Welcome to Elizabeth
Founded in 1664, Elizabeth, formally known as Elizabethtown, was the first capital of New Jersey. Today, Elizabeth, New Jersey is home to over 120,000 residents, making it the fourth largest city in New Jersey. From the ultimate shopping experience at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, gourmet cultural cuisine, lavish and trending nightlife and the historical roots that began right here, Elizabeth has something for everyone!
Welcome to Elizabeth – It All Starts Here.
Visit Elizabeth, NJ
Whether you are staying for a single day, or for an entire week, Elizabeth, NJ has plenty to offer in terms of amusement, dining, and lodging. With a history spanning over 350 years, the city has something for everyone.
History of Elizabeth, NJ — History's Best Kept Secret
Settled on land that was purchased from the Lenni-Lenape Indians in 1664, Elizabethtown began as a few small houses built by original settlers. By 1668, the settlement included more homes and New Jersey's first church, which was built in the exact spot where the First Presbyterian Church stands today on Broad Street. At this time, Elizabethtown was designated as the first capital of the province of New Jersey by order of Governor Philip Carteret, and on May 30, 1668, the first provincial legislature met here.
Why Visit Elizabeth, NJ? — We're Closer Than You Think
Less than 15 miles from Manhattan, just off the New Jersey Turnpike with the Newark Liberty International Airport in its backyard, Elizabeth offers the perfect location to use as a springboard for your vacation. Home to excellent shopping destinations like New Jersey's largest premium outlet mall, The Mills at Jersey Gardens, and a massive Ikea home store, the city has everything you need to shop till you drop. If the crowds of high-end retail aren't for you, come check out our Midtown District of Broad St. & Elizabeth Ave., which are flourishing with small businesses. Don't miss our ethnic cultural cuisine! Elizabeth is also a great place to enjoy authentic dining options from our Portuguese and Italian ethnic populations.
What Is There To Do In Elizabeth? — Eat. Drink. Play. Just Minutes Away!
Whatever your interests, Elizabeth has something for everyone. From historic sites, to cultural festivals, to the arts, to plenty of green space options, Elizabeth is the place for the whole family to enjoy. As a true melting pot community, the city hosts various cultural parades throughout the summer months embracing diverse ethnic heritages. There is also the annual Tour De Elizabeth bike race, as well as the Midtown Classic Car Show. The city is also home to plenty of cultural outlets, including the Premier Stages & Enlow Hall, where you can experience the arts come alive with live performances by local and national shows. As for history, there is an audio walking tour of Midtown, as well as various historical tours that will take you back in time to the Revolutionary War.