Liberty State Park is considered an urban park but being surrounded on 3 sides by water, in full view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan with a tidal marsh in its midst and wide expanses of picnic areas it doesn’t seem urban.
It includes Liberty Science Center, an interpretative center, picnic areas, the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal building, the only New Jersey ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, performance areas and a variety of areas for special events and is home to Empty Sky: the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial.
Most of the summer programs have ended but I want to mention one which I recently went on and recommend that you add to your schedule for next summer. My son and granddaughter and I went on one of the Park Service’s Kayak Eco-Tours. We happened to be the only people on the tour that day and had the guides all to ourselves. It’s a 2 hour paddle around the Hudson River Estuary and Caven Point. The kayaks are fitted with bicycle style paddles, if you prefer not to use the usual oars. It was a great day out on the water. The guides explain the importance of estuary ecology, point out the various waterfowl to be seen and, at one point you make land fall and walk around looking at and talking about molluscs, etc. We found several horseshoe crabs out of the water and put them back. I saw a large crab (not horseshoe) swimming under my kayak.
We had very good weather. It was great exercise – I love paddling and I’m not bad at it. It’s always relaxing to be out on open water.
I highly recommend it, especially for a family outing and you can always bring a picnic to the park and there are all kinds of things to do in the park with the Science Center, the interpretative center, restaurants, walks, and photo ops.