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“A surprise walkway in a far away place”

Hudson River Waterfront
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USD 100.00*
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Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Bayonne
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

What a lucky find. After visiting the beautiful memorial for 9/11 , family and I came across these rolling hills and a lighthouse . Could not find it on the map, but the walkway is simply beautiful. A walk along the Hudson River with, what looks like Scotland/ Irish hills, on one side .... And the greatest city in the world on the other side. Really easy to do, wonderful brigdges and sights. Fantastic surprise.

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Bayonne may be off the beaten path for sight-seeing, but it has some of the best views in the tri-state area. From the piers hosting the Military Ocean Terminal, you can look across the New York Bay at New York. Manhattan to the northeast, Brooklyn to the East, and Staten Island to the south. There are structures dating back to the 1940s and if there is not a cruise that day, the area is uncrowded.

Riding a bike on Sunday to the piers on the NJ waterfront is a well-kept secret. It affords easy access to these great views, as well as miles of traffic-free riding.

Thank Greg G
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We left for a cruise from Port Liberty in Bayonne. The cruise dock is large and well organized. Best part is the view of the NY skyline.

Thank Kenneth G
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

It is just perfect - the walkway, the river-side, the downtown Manhattan skyline, it cannot get a better pictursque place than this

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Reviewed 8 June 2016

Many people wouldn't think of Bayonne as a destination city, but if you're interested in marine activity, the piers on the Hudson River in Bayonne are the place to be. Now many who have gone to the Tear Drop Memorial have commented on this. Out of respect for the memorial, I feel that it is important to separate the Memorial from what else can be seen from this pier known as the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor (formerly the Military Ocean Terminal) and the adjacent Global Container Terminal.

Their locations provide unique views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Upper Bay down to the Narrows and of course the maritime activities that one would associate with this important harbor.

For the Peninsula, the best viewing is of course from the Tear Drop Memorial itself. From here, you can get an excellent direct side on view of the Bridge, lighthouse, and ship traffic coming under the bridge and into the Upper Bay. Of course, the Staten Island Ferry making trips into and out of the Staten Island Terminal provides excellent opportunities. And if you're lucky, you just might see a container ship being aided by tugs come into the Global Container Terminal (GCT) only a hundred yards away!

Port Terminal Blvd is the main entrance onto the Peninsula. The Blvd hugs the southern side which is mostly a green space. You can park on the side of the road and hop up over the small wall for views of the harbor and the Bayonne Golf Club. Note that this section is targeted to become part of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

One can carefully(!) work their way from the Peninsula over to the GCT by either following whatever roads that look like they go there (after all, it's less than a quarter mile) or better, by using Googlemaps in earth view. One can't get into the actual inner workings of the GCT, however, Port Jersey Blvd which is a public road and hugs the northern side of the terminal can be used. One must take care to follow the signs as there are dedicated truck lanes for servicing the terminal going in both directions. And note that there is no parking along the Blvd due to the heavy truck traffic during the day. However during early morning or late evening you may be able to stop and get out to take a quick picture or two. Don't let all of this deter you. If you keep going to the very end of the terminal, there is a large general parking area right on the Upper Bay. I didn't see any "No trespassing" nor "No public parking" signs. When I visited in the early evening, there were only a few cars there which were parked close to GCT office buildings. I parked by the water and wasn't bothered.

Again, both sites provide unique viewing opportunities and can provide hours of free entertainment for anyone with a sense of adventure. Currently (mid 2016), there is some major NJ state and local road work being done close to these terminals. For that reason, if no other, do not try and visit either during morning or evening rush hours. If you plan on going onto the GCT, do so after 6 pm to avoid heavy truck traffic.

Thank pfigdore
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