Things To Do In Jersey City Besides Drinking

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Although Jersey City is known for its incredible restaurant and bar scene, there are actually 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 10 activities to do in Jersey City besides drinking. 

Disclaimer: Please check with the business’s website for hours of operating and COVID-19 protocols.

Axe Throwing at Tomahawks Axe Throwing {7 Sherman Ave Floor 2}

Axe Throwing Tomahawks

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 relieving. 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 {for obvious reasons}. 

Salsa Fever on 2 {83 Franklin Street}

salsa fever on2 Jersey City dance class

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}

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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.

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Bowling at Hudson Lanes {1 Garfield Avenue}

Hudson Lanes

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 full-service 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}

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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.

Outdoor Workout Classes


Several studios and gyms in Jersey City are offering outdoor workout classes such as Jane DO, Asana Soul, Cyclebar, CKO Kickboxing, and so many more. So grab a friend and sweat it out. Just pick a studio and head to its website to view the schedule and book a spot. 

Tennis at Washington Park

Washington Park jersey city 

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}

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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. 

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Cooking Class with Bread and Spoon {308 2nd Street}

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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 or calling 917-861-9303.

Paint and sip at DT234 Gallery & Art Studio {234 York Street}

DT234 Studio jc

OK so for this one, you can hold the sip — DT234 Gallery & Art Studio offers paint and sip classes which 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! DT234 Gallery & Art Studio is offering virtual private paint parties. Supplies are included as well as virtual instruction. DT234 recommends booking at least two weeks in advance and a minimum of 12 spots in the class are required.


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Alexis moved to Hoboken after she graduated college in 2015 and fell in love with the area right away. She currently lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend, Ewan, and works in New York City as a fashion buyer by day and an aspiring entrepreneur by night. In her spare time, when she is not exploring the new, trendy spots around town, you will find her working out at one of her favorite local classes, singing along to the soundtrack of Wicked, or creating macrame wall art and home decor that she sells on Etsy.