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New Yorkers can venture beyond the five boroughs and try something new. Jersey City is a short ride on the PATH trains or a drive through the Holland Tunnel. Whether people are looking for a mini respite from the city or visit the area’s largest biergarten, Jersey City is a fun and convenient place to explore. By John Friia

EXPLORER SERIES: HobokenHell’s Kitchen | NoMad | Little Italy | LIC | Times Square | Williamsburg

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Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305

TO LEARN: Located in Liberty State Park, this 300,000-square foot museum features 12 exhibition halls, 110 species in a live animal collection, the world’s largest IMAX Dome Theater and a tornado-force wind simulator — talk about endless fun! The Liberty Science Center also hosts monthly parties for adults, which includes drinks, music and laser shows. Attendees of the LSC After Dark Party can browse through their market and explore some of the museum exhibits. See website for ticket prices and more.

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Kanibal & Co.

197 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

TO SHOP: Kanibal & Co. brings a new look to vintage items with their rotating classic and contemporary collections for home. Shoppers can also find locally-made clothing and jewelry, including their signature Starry Pendant Necklace. Designed by Jersey City-based Arcos Jewelry, the exquisite brass necklace is exclusively sold at the shop along with the brand’s earrings and pins. The store also offers craft classes throughout the month, so be sure to check their website for a complete calendar.

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335 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

TO EAT: Cellar335 is an expansive restaurant featuring a live plant wall, a graffiti mural and other eclectic touches. This chic eatery is serving up progressive American cuisine with Asian flair alongside their creative tiki-style cocktails.

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Newport Green

Washington Boulevard & 14th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07310

TO RELAX: While Jersey City boasts countless restaurants and stores to visit, many people can spend the day relaxing at Newport Green. Boasting stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, the waterfront park features a sandy beach, carousel and playgrounds. Throughout the year, the park hosts numerous events, including summer movies, concerts, Shakespeare in the Park and annual tree lighting ceremonies.

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Zeppelin Hall

88 Liberty View Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07302

TO DRINK: After exploring Jersey City, people can end their day at Zeppelin Hall. This European-style biergarten is the area’s largest of its kind, and brings the brews of Germany to the Jersey City scene. As the warmer weather approaches, people can grab a pint of the favorite brew and unwind in their massive outdoor garden, which holds over 600 people to gather and spend the night.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.