People on the grass at Waterfront Park in Elizabeth NJ

Things To Do in Elizabeth, NJ

You may be well-acquainted with the glitz and excitement of New York City and Philadelphia, but don’t overlook Elizabeth, NJ. We’re an all-American town wedged between two large cities that blends old and new for a vacation unlike any other.

Whether you plan on spending a weekend here or more, we’re confident our historic city — featuring a wide array of multi-cultural culinary eats, outdoor fun, and lively nightlife — will quickly become your new favorite destination in the northeast.  


Year-round, our town features family-friendly events that tailor to all kinds of travelers.

Foodies - Every year, we host the Taste of Elizabeth showcasing our city’s diverse culinary scene.

History buffs - Check out our annual Car and Bike Show, or go back in time during Elizabeth’s annual historical reenactment.

Outdoor lovers - You’ve got to check out our annual Tour de Elizabeth event that brings bike lovers together for a 15-mile ride through our scenic town.

To learn more about our annual events and festivals, click here.

Historic attractions

A town dating back to 1664 has a lot to offer those of you who love the era of the American Revolution. Fun fact: Elizabeth has hosted several key American figures, including Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. One of the best ways to learn all about our city’s rich past is via a Historic Heartline walking tour through midtown that features the Ritz Theater, Bonnell House, and Boxwood Hall, among other historic Elizabethan sites.

Food scene

Elizabeth’s culinary scene is vast with more than 50 countries represented. May we suggest starting your day off at Don Ricky Colombian Bakery before ending your night at El Nacho’s Tequila Cantina. To learn more about our food scene, click here.


Our city doesn’t shut down when the sun sets. If you’re a night owl, we’ve got a handful of bars and nightclubs, like BarCode, The Lobby Sports Bar, and Bamboleo guaranteed to make your nights here as memorable as your days. For more about our city’s nightlife, click here.


Take advantage of Jersey’s tax-free shopping with a trip to The Mills at Jersey Gardens before going to the largest IKEA in the tri-state region (maybe not on the same day). If you prefer buying local, you won’t want to miss The Market at Elizabeth Avenue. Find out more about our shopping experience here.


During the warmer months, you can enjoy the outdoors at the many playgrounds and parks in Elizabeth. This Jersey city features more than 45 parks offering every activity under the sun like picnicking at Mattano Park or hopping on a paddle boat at Warinanco Park. There’s also Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park, which features gorgeous views of the New York City skyline. Read more here about our outdoor offerings.

Sports & recreation

If you’re looking for a more active vacation, you’re in luck! Elizabeth is home to dozens of ice rinks, golf courses, ball fields, and water parks. Bike or hike our mile-and-a-half-long Elizabeth River Trail, or catch some major air while skateboarding at Mattano Park. Click here to learn more about sports and recreation in Elizabeth.

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