12 Cheap and Free Date Ideas to Try in Jersey City

12 Cheap and Free Date Ideas to Try in Jersey City
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Date nights in this lively city are always a good idea, but they aren’t always cheap. If you and your sweetheart are looking for a budget-friendly way to enjoy the city together, check out these 12 cheap and free date ideas to try in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza


Located in the historic downtown area on Newark Ave, couples can breeze up and down this four-block-long plaza while enjoying a night out on the town under the glittering string lights. During the warmer months, it draws a bigger crowd of people taking a reprieve outside the bars and restaurants, which makes it all the more fun for people watching.

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Bar, Pub, American, $$$
For under $20, the two of you can sip on local craft beer and play throwback arcade games at the Jersey City Barcade location. This is the ultimate date night for old-school video game lovers who want to hang out in a fun and laid back atmosphere. Try your hand at Donkey Kong, Crazy Taxi or Miss Pac Man for a night of some seriously retro gaming.
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Liberty State Park

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Pack up a picnic lunch, bring your bikes and your sweetheart, and head over to Liberty State Park, 1,212 acres worth of green space, walkways and panoramic Manhattan skyline views. Here you can walk the two mile-long loop or rent a Citi bike and take in the sights along the way — it’s the perfect spot for an outdoor date.
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The Journal Square Green Market

Make your way over to the Journal Square Green Market to grab everything you need for a romantic, homemade dinner for two. The market vendors sell fresh fruits and veggies, plus, homemade goods such as empanadas, mozzarella, and even fresh fish. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s a great way to get involved with your local farming community as a couple.
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Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

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Strolling down the long Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, hand-in-hand will take you from Liberty State Park and all the way up to the neighboring town of Hoboken. Stop off at a pier to watch the fishermen, enjoy the panoramic view of the city skyline, and pop in and out of the many restaurants and stores that dot the walkway on your self-guided tour.
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Museum of Russian Art (MORA)


Learn something new, take in classic and modern works of art, and soak up Russian culture together by visiting the Museum of Russian Art (MORA). The museum regularly hosts opening and closing events for their exhibitions, plus, live performances, readings and informational sessions that are budget-friendly. The suggested donation for non-members to enter the museum is only $10 a pop.

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Skating rinks

During the wintertime, a few Jersey City hangouts will transform their frozen outdoor spaces into skating rinks! It’s worth checking out, so keep your eye on Pershing Field’s swimming pool turned ice rink and the Newport Green Park’s sandy beachfront area that morphs into a festive winter wonderland.

Jersey City street art

If you and your honey are art lovers, then this one’s right up your “alley”. While it might be easy to miss in your everyday life, all around town are beautiful street art murals painted by Jersey City locals. While you stroll around the city’s busiest spots, duck into alleyways and side streets, or just pay attention to the brick walls to enjoy the community’s larger-than-life outdoor art gallery.