Jul 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior’s Gateway to the Statue of Liberty

I have been to New Jersey, if the Newark International Airport counts, but I did not know anything about Jersey City.  I have been reading news articles recently on Jersey City and wanted to share some of the amenities and great times seniors can enjoy in the area. I discovered that Jersey City gives you the fun of Manhattan at a fraction of the cost.

Let’s check out the Top Ten Things to Do during your weekend getaway in the nation’s tenth most artistic city.  I found that Jersey City is the least sprawling city in the nation (behind NYC),  has some of the most reliable public transportation in the nation, and its art scene is booming.

Her Royal Highness

The Statue of Liberty is only 2,000 feet from Jersey City and one mile from New York City. So she is right on JC’s doorstep! Seniors can catch the ferry year round from Liberty State Park and skip the lengthy New York City lines. You board the ferry just outside the historic Central Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park, where nearly two-thirds of the twelve million immigrants who entered this country through Ellis Island departed for their new homes.

Ellis Island

Undoubtedly your relatives and mine arrived in the US via Ellis Island. The island called America’s “Golden Door” was the former federal immigration processing station which processed over 12 million third class and steerage immigrants between 1892 and 1954 and was named after the former owner of the island, Samuel Ellis. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the Jersey City coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

Seniors Find Variety in Jersey City

Jersey City is all about variety—and there is no need to limit your options by sticking to one part of town. Whether you arrive by car, train or ferry, you will find that getting around the city is a breeze. With plenty of parking, buses and taxicabs and convenient PATH train and light rail stations throughout the city, seniors can do lunch on the West Side and dinner in the Heights, or shop all day in Greenville and take an evening walk along the Waterfront.

Jersey City has right at a quarter a million inhabitants, making it the second-most populous city in New Jersey after Newark. The city lies across from Lower Manhattan between the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay.  Rich Sheppard takes seniors on a video tour of his hometown.

If you are into history Jersey City will keep you well entertained. In many ways, the history of Jersey City is the history of America.   Whether you want to rent a bike or take a tour, JC has it including Liberty Helicopter Tours.

Yahoo Travel provides several good links to explore during your visit that includes the Newport Centre that is the premier shopping destination in Hudson County.  These JC video clips can provide additional information on fun things to see and do. As per usual, I just have to add TripAdvior to provide the Top-Rated Hotels, B&Bs and you may choose from 108 fine dining establishments.  Enjoy JC. jeb

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  1. […] So after you cross the Brooklyn Bridge, visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park, nestled on the shore of the East River across from lower Manhattan. It is Brooklyn’s newest public park and it’s spectacular, with a huge vista of New York Harbor, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, lower Manhattan, boat traffic on the East River, and of course, views of the Statue of Liberty. […]

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