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Home to young professionals, urbanites and families, the square mile of Hoboken has more attractions, restaurants and events than you can pack into one weekend. For those spending a day or two here and wondering what to do, we’ve found the best things to do in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The annual Hoboken Arts and Music Festival features, you guessed it, live music, photography, local vendors such as makers, artists and plenty of food and drink stands. Held on Washington Street on the south end of Hoboken, it’s easily accessible by train, PATH or even the ferry if you’re coming from across the river.
A walking tour of Hoboken isn’t just doable – its the best way to get around in this one square-mile city. Cut down side streets and backstreets with old-world cobblestones, do some window-shopping and grab a bite to fuel up for the rest of your self-guided tour at one of the many bodegas along the way.
Depending on what camp you’re in, SantaCon is either your favorite or most hated time of the year. Hundreds and hundreds of visitors dressed as jolly St Nick descend upon Hoboken with friends in similar garb to enjoy a day of pub crawls, food and merry making. It’s a worldwide event that’s organized independently in different cities and during SantaCon Hoboken is certainly a highlight.
A bi-annual, multi-day event that showcases Hudson County’s best bites, Restaurant Week is a must-see and, er, must-eat event. Taste exclusive dishes and enjoy a few mouthwatering courses from each restaurant for only a fraction of the regular cost. So, make sure you grab a ticket and RSVP because this event sells out fast!
Thanks to its proudly held title of “most bars per capita in America”, Hoboken has over 120 drinking establishments – from dives to bistro-pubs and rooftop bars, there’s really something for everyone. Spend an evening with friends and check out Hoboken’s fun and lively bar scene.
Take a free class at Pier A with one of the instructors from Hoboken’s many local yoga studios. From April through August, you can get your “Om” on with a fun and flowy vinyasa class outside. For those warm summer evenings, we recommend the sunset yoga class.
Now, not that we’re encouraging you to leave Hoboken, but a ferry ride around Manhattan and back, of course, is certainly worthwhile. Its convenient waterfront location makes it easy to see the sights both on and off land. So, be sure to take just a quick ride and come right back to keep enjoying Hoboken.
Hailing from the early 1900s, the opulent Beaux-Arts architecture was a popular design at the time and many of New Jersey’s buildings, including the Hoboken Terminal and City Hall were created in this style. Visiting these spots shows off the charming old-world look and feel of the Beaux-Arts era and a look back into the grand history of Hoboken.
Tony Soprano, Frank Sinatra … New Jersey is famous for its Italian heritage and Hoboken is the spot for to celebrate it. The popular Italian Festival is a huge cultural event that brings Italians and non-Italians together with amusement rides, fireworks, live music and everyone’s favorite part, “The Feast”.
Hoboken is chock-full of boutiques, gift shops and popular retail stores that are all within walking distance of one another (and the bodegas, naturally) on Washington Avenue. Check out local faves like the Hudson Paperie, the Washington General Store, Peper & Parlor just to name a few. No shopping trip is complete without a lunch at a local bistro nearby, so make sure you find somewhere yummy to fuel up.