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Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

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Things To Do Around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

The weather gives us hope of warmer days ahead and with rising temperatures, our love for one of Jersey city’s most beloved parks only increases. And here we are with things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Hamilton Park – a 5.4-acre square green space in downtown Jersey City is one of its resident’s and visitors’ favorite destinations. Engulfed in tall trees and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts, charming boutiques, and restaurants. Hamilton Park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  Here is a curated list of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Inside Hamilton Park

Play Areas

Children of all ages love Hamilton Park. Besides the large space to run, play and scooter around, this park has two lovely dedicated children’s playground. Split between ages (0-5) and (5-12) both the playgrounds have age appropriate equipment. Children love to spend time sliding, swinging or climbing. Another major attraction is the Hamilton park splash pad. A small fenced –in water playground featuring sprinklers and colorful buckets of water dropping overhead,  bound to form an immediate love affair with little ones. There are so many things to do around Hamilton Park in  Jersey city that you might find it difficult to leave!

If you have a fur baby, look no further. This park is pet-friendly and features a dog park. Let your furry ones run, play, and enjoy!

Sporting Fun

Hamilton Park is the focal point for families engaged in recreational fun. Its basketball and tennis courts typically run busy during the summer, with some wait time for your turn. If you wish to play, land here early or get your name entered and wait for your turn. Either way, have fun while you shoot hoops or practice your serve!

Gazebo at hailton park, jersey city

Walk around the park under the leafy trees, relax in the Gazebo or look at the little free library, a small space shaped like an owl meant for a free exchange of children’s books. Select what you want and give back what others could use! It’s absolutely free!
These carefree walks are simple, joyful and one big attraction of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City. After all who does not want to spend time amongst birds, trees, flowers, and nature.


The Hamilton Park neighborhood association (HPNA) conducts events that are a hit amongst the local community. Some of the popular events are the farmers market, Shakespeare in the park, the great egg hunt, movies in the park, the education fair and many more.

During the summer months, the park participates in outdoor movie nights, the schedule of which is displayed both on the website as well as on a large colorful banner at the entrance of the park. In the month of June, the community holds the Hamilton Park Festival- a great time to enjoy music, food, and a plethora of fun, engaging activities.
The farmers market is set up around the Gazebo every Wednesday between 3:00 and 7:30 PM from May to December. Over 20 vendors and their fresh produce is a source of high traffic and buzz on these days. Enjoy the fresh lemonade on hot summer days and head to the popping aromatic popcorn. Indulge in sumptuous Stella’s empanadas while browsing fresh apples, strawberries, Jams or fresh green vegetables. Don’t forget to bring your bag to carry home your purchases!

Shakespeare In The Park At Hamilton Park (No dates for 2024)

Ensure to check the event calendar if you want to attend a specific event. This is one of the most sought-after events and is featured in many things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Movies In The Park (No dates for 2024)

Join HPNA for movies in the park. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy a free movie under the stars.

Families and fun

Besides the regular events, Picnics all around the park and an occasional birthday celebration are other ways families enjoy this charming and splendid green spot – ‘ Hamilton Park ‘. However, if you wish to use the Gazebo or conduct a private event, we encourage you to seek permission from Jersey City cultural affairs.

Around the Hamilton Park

Walk around the perimeter of Hamilton Park: Enjoy the neighborhood. Children and people of all ages are bound to be smitten by its charm and warmth.
Musically or creatively inclined and want to experience a new instrument or dance form? Head to Next step broadway at 9th street. Looking to engage young children in meaningful play, parties or events step into My Gym also located at 9th street.
About 50 steps ahead is another children’s favorite creamery and bake shop, ‘ Milk, Sugar, Love’. Indulge in some delightfully delicious, churned-out organic milk – ice cream. Don’t miss to try the delectable and tantalizing baked goods.
Keep walking till you find a large wall mural of a young girl peeking through a window. The graffiti is loved by adults and children alike, evoking imagination, creative thinking, and storytelling.
Sightseeing: Take a walk around Hamilton Park to witness history. Stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences in this part of town. Wander around the park’s streets to see well-preserved examples of these Victorian abodes. Don’t miss the little benches dotted around the park’s perimeter and the lamp posts that offer splendid & picturesque scenery! As we said, you are spoilt for choices when narrowing down things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Places to Eat near Hamilton Park 

Hungry? You are spoilt for choices when near Hamilton Park. Here is a list of top places to indulge and tantalize the taste buds! This is just a small list; the Hamilton Park area is dotted with eateries and cafes.

Ahri’s Kitchen

 227 7th Street

Ahri’s Kitchen serves authentic home-style authentic Korean food. A BYOB and order at the counter-style restaurant. The serving size is large, and the mood is easy. Just sit yourself and enjoy their soups, dumplings, and authentic Korean cuisine.
Psst, don’t miss out on the décor of the place. It is tastefully and meticulously done. Bring on that camera and capture the memories you make here!

White Star Bar

179 Warren Street

Either way, a juicy burger and a bottle of wine or maple salmon and a sumptuous spread of appetizers—either way, White Star Bar is a friendly place with a great ambiance, just a hop, skip, and jump away from Hamilton Park. Open until late at night, White Star has a vibe you can’t miss.

Carmine’s Pizza Factory

366 8th St

Another favorite among all age groups is Carmine’s Pizza Factory. It serves thin-crust Pizza with incredible flavors, delicious spaghetti, and everything Italian! It is a corner brownstone with large glass windows and outside seating during the summer months—just what you want at the end of a long summery day!

Hamilton Inn

708 Jersey Ave

Another local favorite is The Hamilton Inn. This is a great place to enjoy brunch, dinner, or late-night food with friends and family. The Hamilton Inn was awarded Open Table’s best 100 brunch restaurants. You know you can’t go wrong if choosing this place. Get there early to avoid long waiting times, especially during weekend brunch.


231 8th St

You can’t miss the Basic Deli. Located at 231 8th St, it is a Delightful place, with large glass windows and quirky outside seating with a spread of some great coffees and teas. You can’t miss the place boasting ‘ the best coffee in town ‘, can you?

O’ Kafé

230 Pavonia Ave: Previously Smith and Chang’s general foods, now called O’ Café.

This is not just a coffee shop but a great place to meet up or work. The coffee shop is great for anyone who loves their coffee to be made in a specific way with many options for Vegans. Kickstart your morning here with the sun falling on the large windows and making everything brighter. This place has cute interiors and some amazing food options- full of baked goods, acai bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

You can spend an entire day, evening, and night enjoying the many facets of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Getting to Hamilton Park

Getting to Hamilton Park is easy. The closest stations are Grove Street and Newport Light Rail. It is about 8 minutes walking distance from Newport Light Rail and is similar to Grove Street. If you are driving, parking is accessible on the street. However, getting a spot during evenings and high traffic times could be tough. Arrive early and secure a spot!

If you enjoy any of the above features and want to add to the list of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City, write to us!

Happy warmer months ahead!

PS: There are many other green pastures and parks to explore in Jersey City. If you are in the Paulus Hook area, head to Van Vorst Park. Lincoln Park and Liberty State Park are other beautiful parks to explore.

Updated April 30th, 2024

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