can learn more about each type of lesson, here.

Pricing

There are quite a few ways that pricing works at Pole Position Jersey City. They offer annual memberships of $55 for adults and non-license and that includes:

  • 2 free races (1 race on day of membership purchase, 1 race on next visit)
  • Free RPM t-shirt
  • Discounted race price
  • Promotional benefits throughout the year

If you do not opt for the membership pricing goes as follows:

  • 1 Race – $20
  • 2 Races -$38
  • 3 Races – &54
  • 5 Races – $80
  • 10 Races – $150

Eat and Drink

Of course, you are going to get hungry after going fast on the track, so luckily Pole Position Jersey City has food and drink so you can recharge! They offer a wide variety of snacks and also offer catering to business events or parties as well.

Other Activities

If you are not into racing, but would still like to attend a fun outing with your family, Pole Position Jersey City has other fun activities as well! There is an arcade for classic games and new state of the art technology, a fun bowling alley, and a real-life race simulator that gives you one of the most realistic and authentic racing experiences out there.

Parking and Distance From JC

There is a large parking lot with an ample amount of parking for anyone who wants to go to Pole Position Jersey City to race or watch. Pole Position is located at 99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305, so it is located right in Jersey City. It is only a 10 minute drive from downtown, so fun is not far away!

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Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC 2018

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC 2018

Boo! Did we scare you?

If we didn’t some of these Halloween events might make you jump. Or dance. Or even laugh. We have something for everyone no matter where you stand on the scare meter! Tis the season to be spooky so check out our list of Halloween Events in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Spooky Science Kids

October 19th 5 PM – 8 PM at Zaniac on 125 First Street, Jersey City

Zaniac Jersey City is scaring up a good time STEAM style. You and your little one can build a haunted house with working lights. Channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein with circuits and LEGO monsters. If that isn’t enough, you can receive a prize if you come dressed in your first costume.

Annual Halloween Parade 2018

October 24th @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Hamilton Park, JC

Come to Hamilton Park in your Halloween best for the Annual Halloween Parade in Jersey City! Families will be guided along the parade route by drummers, stilt walkers, and jugglers. The parade will commence at 5:30 pm and will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. There will also face painters a DJ and performances by Nimbus Dance Works and  Next Step Broadway  Refuel with the on-sight food vendors and farmers markets!

JC Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday October 27th 4 PM – 8 PM

Be prepared for all things that go bump in the night when you enter the Harborside Atrium on October 27th. JCFamilies presents their 2018 Halloween Spooktacular! For $5 (for ages 6 and up) you can enjoy  a costume competition, dance party, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games and other entertainment for the kids! Make sure to stop by the picture corner to snap a spooky family photo!

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

October 4-31, November 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 23-24 – 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Enjoy a truly breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of talented artisans! Stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge, watch our Pumpkin Carousel twirl, gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium. Discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky! Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you get yours soon!

Family Halloween Party and Parade in Hoboken 

October 26th @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Shipyard Park, 1, 13th St, Hoboken, NJ

Do the Monster Mash, participate in Halloween themed arts and crafts, carnival games, and so much more during the Family Halloween Party and Parade in Hoboken! Join Hoboken Families and Kidville as they celebrate the season of ghouls, goblins and ghosts! Oh did we mention this event was free.99!

Halloween Party Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 12026

October 26th 6 PM – 8 PM at 38 Duncan Ave, Jersey City

Girl Scout Troop 12026 invites you to attend their free Halloween Party for the community. Ages 3-12 only. They will have crafts, a costume contest, snacks and more!

Brookfield Place Halloween Bash

October 27th 12 PM – 3 PM at Brookfield Place

Bring your costume-clad kids for a FANGtastic afternoon at the family-friendly Brookfield Place Halloween Bash! Enjoy performances by Brooklyn’s own The Pop-Ups and learn how ghosts have the ability to fly!

Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 27th & 28th 11:00 AM at Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular pumpkin patch, bounce house, magic shows and more!

Terminal of Terror III and Spooky Terminal

October 27th at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive Jersey City, New Jersey

Terminal of Terror and Spooky Terminal is Jersey City’s biggest annual family-friendly Halloween event featuring tons of activities! The event is spilt into two part. Spooky Terminal is a great opportunity for kids and parents alike to experience fun activities, snack on something yummy from the amazing food trucks and Jersey City’s most adorable costume contest! The Spooky Terminal will start at 11 AM and end at 4PM. Get your tickets before they’re all gone!

Halloween isn’t just for kids! Terminal of Terror is for the adults 21 and over and will feature celebrity & local DJs, fun activities, amazing food trucks, and an awesome costume contest with large cash prize! The fun begins at 9 PM and ends at 2 AM! Get your ticket here.

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

October 28th @ 4 PM  at Central Park North and Malcolm X Blvd New York

Central Park’s Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is the only Halloween event that involves sending your homemade jack-o’-lanterns afloat into the Harlem Meer. Before the main event at 6pm, kids are invited to show off their most creative costumes in a parade, dance to awesome music, listen to scary stories and work on creepy crafts. Learn more about the events’ lineup here. This is a free event!

The Order of Bright Minds Murder Mystery Gala

October 28, 2018 at 7 PM – 10 PM at 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Is a bright mind enough? Or will your gutsy ideas bring you glory? You are more than an escape room enthusiast, you are more than a puzzle connoisseur. You are truly an elite detective. Join in on the free fun and channel your inner Carmen Sandiego or Sherlock Holmes while you enjoy delightful oddities from Antisocial Jewelry Company and Tarot card readings by Antifragile Tarot

Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest

October 31st 3:15 PM – 6 PM at Washington Street Hoboken

Mirror, mirror on the wall is your Halloween costume the scariest of them all? Grab your witch’s hat and your vampire fangs before attending the The Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest! The parade will features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more!

Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

October 31st 3 PM – 7 PM at Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall, Jersey City

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and lots and lots of candy! This is a free event of families and if you’re interested in being a vendor for the event you can fill out a form here!

Halloween is a fall season staple! There are several amazing fall themed events and activities to enjoy leading up to this spooky week!

There are few events happening in our neighborhood Hoboken, so check out the best five Halloween events there.