As the playground of New Jersey, the city of Elizabeth offers the ideal space to play practically any sport. We have skate parks, ice rinks, ball fields, and more, whether you’re planning a date or a family fun outing.
Elizabeth’s Department of Recreation organizes interactive day camps for children and adults, with varied activities like ceramics and flower classes to suit any tastes. The Department of Recreation also runs a public pool and other water leisure sports from the 4th of July through Labor Day. When the kids need to cool off, Mickey Walker Spray Park is free to Elizabeth residents every day of the week!
Warinanco Park Adventures
First off, Warinanco Park is huge! With a running track, fitness course, bike path, and more, there are plenty of options for cardio. Athletes can enjoy the tennis courts as well as the soccer, football, and baseball fields.
If athletics don’t attract you, consider renting a paddle boat for a couple of hours to enjoy the lake and scenic cherry blossoms, magnolias, azaleas, and other blooms in season. As summer approaches, there are playgrounds and a water spray area for children—but the park’s biggest attractions are definitely the cherry blossoms and the seasonal Warinanco Indoor Ice Skating Center, which opens each winter.
Fun for Kids
The Where Angels Play Foundation was started by Bill Lavin, a retired Elizabeth firefighter, and they have since built 26 playgrounds in America in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Shooting. The playground at Veteran’s Memorial Park features playground replicas of police cars and a fire truck that faces the NYC skyline across the river.
For thrill-seekers, Elizabeth can offer a number of intense experiences! Our skate park at Mattano Park gives skateboard enthusiasts the space to push their limits on a half-pipe, vert ramp, rails, and stairs. The green space around the park also features ball fields and a view of the Elizabeth River.
Just Enjoy the Outdoors
With more than 45 different local parks, it can be nice just to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Elizabeth. If you want to take a walk while also learning about history, we recommend the audio-guided “Elizabeth at the Crossroads” walking tour or the Elizabeth River Trail across town.
Plan Your Visit
GoElizabethNJ hopes to bring visitors not just to our town, but also into our active community to experience what we offer beyond commerce and entertainment. Learn more about sports and recreational activities in Elizabeth on our mobile app, and plan with GoElizabethNJ’s trip planner.
Where Angels Play
“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 […]
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!
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), […]