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Your Ultimate Hudson County Bucket List for 2024

by Hoboken Girl Team
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Welcome to 2024, Hudson County. A new year 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 onto 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, and historical monuments, there are plenty of must-dos in the area. Keep reading for your ultimate 2024 Hudson County bucket list.

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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.

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

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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.

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Shop along Broadway Avenue, the city’s main street, and spot the life-like statues and painted utility boxes.

Read More: 36 Hours in Hoboken: Here’s How to Spend Your Time


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

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

For more things to do in Harrison, we have a list here.


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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 takes place in April, is a must-do to try some of the best mutz in the area.

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

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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, La Isla, Dino + Harry’s, or Piccolo’s, just to name a few. Here’s a list of nationally recognized restaurants throughout Hudson County.

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).

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Take a self-guided Frank Sinatra walking tour around Hoboken to see the Mile Square through his eyes — and don’t forget to stop at the statue along the waterfront.

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 (stop at Blue Eyes for equally good food with a view). Or check our list of restaurants located by the waterfront here.

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

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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.

Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum for a chance to dive into the city’s history.

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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.

Hoboken is home to the most bars and restaurants per capita — so, go on a cocktail tour.

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

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

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Visit the Hoboken Terminal and spot the Beaux-Arts architecture style that was part of the building’s original design.

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.

Do a food tour of Hoboken. Try out the best chicken parm, eat bagels, indulge in pizza, grab brunch, go for a coffee date, and check out the best Italian restaurants in town.

Take an experimental cooking class at Hudson Table.

For a more in-depth Hoboken bucket list, see here.

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Jersey City

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Explore Jersey City’s different neighborhoods — the Heights, Bergen-Lafayette, Journal Square, Paulus Hook, and Hamilton Park.

Go to the HDSID Farmer’s Market in downtown Jersey City.

Pay your respects at the Empty Sky 911 Memorial.

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

Pay a visit to one of Jersey City’s nationally recognized restaurants: Bread + Salt, Battello, Porta, 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).

When it reopens, 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 2024 calendar (these events are all 21+ and a guaranteed fun time).


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

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 on 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.


Take a quick day trip to the 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.

Pretend you’re in Night at the Museum and spend an evening 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.

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

For a more in-depth Jersey City bucket list, see here.

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Union City/Weehawken

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

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.

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

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

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Have a delicious meal at Chart House in Weehawken.

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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. and sample some local craft-brewed beer, located at 201 Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen.

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.

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