Are you planning a date for that special someone? Consider visiting Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Our beautiful beach town sets the scene for romance with its Victorian homes and charming Main Avenue. Plus, we’re just minutes from Asbury Park where countless activities and attractions await. So if you’re looking for fun date ideas in NJ, The Inns of Ocean Grove has you covered! Here are some of our favorite ways to bond at the beach.
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Top 7 Fun Date Ideas in NJ
1. Go Mini-Golfing
For a casual, inexpensive outing that’s filled with fun and nostalgia, challenge your loved one to a game of mini golf. There are plenty of great places to play at the Jersey Shore, including Asbury Eighteen and Shipwreck Island in Bradley Beach. Read our blog about the best Jersey Shore mini golf courses for details.
2. Relax on the Beach
With gentle breezes, crashing waves, and miles of soft, white sand, Ocean Grove Beach is a magical place. This quiet stretch of shoreline was voted one of the top 15 beaches in the world by Fodor’s and attracts couples from far and wide. Feel free to spend a day lounging by the sea before walking hand in hand into the sunset.
3. Stroll the Boardwalk
No trip to the Jersey Shore is complete without a boardwalk date. Here in Ocean Grove, our peaceful promenade is ideal for walking, jogging, biking, and sightseeing. For those seeking a more action-packed experience, visit the Asbury Park Boardwalk just a few minutes away. It’s lined with shops, bars, and concession stands and offers hours of fun in a relaxing beach setting.
4. Catch a Show
When it comes to live entertainment in the Garden State, no place compares to Asbury Park. Iconic venues like The Stony Pony, The Saint, and House of Independents have hosted some of the biggest names in music. You’ll find a wide range of concerts and events happening here throughout the year.
If a jolt of humor is what you’re after, attend a late night show at the Improv Jam Comedy Lab. This popular club puts a new spin on entertainment and will have you and your S.O. laughing for hours.
5. Hit the Town
Bars, lounges, and nightclubs, oh my! A night out on the town is a great way to let loose with your partner. One of our favorite places to hangout is the Watermark, a sleek bar in Asbury Park that offers sweeping ocean views. This hotspot serves handcrafted cocktails and even infuses their own spirits. (The rotating selection of wine and beer is just as impressive.) Head over on a Thursday for an all-night happy hour starting at 5 p.m.
6. Eat, Eat, Eat
Did you know that Asbury Park also boasts an impressive restaurant scene? From rustic pizzerias to cozy seafood joints, this seaside city is a foodie’s paradise. Pop into Cross & Orange for a gastro pub-style lunch, or enjoy the lively atmosphere at Cubacan Restaurant & Bar. You can also delight in Pascal & Sabine, Stella Marina, or Moonstruck. These high-end eateries guarantee a romantic evening you won’t soon forget.
Local Tip: A cone at Day’s Ice Cream in Ocean Grove is a must! Be sure to stop by for a sweet treat after your meal. To satisfy your sweet tooth they have opened up a second location in Ocean Grove at the North End Boardwalk in the Dunes Cafe. They are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. May through October, they are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
7. Stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove
If you want to plan an overnight stay at the shore, book the Bradley Suite at The Ocean Plaza Hotel. This magnificent two-level penthouse is perfect for a romantic getaway! Watch the sunset from your own private balcony, or unwind in the master suite’s bubbling JACUZZI® tub. You’ll even enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast in the morning. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and make your reservations today. We can’t wait to hear all about your fun date ideas in NJ!
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