The boardwalk of Asbury Park, New Jersey

We leave Mr. C’s behind, as we move again onto Route 71 south around Deal Lake and into Asbury Park.

Asbury Park has two distinct venues:  The beach scene and the downtown area, which is a mile from the beach.  If you’re interested in fun in the sun, Asbury Park beach and boardwalk is the place for you and your  family to vacation.

You don’t have a family?  It’s okay to go solo to Asbury Park.  This diversified town embraces every race, religion, ethnicity and gender.  It’s the home of Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny who started their  careers at the Stone Pony, where great music is happening every night of the week.  Check this website for the upcoming schedule and musicians who will perform at the Stone Pony.

The Wonder Bar, a block away from the Stone Pony, has additional nighttime  musical entertainment.  Musicians & guest artists always seem to be  popping up at The Wonder Bar making surprise appearances.

Across from the Stone Pony is the Empress Hotel on the boardwalk side of the street.  This is an exciting place with a full bar, restaurant and pool.  The bar is the frequent hangout of gay and lesbians, but every one is welcomed at Club Paradise at the Empress Hotel’s well-stocked lounge bar. Sundays starting Memorial Day begins afternoon T-Dance.

The newly renovated Berkeley Carteret has recently added The Dauphine Restaurant to this magnificent hotel located right across from Asbury’s beachfront.   Also on this list of wonderful places to eat, drink and make merry is McLoone’s Super Club, the first of its kind in New Jersey.   The façade is shaped like the Star Ship Enterprise in flight.  The famous Copacabana in New York City pales in comparison to the inside of  Tim McLoone’s Super Club.

Asbury Park’s beaches have been voted Third Best Beach in New Jersey.  The old carousel is now the home of Revision Theater.  Ride your bike along the boardwalk and feel the ocean breeze in your hair.  Take the kids to the water park or to play miniature golf.

There’s plenty of places to eat and snack along the  boardwalk for ice cream pizza and there are fine restaurants up on the boardwalk too, like Langosta and The Stella Marina.

If you’re looking for nighttime entertainment, hold on to your hat!  Well, especially if it’s breezy out on the boardwalk. There’s always something happening at Asbury Park: dancing, music, theater and shows at the Paramount.

The next stop on our Monmouth County beachfront is Ocean Grove, New Jersey, my home town.  I can’t wait to share it with you.

Photos: Patricia Florio

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