Hoboken may be a small city, but there’s plenty of things to do in the warm weather and all year long. Just stepped out of the PATH train and have nothing to do? Pick one of these Hoboken highlights.
By Samantha Lazarus Bennet.
Frank Sinatra Self-Guided
Hoboken Historical Museum
1200 Hudson Street
Admission (Museum): $2.00, Walking Tour: Free
Enjoy a leisurely walk around Hoboken and learn about the city’s most famous former resident: Frank Sinatra. A brick arch and bronze star is all that’s left at 415 Monroe Street to mark Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthplace, but you can also follow along on the city’s self guided walking tour (click here) to see the schools, homes and social clubs that were part of his life in the 1930’s. The walking tour takes about two hours. After you done with the tour, swing by the Hoboken Historical Museum for more information on the man the city calls “Hoboken’s Gift To The World” as well as additional exhibits about past and present-day Hoboken.
Monroe Art Center
720 Monroe Street
Discover your inner-artist with a glass of wine in your hand. ARTeVINO is an art and wine studio for recreational, BYOB art classes. It’s a fun, social atmosphere where you can create your own version of some of the most famous artistic masterpieces. The studio provides the paint, canvas, brushes as well as guidance from a variety of patient, fun art teachers. It’s a fun activity to do while socializing with your friends over that bottle of wine you’ve been meaning to try. ARTeVINO is located in Hoboken’s Monroe Art Center: home to a variety of artists, photographers and galleries that host Open Studio Tours throughout the year.
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Food and Culture Tour
Call Ahead To Make Reservations: 800-595-4849
Many out-of-towners sign up for this food tour around Hoboken with the hopes of getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ‘Cake Boss’ from Carlo’s Bakery. What they’ll quickly realize is that 1. They’re not going to see Buddy from ‘Cake Boss’ and 2. Hoboken has an authentic, old-world Italian food scene that’s difficult to find anywhere else. On the tour, you’ll make more than a half-dozen stops at mostly family-run specialty stores, and talk with the artisans who roast specialty coffees (Empire Coffee and Team), bake crusty breads in a 1930’s coal-burning brick oven (Antique Bakery) and hand-pull mozzarella (Fiore’s). Come with an empty stomach and stamina – the tour can be almost 3.5 hours in length.
Pilsner Haus Beer Garden
1422 Grand Street
A recent addition to the food and drink scene, Pilsner Haus brings a truly authentic Austro-Hungarian beer garden to Hoboken. Choose from a variety of imported drafts and European craft beers as well as delicious biergarten fare. Pair your beer (served in the half-liter and liter size) with one of their huge Bavarian pretzels served with liptauer cheese and house-made mustard ($11). You’ll say you’re going to share, but you may end up gobbling down the whole thing. Make sure to also swing by the place anytime on Tuesday – that’s when 90% of their menu is half price.
Pier A and Pier C Park
(A): 100 Sinatra Drive
(C): Sinatra Drive near 4th Street
List of All Hoboken Parks:
For a small city, there’s no shortage of green space, playgrounds and parks to hang out and enjoy the nice weather. However, Pier A and Pier C parks shine well above the others because of the breathtaking, postcard-worthy views they offer of downtown Manhattan. Pier A has plenty of lawn space for a picnic and also plays host to many of the free exercise and yoga classes offered during the summer months. All of the “Movies Under the Stars’’ showings also take place there. Pier C park is a tiny oasis basically detached from Hoboken except for a small walking path that has a water play area for small kids as well as other, dryer playground activities that older kids (and adults) will have fun on.