Asbury Park is one of the Jersey Shore’s best beaches. It’s also been a focal point of New Jersey culture and entertainment for nearly a century. Don’t take our word for it, though! Enjoy a show at one of the town’s famous music venues or stroll down the historic boardwalk and discover all of the amazing things to do in Asbury Park for yourself. To take the trouble out of planning your trip, download our free Vacation Guide! Our extensive Travel Guide ensures you won’t leave any of Asbury Park’s best restaurants, shopping, or events out of your next getaway.
Our Favorite Things to Do in Asbury Park, NJ
When you think of boardwalk food, what comes to mind? Perhaps a corndog or funnel cake? Believe it or not, Jersey Shore dining doesn’t have to be synonymous with boardwalk food or touristy, beachfront restaurants. Asbury Park has plenty of fantastic places to eat that will have you looking at New Jersey’s culinary scene in a new light. You can even take a Restaurant Tour to see them all! Here are just a few of the best choices for your next meal.
- Porta Pizza
- TAKA Japanese Restaurant
- Asbury Oyster Bar
- Asbury Park Biergarten
- Food trucks
- Brunch spots
Enjoy live music and a cold beer at The House of Independents or experience a piece of rock ‘n roll history at The Stone Pony, a local venue that served as a launching point for Jersey legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Asbury Park is also home to many music and arts festivals throughout the year. Check the tour dates; your favorite band might be stopping in Asbury soon!
- Ocean Grove Great Auditorium
- House of Independents
- The Saint
- Asbury Underground
- Asbury Park Surf Music Festival
- The Stone Pony
With stunning beaches, exciting nightlife, and a boardwalk full of shops and games, Asbury Park has all of the ingredients for a perfect vacation. Entertaining the family at the Asbury Splash Park or planning the perfect day at Ocean Grove Beach has never been easier. Read more about some of the best places to visit in Asbury Park below!
No matter what time of year you visit the Jersey Shore, there is always an amazing Asbury Park event just around the corner. Stop by this fall for the Asbury Park Oysterfest or experience the charm of Asbury Park in the winter and join in on Jersey Shore Christmas festivities. These festivals and seasonal events are definitely worth the trip!
Where to Stay
Whether it’s the gorgeous beaches or the boardwalk fun that brings you to Asbury Park, take your vacation to the next level by staying in Ocean Grove. Just minutes from all of Asbury Park’s best activities, The Ocean Plaza Hotel and The Ocean View Inn both offer an unrivaled lodging experience.
If you’re traveling with a larger group, take a look at The Ocean Plaza Hotel’s Bradley Suite. This two-level, penthouse suite has a full-size kitchen, a private master bedroom, a JACUZZI® tub, and a balcony overlooking the ocean. Don’t settle for less than the best. Book your visit to Asbury Park today!