Home / Travel Guides - Elizabeth

More About
Elizabeth, NJ

Southeast Appalachian

Road Trips

About ElizabethElizabeth is part of metropolitan New York City's extensive, densely populated urban conurbation. The city's marine terminal is one of the largest container ports in the world; it was here that John Philip Holland assembled the first successful submarine, later purchased by the U.S. Navy. The College of New Jersey, the school that would eventually become Princeton University, was founded in Elizabeth by Jonathan Dickinson in 1746.

Notable early residents include Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, both of whom attended the old academy on the site now occupied by the First Presbyterian Church parish house; James Caldwell, the fiery “Fighting Parson” of the Revolution; and Gen. Winfield Scott, the 1852 Whig party presidential candidate.

Nearly two dozen pre-Revolutionary War structures remain standing in a city that suffered many attacks and skirmishes. Several of them, identified by plaques, are located in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of E. Jersey Street. The Bonnell House, 1045 E. Jersey St., dates from about 1682 and is one of the city's oldest buildings. Boxwood Hall , 1073 E. Jersey St., was built around 1750 and is the former home of Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress 1782-83. In 1789 George Washington visited the Boudinot home en route to New York for his presidential inauguration. Hamilton also was a frequent visitor, having lived for a time with the Boudinot family while attending school.

Enjoy the floriferous beauty at Henry S. Chatfield Memorial Garden; the spring display of tulips in late April and early May is particularly noteworthy. The garden is in Warinanco Park, designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The city's largest park is an oasis of huge old trees, winding paths and recreational facilities that include tennis courts, an ice-skating rink and football, baseball and soccer fields. The park is off Garden State Parkway exit 137 at the intersection of Rahway and Park avenues; for directions and other information phone (908) 527-4900.

Visitor Centers Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce 456 N. Broad St. Elizabeth, NJ 07208. Phone:(908)355-7600

Read More

Elizabeth, NJ

Top AAA Diamond Hotels

AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.

Members save 5% or more and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Hilton Newark Airport

1170 Spring St. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel

1000 Spring St. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save 5% or more and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Embassy Suites by Hilton Newark Airport

95 International Blvd. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Book Now
AAA Members
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

100 International Blvd. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Book Now
AAA Members

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now