The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is an eighteen-and-a-half-mile route along the Gold Coast connecting New Jersey towns from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge. Not yet completed, the trail features marvelous views of the New York City skyline. The following attractions are located on or near the Walkway:
With 2,500 acres of shorefront, cliffs reaching up to 500 feet, and 30 miles of hiking trails, Palisades Interstate Park is a pristine, scenic wonderland ready to be explored. It includes two boat basins, a public launch ramp, and riverfront picnic areas.
For a romantic dinner, grab a cozy booth at the River Palm Terrace and try the prime porterhouse steak for two. Don’t forget to add a Manhattan cocktail to the mix to complement the city view (201-224-2013, riverpalm.com).
City Place at the Promenade is an outdoor shopping mall with popular places such as the Gap, Guess, and Victoria’s Secret. The mall features the luxurious Koi Spa (201-943-6700, koispa.com), which offers a hydrotherapy bath, and fine-dining options such as Greek Taverna (201-945-8998, greektavernausa.com), with its authentic atmosphere and a menu that will make you say “Opa!”
Frank’s Waterside Restaurant should satisfy all your senses. A spectacular view of Manhattan, live music, delicious food, cold beer, the sparkling lights of the New York skyline, and the proximity to the water’s edge make for a memorable experience (201- 861-0700, frankswaterside.com).
The Chart House, located at Lincoln Harbor, offers fine waterfront dining. Popular entrées include snapper Hemingway, shrimp fresca, and Dungeness crab clusters (201-348-6628, chart-house.com).
The Port Imperial marina and surrounding development provide docking facilities and a 10.5-acre recreation area, including a turf field, six-lane running track, tennis courts, and an amphitheater for up to 200 people.
The nonprofit association SailNY has offered affordable sailing on the riverfront for more than a decade. With a fleet of five 27-foot Solings, three cruisers, and two safety boats, SailNY has a full program of instructional, racing, and recreational sailing (212-400-1668, sailny.org).
The city has numerous parks, including Pier A Park, with its water-jet fountain, bike paths, and a gazebo, and the new Pier C Park, with slides, climbable slopes, and a tricycle path. Maxwell Place Park Beach, opened in 2007, features a sandy shore for family fun.
Opened in 2008, Hoboken Cove is the first free public boathouse on the New Jersey side of the Hudson. It includes a 10-acre park with play areas, and the first kayaking program on the west bank. From here, you can access Frank Sinatra Park via kayak.
Castle Point, the highest point in Hoboken, is part of the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. It includes historic Sybil’s Cave (currently closed to the public), as well as Castle Point Park and a waterfront skate park.
Teak on the Hudson is an attractive restaurant with Asian-inspired ambience transformed nightly into a popular lounge with high-tech sound-and-light system and enticing cocktails (201-653-6888, teakonthehudson.com).
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in March with a parade at Washington and Fourteenth Streets. This year’s party takes place March 7. Buy a beer and grab a seat on the parade route.
With a backdrop of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Liberty State Park unfurls a green oasis on the shore of the Hudson (libertystatepark.org). The park includes the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey’s first interactive science museum (lsc.org), and fine dining at the Liberty House Restaurant (201-395-0300, libertyhouserestaurant.com). There are also nature trails, a large lawn for recreation, a boat launch, and Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School (800-221-4326, offshore-sailing.com).
Built in 1924, the Colgate Clock, which faces Manhattan, harkens back to the days when factories dominated the waterfront. The largest clock in the world, it is 50 feet in diameter and is located about 100 yards from the Goldman Sachs Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the state.
Located on the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, Cape Liberty Cruise Port opened in May 2004 and brought back passenger ships to the shores of New Jersey. The port’s primary tenants are Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean (201-823-3737, cruiseliberty.com). Also on the Peninsula is the Tear of Grief, a ten-story bronze tower with a hanging titanium teardrop. A gift from the Russian government, the sculpture commemorates the 9/11 attacks.
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