In New Jersey’s Jersey City, not far from Brooklyn, New York, Liberty State Park is a popular pet-friendly tourist destination and a little green oasis in the middle of the East Coast metropolitan city area. As the only place in New Jersey that offers a ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, visitors can enjoy the greenery of the park, or take a short trip across the state line to some of the most iconic American symbols in the entire United States.
At Liberty State Park, visitors can enjoy views of the Hudson River. Additionally, the northern section hosts an outdoor performance area, a two-mile promenade that links to a picnic area and the interpretive center. On the western side, the park has the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center. The park is also the home to the “Empty Sky” September 11 memorial, dedicated to the New Jersey-based victims of 9/11, and their families.
For those interested in fishing or crabbing, the Hudson River is a great spot to fish. Common catches include bluefish, shad, bass, and even blue claw crab. There is a boat launch for access to the river, open at 6 AM daily. Permits are required all year-round. The park does have places to picnic, and barbecuing is permitted, but visitors must bring their own grills.
There are two large pavilions available for rental which accommodate up to 80 and up to 150 people. Call the park office for reservations. No alcohol or hunting is permitted anywhere in the park. The Liberty State Park also has trails you can explore with your family or furry companions.
Dogs must remain leashed and always pick up any pet waste. The Liberty State Park is open from 6 AM to 10 PM every day. There is no fee for admission, but some facilities may charge for rentals or usage. If you are looking for a pet-friendly park near one of America’s most important monuments, bring your family or furry companion to Liberty State Park.