Jersey City for Families
Collected by Max Power
Jersey City’s renaissance began in the 1980s, and today it’s long emerged from New York City’s shadow. With a revitalized waterfront, historic downtown and up-and-coming arts and food scenes, the state’s second largest city is not only prosperous—it’s fun to explore.
95 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
Before he became famous on the TV show Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro was just another Jersey boy with an Italian bakery, albeit a popular one that dates back more than a century. Since the success of Cake Boss, however, Buddy has expanded the family...
205 Martin Luther King Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
No website, no Facebook page, no Twitter handle... Fischer Confections, a family-run chocolate and candy shop established in Jersey City in 1919, likes to keep business old-school simple. Don't expect fancy-schmancy artisanal truffles here—just...
133 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Discovering a consistently good pizzeria is a bit like stumbling into a good watering hole: it's the gift that keeps on giving. At Two Boots, the options range from the traditional to the cheeky and quirky. The "Earth Mother" is vegan with five...
200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Liberty State Park is an ideal way for families to spend the afternoon or evening overlooking Manhattan's landmark triumvirate (including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York City skyline). The long boardwalk/pier is a great...
558 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This Asian-style bistro serves everything from virgin Pina Coladas to steamed dumplings. But it's their bubble teas, ripe with several pieces of tapioca (with or without milk), that keep me coming back. While I think it's a great pit-stop for a...
New York, NY, USA
The Statue of Liberty may be the most iconic sight that comes to mind when one thinks of the history of immigrants in New York, but not far from it in the harbor is another important landmark—Ellis Island. Until the Supreme Court ruled in...
Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
From May through December, head down to the Grove Street PATH Station (between Grove and Newark Street) for a taste of true local flavor. Here, the Historic Downtown Jersey Farmers' Market blooms with fresh produce, spices, pastries, and other...
303 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Hudson County Art Supply brims with the colorful organized chaos of an artist's studio. Stacked floor to ceiling with high quality art supplies, the corner store prides itself on friendly service that welcomes customers new and old to the...
415 U.S. 9, Englishtown, NJ 07726, USA
This sister-run shop carries all the makings of a typical confectionary—bins upon bins of classic taffies, hard candies and chocolate covered gummy bears, along with fine chocolates and macadamia pralines. But there's more in store for the...
125 River Dr S, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This isn't your average jungle gym. Situated along the waterfront, Wild At Play is 2,300 square feet of indoor playground, with equipment, games and toys designed to be fun and educational. Zany-hued walls and furniture provide plenty of...
506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Even if you're not a vegan, Subia's Organic Cafe and Market's fresh juices and organic fare offer healthy alternatives for a mid-day snack or lunch. The juice bar churns out smoothies and juices for every ailment, but you can customize your own if...
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Home to 12 exhibition museums, hurricane and tornado wind simulators, a live animal collection, and the nation's largest IMAX, the Liberty Science Center makes science palatable, if not downright enjoyable, to kids and adults alike. Don't miss the...
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