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10 Easy-to-Do {Summer Day Trips} From Hoboken

The beautiful skyline, bustling bars and global eateries in Hoboken are enough to keep most people busy during their summer days — but if the travel bug hits, and you don’t want to break the bank or use up any vacation days, then there are plenty of opportunities for day trips outside of the Mile Square.

1. The Jersey Shore

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There are few things that sea, sun and sand can’t cure. The Jersey Shore is a perfect little getaway if you don’t have much time to dedicate to travel. Asbury Park is 1 hour by car (less than 2 hours by train) and filled with seemingly endless beaches, beach bars and restaurants. There is even a 1.5-hour bus from the CVS on Washington Street in Hoboken directly to Manasquan. Other modes of travel to the Shore include train service from Hoboken Terminal or Ferry Service to Atlantic Highlands from Manhattan.

2. Fire Island

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Fire Island is part of the New York seashore, and it’s awesome! Best part; you don’t even need a car for this journey. From Hoboken, simply take the PATH to Penn Station where you will hop on the LIRR to Bay Shore. At the Bay Shore train station, take a 5-minute cab ride (or a 15 minute walk if you only have a towel and a cooler) to the Fire Island Ferry Terminal. From there, hop on a glorious ferry that takes you to a land that feels a million miles away. With its lack of cars, awesome beaches, delicious restaurants, fun bars and super laid back attitude — it’ll be well worth the journey from Hoboken.

3. Coney Island

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Considered to have become one of the best beaches in New York City, Coney Island offers a range of things to do during the summer. The site of the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, this summer destination is an easy day trip from midtown Manhattan. Just take the D, Q, N, or F subway to Stillwell Avenue. Between movie nights, concerts, and the Mermaid Parade, there is no shortage of entertainment.

4. Hunter Mountain/Bear Mountain

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If beaches aren’t your thing, head to the mountains! Take a luxurious train ride to Bear or Hunter Mountain and enjoy music festivals, food festivals and much more!

5. Action Park/Great Adventure

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Get your chills from the icy mountain water rides at Action Park, or get your thrills from the spiraling roller coasters at Great Adventure! Both adventure parks offer a day full of fun for the whole family, and they are both less than 2 hours from Hoboken. Get a Zip Car, grab a car service or just promise your friend with a car the front row on every ride if they will make the drive with you.

6. Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island

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Most people go their whole lives living in this area and haven’t stepped foot on Ellis Island — don’t be most people! Take the PATH or the Light Rail to Liberty State Park and hop on a ferry to Ellis Island and/or the Statue of Liberty. If you think the views of the Statue of Liberty are awesome from land, think of how great they will be from a boat!

7. Philadelphia


The City of Brotherly love is only a 2-hour train, bus or car ride down the NJ Turnpike. Once there, climb the Rocky Steps; eat a cheesesteak (from Jim’s Steaks) and see how big the Liberty Bell really is. You could take a walk down Walnut Street and check out the beautiful UPenn Campus as well as plenty of great bars, restaurants and shops.

8. Hudson River Valley


If you’re looking for some fun hikes with great views, then head to the Hudson River Valley. Storm King State Park; Palisades Interstate Park and Harriman State Park all offer great hikes, vantage points and are less than an hour away from Hoboken.

9. Delaware River

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Looking to cool down? The Delaware River offers great whitewater rafting and tubing adventures. HHH Contributor Lindsay Steidl (pictured floating above) used Sourced Adventures, and the trip included everything from a ride to/from a designated location and a raft. There are plenty of companies that offer packages that even include brewery tours and yoga along the river.

10. Wine Tasting on Long Island

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Long Island wine tours are a great way to literally get a taste of what the New York area has to offer. The vineyards are beautiful and have tastes of everything from reds to whites to pinks. Many companies offer day trips with transportation, lunch and visits to several vineyards. Or, if you’re feeling super fancy — get a few of your friends and rent a limo or party bus and make your own list of vineyards to visit.

The summer is a great time to enjoy what our local area has to offer. Hoboken is so accessible with it’s various modes of transportation right at Hoboken Terminal, so there’s no reason to not leave town for a few hours to enjoy a different view!

Written by Joanne Kornelli

Joanne is a born and raised Jersey girl, that loves The Shore and her jean jacket. When she’s not producing video magic at her 9 to 5, she’s crossing off locations on her “Places I Want to Visit” list. One of her favorite travel memories is when she cried at the sight of the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Because that’s what happens when all your High School AP Environmental Science dreams come true.