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10 Activities for Your Next Hoboken Staycation

by Jennifer Tripucka
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Sure, there’s the Jersey Shore, Cabo, Miami — the list goes on of popular summer vacation destinations, but you might not always be able to travel that far. Lucky for you, you have a wonderful city at your doorstep to explore without having to spend big bucks {or even take a car}. Even better, we’ve rounded up a list of activities for you to do right in the Mile Square to make for the perfect Hoboken staycation. Read on to get planning:

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1. Plan a Picnic

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There are so many fun parks and areas filled with green that you can spread a blanket out and munch on some sandwiches and snacks. Pier A is in the perfect spot downtown {with the perfect city view} and Elysian Park is also awesome, lots of trees and a bit less crowded. Food wise, grab some grub from your fave Italian deli because there’s no need to get fancy. But, if you’re feeling ambitious, head to a few farmers markets for some local, fresh produce.

2. Ride The Ferry From 14th Street

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{Photo credit: @nywaterway}

You’ll probably get some of the best NYC views from the ferry, and nothing beats that breeze while you’re sitting upstairs. Once you get to the city, there are several complimentary NY Waterway buses to take you to your destination — talk about convenience. 

3. Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum

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History buff or not, Hoboken is a pretty cool town. From Frank Sinatra to baseball, you can’t deny there is a lot of fun history here. After all, the Hoboken Historical Museum {at 1301 Hudson Street} is chock full of facts and stories and exhibits. Pick up walking tour maps of historic sites and points of interest if you want to do your own exploring afterward.

4. Go On Your Very Own Sweets Tour

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From Baking Mama to Insomnia Cookies, to Carlo’s Bakery, and beyond, there’s no lack of dessert shops here in town. So, pretend you’re on your very own TV show {because that justifies it} and head out on your very own sweets tour in the good ol’ Mile Square.

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5. Eat Your way Through Hoboken — With Pizza, Of Course

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There are so many spots to find an amazing slice of pizza in Hoboken…the only question is, where will you start? We recommend checking out Benny Tudino’s {featured image + largest slice in town}, Tony Boloneys, and Grimaldi’s {where you’ll find gluten-free pizza}.

6. Visit Sinatra’s Birthplace

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Sure, you know that Sinatra was born here. But we bet you don’t know exactly where. Here’s a hint: 415 Monroe Street. Unfortunately, the original building no longer stands, but it’s still pretty neat!

7. Go Kayaking

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 The Hoboken Cove Boathouse organizes free kayaking from Maxwell Place — yes, free. This is a super unique activity, and not to mention, it would make the coolest Insta post, just sayin’.

8. Go to The Theater

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No, not Broadway — you don’t need to go that far. You’ve got the Mile Square Theater right in your backyard. Located at 1408 Clinton Street, this theater is always putting on some fantastic shows.

9. Go Rooftop/Outdoor Bar Hopping

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Image: Instagram via @emagem

There are tons of great bars with lots of outdoor seating so that you can bask in the sun while sipping a cocktail. Some great outdoor bars include City Bistro, Pilsener Haus Biergarten, & the Dubliner — but really, anywhere with outdoor seating is awesome. Pier 13 is also an obvious {+ awesome} choice. 

See More: Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Hoboken

10. Retail Therapy


With the plethora of boutiques in the area, there are so many to choose from regardless of your style. A few faves are Washington General Store, Mint Market, Dor L Dor, Francesca’s, and more.

Have you ever done a Hoboken staycation before? What did you do? Share with us in the comments!

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