Destination guide

A stone's throw away from Manhattan in N.J.'s first capital

Located in northern New Jersey, Elizabeth is a popular hub for commuters traveling in and out of N.Y.C., or travelers with flights to catch at nearby Newark Airport. But don't spend all your time trying to navigate your way out of Elizabeth! There are a variety of top shopping destinations in and around the city, a handful of historic sites, and a few notable music festivals held each year. Browse the Elizabeth vacation rentals with all this in mind, and see what you can find out about the state's very capital city.

Things to do

The perfect place to pair with the soundtrack to 'Hamilton'

As New Jersey's Colonial Era capital city, there's much history to be found in Elizabeth. Pay a visit to Boxwood Hall, the former capital building, built in 1750. Though the mansion once hosted George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and yes, everyone's fave Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, today it operates as a Colonial Era and Revolutionary War museum. The nearby First Presbyterian Church also features a Revolutionary War cemetery, or you can drive just across Jersey City and visit Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and the Statue of Liberty.


A shopping hotspot tucked away from the crowds

Instead of battling the 5th Ave crowds, head to Jersey Gardens Mall, New Jersey's largest outlet mall. Elizabeth is also known for being an exceptionally green city, with almost 50 parks, where you'll find bike paths, ball fields, hiking trails, boat rentals, ice rinks, and splash pads. The city also plays host to a variety of festivals, from its waterfront Memorial Day celebration to its Tour de Elizabeth cycling event. Keep this in mind when browsing Elizabeth vacation rentals, and see if your visit lines up with an extra dose of local fun.


Festive fun is found through all 4 seasons

Elizabeth celebrates all 4 seasons, with late spring and early fall being the most pleasant time to spend outdoors. Winters throughout the region can be harsh and cold, with plenty of snowfall likely from January through early March. Summers, on the other hand, are hot, humid, and sticky, so keeping close to the water will be your best bet. Autumn brings with it some gray and rainy days, but the vibrant foliage more than makes up for it. If you're looking at Elizabeth vacation rentals over any holidays or major sporting events in the area, keep in mind that prices may spike.

Natural features

Elizabeth most certainly looks best in green

Though Elizabeth is situated just south of the concrete jungle of Newark and a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City, the town itself is surprisingly full of green space. Check out the Elizabeth vacation rentals that call any of the nearly 50 parks in the city their backyard. Many parks boast hiking and cycling trails, treelined paths, and sport courts. If water-based fun is what you're after, the Elizabeth River Parkway flows through Mattano Park, while Warinanco Park features a small lake. There's also plenty of waterfront along Newark Bay, overlooking neighboring Staten Island.

How to get there

How to get to and around Elizabeth

The nearest airport is in Newark, NJ (EWR-Liberty Intl.), located 2 mi (3.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Linden, NJ (LDJ), which is 4.4 mi (7 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Elizabeth Station or North Elizabeth Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Elizabeth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,142 vacation rentals near Elizabeth. From 274 Houses to 1,648 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Elizabeth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Elizabeth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Elizabeth:

  • Midtown: 985 vacation rentals
  • Newport: 227 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 245 vacation rentals
  • The Heights: 216 vacation rentals
  • West Bergen: 48 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Elizabeth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Elizabeth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall: 5,091 vacation rentals
  • St. Patrick's Church: 5,031 vacation rentals
  • North Elizabeth Station: 4,998 vacation rentals
  • Elizabeth Station: 4,984 vacation rentals
  • Times Square: 5,283 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Elizabeth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Elizabeth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 274 Houses in Elizabeth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Elizabeth include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,648 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 90 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,615 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Elizabeth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 196 vacation rentals with pool available in Elizabeth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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