Hoboken packs a whole lot of history into its 1 square mile. And whether you’re a die-hard foodie or a creative soul looking to enjoy the arts, there’s a lot to do and explore. Learn about our top 10 favorite things to do in Hoboken and the best way to discover the New Jersey city’s rich culture below.
Visit Frank Sinatra’s birthplace. Although the original tenement building is no longer there, a bronze star at 415 Monroe St. marks the spot. Pick up a Frank Sinatra self-guided walking tour at the Hoboken Historical Museum (which is a great place to explore even more rich Hoboken history).
Bring your appetite and walking shoes to the Mangia Hoboken! food and culture tour. You’ll learn about some unique Hoboken history and sample delicious foods – like freshly baked Italian bread and homemade mozzarella cheese.
Pizza your way through Hoboken and visit some of the best spots for a slice in town. The Hoboken outpost of Brooklyn’s famous Grimaldi’s makes its own mozzarella cheese for its coal-fired pies, while Tony Boloney’s has some delicious one-of-a-kind creations. And Benny Tudino’s has the largest slice around!
Take in a perfect view of the Manhattan skyline and enjoy traditional Italian fare at the Blue Eyes Restaurant and Cafe. And make sure you leave enough room for dessert – you’ll definitely want to try some cannoli and dessert coffees.
One of of the best things to do in Hoboken is to take in the arts scene. You can catch different shows and events at the Mile Square Theatre or take a BYOB painting class with ARTeVINO at the Monroe Center. There’s also live music and open mic nights at Maxwell’s.
Visit the Barsky Gallery to enjoy more art. You’ll find beautiful contemporary artwork from both the city’s local talent, as well as emerging and established artists from around the world.
Stroll along Washington Street to get your fill of unique shops, vintage boutiques, world-class restaurants, delis and bars. Washington Street is also home to Carlo’s Bake Shop – famous from the TLC series “Cake Boss.” Spend a few hours shopping and the treat yourself to some delicious sweets.
Go kayaking on the Hudson – for free! – and enjoy some sun as you explore the river and city. It’s a lot of fun and great exercise.
Sprawl out on the great lawn at Pier A Park and sunbathe with the locals on summer weekends. You can also watch movies under the stars with friends and family all summer long.
Enjoy more stunning views of Hoboken and the Manhattan skyline at Castle Point Lookout on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. At 100 feet tall, it’s the highest point in the city.
Now that you know that there are plenty of things to do in Hoboken, check out lodging options in the area to start planning a quick getaway. Click here to find and book great hotels in Hoboken or call 800-873-8283 to speak to a travel counselor.
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