Amazing Things to See and Do in Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Katherine Oakes

The seaside city of Asbury Park is a cultural hub full of historic locales, world-famous music venues and clubs, plus more award-winning food and drink establishments than you can pack into a weekend. So, to help you see the heart and soul of this city, we narrowed it down to the top 10 amazing things to see and do in Asbury Park.

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Swan Pedal Boats on Wesley Lake

There is nothing more delightfully cheesy and fun than pedaling your way up and down Asbury’s beautiful Wesley Lake in a giant swan thanks to Asbury Park Pedal Boats. Although the waterway is fairly small, it’s an enjoyable and budget-friendly way to spend some time on the lake with friends and get a unique perspective of Asbury by boat—swan boat.

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Perfect for children of all ages, the Silverball Museum Arcade is just that: a museum and an arcade all in one. They pride themselves on offering over 600 games in their rotation and describe the spot as a “living, breathing and blinking tribute to our pinball and video gaming past.” Plus, the arcade sits right on the boardwalk, so it offers a truly old-school Jersey Shore experience.

Yappy Hour at The Wonder Bar

Calling all dog lovers! When you stop by Asbury’s famous Wonder Bar in the spring and summer, make sure to bring your furry, four-legged friends with you. The beachside bar and music venue opens up their sand-covered outdoor area to owners and their pooches. Just, er, watch where you step.

The Convention Hall

Although it went through a period of hard times from the 1970s–2000s, Asbury Park was once a glamorous destination for wealthy out-of-towners, which is visible in many of its remaining structures that are still in use today, most notably, the Convention Hall. Standing tall and proud on the boardwalk, at the shores of the Atlantic, it is home to the Paramount Theater, various shops, popular restaurants, and other major events throughout the year. Today, Asbury’s Convention Hall is a reminder of days gone by as well as the town’s promising future that lies ahead.

Festhalle & Biergarten Rooftop Bar

You can’t pass through Asbury Park without swinging by the rooftop bar at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. This authentic German biergarten has 41 beers on tap, live music, and a large rooftop bar that overlooks Wesley Lake, the Casino, and some impressive ocean views.

The Stone Pony

Ocean Avenue’s The Stone Pony has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest music venues of all time thanks to the legendary musicians (Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi) and bands (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) it launched in the ’70s and ’80s. It continues to be an important part of Asbury’s music scene, hosting countless nightly shows and drawing huge crowds with its popular Summer Stage series.

North Eats Food Trucks

Discover Asbury’s Northside and visit the North Eats Food Trucks to grab a quick bite as you stroll up and down the boardwalk. From Playa Bowls to the Sand Box and farm-fresh eats at the Green Wagon Market, North Eats has plenty of options that you can enjoy at one of the picnic tables on their outdoor patio under the string lights.

The Casino

Asbury’s famously abandoned casino is a haunting reminder of what the town looked like in its heyday. The Beaux-Arts structure sits at the south end of the boardwalk at the edge of its neighboring town, the historic Ocean Grove. Visitors can still walk through the crumbling building and imagine what it used to be; however, it’s still a favorite attraction as it stands.

Hot Sand

Walk down Asbury’s main drag, Cookman Ave, and you’re likely to notice the beautiful glass pieces in the windows of Hot Sand. Inside, the storefront is split up into both a retail and working studio space where visitors can take glassblowing classes. It’s a unique experience that gives you a feel for the creative scene of Asbury Park.

The Asbury Park Boardwalk

With its colorful characters, unique shops, and beautiful ocean backdrop, the spirit of the Asbury Park Boardwalk is what draws people back time and again.

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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

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