What a better way to start the day than a walk along Long Branch’s 2.5-mile-long boardwalk? At the centerpiece of Long Branch’s boardwalk lies Pier Village. Filled with eclectic dining, chic boutiques, and storefront living, Pier Village offers relaxation on the beach by day and an exciting nightlife come sundown. From the arts to mom and pop storefronts, Long Branch offers a rich tapestry of cultural currents. Enjoy live music and tiki bars during warm summer nights and holiday shopping markets with snacks and entertainment in December. Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park is a sprawling country park that offers plenty of space to lay down your beach chair and relax. With a snack bar, picnic area, playground, beach volleyball courts, outdoor showers with changing areas, and guarded swimming, the beach at Seven Presidents Park is a great spot to enjoy time with family and friends. Also, a skateplex is located at the north end of the park. So sit back, relax, and enjoy everything Long Branch has to offer!
Head to downtown Red Bank where the arts are bustling just about everywhere you turn. The birthplace of one of jazz’s greatest, William “Count” Basie and the location of Kevin Smith’s “Dogma” and “Chasing Away,” this riverfront town is the perfect destination for a night out on the town or a weekend getaway. This walkable, vibrant, and hip town offers fine art galleries, chic boutiques, gourmet and casual restaurants, award-winning live theater and performing arts, clubs, antiquing, boating, riverside parks, and riverside boutique hotels. The Red Bank summer series dishes out free jazz music, movies, live entertainment, and some amazing food festivals. End a picturesque day watching fireworks shimmer over the Navesink river on a summer night in Red Bank.
Pack a lunch and a cooler and head to the beach! This one-square-mile town is known for its Victorian houses and multi-million dollar homes, but even better known for its beautiful beaches. Take a walk downtown and eat brunch or grab a smoothie at the Kitchen Witch Cafe. Enjoy beach yoga through the local yoga studio for ultimate beachside relaxation. Grab a pour-over coffee at Booskerdoo or an ice cream cone next door for the kids. Monmouth beach offers two beach clubs, Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, also known as “Little Monmouth,” and Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis, known as “Big Monmouth.” Both beaches are beautifully equipped with spacious beaches and pools as well as lockers, cabanas, activities, and snack bars. With the ocean to the east and the Shrewsbury River to the northwest, you can catch beautiful sunrises and sunsets by boat, kayak, surfboard, paddle board, or bike every day!
Settled upon in 1840 as a fisherman’s town with simple shacks and beach dunes, Sea Bright has grown into a beautiful destination for beachside living and eclectic dining. Sea Bright offers a mix of public and private beaches as well as tiki bars for a midday pick me up. There are seven members-only beach clubs that line Sea Bright’s beaches. With restaurants, swim teams, and family activities, there’s so much that each of the seven clubs can offer. If you’re looking to relax with just your chair and a good read without the membership fees, there’s always a public beach calling your name! Head to the downtown area and enjoy browsing through beachy boutiques, and grab something to eat at one of the many delicious eateries. Movies on the beach, live music and entertainment, as well as an annual fireman’s fair makes Sea Bright a great family fun spot!
Enjoy a day at the races at Monmouth Park Racetrack! Home to the Haskell Invitational, Oceanport’s main attraction is its horse racing. With family fun festivals like the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off, Food Truck Wars, and Brews and BBQ, the Monmouth Racetrack is an easy commute for out-of-towners as well as locals. Enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, and relaxing along the shores of the Shrewsbury River. Take the kids to one of the many parks in town or hit the links at the local mini-golf course. This town’s true sense of community radiates throughout the 3.2 square miles. With organized recreational sports, plenty of family fun festivals happening year round, and a quick bike ride to the beach, Oceanport makes for a great place to call home.
Little Silver begins its story in 1667. With its rich historical landmarks, beautiful views, and storefront living on the Shrewsbury River, Little Silver is an easy commute to all the perks of an old historical fisherman’s town. Just eight percent of Little Silver’s homes are located on the Shrewsbury River while another third are nestled amongst connecting streams. Care for a matinee in New York City? Head to the Little Silver train station where the NJ Transit trains will take you there in a little bit over an hour. Enjoy water sports, gourmet grocery stores, antique and boutique shopping, all wrapped in a rich history dating back to Native Americans.
Rumson’s rich history dates back to 1665 and is better known for its sprawling estates that line the shores of the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. Rumson Road is home to many multi-million dollar estates that housed wealthy New York bankers and industrialists during the warm summer months. Now, these beautiful homes can be found throughout quaint neighborhoods of Rumson, which has become an upscale suburb of NYC. Check out the waterfront downtown where great casual and gourmet dining is enjoyed during both winter and summer. In the mood for a great burger and some live music? Head to Barnacle Bill’s for a burger and seafood. Watch Fourth of July fireworks over the Navesink while indulging a romantic dining experience at the Salt Creek Grill.
At the border of Rumson’s peninsula sits the town of Fair Haven. Check out the Fireman’s Fair during the last weekend of summer and you may just catch a surprise show from local Jersey natives, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. A public high school is shared between Rumson and Fair Haven schools. For those commuting into NYC, the high-speed Seastreak Ferry is the best way to commute to work with views of the city skyline and Statue of Liberty. Only a 45 minute commute into downtown Wall Street Manhattan and an hour to Midtown East 35th Street, the Seastreak Ferry is a beautiful and easy commute that offers weekend specials like trips to Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, and Yankee games.