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Top Attractions in Hoboken and Jersey City
Although there are tons of things to do in New York City, there are several attractions in the Garden State that are worth the short trip from the Big Apple—namely in the popular areas Jersey City and Hoboken. In Hoboken, Dorian Cattani, concierge at the W Hoboken, suggests a visit to the Hoboken Historical Museum, housed in the oldest building in Hoboken's waterfront—the former Bethlehem Steel machine shop, now known as the Shipyard. The large space has rotating exhibitions where visitors can learn about the history and culture of the two-mile city. Stop by and check out the museum's upcoming exhibition, Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840-2013, beginning Jan. 27. Continue your historical tour with a stay at the early-20th-century steel hulled Yankee Ferry. The ferry now serves as an intimate hotel, complete with live chickens roaming the deck. To tap into your artistic side, enjoy a leisurely journey to the city's many galleries during Hoboken's Monthly Gallery Walk, which takes place on the third Sunday of each month. From 2 to 6 p.m., galleries and art spaces around the city—ranging from sophisticated to avant-garde—hold special events and receptions highlighting the work of local, regional and international artists.
In Jersey City, the Liberty Science Center is an interactive museum, complete with an IMAX theatre. For those amateur pastry chefs who want tips from an expert, head to The Kitchen, where you can get cake decorating tips from a pro—Buddy Valastro from Hoboken's Carlo's Bakery and star of the TLC reality TV series Cake Boss. For more, click here. Of course, you can always sail the Hudson with a ferry ride from Jersey City's Liberty State Park—complete with a stop at the Statue of Liberty.