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Liberty State Park

Park Administration Office:
200 Morris Pesin Drive 
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 915-3400

Historic CRRNJ Terminal and Statue Cruises Ticket Office:
1 Audrey Zapp Drive 
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 915-3400



Size: 1,212 acres (approx. 300 acres of upland open to public, 600 acres of open water, and the remaining planned for habitat restoration)

Take NJ Turnpike
exit 14B Jersey City. Follow the signs to the park. More detailed directions with a map of the area.

GPS Coordinates
40° 41’ 59.57” N 74° 03' 41.19" W

Facilities & Activities:


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Nature trails
  • Fitness trails
















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 dramatic 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. An 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.

Picnic Areas Fishing and Crabbing Ferry Service Boat Launch Interpretive Center  
Access for Persons with Disabilities

Liberty State Park's recreational facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office for further information regarding disability access. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.

Park Advisory

The NJDEP is in the planning stages of designing a new area of Liberty State Park. We are seeking community feedback on the types of recreation you would like to see in the design.

Take the Survey! ⚽️

Survey also translated to 8 languages

View past public stakeholder meetings: 

Ecological Restoration at Liberty State Park 
February 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. 
View the meeting recording (YouTube)
Remediation of the Interior of Liberty State Park
January 7, 2021 — View the meeting recording (YouTube)
Options for Active Recreation Amenities
January 21, 2021- View the meeting recording (YouTube)
30% Design Concept Virtual Public Meeting

Park Advisory

Picnic Reservation Advisory

Mark your calendars! Applications for Open Air Group Picnic reservations and Pavilion rentals will be accepted beginning Monday, February 1st.

Applications are available here online

Applications submitted before February 1st will not be accepted, and will have to be resubmitted. Note that this date is tentative and may change. Please stay tuned.


Visit and follow for the most recent information on park operations — some amenities may not be available due to COVID-19.


The Public Boat Launch will be partially under construction from January through the end of March. The northernmost ramp will still be accessible to the public but the southern ramp including the floating dock will be closed.  

Liberty State Park will begin accepting applications to reserve Group Picnic Sites on January 13th, 2020 for dates from April 1st – Oct. 31st, 2020 (excluding July 4th).
For more information, please contact the Park office at:
Phone: (201) 915-3400, Ext.101 or E-mail:

Shuttle buses are currently NOT operating in the park until further notice.

The park is open, but the Nature Interpretive Center Building is still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Park Hours

Liberty State Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Park office: Open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

CRRNJ Terminal Hours of Operation:
May 26 through Sept 4, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sept 5 through October 9, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
October 10 through December 31, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

The CRRNJ Terminal is closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and Christmas Day, December 25. Statue Cruises, the ferry operator to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, is also closed these days. Park grounds and restrooms will remain open following normal hours.

Nature Interpretive Center remains closed.

Park Maps

Liberty State Park Area Map

Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial

The "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial is the official State of New Jersey's Memorial that honors the memory of the 749 people that lived in or had ties to New Jersey that lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The names are placed randomly on the twin brushed stainless steel walls. Individuals' names (4 inches tall) are within reach and engraved deep enough for hand rubbing. The memorial, designed by Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, was dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary.

The brushed stainless steel twin walls are 210 feet long, the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. They rise 30 feet, standing parallel to each other with a 12-foot wide paved path of bluestone between them. Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. The memorial invites visitors to literally and metaphorically look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community.

The Empty Sky Memorial is open to the public but minor repair work will be scheduled due to Hurricane Sandy damage.

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Kayak Eco Tours

Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River Estuary by kayak. Tours will embark from the canoe/kayak launch located at the south side of Liberty State Park near the park office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.

Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required, however, participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required. This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. Children 16 and older need to be acompanied by a legal adult.

For registration and payment information, or any other questions, please contact Liberty State Park at (201) 915-3400 x202. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All programs run from 10 a.m. to noon. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in. Schedule is subject to change.

Schedule for summer 2020 will be available in May.

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General Information

Liberty State Park offA view of New York City's dramatic skline from Liberty State Parkers 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.

Find out about events and happenings at the park by downloading the latest edition of The Green Oasis the official Liberty State Park newsletter.

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Hunting is prohibited in and around Liberty State Park, including the waters surrounding the park, at all times. 

State Park Service areas open to hunting

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 1 877 LADY TIX (877-523-9849)

Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center excites learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology. Discover amazing things to do in 16 galleries including a suspended climbing maze 35 feet above the floor, a pitch-black maze, exotic animals like piranhas and naked mole rats, and the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere with an 89-foot diameter screen.”

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Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

The CRRNJ Terminal is open to the Public.
The hours of operations: July 1 through Sept 5 will be 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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.

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Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center at Liberty State Park is an environmental and Liberty State Park Interpretive Center  with New York City in the backgroundhistorical 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 Nature Interpretive Center remains closed for renovations; however, environmental education programs are still being offered. For more information, please call (201) 915-3400.

Find out about events and happenings at the park by downloading the latest edition of The Green Oasis - the official Liberty State Park newsletter.

Nature Interpretive Programs

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Special Event and Special Use Permits

Any organized special event or special use of Liberty State Park’s indoor and/or outdoor facilities must be reserved through a Special Event and Special Use Permit Application.
A Special Use Permit is offered by Liberty State Park to accommodate these types of activities that fall outside of the scope of normal Park usage. Examples of special events and special use include, but are not limited to, any commercial use of or on the property, press conferences, commercial photography and filming, corporate events, non-profit fundraisers, festivals, firework displays, UAV operation, demonstrations, walkathons and races, exercise or other instructional classes, launching of boats for commercial purposes, concerts, televised events, and similar events/usage.  
A completed application must be submitted to Liberty State Park for review, at least 90 days prior to the event/usage. If the special use or event is large and/or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended. 

Special Event and Special Use Permit Application

Special Event and Special Use Permit Guidelines

For more information about the reservation and permitting process, please reach out to the Park’s Special Events Department at Email: Phone:201-915-3400, Ext. 104.

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Richard J. Sullivan 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.

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Liberty Landing Marina

Liberty Landing offers 520 slips, transient dockage, dry dock storage, 24-hour fueling facility, full-service maintenance, marine store and two critically acclaimed restaurants on-site.

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Picnicking at Liberty State Park

Small Groups (20 People or Less)
Groups of 20 people or less do not need a reservation to picnic. Up to two of our first-come first-serve tables in our picnic areas, painted brown, along with one nearby grill (not located within an Open Air Group Picnic Site), can be used by small groups. Groups of 20 people or less may also picnic on the grass, using their own blankets, camping chairs, and a tent. A maximum of one tent or canopy, no bigger than 10' x 10' is allowed per group.

Small groups may bring their own charcoal grill, whether picnicking at our tables, or on the grass. All spent coal must be disposed of in the designated "Hot Coal" dumping bins. Propane or wood fires are prohibited. Generators are also prohibited. All visitors are subject to the general park rules listed below, as well as all other rules and regulations of the NJ State Park Service, posted throughout the park and available for view online here.

General Rules:
1. No alcohol.
2. No solicitation.
3. No food vendors.
4. No balloons, stages, tents, additional tables, animal entertainment, inflatables (e.g. bouncy houses), dunk tanks or other similar amusements or rides.
5. No additional grills, propane, generators or access to electrical outlets.
6. No DJs or live music. Radios must be kept to a minimum volume. Do not disturb other park patrons.
7. No vehicular access to picnic sites. Applicant and all participants must use designated loading zones. All vehicles must park in designated parking spots.
8. No nails, screws, staples, glue or tape may be used to hang signage or decorations.
9. No markings of any kind, including but not limited to chalk and paint, shall be applied to roads, paths, walkways, trees, buildings, furniture or other structures.
10. Rental use is for the day. Setup and breakdown must take place on the rented date between 9am and 9pm.
11. All signage, decorations and banners must be removed after the event.
12. All trash, litter and hot coal must be placed in designated receptacles. Trash bags are available upon request at the Park Office.
13. Wedding receptions/ceremonies are not permitted in the park.
14. Groups that exceed 20 people must make a reservation. Groups that exceed 20 people without a reservation may be fined or asked to leave.
15. Ticketed events, concerts, organized sporting events, fundraisers, walkathons, car shows, and similar events require a Special Use Permit. For information, please contact the Special Events Department, at the Park office - Phone:201-915-3400, Ext.104 Email:

Open-Air Group Picnic Areas (No Charge)
There are seven Open-Air Group Picnic Areas available for reservation. Each is equipped with eight picnic tables (8 ft.) and one large charcoal grill (30’’ x 36’’). There is no fee for the use of an Open-Air Group Picnic Area; however, a permit must be obtained prior to use. Only one picnic area can be reserved per group.

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 13th, 2020 for dates from April 1st – Oct. 31st, 2020 (excluding July 4th).  To reserve an Open-Air Group Picnic Area, groups must have a minimum of 20 people and no more than 50 people. 

Open-Air Group Picnic Area Information Sheet and Application 2021

Picnic Pavilions
There are two Picnic Pavilions, Pavilion A and Pavilion B, located on Pavilion Field available for reservation.  Each Picnic Pavilion reservation comes with charcoal grills, picnic tables (8 ft.), standard 110v electrical outlets, and access to open lawn space.  There are restroom facilities and a parking lot with eighty-eight regular and four ADA-accessible parking spaces directly adjacent to the Pavilions.

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 13th, 2020 for dates from April 1st – Oct. 31st, 2020 (excluding July 4th). 
Pavilion A accommodates up to 120 people while Pavilion B accommodates up to 80 people.  Only one Pavilion can be reserved per group.
Fees are as follows:
Pavilion A: $200 NJ Resident; $250 Non-resident
Pavilion B: $150 NJ Resident; $200 Non-resident

Picnic Pavilion Information Sheet and Application 2021

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Park office at:
Phone: (201) 915-3400, Ext.101 or E-mail:

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Fishing and Crabbing

The Upper New York Bay and Hudson River offer excellant opportunities for fishing. Common species include bluefish, shad, striped bass and blue claw crabs. Fishing and Crabbing are permitted in accordance with New Jersey's Fish and Wildlife Laws. Consumption advisories may exist for certain species. For more information, contact the park office. Please dispose of all stray fishing line properly.

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Boat Launch and Permits

The Public Boat Launch will be partially under construction from January through the end of March. The northernmost ramp will still be accessible to the public but the southern ramp including the floating dock will be closed.  

Liberty State Park’s boat launch provides access to the Hudson River and opens at 6 a.m. throughout the year.

Fees: Permits are mandatory year round. For fees please inquire at the park office.  Maximum trailer length is 23 ft.

Place of Purchase: Seasonal launch permits must be purchased at the park office, and are accepted at both Liberty State Park and Leonardo State Marina. Daily launch permits may be purchased at the office or at the ticket machine in the boat launch. 

Kayak Launch Site:  The kayak launch site is free.  Contact park office for location and additional information.

Launch Ramp Permit Information Sheet

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Ferry Service

Ferry service from Liberty State Park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is available throughout the year. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office located near the CRRNJ Terminal. Nearby parking is available for a fee. To purchase tickets and more information call 1.877-LADYTIX (877-523-9849) or visit,

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Public Programs

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.

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Related Links

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry
Liberty Science Center

Liberty Landing Marina
Liberty House Restaurant

Friends of Liberty State Park
Maritime Parc Restaurant

Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Joy Eastmead of the State Park Service.


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