Historic Gateway to America
Liberty State Park is a green oasis in the middle of Metropolitan northern New Jersey. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, Liberty State Park is one of the state's most dramtic parks.
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), a grand setting for much of New Jersey's transportation history in the northeast, sits prominently at the north end of the park. A two-mile promenade, Liberty Walk links the picnic area, Interpretive Center and the CRRNJ Terminal while presenting visitors with a sweeping view of the Hudson River. A new outdoor performance area and other improvements mark the northern section of the park, while the western portion is dominated by the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center.
Liberty State Park also is the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
The park opens daily at 6 a.m. and offers a variety of recreational uses. Take advantage of the miles of walkways by walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading. Get fit with the par course that runs along Freedom Way. Bring your binoculars and look at the numerous species of birds which frequent the park. You may also bring your family and picnic at one of the playgrounds. There is always a nice breeze for flying a kite, or you may enjoy the waters by fishing or crabbing, boating or kayaking. Hop on a ferry and visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or stop by and participate in one of our Natural or Historical Interpretive programs.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry
Ferry service from Liberty State Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is available throughout the year. For rates and boat schedules, please call (201) 435-9499 or (212) 262-5755.
Liberty Science Center, an exciting, interactive science museum, has three floors of exhibits on inventions, health technology and the environment. The Kodak Omni Theatre has the largest IMAX dome screen in the country. For fees and hours, call (201) 200-1000.
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
From 1892 through 1954, the CRRNJ Terminal stood with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern and eastern Europeans, among others, into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at the Terminal that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. Learn more about the CRRNJ's history, visit the Historic CRRNJ Train Terminal site.
The Interpretive Center at Liberty State Park is an environmental and historical education facility located on Freedom Way. Open year round the center features exhibits focusing on the natural history and ecology of the Hudson River Estuary and offers programs for school and community groups and the general public. The center also offers a variety of Professional Development Workshops for formal and non-formal educators.
The Interpretive Center is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day (closed most holidays). For more information, please call (201) 915-3409.
Liberty Park Natural Area (36 acres)
Adjacent to the Interpretive Center lies a 36-acre state Natural Area consisting mainly of salt marsh, one of the few remaining tidal marshes of the Hudson River Estuary. A self-guided nature path offers opportunities to observe and experience this unique wildlife habitat.
Liberty Landing offers 200 berths and dockside facilities. Future plans include additional berths and dockside facilities, restaurants, marine-related shops and a 250-boat storage building. For more information call (201) 985-8000.
Liberty State Park’s boat launch provides access to the Hudson River and opens at 6 a.m. throughout the year.
These fees are in effect as of September 6, 2005
Fees: Permits are mandatory between April 1st and October 31st. Permits are $15 per day, or $150 for the year.
Place of Purchase: Seasonal launch permits must be bought at the front office, and are accepted at both Liberty State Park and Leonardo State Marina. Daily launch permits may be bought at the office or at the ticket machine in the boat launch. Maps for sale of the Hudson River Harbor are available at the front office.
Liberty State Park offers a variety of programs including those for schools, colleges, and organized groups. We also provide Professional Development Workshops for formal and non-formal educators. These programs are available at the Interpretive Center and the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal. For more information about our Educational Programs visit Liberty State Park's Education page.
• Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry
• Liberty Science Center
• Liberty Landing Marina
• Liberty House Restaurant
• Friends of Liberty State Park