Pier Village | piervillage.com
The focal point of Long Beach life is Pier Village, an upscale, trendy community along the beachfront that encompasses the boardwalk, boutique shops, restaurants, and multistory luxury residences overlooking the ocean. During weekends and evenings, the large variety of outstanding restaurants and lively nightlife attracts a crowd of young professionals.
Asbury Park and the Boardwalk | apboardwalk.com
Just named the “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, Asbury Park lives up to its recognition. 10 miles south and you can take a day trip and walk “the boards” or visit the music town of New Jersey.
Sandy Hook & Gateway National Park | nps.gov/gate/index.htm
Nature lovers will revel in the 300-plus species of migratory birds, as well as the pristine holly forest. Originally discovered by the famous Sea Captain Henry Hudson in the early 1600’s, Sandy Hook remains a beautiful, 1,665-acre barrier peninsula within view of the Manhattan skyline. Gateway’s calendar includes nature walks and history tours and programs for Sandy Hook. Take a stroll around Fort Hancock Historic Post. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Keepers’ Quarters and Barn are open seven days a week to tell the story of lighthouses and the men and women who maintained these life-saving sentinels. Lighthouse tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Monmouth Mall | monmouthmallonline.com
Pop into any of the nearly 100 stores. Then relax and grab a bite to eat at any of the well-known restaurants. No mall experience would be complete without a trip to the movies: the latest flicks are shown in style in the 15-screen IMAX theater.
Knockerball & More | knockerballnj.com/monmouth_mall
Whether you want to try Bubble Soccer (Knockerball), Human Foosball, Hungry Hungry Humans, Dodgeball, Laser Tag, NERF Wars, take a dip in the Ball Pit or much more, your experience at Knockerball & More is sure to deliver lots of laughs, great videos and lasting memories.
Belmar | visitbelmarnj.com
Belmar is a short 15 minutes south of Long Branch and home to great food, a walkable downtown and a beautiful marina.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets | premiumoutlets.com
From high-end stores to the standard names you know and love.
Two River Theater | tworivertheater.org
This not-for-profit theater is a local favorite. Thousands of people flock to this intimate venue to see classics and innovative new theater and revived masterpieces. Performances are known to engage the audience and present stories through an unforgettable experience. The week of Convocation they will be performing The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Directed by Sara Holdren | Sat, Jan 11, Sun, Jan 12 and two shows on Wednesday, Jan 15. Call ahead for tickets.
Count Basie Theater | thebasie.org
Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel and Lyle Lovett have all sung the praises of this award-winning theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A true gem, the Count Basie has hosted headliners since 1926. The theater presents: Seussical Jr., Sun, Jan 12, 6:00 p.m. | Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Mon, Jan 13, 7:00 p.m. | A Bronx Tale, Tue, Jan 14, 7:30 p.m. & Jan 15, 7:30 p.m.
Seven Presidents Park | monmouthcountyparks.com
Seven Presidents Park is a protected ecological habitat. The dunes offer a natural habitat for birds and plants, while protecting the beach against large storms. Two threatened or endangered birds, the Least Tern and Piping Plover, now breed there.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House| https://stumpyshh.com/
America’s first indoor hatchet throwing venue where participants are invited to bring their own beverages and throw hatchets at a target.
Asbury Lanes | asburylanes.com
Asbury Park’s newly renovated Asbury Lanes serves as a bowling alley, music venue, and bar as well as a 24 hour diner.
The Asbury Hotel| theasburyhotel.com
The Asbury Hotel features game nights, live music, a cozy lobby with comfortable seating, a cafe, photo-booth, bar, and special weekly events. Monday night, Bob Egan will be performing on the piano from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night is Trivia Night.
Yestercades | yestercades.com
Yestercades is a gaming experience straight out of the Golden Age of Gaming! Whether you want to relive your younger years playing arcade games for hours on end or you want to have a memorable gaming experience in a unique, fun atmosphere, Yestercades has you covered. A variety of classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines: from Space Invaders and Pac-Man to NBA Jam and Street Fighter, Yestercades has everything true gamers will love, and more! Also houses a number of gaming consoles available for play, from Atari 2600 and the original Nintendo Entertainment System, to XBOX ONE and Nintendo Wii U.
Monster Mini Golf | monsterminigolf.com
At Monster Mini Golf experience a monstrous facility, state-of-the-art, indoor, climate-controlled facility completely under the luminescent glow of black lights. 18-hole miniature gold course like nothing you have ever experienced. High tech video game arcade and laser maze.