For a one-square-mile town, Hoboken is bustling with character and excitement. This waterfront oasis, just a stone’s throw (and quick train, bus, or ferry ride) from Midtown Manhattan, offers everything from dining and sunbathing to kayaking and jet skiing—all with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. In fact, if you really want to soak up that city skyline, stay at the posh and city-view W Hotel, located right on the Hoboken waterfront.
Hoboken’s charm may start with the breathtaking waterfront, but it’s spread across the entire city. The main drag, Washington Street, is lined with small boutiques and family-owned restaurants. Try local favorites like brunch at Amanda’s or dinner at The Cuban for a taste of the vibrant flavors this community has to offer.
And the attractions don’t stop there. For art lovers, Hoboken boasts everything from Artist Studio tours to the Barsky Gallery, which champions local contemporary art. History buffs can take a spin through the Hoboken Historical Museum or the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, while photographers can snap away with unparalleled Manhattan vantage points everywhere from Pier A Park to Castle Point Lookout.
Not sure where to start? Try our hand-crafted Hoboken walking tour, which offers a self-guided stroll through this historic gem. To access the Hoboken walking tour, text “Hudson” to 56512 or follow this link. We also have our half-day “A Walk in Sinatra’s Shoes” self-guided tour, so you can pay homage to Hoboken-born music star Frank Sinatra.
5 Reasons to Visit Hoboken
- Check out those NYC Views: Few NYC viewpoints can match the Hoboken waterfront walkway. This paved, quiet path has piers and vantage points with views from the George Washington Bridge all the way to the Verrazano. Plus, you can bike, walk, run, or roller skate while enjoying these views, too.
- Go Shopping: Boutiques abound across Hoboken’s famed Washington Street and beyond. Whether you’re seeking home goods at West Elm, wardrobe upgrades at Dor L’Dor, or a local bookstore like Little City Bookstore, you can find all of it—and plenty more—throughout Hoboken.
- Try a New Watersport: Kayak on the Hudson River for free at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse or try your hand at standup paddle boarding or jet skiing from Pier 13. The Hoboken waterfront is full of aquatic adventures!
- Eat, eat, and eat some more: From the annual Food Truck Frenzy at Pier 13 in uptown to the James Beard-nominated bites at Latin American favorite Cucharamama, it’s hard to go wrong with a Hoboken meal.
- Work Out with a View: In the summer, outdoor yoga, Pilates, barre, and aerobics classes are available everywhere from Pier A Park to Elysian Field. Talk about workout with a view!