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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.
What is Elizabeth At the Crossroads?
Elizabeth At the Crossroads Walking Tour is a self-guided tour through midtown Elizabeth. Stretching 3.5 miles, the walking tour exposes visitors to the city's rich history, starting with the initial land tract sale from the Indians of Staten Island in 1664, and culminating with Elizabeth becoming a transportation hub through railway, highway, and steamboat shipping.
Walking Tour Highlights
There are many historical sites that are part of the Elizabeth At the Crossroads Tour. The walking tour, for example, includes the Belcher-Ogden Mansion. It also features the Bonnell House, which is one of the oldest residences in the state, built between 1670 and 1685. The walking tour also stops at the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, First Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth River Trail, the Elizabeth Public Library, Liberty Hall, Ritz Theater, Minute Man Statue, St. John's Episcopal Church, Veteran's Memorial Waterfront Park, and Boxwood Hall, which hosted George Washington and Alexander Hamilton among others. The walking tour gives visitors an opportunity to explore at their own pace and experience Elizabeth's history as New Jersey's first provincial capital up to the city's current role as the county seat of Union County.
How Does the Elizabeth At the Crossroads Tour Work?
Including tours of Elizabeth Ave and Broad Street, the walking tour uses smartphone technology to bring the historic places of Elizabeth to life for visitors. When taking the tour, simply use a QR code reader app to scan the QR code seen at each historical site. Once downloaded, just press play on your smartphone and hear a description of each site as you explore it.
Elizabeth is full of history, beauty, and fun. Explore the city through not only walking tours, but also by public transportation to visit parks, shops, dining, and nightlife opportunities.
Walk among history in Elizabeth, NJ.