Hungry for something new? Feast on the diverse flavors of Elizabeth's culinary scene, which includes standout restaurants serving a global array of menus including authentic Brazilian, Portuguese, Colombian, Mexican, and Haitian dishes, among many other international flavors. Many of Elizabeth's celebrated international eateries can be within the Elmora Avenue, Elizabeth Avenue and Morris Avenue shopping and dining districts.
Originally the Red Lion Inn during the 18th Century — which survived the 1780 raid of Elizabethtown — this grand historic building is the only Carnegie Library Building still in use today and is the first stop on the Historical Walking Tour. Inside, browse an extensive collection of literature and audio and video recordings available in a range of languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
TIP: Trace the library's history online with an interactive timeline of events.
Perfect for those who entertain an active lifestyle, this sensory-friendly riverside park is home to baseball fields, soccer pitches and basketball courts, as well as one of the newest skate parks in the area, featuring plenty of incredible, grind-ready rails for skateboarding enthusiasts. In the summer months, cool off at one of the splash pads or just relax in the open air and soak in the beautiful views.
Take a short trip to nearby Rahway and enjoy a diverse slate of performances at this historic theater. On stage, watch dance recitals and competitions, plays, riveting orchestral performances, hilarious comedy acts, and even canine stunt shows.
Visit one of the oldest and most historic sites in New Jersey. Throughout its 350+ year history, the Snyder Academy served as a church, a school, and even a hospital during the Revolutionary War, once hosting both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr during its time as The Old Academy School. Today, the Academy offers a range of community and educational programs, and welcomes the public to tour the building and nearby cemetery to explore its significant role in American history. The cemetery — one of the oldest in the United States — is located at the adjacent Siloam-Hope First Presbyterian Church and is home to the 313+ Project Monument, which memorializes the many free and enslaved Africans buried in unmarked graves within the grounds.