Summertime means getting outside and enjoying the sunshine, preferably with a refreshing beverage in hand. In Hoboken, New Jersey, the “Mile Square City,” that means heading over to Pier 13. With food trucks, fun drinks, and incredible views of the New York City skyline, it’s hard to beat!
Pier 13 stretches out into the Hudson River on the north end of Hoboken. It’s a bit unassuming if you merely walk by it on a stroll of the waterfront, but once you walk out onto it, everything changes.
At the front of the pier, you’ll encounter that day’s food trucks. Pier 13 has a pretty great “collection” of food trucks that change and rotate day-to-day. My favorites include the Dark Side of the Moo (burgers, wings, tacos), Amanda Bananas (banana-based ice cream!), and Carnivale (stuffed donuts!). There’s generally at least five options to choose from, unless you happen to go during their monthly Food Truck Frenzy, when ALL the food trucks come to share their deliciousness! It’s quite an event!
After the food trucks comes the booze! If you want to drink, you’ll have to get a wristband as you walk farther down to the pier toward the water. Here, you’ll encounter the drink stations. There are two structures on the pier that serve alcohol – one is more geared toward cocktails and the other is a bit more beer-centric. Pier 13 is home to all sorts of fantastic drinks! You can get a “beach ball” or a “party pail” to bring out into the seating area with you. I personally enjoy their spiked lemonade and Arnold Palmer beverages – super refreshing on a hot day!
Once you grab your drinks, grab a seat! The remaining stretch of the pier is devoted to casual and relaxed grass-carpeted seating. These brightly colored lawn chairs are perfect for sitting back and enjoying your food, drink, and friends. Around 5pm each day, the crowd on the pier switches over from moms-with-their-kids-enjoying-the-sunshine-and-booze to young-and-hip-twenty-somethings-getting-a-drink-after-work. It’s a great place to head with friends and coworkers to unwind from the day’s work grind!
Of course, you can’t talk about Pier 13 without mentioning the stunning views. New York City serves as the scenic backdrop, with the iconic Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Freedom Tower taking center stage. Even if you go it alone to Pier 13, enjoy your drink and just take in the incredible sights!
Pier 13 is always hosting fun events ranging from movie nights and painting classes, to silent dance parties and mini golfing. There’s also boating and water activities available from the pier, too, if you’re looking for something that gets you off the concrete and into the waves. Summer is the perfect time to try paddle boarding and kayaking!
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Happy travels and happy summer!