The full heat of summer has finally arrived! Meaning, the amount of nights out, brunching and grabbing “just a quick drink” will quickly skyrocket. Not to mention vacations, beach trips, food festivals and rooftop outings. When your wallet is feeling emptier than normal, you can scale back without sacrificing your social life. Here’s a list of 11 FREE things to do in Hoboken.
1) Movies Under the Stars
A summer classic in Hoboken, head over to Pier A to watch movies outside every Wednesday night. Some of the best movie picks this season are The Lego Movie, Frozen and Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Bring a blanket or low-folding chair, snacks, beverages and get comfy. While alcohol isn’t allowed, we’re fairly suspicious that so many people are drinking “coffee” on a hot summer night. Fair warning – there are expensive fines for anyone with alcohol. View the full movie schedule here.
2) Lounge at Urban Beach
Nicknamed “Urban Beach” this sand-filled spot boasts oversized white lounge chairs and beach umbrellas for a lazy day of sunbathing with views of Manhattan. If you start overheating – run through the kids fountain or take a spin on the carousel. This spot is located right behind the Hoboken Terminal Light Rail stop. Just follow the pedestrian walkway behind the Light Rail and enter a new, beachy dimension. Get directions to the place officially called Newport Green Park, but affectionately referred to as the “Urban Beach”.
3) Go Kayaking or Paddle Boarding
Looking for something to do after brunch? Tone your muscles and get some color for FREE99 courtesy of the Hoboken Cove Boathouse. Choose between kayaking or paddle boarding. Open almost every Saturday of the Summer. No reservations required. Click here to view their summer schedule.
4) Finger Lick’n Good Food Samples
Nothing is better than free food! Walk around the Hoboken summer festivals and farmers markets to sample away at goodies like dips, homemade salsas, bakery breads, kettle corn and pickles. If you taste something incredible – then break out the dough to support our local businesses.
5) Get the Perfect Manhattan Skyline Selfie
Some of the most ridiculous things in life are also pretty fun. In this case, enjoy a self-indulgent moment and take a perfectly snapped selfie along the waterfront. Not only will this up the number of “likes” you get on Facebook (you know you check), but you can also update your poorly cropped LinkedIn picture for a more “debonair”, worldly look.
6) Visit Frank Sinatra’s Birthplace
Frank Sinatra was an amazing talent with an appreciation for going out, dames and good whiskey. Born in 1915, the hollywood legend grew up in Hoboken and became a raging success by the 1940s. There’s a hollywood star in Hoboken commemorating Frank Sinatra’s birth place outside of 415 Monroe Street. Raise a glass and toast ol’ blue eyes, famously quoted for saying, “I feel sorry for people that don’t drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day.”
7) Sunbathe at Pier A, B & C
Just kidding – there is no Pier B! Dig out the swim trunks and bikinis for a marvelous day of tanning at one of Hoboken’s sunny piers. Pier A has a spacious, open grassy area making it a perfect spot to lay out. Pier C is smaller, but still has some nice grassy hills for sunbathing and as a bonus, is usually less crowded. Don’t forget the sunblock!
8) Wine & Liquor Tastings @ Sparrow’s
Sparrow’s Wine & Liquor, holds weekly tasting events which are usually held Thursday evenings, though the times and dates may vary. Try samples of wine, gin, whiskey or whatever they have on special for the week. The tastings are fairly casual, with a foldout table hosting all of the goods, so don’t worry if you can’t perfectly swirl your wine and detect the subtle hints of tropical fruits. View their tasting events calendar through their Facebook page.
9) Outdoor Concert Series
The city of Hoboken has a free outdoor concert series that spans the entire Summer. The events range from a Sinatra Idol contest to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to alternative rock. View the events page for more details.
10) Yoga at Pier A
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8pm there is free yoga at Pier A Park. Bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water and de-stress while enjoying the beautiful skyline views.
11) Help Set a World Record!
Dylan’s Guitar Bar, will try to set a world record for the most people playing one song at the same time on July 24th! The event will fittingly be hosted at Sinatra Park in Hoboken and all acoustic instruments are welcome, including the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. This year’s set list is “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Heroes” by David Bowie and “Sweet Jane” by The Velvet Underground. Even if you’re a beginner at guitar, you can learn the songs with their various YouTube tutorials. Visit their Facebook event page for regular updates.