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Free Things to Do in Jersey City

Between boozy brunches, eating out, and going to see a movie, concert or show, weekends in the city can leave a pretty deep hole in your pockets.

Sure, some days you’ll be happy to hang out at Jersey City apartments, but others you’ll want to get out and enjoy the city – ideally without breaking the bank. Here are a few things you can do for free this summer near Jersey City apartments at 90 Columbus:

Sip Coffee by the LeFrak Lighthouse

This towering white-and-red-striped lighthouse on a grassy field overlooking the Hudson River is a lovely spot to visit, particularly in the summertime, not too far from the Jersey City apartments at 90 Columbus. Located in the planned community of Newport, the lighthouse is right on the Waterfront Walkway, a popular recreational trail. Get an americano to go at Gregory’s Coffee on the way down and head to the lighthouse with a book or a friend.

Picnic in Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is the shiny emerald of Jersey City, offering ample green space right on the waterfront. This park serves plenty of functions – a ferry terminal, for one – but is also a great place to hang out. Grab a picnic blanket, chairs, and some sandwich spreads and enjoy a picnic in the park this summer. If you want to take your picnic to the next level, bring a portable grill (charcoal only) and cook some skewers on site.

Catch a Flick Outdoors

Once a week all summer long, residents stake out their spot on the grass for complimentary screenings of family-friendly movies. Screening locations include Columbia Park, City Hall, and Hamilton Park. The 2018 films ranged from classics like Space Jam and Ghostbusters to newer flicks like Coco and Despicable Me. In the winter months, free, weekly movie screenings are held at The Heights Branch Library instead.

Visit the Birthplace of Frank Sinatra

If you don’t mind a 10-minute drive from our Jersey City apartments, visit Frank Sinatra’s birthplace in nearby Hoboken. While the building where Sinatra and his family lived was lost to a fire in 1967, the property at 415 Monroe St. is marked by a brick arch. Look for the Walk of Fame-style star in the sidewalk nearby. Walk a few blocks to St. Francis Church, where Sinatra was baptized. Another neighborhood church, St. Ann’s, is supposedly where Sinatra gave his first singing performance. These are just a few of the Hoboken sites that offer a window into the life of The Sultan of Swoon.

City life doesn’t have to mean spending all your hard-earned savings. Jersey City apartments offer proximity to plenty of weekend activities that cost little or nothing. Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy what the city has to offer. Read our blog posts to learn more about things to do while living at Jersey City apartments.