Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

Fountain at Van vorst prk
The fountain at the Van Vorst Park

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

Van vorst mansion

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

Farmers market

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

 Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory :426 Jersey Avenue

Brownstone diner

A classic American diner with many food options and all day breakfast , The pancake choice is amazing and portion sizes large. Be sure to get there either early or factor enough wait time during weekends if you want to come here for breakfast or brunch. Although the diner has a parking lot, it is a popular place and thus spots run out easily!

 Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Raaza pizza things to do around Van vorst park Jersey city

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen stepDelicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

 

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

Wonder Bagels

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

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Van Vorst park pictures courtesy : andrewalexanderprice.com

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.