With a rich history dating back to the 1600s, Elizabeth is a fascinating introduction to New Jersey. Today, it’s one of the state’s most charming cities, with a string of memorials, historic sites and statues. Whether you want to walk in the footsteps of George Washington or eat your way through its historic market, Elizabeth is one of New Jersey’s most exciting urban destinations.
Things to do
Most travellers gravitate towards the historic Midtown District, where you’ll find city landmarks like Boxwood Hall. Once frequented by the likes of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, today it houses a fascinating museum showcasing colonial life and America’s early aristocracy.
With its Art Deco facade and dazzling half-tonne chandelier, the Ritz Theatre serves as an extravagant multi-purpose performing arts centre. From concerts and comedy to children’s shows and film screenings, a night out at the Ritz is a great alternative to Broadway.
One of the city’s oldest districts, the Market at Elizabeth Avenue is brimming with charm. Today, its historic buildings house a mix of cafes, restaurants and specialty shops. Whether you want to pick up artisan cheese or browse through boutique gift stores, it’s a great way to discover local talent. Looking for some retail therapy? Elizabeth is home to the sprawling Jersey Gardens Mall, the largest shopping centre on the East Coast. Inside you’ll find more than 200 stores, including plenty of brand outlets for bargain hunters.
The best way to get around the historic Midtown District is on foot, with self-guided walking tours a great way to explore its museums, memorials and historic sites. If you’re taking a day trip to New York, The Newark Airport Express can whisk you from Elizabeth to Manhattan in under one hour.
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