Elizabeth is a city in New Jersey.
Newark Liberty International Airport is the main airport for central-northern New Jersey, and part of the airport actually lies in Elizabeth's city limits. New York City is easily accessible from Newark Airport, either by Cab(costly),bus, or train.
Anywhere the Amtrak Rail line departs in or outside New Jersey should have service to Elizabeth, as they have a major train station there.Some destinations may require transfer of trains, but getting there from outside areas should not be a problem. The other major railroad system is The New Jersey Transit, which runs through out the entire state and surrounding states such as parts of Pennsylvania and New York. The city of Elizabeth is planning to add new light rail links. By far,traveling by train is the best method of travel other than automobiles and buses, because of its wide variety of destinations.
If coming from southern Unites States, the fastest way is I-95, which runs straight up the eastcoast, and from there you can take the New Jersey Turnpike directly in into Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is a hub of several major roadways including the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 95, Interstate 78, U.S. Route 1&9, U.S. Route 22, Route 27, Route 28, Route 82 and Route 439.
If travel from a large distance, Greyhound Buslines is the best choice for bus travel.Though you may have to arrive in Newark first, this should not be a problem to board another bus or train, because of Newark's close proximity to Elizabeth.The New Jersey Transit bus system along with Coach USA,is also a very reliable form of transit.
As of right now, there are no means of passengers getting to and from Elizabeth. The only ships that can come into the Elizabethport are marine and cargo ships. Yet, plans are in the making of developing a ferry system that will transport passengers to and from Elizabeth to New York.
There are many historical Landmarks throughout the city, such as the Art Deco Hersh Tower,St. John's Episcopal Church,First Presbyterian Church, and the City Hall building. Other historical landmarks or tributes are the Veteran's Monument dedicated to soldiers of war who were citizens of the city. There are also tributes to the members aboard the Challenger spacecraft, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr, monument. All of the mentioned monuments are located in the midtown section of Elizabeth. The newest monument displayed in front of the Elizabeth Train Station is the 9/11 Tribute. It was dedicated to remember the citizens from Elizabeth who died on that day either in the line of duty or who worked in the World Trade Center.
The Union County Courthouse located in Midtown and the Elizabeth Seaport are both two destinations in the city that people find quite amazing.
The city of Elizabeth offers a wide variety of things to see and do,depending on one's interest.Elizabeth is home to the largest outlet mall in New Jersey, "Jersey Gardens". Features of this mall include a Loews Ciniplex showcasing 20 movie screens, a large play area and arcade section for the kids, as well as many comfortable couches and chairs throughout the mall that parents can sit while the children play.Others include stores such as Nautica,Nike,Reebok,Adidas,Skechers,Polo Ralph Lauren,Tommy Hilfiger, and New Balance outlet stores. There is also many other well known sores that you can find in any part of the country,also having a large varity of shoe stores.The food court is tremendous and offers many different kinds of food, even a Burger King is located there.
Also for those who crave shopping, Broad Street in the Midtown district is the main area for shopping with a wide variety of department stores, the most known and the largest is Shopper's World.also
Elizabeth Avenue is home to many businesses,and is mainly populated with Hispanic-owned business,such as fresh produce markets, and travel agencies, as well as banks.
The Ritz Theatre located on East Jersey Street in Midtown is a historical theatre that has been operating since 1926, and showcases many different shows,with stand-up comedy included.
Some people of the City also go to the Dunn Sports Center which is connected to the Elizabeth High School. The Dunn Center is where the Elizabeth Minutemen play basketball as well as wrestle. During the Spring and Summer months, there are carnivals and parades throughout the city for all to attend. The weekend of Memorial Day, there is the "Tour de Elizabeth", which is a city wide bike tour. Most people also love going to Warinanco Park for Baseball, Soccer, and Track. People also enjoy rides in the park as well as ice skating in the skating rink. Warinanco Park connects Linden, Roselle, and Elizabeth.
Most child residents of Elizabeth attend the Public School System. Elizabeth High School has various academies that were newly renovated to gear high school students toward their specific career goals. An alternative to the High School are other private schools in the Elizabeth area. St. Patrick's Academy and High School is located in the downtown area of Elizabeth. The academy teaches grades 5-8 while the high school teaches 9-12. St. Patrick's High School is well known for their basketball program, with a great success rate of students being offered to play for different colleges. Another private school is St. Benedictine's which is located on the border of Elizabeth and Hillside, New Jersey.
For college or for higher learning, Union County College has a campus on the border of North Elizabeth and Midtown Elizabeth. The Drake School of Business is also located on Broad St in Midtown. Kean University is located right on the border of Elizabeth and Union, New Jersey.
Many citizens of Elizabeth work for the City of Elizabeth. Either in the Department of Public Works or Council offices. They also work for Coach USA which is stationed in Elizabeth. Many work at the Newark Liberty International Airport and the Jersey Gardens Mall.
- Ikea (address: 1000 Center Drive) (directions: Free shuttle bus from Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal, every half hour from 10:00am - 2:30pm, weekends only. The store is right across the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) from Newark Airport.) (908) 629-0318
open: Mon-Fri 10am - 9pm; Saturday 10am - 9pm; Sunday 10am - 8pm; Restaurant Hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 8 pm; Sat 8:30am - 8pm; Sun 9:30am - 6:30pm
This is a very big Ikea store. Ikea is famous for its inexpensive furniture and housewares and its Swedish store. The Swedish store sells traditional Swedish foodstuffs such as lingonberry and cloudberry jams, Swedish meatballs, and cardamom rusk, for homesick Swedish expatriates.
There are many great places to eat here in Elizabeth. From restaurant chains like Burger King, Ihop, and Wendy's to little well known eateries that have been around for years.
- Spiritos (address: 714 3rd Ave) 908-351-5414
price: $10-$15 Entrees
On a budget? No Problem! You can definitely have a great meal for a great price.
- Tommy's Italian Sausage and Hot Dogs (address: 900 Second Ave) 908-351-9831
- Shacks (address: 1160 E. Grand Street) 908-436-0005
- Parador Rojo (address: 344 Morris Ave) 908-352-5536
Excellent Columbian food near the heart of downtown Elizabeth. Cozy atmosphere with a diversity of music playing. Open for breakfast. Menu offers everything from delicious fresh soups, mouth-watering appetizers, a diverse selection of soul warming entrees with a selection of various sides, and freshly baked desserts. The ● Lomo con Champiñones-
Pork with Mushrooms with Rice, Green Salad and French Fries or Fried Cassava was excellent. The portions are extremely large and big enough to share. The menu offers pictures in case you do not speak spanish.
If you don't mind spending a little buck for some food, there are still some great places to eat. Spirito's and Santillo's Pizza is well known to every citizen in Elizabeth. Valenca, algarve and tequila are also great places to eat if you enjoy great seafood.
Elizabeth is filled with hotels and motels all around. There is a great range that can suit the needs of many people.
If you are on a budget for a place to stay, then you are looking for some of the motels that are right along Rte 1&9.
If you are able to spend a pretty penny for a great place to stay, then the Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and the ExtendedStay Hotels are the perfect fit for you. With room services, complimentary items, and indoor facilities, you will enjoy your stay greatly.
If you can splurge for the best experience available, the Hilton Hotel and the Sheraton Four Points Hotel are the Hotels for you. If the Hilton or the Sheraton do not fit your needs, the Renaissance by Marriott and the DoubleTree Hotel which is in the sister city of Newark are both available and is no more than 5 minutes away from the Jersey Gardens Mall.
- Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, (908) 436-4600, 
Like many other urban cities in the United States, Elizabeth does have its problems,nice areas and bad areas. However, problems can be avoided with common sense. Do not go to areas of town you know nothing about during the night, without someone who knows the area well. It is not very likely that you will be a victim unless you make yourself a victim. The people of Elizabeth carry a mentality of handling their own business and not inteferring with others. Thus, if you are walking alone at night, try to remain in well lit areas. It is relatively safe as long as you avoid staring at groups of people even if the activity looks suspicious, 9 times out of 10 then are not even worried about you unless you seem to pose a threat or meddle in there business such as a police officer would do.
Avoid the downtown area at night, this area is close to the Port of Elizabeth and can be very dangerous at night time even for the residents, so stay away from this area at night, and never ever, handle large sums of money in public. Otherwise walking through the city during daylight hours is not a problem, and you should have nothing to worry about. North Elizabeth, Elmora, and Elmora Hills are the calmest parts of the city, and the cleanest.
Also, Elizabeth is a very diverse city with ethnic groups consisiting of a majority of Hispanic/Latino citizens from almost every Latin-American nation, especially Colombians, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans, along with Portuguese and Brazilians, and a large African-American community, others include Italians, Polish, Asian, and White American (Caucasian). Being so, refrain from any racial remarks or slurs in any part of the city, as this can result in major problems and confrontations.