Van Vorst Park shares a long history with New Jersey and the city around it. The neighborhood is part of a township that has been in existence since 1841. Named after a prominent family at the time, it is still a place that is home to an upper-income population. As a tourist destination and home for many Jersey City residents, a walk through Van Vorst Park will net you a plethora of places to eat or grab a drink. A stroll down the streets also allows you to enjoy some of the old architecture of the time. The area is filled with great high-end pet stores and boutiques whether you want to get your favorite friend a treat or buy them a new jacket.
Weather in Jersey City can be somewhat inhospitable in the winter. Annual precipitation is 46 inches and not all of that is rain! The best times to walk are definitely in the fall and spring.
Van Vorst Park is flat which is fine for those who are just interested in getting their dog out for a bit of fresh air and exercise. Flat terrain is also perfect for those who are just starting to get out and find that they need to start slow. However, your pup can easily become a frustrated pup if that flat terrain is not enough to wear them out before you head home. Alternatives can include lengthening walks, picking up speed, or you can head over to the dog run at Van Vorst Park where they can chase toys and other dogs to their heart's content. Expect to be walking on concrete as you won’t find a lot of greenery that is not behind fences along the streets of Van Vorst Park. If you are intent on finding a bit of nature for your dog, you will definitely need to head off to a greenway to do so.
Van Vorst Park is the centerpiece of this neighborhood and offers a full block of grass, trees, a dog run, and pathways that crisscross the entire area. This historic spot is hailed as an oasis in an urban jungle. If you happen to be walking past city hall, you might stop to enjoy a bit of shade and some rest under the trees at the park there. The green grass and benches are inviting to tired walkers and their four-legged companions.
A bit of a drive to the south is Liberty State Park which has miles of walkways that make a perfect place to take your dog for a walk while you enjoy the sites. There are literally acres upon acres of grass and trees to explore. This area is also a great place to view the Statue of Liberty or visit the historic Ellis Island which is now a national park and Museum.