With a 350-year history, Elizabeth has no shortage of historic tours and experiences. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour highlighting many of the main historic locations in the city. This includes the Elizabeth River Trail, with art displays by local artists along the path. Stop off at the Ritz Theatre to see where Ray Charles graced the stage, or visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is one of the oldest episcopal churches in the nation.


Elizabeth is a shopper’s dream with the Mills at Jersey Gardens. This outlet and retail center has more than 200 shops, including Bloomingdale’s, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and more. It’s also home to the largest Tommy Hilfiger store in the nation, as well as a movie theater.

For those looking for local shopping, hit The Market at Elizabeth Ave. The market is home to the Peterstown Farmers Market, as well as family-owned and -operated small businesses in everything from retail shops to culturally diverse grocery stores and other unique shops.


One of the things Elizabeth is best known for is its food scene. Whether visitors are looking for cafes or nightlife, comfort food or something new, Elizabeth has something for everyone. Its international food offerings are strong, with over 50 countries represented at various eateries. This includes an impressive list such as authentic Colombian restaurant Parador Rojo that houses a bakery on-site; Valenca Restaurant, Portuguese fine dining; and United Brother Restaurant, a Haitian bakery and eatery, complete with grocery.


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Main Image: Ritz Theatre, Elizabeth, New Jersey; Credit: Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce