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.
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!
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!
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.