Unique Things To Do On Valentine’s Day in Hoboken + Jersey City

Ah, the universal day of love. For 24 hours couples and loved ones alike pull out all the stops to express their appreciation for each other {which — ahem — we should be doing all year long}. If you’re gearing up to celebrate the holiday for real this year, or if this isn’t your first rodeo and are looking for something unexpected and unique to do with your significant other, we’ve got you covered. This list includes activities that can be done throughout the weekend and week ahead. Keep reading for a roundup of unique things to do this Valentine’s Day.

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Hoboken

Take a Cooking Class at Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street}

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Even if you’re not much of a cook or are interested in adding another perfected dish under your belt, Hudson Table has a seat for you at their table. The company is currently offering in-person and virtual cooking classes.  Visit the website to see the schedule for February’s classes.

Build Something at the DIY Joint {51 Harrison Street}

the diy joint

Flex your HGTV muscles at this do-it-yourself establishment. For a fun and empowering experience, build something awesome at one of the unique woodworking classes. With all the tools needed already supplied to you upon arrival and an instructor leading the way, all you have to do is create something you are proud of. Visit the website for February’s schedule.

Wall Climbing at the Gravity Vault {1423 Clinton Street}

Defy gravity and climb to new heights at this indoor rock wall climbing vault that offers 25,000 square feet of climbing space. The facility has an assortment of climbing activities for both the experienced and new climbers across two separate floors. Those who are ready to take their skills to the next level can get a belay certification. Others, who are simply looking to have a fun experience can do so with an introduction class.

Paint + Sip at Arte Vino {720 Monroe Street} 

Unleash your inner artist at one of Arte Vino’s BYOB paint and sip classes either in-person or virtually. In an intimate, judgment-free environment you’ll be instructed on how to paint a fun image that is sure to make the perfect conversation piece for your home. This is an opportunity to live in the moment with the people or person you care about. Sip on your favorite wine, show your creativity and de-stress.

Expand Your Palate at Cheese + Wine {720 Monroe Street}

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Cheese + Wine is known for offering some of the world’s finest artisan and farmhouse cheeses, hand-selected wines, charcuterie, craft beers, and more, with emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. The shop offers wine and cheese pairing sessions.

Explore Hoboken with the Sinatra Walking Tour {Multiple Locations}

It’s Sinatra’s world and we’re just living in it, as Hobokenites like to say. Enjoy each other’s company with a stroll through town, learning about the globally admired life of the Mile Square’s beloved Frank Sinatra. Discover where he was born, where he hung out with friends, where he bought his bread, and so much more. 

Learn How to Roll Sushi at Saku {936 Park Avenue}

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Within just thirty minutes, you’ll learn how to master the art of making not one, but three types of rolls and rice vinegar for your sushi rice. You can expect to learn the process of assembling the California, tuna, and salmon rolls as well as techniques like holding the knife at the right angle and more. Oh, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor when it’s all over {#score}.

See More: 10 Unique Food and Drink-Making Classes Hoboken + Jersey City

Discover Hudson County {Then + Now} at the Hoboken Historical Museum {1301 Hudson Street}

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“Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then and Now” is the current exhibit that allows visitors to marvel at over 700 historic postcards from all 12 towns of Hudson County. Most of the postcards date from the 1900s to the 1920s, depicting parks, street scenes, scenic views, and more. The augmented reality feature allows you to see what some of the buildings currently look like in 3D.

Learn to Play an Instrument at Guitar Bar {160 1st Street}

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Many of us dream of mastering an instrument someday and that day could be closer than anticipated. Challenge yourself and your partner to something new and exciting at Guitar Bar this year. Guitar Bar offers private lessons for guitar, bass, piano, drums, vocals, violin, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Take the opportunity to spend time together and potentially turn what you learned into a long-lasting, shared hobby.

Jersey City

Learn to Dance at Salsa Fever on 2 {83 Franklin Street}

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Salsa, the traditional island-dance everyone should learn. Salsa dancing has been around for decades, originating in Cuba and then spreading throughout the world’s tropical islands, inevitably making its way to our area. Guests can take their pick of classes based on how advanced they are. Pre-Beginner Salsa, Beginner Level 1 Salsa, Advanced Beginner Level 2 Salsa, Bachata, and much more are available.

Taste Test Brews at 902 Brewing Co. {101 Pacific Avenue}

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Discover your new go-to beer at this Jersey City craft brewery, offering craft beer with 100% gluten-free ingredients. There are gluten-free options, seasonal options, and an assorted selection of brews. And don’t forget to try Hoboken Girl’s second hard seltzer flavor, Cranberry Lime! The full list is posted on the website and brews that are currently available can be sampled inside or on the rooftop when the weather permits.

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

Live Out Your Fast & Furious Dreams at RPM Raceway {99 Caven Point Road}

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Start your engines, buckle your seatbelts, and prepare for an exhilarating adventure {plus, there’s nothing like a friendly competition}. Experience the thrill of driving one of the Italian state-of-the-art go-karts and show your S.O who the best driver is by coming in first place at this indoor racetrack. 

Throw Axes at Tomahawks {7 Sherman Avenue}

Axe Throwing Tomahawks

If you think you have what it takes, aim your sights on this indoor ax-throwing facility. The sport of ax throwing dates back to prehistoric times. Tomahawks mission is to keep the rich history of the sport alive by naming the lanes using Lenape words and geographical areas. Valentine’s Day visitors will get a complimentary box of chocolate, too.

Play Games at Barcade {163 Newark Avenue}

This combination of a bar and an arcade focuses on classic arcade games from the 1970s and early 2000s and serves American craft beer. Additionally, they offer a full bar and traditional pub food. Expect the quintessential pinball machines and staples like Galaga, so make sure you and your partner are ready to engage in some healthy, old-school competition.

Test Your Figure Skating Skills at Pershing Field {800 Summit Avenue}

Trade in your boots for a pair of skates and glide into the night at the Pershing Field rink located in the heights. This rink is open from Thursdays to Sundays in the afternoons and evenings only. Renting skates cost $5, and prices range from $1 to $5, depending on age and residency. Skating aid rentals are also available for $10 a session. 

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.