10 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City Besides Watching the Super Bowl

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If you’re somebody who couldn’t care less about who wins this Super Bowl on Sunday, there are plenty of other ways to spend the day — EVEN in Hoboken and Jersey City {which sometimes feels like the mecca of sports bars, especially on game day — like a national holiday}. It is, after all, still a SUNDAY {and a Sunday Funday has *many* definitions}. While we aren’t opposed to the Superbowl and definitely enjoy a good beverage, wing, and hang out with friends — there are many of us that aren’t too keen to do that. Here are a few ideas of what to do if you’re not into the Super Bowl.

1. Netflix and Chill

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Cliché yes, and this may not work if you only have one {occupied} TV in your house, but really, how often do we get to veg-out and watch your favorite films throughout the day? If you have no idea who is even playing — or where they are from — take this Sunday to catch up on your favorite movies or watch something you have been dying to see. The options are endless, and you won’t have to deal with seeing game highlights or cheesy commercials on every other channel. We highly recommend a few Netflix shows + films {including but not limited to: You, Jessica Jones, The Office, Narcos, The Irishman [if you’ve got three hours to kill]}, Marriage Story, and so many more.

2. Have a GNI {Girls Night In}

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While some of us have friends who are obSESSED with football, there are always our select girlfriends who couldn’t care less about the big game. Round up your closest friends and plan a Girls’ Night Inwine, cheese, nail polish, and all. Good conversation and pampering are better for the soul, anyway. Or, you can have a spa night.

3. Go to the Gym

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Everyone is going to be eating their body weight in pizza, wings, and chips this Sunday, but that does NOT mean you have to. Hit the gym this Super Bowl Sunday and torch the calories you would have consumed if you went to a party. This is a great alternative whether you are uninterested in the game or don’t mind watching while on the treadmill.

Read More: All About Orangetheory Fitness in Jersey City

4. Grab a Cup of Coffee

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If there is one place safe from Super Bowl hype, it’s a coffee shop. Lucky for you, there are dozens of places to sit and enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee in Hoboken and Jersey City to escape the football madness. Stop The Grind in JC, Bean Vault in Hoboken, or any coffee joint that is your go-to — and enjoy your Sunday like any normal one. {Check out our full guide to Hoboken coffee shops here and our guide to JC coffee shops here.}

5. Spring Clean Your Digital Life

It’s not often that an unofficial “holiday” gives you uninterrupted time to delete photos, organize your notes app, and unsubscribe from emails. A few apps and sites to try: Chatbooks {for making your photos into photo books from your phone}, Unroll.me {for deleting subscriptions in mass quantities from your email}, and CLEEN {a way to mass delete photos from your phone}.

6. Do a Speakeasy Tour of Jersey City

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Here’s the thing — just because you’re not going to a Super Bowl party doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some libations. Jersey City is home to many speakeasy-type bars, so instead of holding up in a massive sports bar, opt for something or cozy + intimate {and less hectic} this Sunday and sip on something fancy. A few to visit are the newly-opened Sushi by Bou, Dullboy, The Archer, and more.

7. Plan Your Valentine’s Day {or Anti-Valentine’s Day}

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While your guy or girl is shouting at the TV at a friend’s place, take the time {and peace and quiet} to plan your Valentine’s Day date. The day of love is only a week or so away — meaning you have to research, plan, and make reservations in advance.

7. Go Shopping 

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While we love shopping locally any day of the week, Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect time to spend a little money burning a hole in your pocket. The shops will be deserted, and there are always some great winter sales going on. Hit up Zero Kids in Jersey City, Peper and Parlor in the Mile Square, and so many more. Find our full list of Hoboken boutiques here and our Jersey City list here, for all your shopping needs.

8. Visit NJ Beer Co. in North Bergen

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Ok, so this brewery might have the game on {editor’s note: call ahead to check}, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some brews anyway. Swing by this North Bergen-based brewery to try some locally-made beer. Learn more about what NJ  Beer Co. has to offer here.

See More: Departed Soles Brewery: Jersey City’s Trendy Brewhouse

9. Order Delivery/Takeout

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We won’t waste your time with small talk. Get on it {plus find our guide to top-notch delivery in Hoboken here}.

10. Do a DIY Project

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We’ve got tons of fun stuff from our in-house DIY blogger, Arielle — and Girl on the Hudson. Whether you want to make DIY cork stoppers or spruce up your bar cart, they’ve got a fun craft for anyone. Visit her blog for more fun projects. Alternatively, pay a visit to The DIY Joint {located at 51 Harrison Street, Hoboken} to take a fun woodworking class and make your own masterpiece.

PS: #11 is totally, drink and be merry {and just don’t look at the TV}…it CAN be done! However, you end up spending the day, enjoy it.

How will you be celebrating the Super Bowl?

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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