Created in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial, the park’s prime waterfront location draws four million visitors a year. Its popular two-mile Liberty Walk runs right along the park’s waterfront, offering bikers, runners and walkers panoramic views of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. If you want to get a closer look, you can take a quick ferry from the park to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. This is the only location in New Jersey that provides ferries to these iconic destinations.
In the northern section of the park rests the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal, which played a key role in the country’s immigration process from 1892 to 1954. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, European immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at this New Jersey terminal.
Liberty State Park also houses New Jersey’s “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial that honors the 749 people from New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.