Called the jewel of the Jersey Shore, the revitalized Asbury Park has everything to make a long weekend special. The scene is eclectic and eccentric, and the nightlife is happening while still maintaining a family-friendly and artistic atmosphere. Visitors can experience the local color at the annual Oysterfest and Zombiewalk in September and October, respectively. Those who are truly lucky may run into the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, who immortalized the town in his 1973 album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. And good news for day trippers, as Asbury Park is just an hour from New York City or Newark, and 1.5 hours from Philadelphia.
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Saturating the senses is easy along the boardwalk. Visitors can snack on lemonade and funnel cakes while eyeing the architecture from various eras. If the ubiquitous presence of performers and musicians as well as full-fledged concerts overstimulates, duck into the many shops for a respite. To get a different view, visitors can rent bikes, grub at some top-rated downtown restaurants or even take a ghost tour.
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WIth just an admission fee, customers can play pinball to their heart’s content at this arcade/museum. The arcade features machines dating back to 1931, and details the construction and backstory of each one. Those who can’t wait to get the Silver Ball Museum can play a pinball game on their website.
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Since its start in 1974, legendary rock club The Stone Pony has gained worldwide recognition for its music scene. Their rich and vibrant history started out by showcasing local talent. These days, The Stone Pony draws national touring acts, although the venue will perhaps always be best known for giving the stage to a young Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Stone Pony also organizes the SummerStage annually and hosts fundraisers to raise awareness for a variety of issues as well.
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The beachfront views heighten the anticipation for what’s to come at Stella Marina: Classic Italian food, an extensive wine list and a sun-dappled interior filled with chatting diners cleverly mix an upscale feel with the ease of a carefree holiday. Patrons will find something for everyone, as the menu spans from the classic margherita pizza to more exciting seafood fare.
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Having just undergone a major renovation, the Berkeley is a shining beacon fitting the overall rejuvenation of the Jersey Shore. The modern design of the rooms complements the classic architecture. The hotel features a bar and grille, seasonal pool and tiki bar and either city or ocean views from the rooms.