Once the regarded as the "Queen of the Jersey Shore", or the "City by the Sea" during its heyday in the early half of the 20th century, Asbury Park has achieved a revitalization that ranks as one of the top in the state in recent years.
Led by the gay community and the owners of the live-music venues, the revitalization took off by building on it's foundation with a beautiful beach, boardwalk, and it's famed musical heritage.
This Jersey shore community has now become a top year round destination for music, entertainment, and eclectic restaurants.
It's famed musical heritage goes back to Asbury Park being the birthplace of Jersey Shore music with performers like Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, and many more performing at the famed Stone Pony. Adding to it's musical heritage, performances at Paramount Theater and Convention Hall included the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, the Doors, and of course Bruce Springsteen,
The centers of activity are downtown along Cookman Avenue with many excellent restaurants, shops and art galleries, and along the boardwalk lined with restaurants and the crown jewel of Asbury Park, the restored Paramount Theater and Convention Hall
Asbury Park Beach
Beautiful clean and safe, wide, fine sandy beach. Public access with daily and seasonal badges. Cedar Avenue offers public rest rooms and outdoor showers. Parking for all access points is metered on nearby streets
Asbury Park Boardwalk
A great place for warmer weather strolls, people watching, visiting shops, and for eating outdoors overlooking the ocean.
Downtown Restaurants and Shops
One of the majors activity centers is downtown along Cookman Avenue with many excellent restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Paramount Theater and Convention Hall
The crown jewel of Asbury park, the restored Paramount Theater and Convention Hall is North Jersey shore's major concert venue having hosted world class performers.
The Stone Pony
A popular nightclub and famed music venue. Achieved fame from appearances by Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Hob Jovi, Frankie Valli, jazz great Tal Farlow, and more
Has a musical history similar to the Stone Pony, with many local legends perform there including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemmons, Lance Larson and many others.
Silverball Museum Arcade
Across from The Stone Pony, they have over 200 pinball machines from the 1930's to the 1980's on display and playable.
A small live music venue. New Jersey and National acts have performed here including: Creed, Jewel, Joey Ramone, Cake, Incubus, Deftones, Everlast, Moe, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cannibal Corpse, Hoobastank, String Cheese Incident, Matthew Good Band, Cowboy Mouth, and the Stereophonics.
Summer Beach Bonfires
The weekly beach bonfires start at 7 pm by the Anchor's Bend, at the Sunset Avenue Beach on Wednesday evenings during May, June, & September and on Friday evenings during July and August.
Visit www.asburyparkchamber.com for their up-to-date events calendar.