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8 Things to Do in Hoboken, NJ

Eateries, parks, ferry rides highlight the community

By Kevin Litwin on August 13, 2016

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Known largely as the hometown of Frank Sinatra, Hoboken has an array of places to visit and interesting things to do, such as the following:

1. Pier A Park

Enjoy an afternoon or early evening picnic at Pier A Park or Pier C Park, which are located along Frank Sinatra Drive. Both outdoor destinations are favorites of residents and tourists because they offer amazing views of downtown Manhattan, and each has a walking path and small playground.

2. Hudson Shakespeare Company

Since 1992, Hudson Shakespeare Company has staged a free Shakespeare production each month throughout the summer at Frank Sinatra Park. Every month features a special “Shakespeare Monday,” with performances that in the past have included Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear and Julius Caesar.

3. Maxwell’s Tavern

A demand in the 1990s for a neighborhood tavern and music club resulted in Maxwell’s Tavern, which actually served as only a restaurant for decades prior to its transformation. Maxwell’s is now a top rock music venue that also focuses on good food, low-priced drinks and a fun gathering place.

4. Take Frank’s Tour

Take a stroll around Hoboken during a Frank Sinatra Self-Guided Walking Tour that starts at Hoboken Historical Museum. A tour map is available at the museum and the walk takes about two hours, passing attractions like the schools, homes and social clubs associated with Hoboken’s most famous resident.

5. Eat Cake

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Carlo’s Bake Shop is featured in the TLC reality show Cake Boss, and the popularity of the program has resulted in increased business for the bake shop as well as increased tourism to the Hoboken area. Items for sale at Carlo’s include pastries, birthday cakes, wedding cakes and other specialties. Photo – https://www.flickr.com/photos/baseballoogie/

6. Ride the Ferry

Hoboken Terminal is a major transportation hub, and one of its options is ferry service to New York City. Commuters or tourists can access Manhattan by taking a ferry either to Battery Park or Pier 11 at Wall Street. Boat rides occur often throughout the weekdays and on Saturdays.

7. Bring Your Appetite

Taste authentic old-world Italian food by participating in a Mangia Hoboken! Food & Culture Tour. The guided driving excursion lasts 3 1/2 hours with stops at a half-dozen family-run stores that make items like specialty coffees, hand-pulled mozzarella for pizzas, and crusty fresh bread in coal-burning ovens.

8. Raise a Glass

An authentic Austro-Hungarian beer garden is Pilsener Haus, which features a variety of imported drafts and European craft beers as well as interesting beer garden food. Beer is served in half-liter and liter-sized frosted mugs, and menu items include large Bavarian pretzels, steamed beer mussels and wiener schnitzel.

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