With Memorial Day weekend upon us, many New Jersey residents are choosing to flock to the Jersey Shore — but a great vacation doesn’t necessarily require a change of location. Hoboken is full of fun activities that could make any stay one to remember. We’ve put together a list of ideas for a vacation in Hoboken so you can just focus on relaxing in your free time. Read on to find out how to spend your time in Hoboken.
Picnic | Pier A, Elysian Park, and more
Hoboken is full of parks and greenery that make them excellent picnic spots. Pier A is a great choice downtown with great views of the city – and Elysian Park is also a great picnic spot, full of trees and in a quiet setting. You can make your own sandwiches or buy some to bring.
Downtown Drunk Tie Dye | 155 1st street
This family business started by a brother and sister is one of the best places to relax. It lets you unleash your inner creative child through tie-dyeing – and you can do that with a drink in your hand, if you like. Tipsy Tie Dye is BYOB so you can create a colorful new shirt while sipping wine, liquor, or beer. What more could you want from your staycation? You can make your reservation here.
Ferry trip to NYC | 1401 Frank Sinatra Drive
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If you don’t regularly travel to New York, you should consider using your free time to board. It has a fantastic view of New York from the middle of the Hudson, and if the weather is nice, the breeze is wonderful upstairs. Once in town, several free NY Waterway buses will take you to your destination.
Hoboken Historical Museum | 1301 Hudson Street
From Frank Sinatra to baseball to Hazel Bishop, Hoboken is full of rich history. After all, the Hoboken Historical Museum is full of facts, stories, and exhibits. You can pick up walking maps of historic sites and points of interest if you want to do your own exploration around Hoboken afterwards.
From Baking Mama to Insomnia Cookies, Carlo’s Bakery, Jun’s Macaron Gelato, and beyond, there’s no shortage of dessert shops here in town. You can explore and sample the local dessert shops of Hoboken because, let’s face it, this is your stay and you deserve it.
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There are so many places to find an amazing slice of pizza in Hoboken… the only question is, where do you start? We recommend visiting Benny Tudino’s (featured image + biggest slice in town), Tony Boloneys, and Grimaldi’s, where you’ll find gluten-free pizzas.
Hoboken is home to many wonderful cafes. If you’ve done your pizza + sweets tour and are looking for another fun way to get a taste of the city, consider treating yourself to a coffee tour. bwè kafe, Black Rail Coffee and City of Saints are some awesome options to try.
Hudson Cat Sailing Charters | Sovereign, 1301 Frank Sinatra Drive
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Hudson Cat offers private catamaran rides on the Hudson River for you and five of your closest friends. Nothing says vacation more than relaxing on a luxury boat – and thanks to Hudson Cat, you can do it right in your own backyard. You can find out more about cruise deals here.
Kayaking | Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Frank Sinatra Drive
If the weather is nice, taking a boat on the Hudson is a great way to spend a day – and if you’re feeling a little more low-key than a rental catamaran, it’s a more relaxed and budget-friendly option. The Hoboken Cove Boathouse runs free kayaking from Maxwell Place – yes, free. It also offers stand up paddle and outrigger canoeing. No reservations are required, so you can show up whenever you want.
Frank Sinatra Self-Guided Walking Tour
For all history and Sinatra fans, this is the activity for you. Known as the “Hoboken kid who got the breaks,” Sinatra pays tribute to him all over town, as Hoboken was his hometown and where he found his fame. The city is decorated with all things Sinatra, from restaurants to monuments that characterize all parts of his life. We’ve created a self-guided walking tour so you can see all of the Sinatra highlights around Hoboken.
Climbing in Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton St.
If you’re looking for something adventurous in bad weather, you can go indoor climbing at Gravity Vault, Hoboken’s 25,000-square-foot climbing facility. This fun stay activity is also a fantastic workout for your whole body.
Mile Square Theater | 1400 Clinton St.
Hoboken has a wonderful theater for anyone in the mood for a show. The Mile Square Theatre, which is a non-profit theater, always puts on fantastic shows and is a great way to spend time with friends or family.
Outdoor bars + rooftops
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There are tons of great bars with plenty of outdoor seating for you to bask in the sun while sipping a cocktail. Some great outdoor bars include City Bistro, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, + Northern Soul – but really, anywhere with outdoor seating is great. Pier 13 is also a prime outdoor summer spot for drinks and food trucks.
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What better way to spend a holiday than to do some shopping? With the plethora of shops in the area, there is so much to choose from, whatever your style. A few favorites are Washington General Store, Mint Market, Dor L Dor, Francesca’s, and more.
Looking for more Hudson County adventure? You can check out our Hudson County bucket list and take your Hoboken trip to just outside of Hoboken.