The Mills


There are many ways to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Elizabeth. It all comes down to your likes and how long you’re planning to stay in our city by the bay. We want you to make the most out of your trip to Elizabeth, which is why we created a series of helpful guides tailored to all kinds of travelers: history buffs, foodies, discount shoppers, and everyone in between. Maybe a historical tour strikes your fancy or a day of shopping is more your thing. Luckily we’ve done all the hard work for you, leaving you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Best of Both Worlds: Past & Present

In Elizabeth, the past meets the present for an unforgettable experience perfect for the entire family. This itinerary features educational tours of historical landmarks like The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, where one of our nation’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, once attended school, and the Liberty Hall Museum, home of New Jersey’s first governor. Work your way up to the present by shopping at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, an indoor outlet mall boasting over 200 stores.

Cultural Taste of Elizabeth

Experience Elizabethan culture through your palate. No passport is required to get a taste of Colombia and Portugal. Elizabeth is home to diverse eateries serving up Latin cuisine, barbecue, hearty Italian fare, and more. From cafés and cantinas to bars and lounges, there are many international restaurants to choose from and this itinerary will help guide your way.

Browse Culture - Shop Styles

If fashion is more your thing, we’ve got an itinerary for that. You can still enjoy many of our historic sites that feature couture garments, like the Liberty Hall Museum, which has an extensive collection of fashion ranging from Victorian-era clothes to 1950s gowns from the likes of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Afterwards, shop for your own name-brand goodies at The Mills at Jersey Gardens outlet mall. 

Calling All History Buffs

From early American mansions and stage theaters to statues and museums, you’ll know everything about Elizabeth’s past in no time at all with this itinerary dedicated to satisfying the history buffs among us. Explore historical landmarks, like the Boxwood Hall and The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown.

Layover Survival Guide

Here for just a couple of hours? Elizabeth is situated right outside Newark Liberty International Airport, making it convenient to explore if you’re on a layover with some down time to spare. Accessible transportation, like NJ Transit and ride share, makes it easy to visit historic museums and eat lunch at any one of our international restaurants in town before boarding time. Our layover itinerary includes ideas for three or less of downtime, as well as options for six hours or less.

Holiday Time Travel Experience

If you’re here for the holidays, you’re bound to have a jolly good time. Begin your holiday tour with a visit to the Liberty Hall Museum built in the 1700s and adorned with festive lights and wreaths before squeezing in some holiday shopping at The Mills at Jersey Gardens.

“Royal” Caribbean Treatment

For those extending their Royal Caribbean cruise vacation to spend some time in Elizabeth, you’ll definitely want in on either one of these day-long excursions. Opt for the Snap-Play-Shop excursion and you’ll tour the grounds of Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park, where you can snap some pics and play outdoors, before shopping at The Mills at Jersey Gardens. The history buffs excursion, on the other hand, makes pit stops to several local landmarks, including Boxwood Hall.

History’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed

Unlock the secrets of Elizabeth’s storied past with a visit to our historic sites. Learn about Alexander Hamilton’s role in Elizabeth history and how America and Portugal worked together during the American Revolution. This itinerary includes a tour of the Liberty Hall museum and guides your day from morning, afternoon, and night.

With so many things to do in Elizabeth, NJ, we don’t blame you if you can’t just choose one. Mix and match itinerary ideas to customize your ideal day in Elizabeth.

Standing on Holy Ground

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