Day trip from NYC: Liberty Science Center, NJ

Liberty Science center, just a boat ride away from New York city is a fantastic destination for kids 2 years old to teenagers. We took a ferry ride from World Financial Center to Paulus Hook station in Jersey City. We walked about 5 minutes to NJ transit station hopped on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail toward 22nd Street or West Side Avenue and exited at Liberty State Park Station.

I have to admit that I loved visiting the museum myself. I had visited this museum last year and this museum has undergone a major change in regards to the number of exciting exhibits, interactivity and its staff. Last year the museum felt empty, major sections of the museum were unused. This year every square inch of the museum was filled with exhibits and interactive stations for kids of all ages. Starting from pixology lab, the block exhibit, simulator ride, dinosaur dig, energy quest, grossology, iExplore, outdoor park and the iMax theatre made for an amazing visit for my 4 year tot and his friend. The staff was extremely helpful in guiding us and providing information to the tots about the exhibits.

Upon some research I realized what had drastically changed at the museum – ofcourse it was its leadership. On Nov 1, 2011 Paul Hoffman began his tenure as CEO of the Liberty Science Center. Mr. Hoffman is a prolific author, chess master, restaurateur, former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica as well as Scientific American, television interviewer and paper-game tricks expert, he is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University. I have vitnessed the change he has brought about and the life he has breathed into this amazing facility.

General admission for an adult and child adds to $35 which is a bit high, but you can truly spend an exciting full day at this amazing museum.