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The 7 Best Things to Do in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Welcome to one of the most popular beachfront cities in all of south Jersey, Asbury Park! Asbury Park is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, making it a part of the New York Metropolitan area. As of 2008, Asbury park was rated sixth-best beach and neighborhood in all of New Jersey by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.

Asbury Park’s Boardwalk was revitalized in the early 2000’s and offers a wide variety of activities, attractions, dining and more! Asbury Park itself has been featured in many forms of pop culture, from movies to tv shows, to album cover names and hosts many concerts throughout the years.

Read more about Asbury Park down below!.

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History of Asbury Park

Asbury Park and its beaches are located on the central coast. Developed as a resort area by New York brush manufacturer James A. Bradley in 1871, the town was named after Francis Asbury, American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The legislature first incorporated Asbury Park into New Jersey as a borough in 1874. On February 28, 1893, the borough was reincorporated as a city. 

As a developer, Bradley was an asset to much of the city's infrastructure and electrical services such as the Atlantic Coast Electric Company. Along the waterfront, Bradley installed the Asbury Park Boardwalk, the orchestra pavilion, and the pier located south of the boardwalk that we all know and love today. Such attractions brought along plenty of businessmen, leading the area to have its first ever amusement park ride in 1888 with tons more that followed. This led to the area becoming very wealthy and stable throughout the years, funding schools, buildings, infrastructure and safety laws.

Asbury Park Geography

The city has a total area of 1.61 square miles, including 1.43 square miles of land and 0.18 square miles of water according to the US Census Bureau. Communities located within Asbury Park include north Asbury and Whitesville. The Deal Lake Commission oversees the popular area of Deal Lake and its 158 acres beginning in 1974. 

Asbury Park Culture and Atmosphere

Asbury Park has a fun and upbeat music and arts scene. It gained its popularity by allowing local and famous bands to play on the boardwalk in the 1960’s. It is known for its rock and roll, as well as classic blues during the 50’s. Because Asbury Park is such a hotspot for tourists or those who live in the metropolitan area, there are plenty of luxury hotels and restaurants. 

The community offers tons of fun and exciting activities to do with friends or family. You can spend some free time at Asbury Bowling Lanes, The Paramount Theater, The Wonder Bar, The Convention Hall, and The Paradise Night Club, just to name a few. There is never a dull moment here, with tons of festivals, events and recurring art fairs for you and your family to enjoy. Take strolls, fish or bike through Springwood park and Wheler Park for a fun day outing, enjoying plenty of murals, music, and art with weekly outdoor events.


Asbury Park serves all students from preschool to highschool as a part of District 31. Funding and renovations of all schools within the district are under supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. The district is composed of five schools: Bradley Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Barack Obama Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, and Asbury Park High School. The community also has a sending/receiving relationship with neighboring community, Allenhurst, which includes West Long Branch Public schools and Shore Regional High school. 

The community also has Charter schools for children to attend. This includes Hope Academy Charter School serving kindergarten through eighth grade. Ninth through twelfth grade students may attend Academy Charter High School, located in Lake Como. All charter students accepted on a lottery basis.


The main access road is Route 71 which runs both north and south. Other local roads and main boulevards are accessible in neighboring communities such as Route 18, 33, 35, and 66. The main parkway, the Garden State, is about 15 mins away via Routes 33 or 66. 

NJ Transit supports all public transportation if driving simply isn’t your thing. You can find rail service from the Asbury Park station on the North Jersey Coast Line, giving service to Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction, New York Penn station and Hoboken Terminal. 

Taking the bus? No problem; access bus routes like the 317 to and from Philadelphia, as well as local routes like 830, 832, 836 and 837. To access NYC through public bus service, head to the “Shore Points” to find Academy  Bus Line routes.  

Notable People

  • James A. Bradley- Financier and real estate developer, who founded the city and served as mayor.
  • Cookie Cuccurullo- MLB pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Danny De Vito- All time famous actor born in 1944.
  • Cari Fletcher- Actress, Singer and Songwriter born in 1994.