Although Jersey City is known for its incredible restaurant and bar scene, there are countless fun activities available for locals to enjoy without the need for an alcoholic beverage. From dance classes to go-karts rides, Jersey City has something for everyone. Plus, some of these are BYOB, so if you really want the drink, you’re more than welcome to indulge. Read on for a comprehensive list of activities to do in Jersey City besides drinking throughout the year.
Disclaimer: Please check with the business’s website for hours of operating and COVID-19 protocols Some of these events are seasonal.
Axe Throwing at Tomahawks Axe Throwing | 7 Sherman Avenue, Floor 2
Get your throw on at Jersey City’s ax-throwing emporium! Tomahawks is BYOB, and great for events such as birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, or just general stress relief. Due to a restricted guest count during the pandemic, be sure to book a lane online in advance. Masks are mandatory inside the building, as well as close-toed shoes.
Salsa Fever on 2 | 83 Franklin Street
Dance the night away at Salsa Fever on 2. No prior skill set is needed at this JC spot, as classes for all levels are available. Customers can purchase an hour class for as low as $25, or monthly passes for $175. Salsa Fever on 2 also offers discounts for new students and savings on auto-renewal memberships. Classes are limited and by appointment only. Visit the website to check the class schedule and secure a spot.
Urban Paddle Kayak Rentals | 9 Marin Boulevard
Kayak on the Hudson River and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of both Jersey City, NYC, and the Statue of Liberty. Urban Paddle offers kayak tours, private lessons, and kayak rentals. For rentals, customers must paddle on a one-hour tour before being eligible to rent on their own. Urban Paddle tours provide you with important paddling and navigation/safety instructions. As a precaution, all kayaks, seats, and paddles are 100% sanitized after each use.
Bowling at Hudson Lanes | 1 Garfield Avenue
Hudson Lanes is back, and locals can get their bowling fix safely with new guidelines in place. Guests can enjoy food and drinks from the full-service bar and grill. There is also a private birthday party room. The bowling alley is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 1PM to 10PM and until 11PM on Saturdays.
RPM Raceway | 99 Caven Point Road
RPM brings you the thrill of competitive racing in a safe and authentic environment, as guests can ride Italian-made go-karts on European-style tracks. Each lap around the track will have your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. After your race, RPM also offers arcade games and bowling. Basically, at this local spot, you’re guaranteed, a sure way to have fun, no alcohol needed. Check out RPM’s website for an extensive list of safety measures it is taking such as extensive cleaning and social distancing guidelines.
Tennis at Washington Park
Tennis is a great activity for all skill levels, and not to mention is great exercise. Washington Park in Jersey City has nine tennis courts to play on a first-come-first-serve basis. If those courts are taken, there are several other courts around the city to play, free of charge, such as in Hamilton Park, Liberty State Park, Lincoln Park, and more.
Cycle Through Liberty State Park | 200 Morris Pesin Drive
With its vast 1,212 acres of land, Liberty State Park makes for a perfect location for a casual bike ride or leisurely stroll. Enjoy the fresh air and unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline. After your ride, relax on the grass or have a picnic to reward yourself post-exercise.
Cooking Class with Bread and Spoon | 308 2nd Street
Bread and Spoon offers virtual or in-person cooking classes for couples and small groups. Owner and chef, Colleen Christi, loves passing along recipes to her clients. She believes that cooking and eating healthy should be fun, delicious, interesting, and most importantly, shared. Interested customers can inquire about cooking classes by emailing [email protected] or calling 917-861-9303.
Paint + sip at Art Mango | 234 York Street
OK so for this one, you can hold the sip — Art Mango offers paint and sip classes that are BYOB so drinking is completely optional. It is also entirely not necessary because the painting part of the night is already a blast by itself! It is offering virtual private paint parties. Supplies are included as well as virtual instruction.
Candle making at Rewax & UnWine | 2 Division Street
Participants can bring their own food and drink to this candle-making experience that will surely bring a glow to the cheeks. The store hosts private events, both corporate and private.
View art exhibits at Mana Contemporary | 888 Newark Avenue
The nearly 2 million square feet gallery which was formerly a tobacco warehouse is a staple in the local art scene. From showcasing local and national artists to hosting art, educational, and interactive events, Mana Contemporary is a must-visit for art-lovers and those always looking to learn something new.
Visit the Van Wagenen (Apple Tree) House
The Van Wagenen House, also known as Apple Tree House, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s called the Apple Tree House because it was home to an apple orchard and cider press. The house is currently under renovation but when it reopens visitors will be able to tour the home and learn about local history.