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, dedication and of course, their amor for one another. 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 loved one, we’ve got you covered. Being that it’s celebrated on a Friday this year, our 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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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. They offer three classes. The first is “Demonstrations” which is led by chefs that prepare dishes while you enjoy the show and dig into their creations. The second, “Chef’s Table,” is similar to the first but more intimate. Lastly, “Hands-on” is a class that challenges guests to create every dish on the menu with the chef’s guidance. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, they will be selling two pre-assembled meal kits for couples + duos to have a refined three-course meal in the comfort of their own home.

Build Something at the DIY Joint {51 Harrison Street}

Flex your HGTV muscles at this do-it-yourself establishment. For a fun and empowering experience, build something awesome at one of their 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.

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. Their 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 their 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. 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}

Cheese + Wine is known for offering the world’s finest artisan and farmhouse cheeses, hand-selected wines, charcuterie, craft beers, and more, with emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. They are hosting a special Valentine’s Day event, pairing wine, champagne, cheese, and chocolate {talk about a seriously indulgent evening}.

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}

“Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then and Now” is the current exhibit that allows visitors to marvel over 700 historic postcards from all 12 towns of Hudson County. Most of the postcards date from the 1900s to 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}

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 Departed Soles {150 Bay Street}

Discover your new go-to beer at New Jersey’s first craft brewery, offering craft beer with 100% gluten-free ingredients. There are five gluten-free options, seasonal options, and an assorted selection of brews. Their full list is posted on the website and brews that are currently available can be sampled in their tasting room.

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

Channel Your Inner Kid with Zombie Scavengers

Good news for fans of The Walking Dead, the time has come to show off your knowledge on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Form your team and alongside a guide you’ll have one hour to hunt for survival items. The more things you find in the one hour, the more points you get, the more likely you would be a survivor. Along the way, teams will be asked to do some challenges and answer some trivia questions.

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

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}

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 their 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 that 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.

Eat at the Valentine’s Day Foodie Festival {210 Hudson Street}

For the foodies in the area, the Harborside Atrium presents the Valentine’s Day Foodie Festival as a part of their Night Market events. There are four time-slot options and packages for people to choose from. All packages include the opportunity to skip the traditional restaurant scene, dance the night away, and of course, try the hippest food trends the area has to offer. Everything is $7 or less and each vendor has $5 options. Get your tickets here.

Test Your Figure Skating Skills at Newport Skates {95 River Drive South}

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Trade in your boots for a pair of skates and glide into the night at the Newport rink conveniently located near the Newport Mall and overlooking the river. They will be hosting a Sweetheart Skate on the 14th from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Newport residents will be treated to free skating and hot chocolate, cookies, and other goodies will be provided for all skaters. 

Enjoy Writing + Wine at CoolVines Powerhouse {350 Warren Street}

Enjoy a night of creative expression and spirits at this monthly pop-up writing and wine event. With a mission to be the alternative to the many paint and sip shops, they offer a unique two-hour experience for writers of all levels. The instructor will lead with fun writing-prompts and professional guidance. No experience required. Time to put pen to paper and wine to lips. 

Let loose and step out of the box with your loved one and take a chance on one of these unique activities to celebrate the most important part of your relationship, the love you have for one another. For those who can’t get away from work on a Friday to celebrate, we made sure to add some events that were happening throughout the week. Many of these activities require reservations and tickets, so we recommend reserving as early as possible, as they will sell out quickly. 

Which of these events will you be participating in this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant. 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, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, 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.