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Fun Attractions in Union City, New Jersey

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

A boat on the Jersey Shore.

A boat on the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey Changes

A former coworker of mine in employment and education was born in New Jersey and he loves it there. He takes his wife and children to visit his home state every year to enjoy the attractions and to visit family and friends.

He has observed, especially from 2000 through 2016, that the shoreline of New Jersey in the bays along the Atlantic Ocean has receded noticeably. New Jersey is gradually becoming somewhat smaller!

In fact, houses that formerly stood on solid ground where my friend grew up are now gone -- Water stands in their places.

This shoreline shrinkage has been incredible to watch over the years; but, people have moved inland and Union City is safe on the other side of Manhattan. There is still plenty to do and see in New Jersey.

Many pleasant activities and attractions present themselves to visitors and residents in this part of the state, including waterfront attractions and water activities, even though the shoreline continues to shrink from gradual natural erosion and rising water levels.

Fun Attractions and History

Union City is known historically for a number of things:

  • Bergenline Avenue: A cultural street full of shops and International dining.
  • Early Dutch Immigration (1600 - 1610): Historic sites and Dutch-inspired buildings are fun to see. This is the area or near the land that Native American Nations sold to Europeans a few centuries ago. It is part of the birthplace of America.
  • Embroidery: This city is the Embroidery Capital of the World since 1872. It is known for its traditional embroidery patterns brought over by European settlers and for its successful embroidery businesses. Displays of this art are presented at the Park Performing Arts Center on a regular business.
  • German Immigration
  • Hispanic Immigration and the Cuban Day Parade, early June down Bergenline from 79th treet to 43rd Street. This parade has replaced NYC's Cuban parades as the largest such event in the tri-state area.
Walk of Fame and Celia Cruz Star: Celia Cruz Park, Union City NJ 07087

Walk of Fame and Celia Cruz Star: Celia Cruz Park, Union City NJ 07087

  • Film Productions
  • Koreatown is located along Broad Street in Palisades Park, north of Union City at 3715 Palisade Ave, Union City NJ 07087.
  • Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University: This is a mansion of New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution, William Livingston.
  • Monster Mini Golf: 1235 West Chestnut Street, Union NJ 07083.
  • Multi-Arts Festival
  • Munsee branch headquarters of the of Lenni Lenape Native American Nation
  • A much attended Passion Play is offered during the annual Lenten Season.
  • September: Celebrate Arts Month, with the Union City Arts and Crafts Festival
  • Sites on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Union City International Film Festival
  • Union City Walk of Fame: See tributes to many Hispanic individuals. This tribute walk begins with a star for Celia Cruz at 31st and Bergenline.
  • Weehawken Dueling Grounds: North of the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.
    The famous Aaron Burr–Alexander Hamilton Duel site is here.
Alexander Hamilton duels with Aaron Burr at Weehawken. Hamilton dies.

Alexander Hamilton duels with Aaron Burr at Weehawken. Hamilton dies.

Aaron Burr–Alexander Hamilton Duel Site

Additional Attractions

  • Ferries, Buses, and Light Rail: Located at Lincoln Harbor and Lincoln Tunnel at Weehawken just south of Union City.
  • Firefighter's Memorial Park: Tribute to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters fallen in the line of duty since 9/11. Includes a swimming pool.
  • Galloping Hill Golf Course: Galloping Hill Golf Course has the 18 hole championship course, a 9 hole practice course and driving range. Please call (908) 686-1556 to make your tee time.
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum | New York City: Just across the Hudson River is New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey that’s fun for all ages and includes a flight deck with 30 authentically restored aircraft, the hands-on Exploreum Hall, Growler Submarine, and more.
  • Macy's Fireworks: Watch from the Palisades Cliffs in Union City. This website includes information about the yearly event.
  • Park Performing Arts Center: The historic Park Theatre is world-famous for its annual production of the Passion Play since 1915. This center also houses displays of traditional embroidery.
Macy's 4th of July, seen from Union City NJ.

Macy's 4th of July, seen from Union City NJ.

The Gold Coast

The New Jersey Gold Coast is just south of Union City, beginning at the dueling grounds preserved in Weehawken south to Bayonne.

During the American Revolution, Weehawken was an important place. Military personnel were stationed her on watch to determine the whereabouts and direction of approach of the British soldiers arriving from installations in New York. The Gold Coast was very useful in this respect.

Businesses, shopping, residential, dining places, and multi-use construction all dominate this waterfront area that has developed and improved in the last few decades. New businesses reside side-by-side with historical sites that visitors and residents enjoy.

Gold Coast Residences and Shopping District

  • The Peninsula at City Place Luxury Condominiums in Edgewater New Jersey:Relax with your friends and family in a modern and stylish living room at The Peninsula luxury condominiums at City Place at 225 River Rd, Edgewater NJ 07020.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


breakfastpop on July 01, 2012:

Lovely to "see" you too!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 01, 2012:

Amazing, breakfastpop - now you have some more places to enjoy on vacations and outings! Thanks for your visit - always nice to see you!

breakfastpop on July 01, 2012:

Patty, you are amazing. I live in New Jersey and never even thought about Union. Thanks for the info. Up interesting, useful and awesome.

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