The Best Things to Do in Jersey City With Kids

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Katherine Oakes

Some days keeping your high-energy little ones entertained and happy at home is an almost impossible feat. The good news is that Jersey City is full of beautiful and well maintained parks, playgrounds, plus indoor spaces that are kid-friendly and fun for everyone.

Need a few ideas? Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Jersey City with kids.

1. Liberty State Park


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Want to get your little ones outside and give them 1,212 acres worth of open green space? Head to Liberty State Park with a picnic lunch, tricycles and kiddos in tow. It’s easily one of the best spots for both parents and children to enjoy the beautiful sights that Jersey City has to offer.

2. Tiny Greenhouse

Art Gallery

This nature-friendly art studio promises to “banish boredom” with fun and creative hands-on play. Open to children from 15 months to eight years-old, it’s a great way to do something unique together that doesn’t involve glowing screens. As a bonus, they also offer adult classes, so if you’re interested in coming back to hone your own fine art techniques, they offer classes, events and parties.

3. Newport Green Park


The Newport Green Park is both a parent’s and child’s dream: This urban oasis is home to four acres of landscaped space with a sandy beach spot for kids of all ages, plus, a playground, green space and even special events throughout the year.

4. Liberty Science Center


Liberty Science Center
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For those curious little minds and hands and the budding scientist in all of us, check out the famous Liberty Science Center. The interactive museum not only has informative exhibits but the largest IMAX dome in the whole of the United States. Parents, be sure to show your kiddo the Hoberman Sphere, a 700-pound sphere suspended from the ceiling that expands and contracts from a computer algorithm.

5. Lutze Biergarten

Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary

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Parents, rejoice! This lively waterfront biergarten is 100% kid-friendly. Check out the Lutze Biergarten for good beers, cheap food trucks and, oh yeah, panoramic city skyline and riverfront views. They’ve also got a weekly brunch menu, plus, specials throughout the summer, so it’s fun for the whole family, right?

6. Pershing Field Park

Park, Sports Center, Swimming Pool

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Located in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, Pershing Field is a sports lover’s paradise. It has 13.5 acres of recreational space including a track, basketball and tennis courts, so you’re little ones can get all of their energy out. As a bonus, the park also has a large swimming pool that doubles as a skating rink the winter – so you can enjoy this outdoor space all year round.

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