The Ultimate Guide to Living in Hoboken

Welcome to Hoboken, where history meets modernity and family adventures await. This vibrant city along the Hudson River is a perfect blend of old-world charm and lively diversity. From picturesque neighborhoods and inviting parks to exciting festivals and engaging activities for kids, living in Hoboken offers endless possibilities for families with young children. Join us as we embark on a journey through this captivating town, uncovering its treasures and discovering why it’s the ultimate haven for families seeking joy, community, and unforgettable memories.


Things to do in Hoboken

Hoboken is the perfect place to settle if you are looking for a tight-knit community. It is in close proximity to the grandeur of Manhattan but still creates a small-town relaxing atmosphere without carrying over the stress and busyness that New York exudes.

Table of Contents

1. Neighborhoods

2. Parks

3. Transportation

4. Festivals and Events

5. Activities

6. French Expat

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Top Neighborhoods to live in Hoboken

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Downtown Hoboken

Hoboken’s Downtown neighborhood is a bustling area known for its vibrant atmosphere and lively commercial scene. It offers a diverse mix of restaurants, bars, and shops, making it a popular choice for those seeking a vibrant urban lifestyle. The streets are bustling with activity, particularly along Washington Street, which is known for its bustling nightlife. Downtown also features historic brownstones and easy access to transportation.

Uptown Hoboken

Located in the northern part of Hoboken, Uptown offers a more residential and relaxed atmosphere compared to Downtown. It is known for its tree-lined streets, spacious parks, and stunning waterfront views. Uptown also has a mix of shops and restaurants, with a slightly quieter ambiance compared to the bustling downtown area.


Positioned between Downtown and Uptown, Midtown provides a convenient location with a blend of residential and commercial spaces. It offers a balance between the energy of Downtown and the tranquility of Uptown. Midtown has a variety of housing options, including brownstones and high-rise apartments, along with a range of amenities such as restaurants, cafes, and local shops.

Western Edge

The Western Edge of Hoboken is characterized by its proximity to the city’s border and the presence of open spaces. Residents of the Western Edge enjoy proximity to open spaces and parks, including Columbus Park and Stevens Park, which offer recreational opportunities. Housing options in this neighborhood range from townhouses to apartment buildings. The Western Edge is an excellent choice for those seeking a quieter and more laid-back lifestyle while still being within reach of urban amenities.

North End

Hoboken’s North End is a dynamic neighborhood on the rise, experiencing significant development and transformation. It offers a mix of modern residential and commercial spaces, attracting individuals and families seeking a contemporary living environment. The North End is known for its sleek architecture, with new high-rise buildings and stylish townhouses that provide a fresh and modern aesthetic.

As a parent, ensuring your children stay active and happy is important. However, it can sometimes be challenging to discover engaging and creative activities that maintain their interest. To assist you, we created an extensive list of options, including kid-friendly parks, exciting festivals, and events that promise enjoyment for the entire family.

Best Parks to Bring your Children to in Hoboken

Waterfront Parks in Hoboken

Waterfront Parks

Pier C Park

Enjoy a panoramic view from Pier C’s viewpoint as well as play areas for your children.

Sinatra Park

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Still along the Hudson River boardwalk, see Frank Sinatra’s Statue or play a quick game of soccer with a view on Manhattan

Pier A Pergola Hoboken

3 min walk to NJ Transit station, Equipped with a gazebo and benches as well as a fountain to cool off during hot summer days

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Not a park but enjoy a nice stroll with the best view of Manhattan in the tri-state area

Maxwell Place Park

Located along the waterfront, Maxwell Place Park offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River. It features a spacious green area, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a children’s playground.

Harborside Park 

Situated near the Hoboken Terminal, Harborside Park is a vibrant urban park with a modern feel. It offers a mix of recreational amenities, including basketball and tennis courts, a waterfront promenade, and a splash pad for children.

Other Family-Friendly Parks in Hoboken

Elysian Park

Nestled in the heart of Hoboken, Elysian Park is a charming green space with a rich history. It features tree-lined paths, open fields, and a gazebo. Elysian Park is known for its community events and festivals, including art fairs and outdoor concerts.

Stevens Park

Situated near Stevens Institute of Technology, Stevens Park is a small yet picturesque park. It offers a well-maintained gardens, benches, and a fountain.

Madison Park

Located in the southwest corner of Hoboken, Madison Park is a neighborhood park with a family-friendly vibe. It features a playground, basketball court, and open green spaces for recreational activities.

Columbus Park

Situated near the Hoboken PATH station, Columbus Park is a bustling urban park with a central location. It offers a variety of amenities, including sports fields, a playground, and a gazebo.

Hoboken Transportation


Although Hoboken is quite small compared to its surrounding cities, there are still many forms of transportation that can help you get around in and out of the city.

NJ Transit Hoboken Terminal

This train station is essential to getting around throughout Jersey. It has 8 lines coming in and outbound everyday. These are: Atlantic City, Main-Bergen County, Boonton, Morris and Essex, Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Pascack Valley, Raritan Valley.

PATH Station

The PATH service has 4 different routes leaving from Hoboken to 33rd Street, Hoboken to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd, Newark-Penn Station to World Trade Center. It operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The fare is $2.75.

Light Rail

The only line that passes through Hoboken is the Hudson-bergen light rail which connects Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and Union City. A ticket is $2.25 and the train operates from 5am-1am daily.

Citi Bike

Check the map to see where bike stations are located. Click here for fares.

Bus – The Hop

A free operating shuttle service throughout Hoboken from 7:30am to 7:30pm Monday-Friday → The Passio Go application and website allows you to see where each bus is in real-time as well as its passenger load. 

Getting to NYC from Hoboken

Hoboken Ferry

You have multiple options in order to get to NY. Most people opt for the ferry which leaves from the Hoboken terminal and goes downtown and midtown. Fares vary but start at $7 for an adult single trip.

PATH Train

You can also take the PATH service which goes to 33rd street or the World Trade Center from Hoboken, the WTC schedule may differ on weekends.

Hoboken Train

Another option is taking the train to Secaucus then the express train to Penn Station.

By Car

Finally, if you are driving, the best option is to take the Holland Tunnel for $12.75 one way.

Family Friendly Festivals and Events

Chili Cook Off + Craft Beer Contest – March

The cook-off presents a chance for chili connoisseurs and brewing experts to showcase their talents, all while supporting the mentoring organization, TRUE Mentors, through fundraising efforts.

Hoboken Arts + Music Festival – May + September

Over 300 artists and crafters exhibit their work along Washington Street, walk along the promenade to discover some amazing small businesses and food stands.

Memorial Day Parade – May

Hoboken’s 123rd Memorial Day Parade on Washington Street!

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour – June

Discover the Mile Square’s beautiful private gardens. A true show of Hoboken’s diversity featuring English cottage gardens, Japanese Zen gardens, a Moroccan courtyard, and much more.

St. Ann’s – July

St. Ann’s Festival in Hoboken is a lively Italian street festival held in July, featuring religious processions, music, rides, games, and delicious Italian food. Most known for the zeppoles (a delicious fried Italian pastry) which has gained a large fanbase each year

Hoboken Wellness Crawl – August

The Hoboken Wellness Crawl in August is a community event promoting health and well-being, featuring local wellness businesses and activities. Engage in fitness classes, receive wellness treatments and discover how to prioritize your well-being!

Bark in the Park – September

The largest pet festival in Hudson County. Enjoy an animal-friendly event which brings animal-lovers together for an exciting day with food and local vendors.

Hoboken Italian Festival – September

With a rich history spanning over eight decades, this beloved local festival draws its inspiration from a 600-year-old Italian tradition. Situated on Sinatra Drive, the festival captivates attendees with its authentic Italian cuisine, captivating live performances, and a vibrant array of local vendors.

Ragamuffin Parade – October

The Ragamuffin Parade in Hoboken is a lively event held in October. It is a beloved tradition where children dress up in colorful and creative costumes, parading through the streets of Hoboken.

Best Activities in Hoboken for Your children

Things to do in Hoboken

Kayaking at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse

All volunteer non-profit organization → free paddle and kayak days

Hoboken Historical Museum

Admission is $5, open 6 days a week. Also check out the Fire Department Museum to get your kids photo op in the driver’s seat of a fire truck by retired firemen who assembled the collection.

Check THIS website to discover the rich history of the small Mile Square

Movie Under the Stars

Every Wednesday night in the summer, check out Movie Under the Stars at Pier A.

Mommy & Me – French American Academy mommy/daddy & me classes

Catch a movie!

AMC Newport Centre, Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Regal Battery Park are the closest cinemas with the widest range of movies

Are you a French expat? Check out these websites to help you adapt to living in Jersey City

French school in Hoboken

Facebook group “Francais d’Hoboken et de Jersey City

Websites that help you find other french expats through meet ups

Hoboken girl is a great website to welcome newcomers to Hoboken

Resources and Extra Info

Some Resources for New Parents in Hoboken

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