Jersey City Flights:
Flights to Jersey City
Jersey City is the second largest city in the US state of New Jersey, behind neighbouring Newark. Although Jersey City often plays second fiddle to New York City it’s actually a great place to visit if you’re in the area and offers some excellent alternatives to New York City and Manhattan.
For a flight to Jersey City, you’ll be arriving at the Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR) and you can get commuter train and subway connections through to Jersey City from there. When traveling from Johannesburg, most flights have just one connection. Virgin Atlantic, British Midland and South African Airways all transfer in London for their flight to Jersey City. For something different, KLM will take you through Amsterdam, or Continental Airlines will go a long way out, via Hong Kong.
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The Tourist Attractions in Jersey City:
Many tourists will see Jersey City from afar but not actually get to visit the city. Standing opposite New York City, Jersey City is on the other side of the Hudson River and is across from Lower Manhattan. With its range of tourist attractions New York City’s smaller cousin is definitely work the visit.
Liberty State Park
Just as large as Central Park but less developed is Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. This is one of Jersey City’s most popular attractions because it offers visitors spectacular views of Manhattan from the waterfront areas, as well as great views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. As an alternative to the popular ferry route from Manhattan you can also get a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from here. Buy ferry tickets from within the impressive Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal building.
Interestingly, both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are actually part of Jersey City, not New York City as many visitors assume!
Jersey City Historic Buildings
Jersey City has a good selection of historic buildings including the imposing City Hall which was completed in 1896. The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse is another imposing structure. This was built in the early 1900’s and used as a power station until 1929. For many years it was left neglected but since being added to the National Register of Historic Places the Powerhouse has been saved and is undergoing restoration.
Another historic building worth seeing is the Justice William Brennan Courthouse. This is in the Beaux-Arts style and is very luxurious in appearance. Visitors can get a guided tour of the building on weekdays.
According to Colgate-Palmolive the Colgate Clock is the largest clock in the world. It’s certainly visible from Manhattan and measures 50 feet (15 metres) in diameter. This clock dates from 1924 when it was built to replace a smaller clock.
Jersey City Museum
The history of Jersey City is not as well known as that of New York City, so why not visit the Jersey City Museum to find out more?! There’s a 20,000 strong collection here which highlights to diversity of the culture of Jersey City, and it’s set within a former post office building that dates from 1929.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is usually the most popular and the best time to visit Jersey City as temperatures are warm, but a little humid. Average highs of 28C can be expected in July, the warmest month, but you should also expect some rainfall as this is consistent throughout the year. Spring and autumn are also pleasant times to visit but winters can be quite cool and snowy.