A Day at Liberty State Park, New Jersey

Liberty State Park | Introducetion

Located in Jersey city, Liberty state park is closer to Ellis island and the Statue of Liberty than the popular Battery park across the street in New York City. It's a great spot to see the Manhattan skyline, and parking is relatively cheap and less crowded. New Jersey is a garden state, and in the springtime, the roadside is beautiful, but there are fewer famous attractions. New Jersey Freedom Park is the only place in New Jersey that provides ferry service to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. If you go to TripAdvisor to check the top attractions in New Jersey.Liberty state parkIt should be in the top three, if not the top one. The only drawback is that you can only see the back of Lady Liberty.

Parking is 7 dollars on weekdays, because this parking lot mainly serves people who need to take the ferry, and there are discounts after 5pm. There are some free parking spaces around the park, but they are very few. When I came here on Memorial Day, I circled around twice and couldn't find a spot, so I just drove into the parking lot, but I didn't realize that the entrance collector told me that parking is free, but I couldn't tell from the sign that there is a rule about free parking.

Liberty Walk

The main path of the two-mile-long Liberty Walk connects the picnic area, Nature Center, and CRRNJ Terminal, offering panoramic views of the Hudson River. Liberty Walk faces downtown New York City, and it only takes a five-minute walk from the parking lot to see the skyline. This area directly faces the Financial District of New York City, and the tallest building in the photos is the World Trade Center, rebuilt after 9/11.

Walking along the waterfront, you will find the wide path known as Liberty Walk. The atmosphere here is very relaxed, with many parents bringing their children for biking, jogging, and other activities in the afternoon. When you reach the middle of Liberty Walk, you will be at the closest point to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

For visitors to the New York area who don't want to take the ferry, an evening trip to Liberty State Park offers views of the famous Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Most importantly, it provides the opportunity to photograph the Manhattan skyline at night. After dark, the Statue of Liberty is illuminated, and the vibrant lights of the Manhattan skyline create a different, colorful atmosphere.

Central Railroad Station New Jersey (CRRNJ)

The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal is an important landmark at the northern end of the park, currently closed. The station building itself is a historic site, constructed in the 19th century. This port has a rich history, as immigrants arriving in the United States used to pass through here while waiting to enter the country. From 1892 to 1954, the CRRNJ Terminal stood alongside the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Immigrants from all over Europe, after being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, would buy train tickets at the station and board trains to their new homes in America. Hurricane Sandy in the summer of 2012 caused significant damage to the building's interior and the tracks, and it has not been repaired since.

Ellis Island / Immigration Museum

Ellis Island used to be the site of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, where many immigrants from Europe first set foot on the American East Coast. It can be said to be the starting point of the American Dream for many first-generation immigrants on the East Coast. Today, it has been transformed into an immigration museum.

Liberty Island | Statue of Liberty

The island where the Statue of Liberty is located is called Liberty Island, which is next to Ellis Island. The famous Statue of Liberty on the island was a gift from France to the United States. Now, the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island are all preserved as U.S. National Historic Landmarks. From Liberty State Park, you can only see the side and back of the Statue of Liberty. Of course, you can also choose to take a ferry from here to Liberty Island and visit the top of the Statue of Liberty.

US Flag Plaza

At the end of the path is the US Flag Plaza, next to a picnic area where many local residents enjoy barbecuing and flying kites on the weekends. Looking back from here, you can see the entire Manhattan skyline, which is quite spectacular.

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