This past weekend I coaxed my husband to visit a place we haven’t visited in awhile–Hoboken. I was tiring of the same old playgrounds near us and since the weather was beautiful we ventured out after doing some housework. 

When I was single and we were first starting to date I lived in Hoboken and it’s always brought back fond memories. Now, I was surprised to see how many strollers were in sight. Back in the day they were a rarity. And, there were a ton of new restaurants–such as a falafel joint (or two) and a vegan food truck I saw profiled on the Cooking channel. I always get a little carsick driving down Washington Street because I’m trying to decide what I want to eat. 

First, we picked up some fast food for the kids and then hit an oldie but a goodie: La Isla. One of the best Cuban places around. Hubby got the Lechon (roast pork over rice) special and I got the arroz con pollo. I thought the pork was so delish and ended up stealing some. The rice was perfect in my dish but the chicken a bit on the dry side. Both cost no more than $10-$11 each. What a steal!

We took our food to go and headed over to the waterfront area. I was thinking of picnicking on the long stretch near the path station but we couldn’t find a spot there so kept driving down Frank Sinatra Drive. Luckily we found a spot pretty quickly and it was close to a pretty awesome playground called Pier C Park. After scarfing down our lunch, we took the kiddies over there. (bonus tip: you get such a big portion at La Isla that we finished ours for dinner later that night!)

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It reminded me of the playgrounds in Brooklyn. It has more of an old fashioned feel–natural wood and a tin slide with swaying trees around it. The toddler section was really cute with a sandbox area and lots of unique play equipment. Be sure to bring extra clothes for your little one as he WILL get messy 🙂 It was the first time our 2 year old experienced sand and he was loving the feeling of burying his feet in it! Very cute. The slide in the kids section is very long and I was worried my older kids would be scared but they got a real rush from it and must have rode it over 20 times. 

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It gets very windy since it’s near the water so be sure to bring sweaters for yourself and the kiddies. I was amazed at how crowded Hoboken has gotten–people must be drawn to the great restaurants and easygoing waterfront scene. I definitely felt like I got a taste of the city without having to pay a toll and brave traffic. 

So, why not try something different and check out Hoboken one of these spring weekends? I think you’ll like it!

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Note: Parking costs $2 for 2 hours time along Frank Sinatra Drive. You can use your credit card. 

Location: Between 3rd Street and 4th Street off Frank Sinatra Drive. 

Another review in Hoboken Patch: here

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