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Nature and Outdoors

With naturally beautiful vegetation like cherry blossoms, tulips, azaleas, and magnolias decorating the landscape, getting outside is one of the highlights of visiting Elizabeth. With over 45 parks, we have everything from small nature preserves and floral gardens to water parks and skate parks.

Major Parks in Elizabeth

Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park boasts a fishing pier, a nearby marina, and a boardwalk lined with American flags. Each Memorial Day weekend, the park is transformed with carnival rides, games, and a Ferris wheel. Mattano Park includes a skate park, playground, and seasonal water spray, which offer a scenic view of the bridges over the Elizabeth River. For a summer outing with children, the Mickey Walker Spray Park is a free water park with slides and water arches. In addition, young guests will also have a blast at Where Angels Play, which features toy replicas of police cars and fire trucks as well as an array of slides, ladders, and climbing walls. Where Angels Play is the latest playground addition in Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park and honors the victims of the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, CT.

The largest park in the area, Warinanco Park is an expansive 204 acres and was designed by the same landscape architect who produced New York’s Central Park. There’s a fitness course and plenty of space for a variety of sports including football, baseball, soccer, and tennis. The activities don’t end there! In the winter months, enjoy ice skating at the brand new indoor skating rink. In the warmer months, explore the park from the water with paddle and row boats you can rent!

Take a Walk Through History

A stroll along the Elizabeth River Trail integrates an outdoor setting with the art and culture the city has to offer. A pedestrian throughway to many of the city’s other attractions, the path also tells of Elizabeth’s history with work by local artists. Plans are underway in 2016 to expand the pathway so that it stretches into Midtown and to the Arthur Kill Bridge.

The city’s self-guided tour, “Elizabeth at the Crossroads,” is a bilingual audio tour that you can download to your smartphone. Start the 3.5-mile route wherever you like (but the first official stop is at the Elizabeth Public Library), and learn about the Bonnell House, the Minute Man Statue, Boxwood Hall, and so much more. Walk through history in modern times!

There’s Always Something in Elizabeth

Elizabeth is proud to host a range of festivals and annual events including the Tour de Elizabeth bike race each May and the largest Portugal Day Parade and Colombian Festival in the country in the summer months! GoElizabethNJ is happy to keep a running list of upcoming events so that you can better plan your stay.

  • Where Angels Play Memorial Park

    “After the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, CT in 201q2, 26 built throughout New Jersey, Connecticut and New York were built to honor all of the young victims by the Where Angels Play Foundation. The group, founded by retired Elizabeth firefighter Bill Lavin, is now complete with its latest playground in Veterans Memorial Park, where it will […]

  • Mattano Park

    In Mattano Park, there are ball fields, kids’ playgrounds, a skate park and a water spray for children in the summer. There are beautiful views of green fields, and nearby flows the Elizabeth River.

  • Mickey Walker Spray Park

    Here is how some kids had fun and cooled off during the heat wave at Mickey Walker Spray Park. Mickey Walker Spray Park located at 860 Anna Street in Elizabeth is opened 7 days a week. The spray park is free to all Elizabeth Residents!

  • Elizabeth River Trail

    The Elizabeth River Trail highlights the history of Elizabeth with artwork from local artists displayed along its path. The trail restores some of the natural beauty of the urban waters that played an important part in Elizabeth’s development as a city. It is a place for pedestrian traffic that provides many recreational and educational opportunities. […]

  • Warinanco Park

    Sprawling 204 acres, this park is located in Elizabeth, Linden, and Roselle, brings together 3 wonderful towns of Union County!  The park was designed by the noted landscape architect Frederick Olmstead—the designer of New York’s Central Park. Housing many amenities— including a bicycle path, boating (row boats and pedal boats rented on an hourly basis), […]

  • Liberty Hall at Kean University

    A 23-acre National Historic site built in 1772 by New Jersey’s first governor, William Livingston, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American History. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, […]

  • Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park

    Do you want to share history, beauty, nature and fun with your family? If so, you have to visit Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park. With a host of amenities and something for everyone, the historic park will not disappoint. Why Do People Love Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park? With the New York City skyline visible in the […]

  • The Market at Elizabeth Ave.

    Located within Elizabeth’s Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), this shopping district runs from Bridge to Fourth streets and includes the Peterstown Farmers Market area, as well as the New Point Road Triangle, between South Seventh and Marshall streets. It is one of the oldest commercial corridors in the city. Known simply as “The Market” to area […]

  • Historical Walking Tour

    Are your kids bored with history? Do they have a hard time finding it relevant? If so, Elizabeth’s historical city walking tours can help give them a brand new perspective. With smartphone-enabled audio accompanying historical streets and architecture that span over 350 years, even the biggest history detractors will love learning about Elizabeth’s rich past. […]