In a contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium in 2008, the Asbury Park beach was ranked as the sixth best in the Garden State. This Top 10 beaches in New Jersey contest from 2008 is slightly dated and not terribly impressive, but this summer (2017) Asbury Park was rated as one of the top 13 beach destinations for tourists in the US. Asbury is a very good destination for the beach and surfing as well as hitting the theatre, walking the boardwalk, eating and shopping. In general, its a good beach spot for your summer vacation.
Along the boardwalk, visitors will enjoy a thriving and exciting atmosphere created by a lot of new buildings, including an art gallery, surf shop, arcade and pottery store. Of course, there are plentiful food options from fancy to greasy burgers. A unique and entertaining experience is the glass studio. How many other boardwalks allow you to create things from glass? The arcade is actually a living museum, the Silver Ball Museum. You can check out hundreds of antique pinball machines and give them a shot.
Where is Asbury Park? 40°22′N 74°01′W
Asbury Park Music and the Beach
Considered a hot spot for rockers, since the 1973 release of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J, especially the “subgenre of rock and roll known as the Jersey Shore sound, which is infused with Rhythm and Blues”. The famed Stone Pony is on the Asbury Park beach. The doors opened in 1974 and has been a jumping off point for a number of bands and performers over the years.
Located on the Jersey Shore, Asbury is a city in Monmouth County and is considered part of the New York City Metro Area. The population in the 2010 census was slightly more than 16,100. The number of residents has declined by about 4% which most likely is reflective by the growth of people renting out places by the day.
An act of the New Jersey state legislature originally incorporated Asbury Park as a borough in 1874 from portions of Ocean Township.
one of top 13 beach destinations for tourists to visit this summer.
Found on the central coast of New Jersey, the seaside community of Asbury Park was named after the Methodist Episcopal Church’s first American bishop of the in the United States, Francis Asbury. The New York brush manufacturer, James A. Bradley, in 1871 developed Asbury Park as a residential resort to cater to the beach vacation needs of the big city.
This beach town claims that its mile of sand has been “drawing surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, fishers, and people-watchers for centuries”. That might be overstating things slightly, but the there are currently events all year long, including even Jazz and Oyster Festivals.
The storied history of the Asbury Park beaches even includes the New York Yankees. In 1943, the Yankees held their spring training in Asbury due to the WW2 requiring conservation of rail transportation. Instead of traveling to Florida, the Yankees stayed close to home and went on to win 98 games and win the World Series.
Besides the Yankees and Bruce Springsteen a number of other showman frequented Asbury including: Bon Jovi, The Clash, The Ramones, Patti Smith and Count Basie and many others.
Beach badges are required on your summer vacation. That is pretty lame, but the cost won’t kill you. If you are philosophically opposed to paying, you can go after hours. From 9am, there are badge checkers until 5pm during the week or 6 on weekends. From Memorial Day until Labor Day you need a badge. While you can get around it, its probably easier to just pay the annoyance and enjoy the wonderful beaches.
There are outdoor showers and restroom facilities. With luck, you can find free parking. If not, no big deal. Just pay for a lot.
Happening Place on the Shore
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