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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

1. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

NYC: Macy's July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise from New Jersey

2. NYC: Macy's July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise from New Jersey

Celebrate Independence Day New York style on a 2-story boat cruise with an outdoor deck area. Admire views of Manhattan’s skyline and landmarks being lit up by Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks. Enjoy a buffet dinner with an open bar, a live DJ, dancing, and toys for children. Departing from Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City on the Hudson River, take in unparalleled views of Ellis Island, Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Observatory from the water. See Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Hoboken, Staten Island, and the Manhattan Skyline. Once on the East River, spot the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, the Empire State Building, and Wall Street. Enjoy the live DJ with dancing on the outdoor deck as you make your way to your front-row seats to the Macy’s fireworks display. Experience the largest fireworks show in the United States from the water. During the cruise and before the fireworks (which usually start around 9 PM), snack on appetizers and food from the buffet stations. There is also an open bar featuring mixed drinks, beer, wine, juices, and sodas, as well as coffee, tea, and water. Once the fireworks display is over, the boat will make its way back to the meeting point.Menu (may be subject to change): • Assorted appetizers• Taco station• Pasta station• Sliders (burgers and chicken)• Sausage station• Vegetarian station• 4th of July inspired dessert station

Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

3. Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

Experience the magic of NYC from the water on this sailing cruise from Brooklyn. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Capture pictures of iconic sights like the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.  Meet your captain and begin your sailing adventure. Get up close to sights like Governors Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. View the immense Brooklyn Bridge from the water. See a piece of history as you pass by Ellis Island. Take in views of the World Trade Center.  Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, make a memorable proposal, build a tighter work team, or make a regular day special with an NYC cruise. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

4. New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

Join a morning of spectacular panoramic skyline views of the legendary New York City. This 4-hour morning tour is designed to fascinate all visitors: history, movie, and photography buffs alike. Take this opportunity to experience the incredible skyline views from New York tourism's best-kept secret, New Jersey’s waterfront. Then, treat your palate to one of America’s best and well-known pastries at Carlo’s Bakery (from the hit TV show "Cake Boss"). Along your adventure, you will be introduced to the city of Frank Sinatra, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empty Sky Memorial. Your morning tour will take place during the day when the city's famous skyline stand out from across the Hudson River. Visitors report feeling chills, being in complete awe, and feeling speechless when standing in front of Manhattan’s magnificent panoramic views and the most iconic symbol of freedom.

Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

5. Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

Discover Jersey City's diverse culinary scene. Make your way through local establishments and savor some of the most delicious food and drinks in town. With 100s of restaurants to choose from, you'll experience an exciting and simple method of tasting your way through the local food scene. Count on a mix of four unique hand-picked restaurants, varying from classic Italian (it is Jersey after all), Mexican fusion, new American, and so much more. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Gringo’s- Freetown Road Project - Razza- Luna- Ghost Truck Kitchen- Torico Ice Cream- Bang Cookies Spirit Partners: - Misunderstood Whiskey - Corgi Spirits- Jersey Wine and Spirits

Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

6. Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

Eat like a local while learning about the history and inspiration behind six diverse eateries during this food tour through Central Ave in Jersey City. Discover why New Jerseyans travel from all over the state to get the most authentic and delicious bites they can’t find anywhere else. Count on a mix of 5-6 unique hand-picked “mom-n-pop” restaurants, ranging from authentic Mexican and Peruvian to West African and so much more. This tour has 2 sit-down tastings and 4 standing (Subject to change). While your local guide will focus on the stories behind the dishes, you’ll also leave with an appreciation for the eclectic art and rich history of the area. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food, but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the (JC) Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Andrea Salumeria (Rated best deli in NJ) - Irmas (Mexican/Salvadorian) - Ozu Foods (Japanese) - El Gordo (Peruvian) - Griot Cafe (Afro-Caribbean inspired) - The LoDG (Rated the best donuts in Hudson County)

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What people are saying about Jersey City

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Very easy and everything went smoothly . Easy to find the venue . Enjoyable boat ride , everyone practiced safety .

5 amazing and breathtaking days at New York. i will never ever forget. i will cherish this memories forever.

Long queue for security and the ferry. But a great experience once you arrive on the island.

Just great. Just wish we had more time to spend there.

This trip is absolutely amazing! Loved every second