Hoboken and Jersey City are wonderful places to live — and while we have a ton of awesome bars around Hudson County, there is more to do in this area than just drinking. These cities are brimming with fun things to do for all ages, but especially for those just under the legal drinking age — but of course, these activities are still fun even if you are 21+. Whether you have younger friends + relatives visiting or your yourself are just shy of 21, we’ve rounded up some awesome activities that anyone can participate in. Keep reading for a list of things to do in Hoboken and Jersey City for anyone under 21.
Go See Comedy Shows | Hoboken and Jersey City
A good laugh makes for a great night no matter what age. Comedy shows can be a great event for a group of friends or even just for a solo laugh. There are many bars across the area that offer comedy shows on certain nights, though not all of them will let in those under 21. Brightside Tavern and The Laugh Tour at Dorrian’s Red Hand (just note it’s 18+) are two spots that have awesome comedy nights. Make sure to check the individual websites as event dates and times can change.
Listen to Live Music | Hoboken and Jersey City
There are so many places to hear live music. Whether it’s during dinner (like the amazing jazz tunes at Amanda’s Restaurant on Fridays) or a more purposeful concert venue, an event with music is sure to be a great time — and there is always somewhere to hear music. White Eagle Hall is a local hot spot for singers and bands (and occasionally a comedian) to come and perform. It’s a fully restored historic theater that holds up to 800 people standing. It’s big enough for a good crowd, while still feeling intimate for performers.
Visit Liberty State Park | 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City
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This park is such a gem in Jersey City. With breathtaking views at nearly every turn, there are so many trails to explore. Right by the water, there is a 9/11 Memorial, ferry stops for the Statue of Liberty, and the historic train station. Walking farther south, there are BBQ grills sprinkled throughout the park. Cookouts are great to do with friends, but be sure to get there early on the weekends because they fill up fast. It’s also now home to the awesome Reclining Liberty statue.
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Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum | 1301 Hudson Street
For any of the history buffs in your life, this is the activity for you. From Frank Sinatra to baseball to Hazel Bishop, Hoboken is full of rich history. After all, the Hoboken Historical Museum is packed with facts, stories, and exhibits. You can pick up walking tour maps of historic sites and points of interest if you want to do your own exploring around Hoboken afterward.
Have a Picnic | Any Local Park
There are so many wonderful spots throughout both Hoboken + Jersey City to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal in the nicer weather — plus, with so many awesome delis and sandwich options around, you won’t be starved for choices for food on your picnic. Pier A Park, Pier C Park, Elysian Park, Liberty State Park, and Paulus Hook Park are just some of the many spots to visit. If you want to make it extra special, you can hire an official picnic service to help you out.
Got Out for Mocktails | Hoboken and Jersey City
Mocktails can be just as fun as cocktails. Whether it’s a date night or an evening out with the guys or gals, Hoboken and Jersey City have some great spots for libations with no alcohol. Halifax and Olivia’s in Hoboken are great spots with special mocktails. Orale in Jersey City has a great mocktail margarita, and Frankie has some great seasonal menus and mocktails to try.
Rock Climb at The Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton Street, Hoboken
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Rock climbing is such a fun activity to do alone or with a few friends. This space offers 200+ climbing routes (where climbers wear a harness and have someone belaying the rope to protect climbers in the event of a fall), and 120+ bouldering routes (climbers don’t wear a harness).
There is also a cross-training space with gym equipment in case getting an extra workout is appealing. Pricing depends on the package, but staff-assisted climbs start at $65 (if guests want staff to belay them), and day passes start at $17. Keep in mind that shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags are all an additional fee.
Throw Axes at Tomahawks | 7 Sherman Avenue, Floor 2, Jersey City
For those who are over 18, axe throwing is a great way to let off steam or just get out and have a fun time with friends. Open Friday-Sunday, visitors can book a lane online for two hours at a time. This destination is more than just axe throwing — it also looks to honor the Lenape people who once lived in the area, naming the lanes after Lenape words and geographical regions. Pro-tip: make sure to wear closed-toed shoes.
Try Out Water Activities Along the Hudson | Hoboken and Jersey City
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There is so much to do along the Hudson (without actually swimming). From kayaking to hot tub boats, there are fun events for everyone, even those under 21 years. Urban Paddle out of the Morris Canal in Jersey City is a great afternoon activity. Guests can join in group tours that take kayakers all the way to the mouth of the canal where it meets the Hudson River. Kayaking is also free from the Hoboken Cove Community Boat House. Just make sure to bring quick-drying clothes, because it can get a bit wet.
In case water-lovers are looking for something a bit more than paddling, there is also Hudson’s only hot tub boat that takes riders on a tour around Manhattan in, you guessed it, a hot tub! Sea the City also offers jet ski rides. Keep in mind that everyone has to be over 13 years old.
If boating isn’t the vibe, but you’re still looking for something on the Hudson River, then head over to The Honorable William Wall. It’s a barge bar that is literally on the Hudson River (no really, it’s right in front of Ellis Island). Guests do have to take a quick boat ride from Jersey City, but it provides epic views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and so much more. Patrons can expect ticket prices to range from $20-$30. Make sure to bring something to nosh on because the bar only serves drinks (alcoholic as well as mocktails).
Get Competitive at Play! Hoboken | 1012 Grand Street FL3, Hoboken
This family-friendly entertainment center is a 5,500-square-foot facility and is packed with fun things to do, from pool tables to ping pong tables, dart boards, foosball, board games, and more. It even features virtual golf simulators for the whole family to play golf without having to travel all the way to a course. No matter your game interest, Play! Hoboken likely has it — and this is a great under-21 spot for bad weather days when you’re looking for something indoors to do.