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The 10 best things to do in Hoboken, NJ

Perched on the Hudson River, see all the best things to do in Hoboken, NJ including amazing restaurants, bars and parks

Written by
Alyssa Ammirato

Benefiting from the city's position by the Hudson River, the best things to do in Hoboken, NJ run the gamut from water-based activities to nature walks, delectable meals at top-notch restaurants, riverside attractions and, believe it or not, time spent at beautiful local hotels.

Explore New Jersey's waterfront gem properly when following our guide to the best things to do in town. 

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Best things to do in Hoboken, NJ

  • Restaurants
Start the night with a flawless dinner, and then dance off the calories at Teak on the Hudson. (It’s situated at the bottom of one of the liveliest streets in town and has views of sparkling water that are to die for). This restaurant and nightclub is perfect for private events if you’re looking for bottle service in an upscale atmosphere or a date night for two.
Walk Along Sinatra Drive
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/David Ross

2. Walk Along Sinatra Drive

Slow down for an evening walk or take your jogging shoes over the river for a leisurely walk down Sinatra Drive where you’ll catch the impressive detail of the beautiful brownstone buildings to one side, and the shimmering Hudson and Manhattan views on the other. Make the trip from Pier A to Pier C or vice versa.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/David Ross
  • Museums
  • History
Did you know that “Hoboken” is derived from the Lenni Lenape terminology for “Land of the Tobacco Pipe”? Or maybe it’s from a Dutch term “high bluff”? And would you believe this city was home to the first organized game of baseball? Trivia like this, plus artifacts, historical highlights and more are waiting to be absorbed.
Baking Classes at Carlo’s
Photograph: Courtesy Carlos Bake Shop

4. Baking Classes at Carlo’s

You might know the Cake Boss from his eponymous show (or perhaps you recognize the name from a famous local bakery in NYC). Well, you can learn from the master and become a superior batter-mixer yourself with classes at Carlo’s Bake Shop, and tell your friends the cupcakes you made were Cake Boss-approved.
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
The park at Pier A has something to offer anyone and everyone: Sportsmen can enjoy fishing, sunbathers and picnic-ers can sprawl out on the great lawn and everyone can appreciate stunning views of the NYC skyline while taking a time-out from the busy city (or Hoboken) streets. Pack a lunch or a frisbee and don’t forget the SPF!
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
Simple and delicious Italian food with a view? Look no further than this popular eatery. The name of this joint gives a nod to Frankie himself (and he’d approve of the menu too). On nice days, enjoy a patio table where you’ll find the river breeze and beautiful views of Lower Manhattan to keep you company.
  • Music

Known as “the live music capital of Hoboken,” Maxwell’s has been serving up cocktails and good vibes for the city since the 1940s. In the ’70s, the haunt became a haven for local musicians and soon-to-be international stars, and it’s still widely known in the neighborhood as a go-to drinking den and a great spot for good tunes.

  • Bars
  • Sports Bars
It’s always game time here, as locals and visitors alike know to head over for kick-off, first pitch or puck drop. And when the game’s a shut-out and you need something more fun to watch, how about pub trivia (they have a Sons of Anarchy specific game night), paint night or a boozy brunch?
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
Escape from Manhattan for a fully different experience while the city still sits within view. At Pier 13, you can enjoy a relaxing day just vegging, sunbathing or picnic-ing, or flex your adventure muscles on a paddleboard, kayak or jet-ski. You’ll never go hungry with all the out-of-this-world food trucks nearby.
  • Art
  • Galleries
We know your beloved city has no shortage of amazing galleries featuring talented artists and their original work, but a trip over the river to Hoboken calls for a visit to the Barsky Gallery, where mature audiences are invited to enjoy modern and eclectic art on small and large scales.

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