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Elizabeth, New Jersey, welcomes Royal Caribbean Cruise Line passengers from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne. Travelers now have the option to extend their vacations with an exciting journey to New Jersey’s newest destination that’s only 20 minutes away: Elizabeth. Groups Today magazine recently voted the city one of top 10 emerging destinations.

The birthplace of New Jersey, Elizabeth was established in 1664 and served as the state’s first capital. The town was also home to many famous Americans throughout history, including Alexander Hamilton, Elias Boudinot, Judy Blume, and many others. Noted for its rich ethnic diversity, representing more than 50 countries and 37 language groups, Elizabeth boasts authentic dining and incredible shopping sprees. In fact, it was recently named the 5th best city for shopping in America, as it’s home to the world-renowned outlet shopping center, SIMON: The Mills at Jersey Gardens.

Snap-Play-Shop

On vacation, it’s tempting to want to do all the things. Holidays have to end at some point, though, which means it might not be possible to see each sight, savor each dish, and snag each gift you’d planned. Choosing the Royal Caribbean Snap-Play-Shop excursion guarantees you an expertly planned 3.5-hour tour with room for three memorable experiences.

The Snap-Play-Shop tour begins at Veterans Memorial Park. Keep your smartphones and cameras ready, because you’ll want to snap some photos of one of the country’s busiest seaports and the ships that glide down the waterway faster than you can say “#nofilter.” Your Instagram account will thank you.

From Veteran’s Memorial Park, you can catch a glimpse of a small, charming playground that gently hugs the waterway. Elizabeth hosts one of the 26 national Where Angels Play playgrounds, which were designed with two facets of good will: to honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School students who tragically lost their lives in 2012 and to renovate areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The Elizabeth playground gives adults a chance to reflect and allows children a safe place to climb kid-sized fire engines and race down curvy slides.

After taking some great photos—snap!—and paying a visit to the park—play!—the last stop on the tour is all about the shop! New Jersey’s largest premiere indoor outlet shopping mall, SIMON: The Mills at Jersey Gardens, has lots to offer, including Kate Spade, Coach, and America’s largest Tommy Hilfiger location. With over 200 outlet stores to choose from, you’re sure to find any gift you can imagine. Best of all, you’ll get these amazing brands at outlet prices. And since New Jersey has no sales tax on clothing or shoes, don’t forget to gift yourself something too. You’ll find so many deals it’s a good idea to check out luggage stores like Coach and TUMI to upgrade to a bigger bag to hold your haul.

Your excursion will end with a convenient drop-off at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Though this trip is full of excitement, you’ll only have scratched the surface of the fun times Elizabeth offers. Book your next adventure soon!

Calling All History Buffs

The Calling All History Buffs excursion is one for the books! Elizabeth is one of history’s best kept secrets, but we’ve put together a guide to help you explore notable historic locations. Though Elizabeth played a large role in the American Revolutionary War, the town is also known for its connection to Alexander Hamilton. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious, Elizabeth is sure to uncover what you didn’t even know you didn’t know, and do so with charm.

This excursion begins with a walk through the past at Liberty Hall Museum, where you can tour the beautiful gardens and view Alexander Hamilton’s former home. Many of Hamilton’s heirlooms, which date to the 1700s, are preserved there, and tours are given in period costumes, truly bringing history to life.

After taking a look back in time at Liberty Hall Museum, your excursion continues with a delicious lunch. Choose from present-day Elizabeth’s diverse selection of cuisines, including Brazilian, Italian, Cuban, and many more.

After lunch, visit Boxwood Hall, another famous Hamilton hangout. Enjoy catching glimpses of Hamilton’s bedroom, the table where George Washington dined before traveling to Manhattan for his presidential Inauguration, and the home of Elias Boudinot, former president of the Continental Congress.

Your excursion will end with a convenient drop-off at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

You’ll have witnessed a lot of history, but it’s only a snapshot of what Elizabeth has to offer. Visit again soon to discover even more of Elizabeth’s hidden treasures.
 

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