Free and Cheap Date Ideas to Try in Hoboken, New Jersey

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Katherine Oakes

City living is fun, exciting and always an adventure but it isn’t exactly cheap. If you’re looking to tighten your purse strings and enjoy all that Hoboken has to offer with your other half, there plenty of budget-friendly options.

Check out these 11 cheap and free date ideas in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Movies Under the Stars

Pier A hosts free movie screenings that are open to the public every Wednesday night. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and some popcorn and enjoy! Date night complete.

Carlo’s Bakery

Want to do something fun and tasty? This Hoboken-based bakery rose to fame for the impressive confectionery creations and today, you’d be lucky to visit the storefront and only wait in a line for a few minutes. Beat the crowds and schedule a cake decorating class instead and learn the secrets of the Cake Boss himself.


This cozy and romantic restaurant offers early dinner specials throughout the week. For just $19 per person, you can enjoy a three-course meal, Monday–Saturday. Seatings are at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., so make sure you get there on time!

$5 Drinks

If you’re looking for a cheap and delicious cocktail that’s $5 or less, there are plenty of places in Hoboken to go – you just have know where and most importantly, when. A number of high-priced restaurants offer drink specials throughout the week, including The CuBan on Sundays from 3–6 p.m. or The Brass Rail after 11 p.m. Cheers!

Frank Sinatra Sidewalk Star

Hoboken is the birthplace of music, film and culture icon Frank Sinatra and also where he got his start in the 1940s. The city commemorates his life and accomplishments with a bronze sidewalk star. Visiting this spot and walking around the city is a fun way to see the “stars” and the sites of Hoboken.

Yoga on the Pier

The couple who sweats together stays together. Enjoy a free yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday from 7–8 p.m. at Pier A Park near the waterfront. It’s a great way to get outside, get moving and get sweaty!

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesdays are always a cause for celebration and a great option for a cheap date night. Go to Cadillac Cantina’s for $3 tacos and $3 Coronas on tap. At City Bistro, you can feast on three tacos for $10 and a $5 margarita. Cheers!

Waterfront Walkway

Grab your bikes, go for a run or stroll down the waterfront walkway on a beautiful day to take in the New York City skyline and Hudson River. This pedestrian walkway will take you all the way from downtown to uptown and back again, with stops at Pier A, B and C along the way.

Concerts in the Park

Every Thursday evening at the amphitheater during the summer, the city of Hoboken hosts free outdoor concerts. From the Sinatra Idol Contest to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and even a Swing dance show, this a fun, free date night.

Pier 13 Park

An outdoor biergarten complete with food trucks, lawn chairs and movies under the stars, Pier 13 is the ultimate spot to be on a warm summer night with your sweetheart.

$7 Movie Nights

After your Taco Tuesday meal, head over to the Bow Tie Cinemas in town to catch a flick for only $7. It may be a weeknight but you can beat the crowds and finally get to see that film you’ve been wanting watch.

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