If you asked a local resident what they loved most about the area, they’d probably mention the Asbury Park Boardwalk. This boardwalk has been an attraction for tourists and locals alike for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it’s one of the most unique boardwalks on the East Coast, some would even argue the best boardwalk in the country. Here’s why.
A Street Artist’s Playground
The boardwalk in Asbury Park indeed had a bit of a slow period in the ’90s, which caused a lot of buildings to become vacant and abandoned. Since the new construction and recovery from Hurricane Sandy, these empty buildings have become canvases for street artists and their work now bring tourists from all across the state. Getting your Instagram-worthy picture taken against these beautiful backdrops has become somewhat of a rite of passage for the youth of the Jersey Shore.
Independent Coffee Shops
If you’re a fan of small artsy coffee shops, you’re going to love strolling along the Asbury Boardwalk on a foggy morning. Coffee spots like High Voltage offer trendy drinks like nitro brew, along with all the other regulars, as well as tasty healthy breakfast and snack items like avocado toast and kale bowls. Don’t worry, you can indulge with items like perogies and pork roll, too.
The Festival Scene
It’s not just shopping and eating that the Asbury Boardwalk has to offer, there’s plenty of festivals for the music lovers out there. Music is what put Asbury Park on the map, and the Boardwalk certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department. The Stone Pony hosts a variety of bands all year long, as well as The Paramount Theater, where you can catch anything from Hip Hop to ballets.
Whether you’re planning to move here or just visit, the Asbury Park Boardwalk is a place you’ll have to visit at least once. And we have a feeling you’ll be back.