Non-Drinking Activities in Hoboken: Winter Edition

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Whether you’re taking a break from alcohol, or are just tired of the bar scene in Hoboken, there’s plenty to do in the Mile Square that doesn’t revolve around drinking. Instead, locals and tourists alike can take advantage of the culture and activities Hoboken has to offer. From trying a new sport to learning about the history of where you live {or are visiting} — there’s always something to do, sans alcohol, no matter what time of year it is. 

Go Rock Climbing at the Gravity Vault {1423 Clinton Street}

For a unique solo or group activity, try rock climbing at the Gravity Vault in Hoboken. This local climbing gym is open seven days a week from 9:00AM-11:00PM. Come early to start your day or go in the evening instead of bar hopping around the Mile Square {you’re guaranteed to wake up feeling better than after a night of drinking}. The Gravity Vault has 25,00 square feet of climbing spread across two different floors and is open to both experienced and novice climbers. From top rope, lead walls and boulders, to dedicated strength training and cardio areas, this massive gym has something for everyone. They also offer showers, a lounge area, and workspaces equipped with wifi. For a full breakdown on pricing, rentals, and membership, check out their website.

Sign Up for a Sports’ League

Intramural sports {many of which can be played indoors — see basketball, volleyball, bowling, etc} are a great way to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone {again, sans the libations and inside this winter}. Try a new sport or pick up an old hobby with Zog sports. Zog offers dozens of sports’ leagues in Hoboken at varying times throughout the year. Trade in your weekly brunch routine for weekly volleyball or cornhole with friends. You can join teams alone or with a group. Check out the website to find a league that works for you!

Read More: A Guide to Intramural Sports Offerings in Hoboken + Jersey City

Check Out a Local Meet-Up Group

If organized sports are not for you, try a local meet-up group instead. Groups range from local bloggers + writers to single ladies of Hoboken and young parents. Join for regular meet-ups {like the once a month 40+ group} or sporadic hangs {like the Hoboken ski club}. You can find all kinds of non-drinking activities and meetups in Hoboken on the meetup website.

Try a New Workout Class

From spin to barre, Pilates to boxing, Hoboken has dozens of fitness studios for every type of workout. Look for intro specials to try classes for free or at a discounted rate so you can explore what studio is right for you. Or, consider signing up for ClassPass so you can continue to try a range of classes at the best rate. Book an evening “Dance Your A** Off” class at Jane Do or a Zumba class at Sassy Cap Dance N’ Fitness — you’ll have just as much fun as a night at the club {without the hangover the next day}.

Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum {1301 Hudson Street}

The Hoboken Historical Museum has been around since the ‘80s and has rotating exhibitions and activities related to the history and culture of Hoboken. Visit the website to find out what exhibition is currently on display and discover new programs and activities like tai chi, meditation, and yoga. The museum is open six days a week and admission is only $5. Stop by on Saturday for a full day learning about Hoboken.

Go Ice Skating at Newport Skates {95 River Drive South}

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Head down to Newport Skates in Jersey City for outdoor skating from November through March {weather permitting}. The rink is open seven days a week until 9:00PM Monday through Saturday, making it a great spot for a daytime or evening activity. Grab a friend {or a date}, rent skates on-site, and buy a day pass. At only $15, admission and rentals together cost less than the price of a cocktail and will keep you entertained for hours.

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Treat Yourself

Explore one of the many salons, wellness centers, and spas around Hoboken and treat yourself to a day that’s all about you. Take advantage of a break from alcohol to further benefit your body. Nourish your soul with meditation at Mind Body Hoboken; get some fun nail art at one of the many area salons, indulge in a spa day, or try a new hairstyle. Make a day that’s all about you and take some time to relax and unwind. 

Take a Painting Class at ArteVino {720 Monroe Street}

Painting classes at ArteVino are the perfect activity when half of your group wants to drink and the other half doesn’t. Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite kombucha and ArteVino will provide the rest. Learn how to paint from one of the studio’s artists and enjoy an evening of socializing with friends and creating unique artwork.

Do you have any fun, non-alcohol related activities to recommend? Let us know in the comments!


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Nadine is a Jersey transplant, originally from the Boston area. True to her New England roots, she loves exploring outdoor activities like running, biking, and hiking, while enjoying the beautiful Hudson River and Palisade Cliff views. She works at a technology startup in Manhattan, but loves coming home to the calm of North Hudson County, where she lives with her boyfriend. From restaurants to fitness studios, she enjoys staying up to date on all the new openings in the area, and sharing her research with the Hoboken Girl community.