For years Liberty Landing Marina has been the mecca for boat watchers and city lovers. Just across the river from lower Manhattan, New Jersey’s premier 520-ship dock has been the destination for walks along the pier, and for a wide array of attractions.

A stone’s throw from New York City—with Manhattan just in view—and widely accessible, this Jersey City destination finds many people perusing the streets of the park, visiting some world-class restaurants, and taking in the history around them, from Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty. For a day trip, Liberty Landing Marina is definitely not going to disappoint.

We scoured the area for the top five destinations for any season because we know that a trip to New Jersey is not complete without finding things to do at Liberty Landing Marina.

Top 5 Things to Do at Liberty Landing Marina

1.   Sea The City

Yeah, you can take walking and bus tours around New York, but what about something a little different? Sea the City Jet Ski Tours takes you cruising along the Hudson River to take in the stunning views of the Big Apple while jet-setting along on one of their premier jet skis.

This tour is complete with all the greatest sites you can take in from the water. From Freedom Tower and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to even Yankee Stadium, bask in the greatness and size of New York’s biggest attractions from a different perspective.

2.   Liberty House Restaurant

Take a seat around a fire, while taking in the breathtaking New York Skyline at Liberty House Restaurant. Or, pull up a seat in the beautiful halls of Liberty House’s inner restaurant to appreciate fine design, fine food, and even finer drink. Their 11-page alcohol menu is sure to have something literally for everybody.

Liberty House is a great place to spend time because, as true believers in the farm-to-table movement, you are not only eating extremely fresh food—you’re helping local farmers to thrive as many of the ingredients Liberty House uses are locally sourced. Dig in, and make a difference!

3.   Liberty State Park

Wide open and full of great views of New York City, Liberty State Park is perhaps one of the most beautiful parks within several hundred miles of Central Park. Here you get a panoramic view of the city, including the iconic Statue of Liberty.

Many people enjoy renting bicycles and strolling along the park’s meandering pathways, all while basking in the glory of New York City. The fresh air makes this an incredible afternoon getaway, full of beauty and splendor.

4.   Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

From Liberty Landing, you can take a short ferry ride to Ellis Island, entrance into the United States for millions of immigrants over several generations. Greeted by the iconic patina green gaze of the Statue of Liberty, taking a trip here will surely leave a memorable impression for the rest of your life.

The best part of this trip is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. From here, you can dive into your own genealogical history and find out who in your family arrived here and when. Many believe that a trip to the Immigration Museum has helped them understand their own place in life more deeply, making a trip to Ellis Island a memory that will linger for the rest of your life. While our Sea the City jet ski tours won’t allow you to actually get off and go on the islands, we do bring riders up close to both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

5.   Maritime Parc

Boasting the “best view of Manhattan,” Maritime Parc is an age-old restaurant with a tradition for classic and modern dining, all directed by famous chef Chris Siversen. With an expansive wine list and some of the best seafood in the state, it’s hard to compare Maritime Parc to anywhere else.

The food and the surroundings are all catered to establishing wonder through a modern lens. Designed by famed architect Stephanie Goto, this is an incredibly beautiful place for a night on the town, drinks with friends, or your next wedding or social event.