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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

    Where Angels Play Memorial Park A trip to the Where Angels Play Memorial Park in Elizabeth, New Jersey is much more than just a day of fun for kids and the family. Any park can boast of slides and swings, lawns and benches, but this park is also a chance to remember the heroism and […]

  • Mattano Park

    No matter what season you arrive Elizabeth, New Jersey, there is always a way to unwind and simply enjoy yourself at Mattano Park. Spring In the spring, when the trees and flowers are all starting to blossom, you can meet joggers or walkers who are lacing up their colorful shoes and taking in the fresh […]

  • 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

    Whether you’re an all-star athlete, a casual walker, or part of a family looking to spread out the picnic blanket, you’ll find opportunities for fun in Warinanco Park. When you enter a park designed by Frederick Olmsted—the architect behind New York’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and Asheville, North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate―you know […]

  • 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, […]

  • Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park

    Your time in Elizabeth, New Jersey would not be complete without a visit to the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park on the Arthur Kill Waterway. The Views Veterans Memorial Park was established in 1993 to honor the brave men and women who have served in the American Military. You’ll enjoy the patriotism of this park as […]

  • The Market at Elizabeth Avenue

    You are in for a full and rewarding experience when you take a trip to The Market at Elizabeth Avenue. Imagine a location in the heart of a city where cultures collide and entwine, giving you an opportunity to experience sights, sounds, and flavors from around the world. I recommend bringing a reusable shopping bag […]

  • 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. […]