With its close proximity to New York, there are lots of attractions in Hudson County that take advantage of the skyline views. From cruises to the Statue of Liberty, the largest IMAX dome theatre and thrilling indoor go-kart racing, there are so many fun things to do with families in Hudson County.
- Statue Cruises - Statue Cruises is the exclusive provider of transportation, tickets and tours for visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They offer frequent, daily departures from Liberty State Park (New Jersey) and Battery Park (NYC). You can reserve departure times, purchase tickets and print at home directly from the website.
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City; 877-523-9849
- Liberty Science Center - Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, they have nine museum exhibition halls, a 3D theater, the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater, animal encounters, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators.
222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City; 201-200-1000
- Pole Position Raceway- Experience real head-to-head indoor go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway and discover why indoor go karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Their high-performance European indoor go karts are capable of speeds up to 45 mph, and feel extremely fast when you are sitting just one inch off of the ground trying to navigate a 1/4-mile road course. They also have kids go karts, and you only need to be 48" tall to race.
99 Caven Point Road, Jersey City; 201-333-7223
- Tear Drop Memorial - To the Struggle Against World Terrorism (also known as the Tear of Grief) is a 10 story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The sculpture is in the form of a 100-foot tower made of steel and coated in bronze, split with a jagged opening through the middle. Inside the opening hangs a large stainless-steel teardrop, 40 feet high, in memory of those whose lives were lost during terrorist attacks in the United States.
Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne
- Hudson Table - From amateur chef to gourmand, Hudson Table has the cooking class for you. Hudson Table is a modern, yet rustic kitchen space, operating as Hoboken NJ's first cooking school. Each week classes are offered for students of all levels, with themes including world dumplings, Italian table, holiday brunch and Spanish tapas. In addition to the cooking classes offered throughout the week, the culinary studio is also hosting an increasing number of catered private parties, team building classes and social events. 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken.
- Cape Liberty Cruise Port - Cape Liberty marks the return of passenger ships sailing from New Jersey. In their thirteenth year, Cape Liberty has been responsible for the safe passage of over 320,000 passengers - the second largest passenger volume among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coast ports. Cape Liberty has unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. Makes it really easy to get away without having to travel into the city to board a cruise ship. Bayonne
- Red Bull Arena is a soccer-specific stadium in Harrison that is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and New York Red Bulls II of the USL. Featuring a partial transparent roof, it is on the waterfront across the Passaic River from Newark.
- Hoboken Historical Museum - The Hoboken Historical Museum was founded in 1986 and moved into its current location at 1301 Hudson St. in 2001. Honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hoboken's most famous native son, the exhibition, "Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Voice, and the Fans," will remain on view through Dec. 30. The exhibit features interactive displays and videos, period-appropriate listening stations, and cherished fan photographs and artifacts to illustrate the singer/actor's formative years in Hoboken, highlights from his remarkable 60-year career, and memories from legions of fans.
- Bayonne Truck House No. 1, also known as Chief John T. Brennan Fire Museum is located in Bayonne. The firehouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 1976. The firehouse was constructed in 1875 to be used by Bayonne Hook and Ladder Company #1. The firehouse is now a museum.
- Park Performing Arts Center - The mission of the Park Performing Arts Center is to entertain, educate and energize the local community and beyond, especially children, with the best in the performing and visual arts. They are best known for its seasonal production of the Passion Play, a play about the life of Jesus Christ.