• Things to Do in Asbury Park {Jersey Shore Weekend Getaway}

    While it’s not the official start of summer yet, we can’t help but get excited and start planning *many* trips down to the Jersey Shore {and beyond}. The food, the beaches, the fun, crazy crowd — nothing beats a weekend DTS, and believe it or not, each shore point is completely different from one another. This week, we’re shining the light on Asbury Park, a Jersey Shore destination that changes your typical day-trip to the beach to a full-blown cultural experience. Read on to start your planning:

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    The town melds the new with the old such as The Asbury, a new hotel with the salvaged marquee of the Baronet Theater, complete with retro-throwbacks like a popcorn machine and a rooftop movie theater overlooking the ocean. There’s tons of room to spread out, large shaded sections of the beach if you want to read, and there are numerous options for food, drinks, shopping, live music and even unique activities like glass blowing.

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    To make Asbury even better, it’s only an hour and ride on NJ Transit from Penn Station — and you know we love convenience. Listen to a live band perform covers of Led Zeppelin, eat nachos, drink a rum punch bucket, and watch the sunset over a rock formation is a great way to spend a Saturday night.

    Getting There:

    Grab a coffee, some sunscreen {+ all your beach gear}, and head over to Penn Station. In an hour and a half, you’ll be in Asbury Park. Trains run every half hour on the weekend — check out the NJ transit trip planner to plan your trip.

    Accommodations/Hotel Picks:

    The Asbury Hotel {210 5th Avenue}

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    The perfection staycation destination, The Asbury is located two blocks from Asbury beach/boardwalk. With a mixture of Victorian meets rock-n-roll meets new wave, the hotel has something for everyone. If you’re into soaking up rays by the pool, rocking out to live music, getting your early-morning yoga on, or catching an outdoor movie at the rooftop lounge, Salvation, The Asbury Hotel has you covered. Rates start at $125 per night for a standard queen room.

    Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel  {1401 Ocean Avenue}

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    A classic landmark within the Asbury Park community, the Berkeley was designed by the Beaux Arts architect Whitney Warren with classic Victorian details in a modernized luxurious space. A stone’s throw away from the Asbury Park boardwalk and the iconic music venue, the Stone Pony, expect panoramic views of the beach from your mini vacation getaway. The hotel also has a tiki bar and private cabanas to get you into full-on relaxation mode. Rates start at $199 for a standard king room.

    Where to Eat + Drink:

    Mogo {632 Cookman Ave}

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    If you have a craving for tacos {who doesn’t after frolicking in the sun all day?!}, Mogo is your place. Get the tofu taco {vegetarians rejoice}, the baki cheesesteak, or the pork bowl with kimichi, and you won’t be disappointed.  They have two locations –— a stand on the Asbury Park boardwalk and a restaurant on Cookman Ave.

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    Taula’s {550 Cookman Ave #108}

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    Talula’s is a restaurant where you can find locally-sourced ingredients, homemade baked goods/bread, and Sunday brunch until 4:00PM. The environment is the perfect brunch spot, with a large marble bar, view of the wood-burning oven, and outdoor seating. Get the Bloody Mary, which is a mixture of beets and tomatoes, and the sourdough strata which is like a savory French toast meets bread pudding.

    Confections of a Rockstar {550 Cookman Ave #104}

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    For when you just need something sweet, Confections of a Rockstar is churning out freshly-baked pastries all day long. Owners Kimmee and Lisa created a space that blends their passions for music and baking, which is apparent in all of their cupcakes, pastries, and cakes. One of our favorite anytime treats is the “Don’t Go Bacon My Heart” sticky buns — trust us, it’s a good decision.

    Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten {527 Lake Ave}

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    This Austro-Hungarian Biergarten, Asbury Festhall, and Biergarten serves up authentic European beers and tasty eats like Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst. Inside is a large dining and drinking space but the best place to be is on the rooftop patio that overlooks Wesley Lake. There are often quirky live bands playing rock, folk, and polka music that make the perfect accompaniment to throwing back liter mugs of cold beer after a day at the beach.

    Langosta Lounge {1000 Ocean Ave}

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    Langosta Lounge is a seafood and sushi restaurant on the main boardwalk. Thia spot attracts a dinner crowd, trendy locals, and nightlife seekers who come for the food but stay for the large stage in the dining room. Langosta Lounge features local live music Friday and  Saturday nights. They also have a large selection of cocktails {our favorite is the Jalapeno and Pineapple-rita}, wine and beer along with a selection of farm-to-table eats {their kitchen is open until 11:00PM on weekends}.

    Attractions/Things To Do:

    Live Music/Bar Scene:

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    Asbury Park is home to the Stone Pony Summer Stage and the Asbury Park Convention Center, which are the old stomping grounds of Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors. There is a thriving diverse music scene from punk-rock to indie and blues as well as a mixture of national performers and local artists with numerous choices every night during the summer. We also really loved listening to the live band at the Beach Bar, which is situated in the sand with beach chairs overlooking the water.

    Asbury Park Bazaar

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    Located inside the historic Grand Arcade of Convention Hall on the Asbury Park boardwalk, the Asbury Park Bazaar is a must-hit spot. It began as a way to support local small business and artists and has now grown into a destination for beach-goers. The seasonal market not only has live bands but vendors selling local art, vintage goods, and hand-crafted gifts.  During the summer, expect to find events and classes throughout the season {like beach yoga brunch}. Check out all of their upcoming events here.

    Hot Sand {550 Cookman Ave}  

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    Hot Sand is a glass-blowing studio located in Asbury Park. Grab a few friends and sign up to blow your own drinking glass, paperweight, vase, bubble, and so much more. They also offer a make-your-own drinking glass/candy dish for kids and private parties. Classes range from $35-$65 and are available on the weekends from 10:00AM-6:00PM. Reservations are recommended.

    See More: Your Guide to the Best Jersey Shore Beaches

    Silverball Museum Arcade {1000 Ocean Ave}

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    Get ready to be a kid again at the Silverball Museum Arcade. Located right on the beach boardwalk, the museum features 1930’s style pinball machines and 600 other arcade games. If you work up a sweat and need something to cool you off, head over to the Silverball Café for funnel cakes, Nathan’s hot dogs, and some saltwater taffy.  You can play all day for $25 or $10 for a half hour.

    Paranormal Books and Curiosities (621 Cookman Ave}

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    Part gift shop, part exhibit, Paranormal Books and Curiosities carries books on all things Paranormal {think ghost hunting and fiction stories about vampires}. The Paranormal Museum is a 60 minute guided tour through rotating exhibits such as an Ouija wall, prison ghosts, haunted objects, and famous haunts of the U.S.A. The store also hosts events such as guest filmmakers, ghost hunting classes, and paranormal investigations. Paranormal Books and Curiosities also host a variety of tours including a downtown haunted pub tour and a “ghosts of downtown” tour. Tickets are $10 for the museum and $12 for any of their other tours.

    While we know this is just the tip of the iceberg, at least it’s getting you started with your weekend plans. Have you visited Asbury Park? Tag us in your pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl and share in the comments your favorite spots!

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    Written by:

    Cait lived in Weehawken for three years before moving to Jersey City a year ago. Coming from a family of restaurateurs and chefs, Cait loves everything food-related. Her passion lies in connecting and learning about people through food, whether it’s cooking, eating at a local hole-in-the-wall, or serving a meal at a homeless shelter. During the day, Cait is an inventory planner at Macys. At night, you can find her at a new art opening, immersive theater, improv comedy show, or a live music venue.


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