Your Ultimate 2020 Hudson County Bucket List

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We have made it to a new decade, Hudson County — welcome to 2020. A new decade means a slew of brand new opportunities to have fun. Of course, in our area, there are tons of must-do things to do locally that should definitely make it on to your bucket list for the new year. From catching a Red Bulls game at the Red Bulls Arena in Harrison to making it to one of Hoboken’s most well-known restaurants, there are plenty of must-dos in the area {sorry, NYC — we’re busy}. Keep reading for your ultimate 2020 Hudson County bucket list.

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Bayonne

Snap a pic of the Bayonne Bridge — it connects Bayonne with Staten Island and is one of the longest arched steel bridges in the world.

Take a walk near the Robbins Reef Light Station — it is a lighthouse that was built in 1839 that can only be viewed from a distance, as it is not open to the public.

Go see the “Tear of Grief” monument, located in Harbor View Park in Bayonne.

Take a walk along the portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Bayonne and snap some great skyline photos.

Visit Brennan Fire Museum, located inside the former 47th Street Firehouse, which is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The artifacts here tell the history of firefighting right here in Hudson County.

Read More: Things to Do in North Hudson County


Harrison/Kearny

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Take a helicopter tour with FlyNYON located in Kearny Point.

Catch a soccer match at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

Enzo’s Deli is a must-visit sandwich shop in Harrison that should definitely be visited in 2020.

Another neighborhood bar that offers some seriously delicious Portuguese-meets-American dishes is Vinnie’s in Harrison that is also worth adding to your list in the new year.


Hoboken

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Indulge in the roast beef special on Thursdays or Saturdays at the world-famous Fiore’s Italian Deli.

The Annual Hoboken Mutz Fest, which happens in late January/early Feb, is a must-do to try some of the best mutz in the area.

Indulge in zeppoles and fried Oreos at St. Ann’s Feast in Hoboken, which happens every July.

Celebrate Pride Month during Hoboken’s annual Pride celebrations.

Pay a visit to one of Hoboken’s nationally recognized restaurants: Antique Bar & Bakery, Benny Tudino’s, Cucharamama, La Isla, or O’Bagel, just to name a few.

Take a ride on the NY Waterway Ferry to NYC and back to snap some seriously Instagram-worthy photos during the ride {plus, it’s fun to be a tourist in your own neighborhood}.

Take a self-guided Frank Sinatra walking tour around Hoboken to see the Mile Square through his eyes.

Visit the Hoboken Cove Boathouse in the summer to go kayaking for free in the Hudson River.

Take a walk along the Hoboken waterfront for breathtaking views of NYC {plus, stop at Blue Eyes cafe for equally as good food with a view}.

Rent an igloo for a winter evening at Pilsener Haus Biergarten. While there, sip on their selection of top-notch ales and IPAs.

Spend a summer afternoon or evening at Pier 13 {don’t forget to try one of the many delicious food trucks there, too}.

Marvel at the gorgeous Gothic-style architecture at the Our Lady of Grace Church at 4th and Willow.

Watch a show at the Mile Square Theatre on Clinton Street, aptly named as it functions as Hoboken’s performing arts center and theatre.

Go indoor rock climbing at Gravity Vault, Hoboken’s 25,000-square-foot rock-climbing center.

Take in the view and sit on the waterfront on Pier C, the manmade pier that juts out over the waterfront. This local spot offers amazing views of the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower.

Walk uptown to downtown to experience Hoboken in all its glory.

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Pick up a sweet treat from Lepore’s Chocolates in Hoboken.

Visit the Hoboken Terminal and spot the Beaux-Arts architecture style that part of the building was designed in.

Spend a day perusing the shops and businesses inside the Monroe Center for the Arts.

During the summer, watch your favorite flicks at “Movies Under the Stars” at Pier A.

For lovers of baseball {and history buffs}, pay a visit to Elysian Park — this is the spot where the first baseball game was ever played in America.

Take a few “Fitness in the Park” classes in the summer in Hoboken. These are free local classes offered by local fitness studios all summer long.


Jersey City

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Pay your respects at the Empty Sky 911 Memorial.

Sunbathe in the grass or have a picnic in Liberty State Park.

Sip on Miami Vices on the water in at Surf City and watch the boats in the harbor go by {plus, you can pretend you are on vacay while you’re there in the summer time}.

Pay a visit to one of Jersey City’s nationally recognized restaurants: Bread and Salt, Battello, Porta, Hooked JC, Korai Kitchen, Razza, and Hamilton Pork, to name a few.

Take an unofficial ‘speakeasy’ tour of Jersey City — hitting up all of the local ‘underground’ spots {including Dullboy and The Archer, to name a few}.

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Head to the Landmark Loew’s Jersey City Theater and take in the majestic theater in all its historical glory.

Nerd out at the Liberty Science Center. Plus, be sure to add the LSC After Dark events to your 2020 calendar {these events are all 21+ and a guaranteed fun time}.

Hop on one of the NYC Cycleboats that launch out of Jersey City during the warmer months.

Visit the farm in Jersey City Heights, Urban Quack.

Catch a live performance at JC’s well-known White Eagle Hall.

For golf lovers, pay a visit to Skyway Golf Course.

Swing by the Riverview Farmer’s Market the last Sunday in October for the Dia De Los Muertos festival.

Take an evening in the summer to visit Groove on Grove to catch live music.

Enjoy an authentic + delicious Italian dinner at Laico’s Restaurant. It’s way off the beaten path and almost looks like a house, but trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Pay a visit to 15 Fox Place. This is another must-visit Italian spot in JC, which has served locals for years and is actually inside a house. There’s no set menu — all the dishes are the chef’s choice.

Try your hand at paddle-boarding at the Liberty Landing Marina.

Visit Razza for the nationally acclaimed pizza slices served there.

Take a quick day trip to Ellis Island Immigration Museum from Liberty State Park. Although not technically Hudson County, it’s a great place to visit to get a glimpse into the rich history of the area and the U.S.

Pretended you’re in Night at the Museum and spend a night at the Mana Contemporary Art Museum. This local museum has five floors of art exhibitions that are sure to keep you occupied for a few hours, minimum.

Indulge in some more amazing local art during the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour {JCAST}, which happens annually in October.

Take a tour of the Historic CRRNJ Terminal, which underwent a lot of turmoil after Hurricane Sandy, but is now open following extensive renovations. Plus, enjoy beautiful Manhattan skyline views in the evenings!

Head to the  All About Downtown Street Fair in September — it features tons of local vendors and more.


Union City/Weehawken

Head to Charrito’s in Weehawken and enjoy some seriously delicious Mexican food with a great view of the NYC skyline.

Pay a visit to the Union City Historical Museum to view the extensive collection of photos, library memorabilia, and building architecture from the past 100 years.

Fans of Hamilton, history buffs, and beyond  — visit the Dueling Grounds. This historic spot is where Alexander Hamilton met his fate in his infamous duel with Aaron Burr.

In the summer, enjoy a meal on the outdoor deck at Molo’s Riverfront Deck.

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Try the top-notch cocktails at the NoHu Bar, located inside the Envue Hotel in Weehawken.

Have a delicious meal at Chart House in Weehawken.

See More: 12 Interesting Weehawken Facts You Probably Didn’t Know


West New York/North Bergen/Secaucus

Take the trip to Snake Hill, an igneous rock intrusion jutting up from the floor of the Meadowlands at a bend in the Hackensack River.

Pay a visit to NJ Beer Co. {4201 Tonnelle Avenue, North Bergen} and sample some local craft-brewed beer.

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Visit Uncle Gordon’s honey farm — a hidden backyard honey farm in North Bergen for some fresh, local honey.

Visit the nationally recognized Trattoria La Sorrentina in North Bergen.

Grab a bite to eat at Natoli’s Deli — a long-standing neighborhood deli in Secaucus.

Enjoy Jazz Brunch at Harry’s Food + Drink in North Bergen.

Happy exploring, everyone! 


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